So on Tuesday bunch of girlfriends and I went to Yoga Mala for a 7:30 PM two hours aromatherapy yoga session with the renouned Ed Dailey.
A few things that I loved about his energy was that he engaged with his students. He asked questions like how they were feeling today, have they been sleeping ok, what is the most common problems Singaporeans suffer on a day to day basis etc. etc.
From there he decides what would be the best sequence to bring forth to practice. That night as it was a Tuesday evening and people came after work, most people mentioned that they were feeling tense and some said stressed with work. So he decided a sequence that focused on the hip/femur part of the body.
I loved the bit when he would put us thought these torture like postures where we’d sit on the floor heels next to the buttocks. So your knees are really opening up and we’d sit there for 8-10minutes or so (or at least it felt like it). From there he’d talk a little bit more and you’d notice people’s faces would start to contort because they were starting to get really uncomfortable. At this point too the first oil that he placed on the left (receiving hand) was Stress Away.
Then later he’d switch to a down dog to alleviate the discomfort and instantly people breathed a silent sigh of relief.
Throughout the class it consisted on mostly that, some slightly uncomfortable restorative postures the ease into a more comfortable restorative posture, creating that alleviating of tension and that sigh of relief from everyone.
Another cool thing we practiced was a lot of group work. He complained that every time people come into a Yoga class they just fall silent and not interact with others and fall into their own mat and close out everyone from existence. So he changed that and made us do many group stretches which I thought was cool to interact and get hands on with others to help with either getting deeper grounding (by pressing down on feet or on points of the body which he demonstrated) and just the physical contact itself gave some comfort.
The oils he used were very simple. Started off with Stress Away, then it was my favourite for it’s high frequency Idaho Blue Spruce – breathing this in while in Childs Pose. Towards the end we used Lemon. Finally during Savasana we inhaled Joy (I think this is his favourite).
Lots of great tips taken away from this session. Thank you for the wonderful session Ed and for sharing your wisdom and expressing your quirky personality. Sx