Living Yoga Off the Mat with Angel Singmin
This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world.
Every time I have the pleasure of catching up with Angel I always feel a little more blessed. Yes, she does embody her namesake – she is a magical, fairy-like and open hearted being. But she’s also insanely bright, creative and inspiring. Just check out her bio below. This lady marries yoga, movement, dance, play, business prowess and more – all wrapped up in love and passion!
Angel is the co-creator of the Future Sound of Yoga – a concept pioneered in 2010 with Matt Singmin, fusing together their mutual passion for yoga, dance and music. Angel has toured extensively around Australia, performing at both music festivals (Peats Ridge Festival, Playground Weekender, Splendour in the Grass, Subsonic) and the major yoga festivals (Wanderlust, Byron Spirit, Bodhi, the Phoenix Weekend, Bondi Yoga Festival, Sydney Spirit Festival). On the international stage, she was featured at the Bali Spirit Festival, the Hawaii Spirit Festival and the Hong Kong Asia Yoga Conference, as well as Londons popular Life Centre Studio.
Angel’s passion for the art of movement began as a child and teenager studying ballet. And today, as well as regular Future Sound of Yoga events, Angel also teaches yoga across Sydney to people from all walks of life through Dandelion Yoga – the corporate yoga business that she founded in 2007. She also teaches at BodyMindLife Bondi Beach.
I’m so excited to introduce her to you today and I know you’ll love a sneak peak into how she lives yoga on and off the mat!
Finish this sentence:
My yoga practice is… It happens both on and off the mat – There is the physical flowing practice which I love, which I see as a moving meditation, linking the asana and the breath together. Then there is practicing mindfulness off the mat too…
To me, yoga means… finding a deeper connection to all that is.. to yourself, to your surroundings and with the people around you.
My experience off the mat has… been interesting.
The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. gradual – experiencing a moment by moment shift.. and understanding that yoga is a lifelong practice.. over time.. things change.. and that is the learning.. nothing ever stays the same. What you see on your mat is a reflection of life.. each time you step on the mat, its a different practice – it feels different, things get easier, then there are new challenges.. and this was the learning. To not become attached to the goal of a practice, instead to try and accept what is, as it unfolds..
The biggest memory was in the early days of my practice in 2001, when I was studying Iyengar – I walked in to my first class and found it all so alien. e.g. Holding downward dog for what felt like an eternity, being introduced to pranayama, using props to stretch muscles.. At the time, I couldn’t comprehend it but now I will always be grateful for that class as it shed so much light on what was possible – an invitation to allow you to open your mind to what’s possible.
Quick Fire Questions
What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat?
The importance of slowing down.. Its something I talk about when I teach – making time for yourself, whether its a walk in nature, a short meditation or having a cup of tea and reading a good book.. its important to nurture yourself and to re-ignite your spirit.
Also making decisions that honour my truth, and being comfortable with that.
Why are these important to you?
I believe these things help me feel more grounded and centred. Creating a sense of balance is crucial to your mental and physical health and wellbeing
What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why?
I would choose Ahimsa which is one of the yamas, or the 8 limbs of yoga. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence, which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and the self. This applies to all beings including animals – I’ve always been a huge animal lover and a strong believer of animal rights, signing petitions to help save animals who are at danger. I eat a plant based diet and have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I also opt for animal cruelty free products and try to be conscious about any purchases that I make.
What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you?
Being open, aware and remaining authentic.