A JOURNEY TO INNER PEACE
A JOURNEY TO INNER PEACE
Lina Yogatara
Welcome to YOGΛTΛRΛ!
Welcome to YOGΛTΛRΛ!
Namaste! I am Lina (Tara is my spiritual name) and I am a yoga teacher.
My yoga journey began when I decided to quit my job few years ago as
a forensic scientist to travel the world. Along the way, I found my purpose
in life to help people find inner peace through yoga.
Namaste! I am Lina (Tara is my spiritual name) and I am a yoga teacher.

My yoga journey began when I decided to quit my job few years ago as
a forensic scientist to travel the world.

Along the way, I found my purpose
in life to help people find inner peace through yoga.
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Amanda, a student from the Workshop An Introduction To Yoga
How can YOGΛTΛRΛ help you?
How YOGΛTΛRΛ can help you too...
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Body
Do you wish to be more flexible?

 Are you experiencing body aches and pain (especially on your lower back and neck)?

 Do you hold a lot of tension in your body (typically on the forehead, neck and shoulders)?

 Are you suffering from scoliosis?

 Are you thinking of losing some weight and developing more strength?


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Mind
 Is it difficult for you to stay focused on a specific task for long periods of time?

 Do you find yourself thinking too much (endless train of thoughts)

 Are you suffering from insomnia?

 Would you like to have more clarity in mind?


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    Spirit
     Are you often stressed out in life and would like to manage your stress levels better?

     Would you like to understand how the breath, body and mind are connected?

     Do you feel a lot of negativity in your life in general?

     Do you find yourself worrying too much or unnecessarily?

     Do you find yourself reacting to situations (often leading to regrets) instead of responding to them consciously?

     Are you an emotional person and would like to have more control over them?

     Would you like to live more in the present moment?

     Would you like to develop awareness/mindfulness?

     Are you curious about spirituality (spirituality is not religion)?


    If you answer YES to at least one of the above, I can help guide you.
    _____________________प्रेम शांतिःआनंदश्च_____________________
    _____________________________________________________________________प्रेम शांतिःआनंदश्च_____________________________________________________________________
    STEP 1 : The Workshop
    ‘An Introduction to Yoga’
    What are you getting from my workshop?
    Knowledge
    The workshop is a great introduction to yoga for the curious mind. 
    If you have ever been curious about yoga but hesitate to enter a class without any experience, this is the workshop for you.

    If you have been practicing yoga but feel like you lack a deeper understanding of why you do what you do on the mat, this is also for you.
    No matter what your practice is, it is important to understand why you do what you do.
    So whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate practitioner, this workshop is suitable for you.

    You will experience what yoga is (which is much more than just an exercise) and begin to deepen your yoga practice.
    One sign that your practice is getting deeper is that it makes you ask deeper questions. That is when you know you have a good practice and that you are on the right track.

    Structure
    Based on traditional Hatha Yoga (Sivananda Yoga) from India, the sequence is intelligently designed to balance the chakras starting from the Sahastrara Chakra (Crown Chakra) to the Swadhisthana Chakra (navel chakra). This has positive effects on one’s emotional and physical balance.

    Traditionally, yoga is practiced in a sequence that is repeated until it becomes engrained within that person. 
    There are a total of 14 postures and each posture will be demonstrated and instructed to the finest detail. 
    We will familiarise ourselves with these postures so that we can begin to bring our attention inward (instead of constantly focusing on the poses) and come into a meditative state of flow.
    The beginning of our journey towards inner peace.

    Body
    Generally, the workshop centres around the body mind connection and the classes are structured in a way that builds upon each other. 

    Each day there are specific elements and intentions that explores the fundamentals of yoga which will allow you to practice yoga properly and safely. 
    Experience the true benefits of yoga in body, mind and spirit.

    The workshop is a series of 8 classes that focuses on alignment, breathing, body awareness, symmetry and relaxation.

    You will experience an improvement in terms of posture, body symmetry (especially those suffering from scoliosis), strength, flexibility and lose some weight at the same time.

    Discover how to improve body awareness, remove tension within the body and promote muscle relaxation which will help with body aches and pain.

    We will also delve into the proper breathing techniques and use the breath to focus the mind and live more present in the NOW. A gateway to inner peace.

    Besides that, you will learn about the benefits and modifications of each pose that will bring about a new set of challenges for the body, mind and spirit.
    Mind
    In the meditative yoga class, we will focus on coming into a meditative state of flow, exploring the connection between the breath, body and mind.

    This class will help you reduce thoughts, improve focus and ground you to the present moment one breath at a time.

    The workshop will be followed by a mandala making session (a form of flow art) and end with a guided meditation. 

    Meditation will help cultivate mindfulness, strengthen awareness and reduce anxiety (stress). It is a beautiful practice for self discovery and transformation.
    Spirit
    The workshop provides a spiritual atmosphere, a space for overcoming negative habits and for personal growth.

    The traditional meaning of spirituality is defined within the context of a religious tradition. Now the meaning of spirituality has evolved and has various meanings but they all share a few key elements which are:
        • A journey of self-discovery, evolution and realising your highest potential and humanity’s highest potential
        • A sense of unity that we are all interconnected (us and the universe)

    Everything that you achieve on the yoga mat, reflects in your actions and attitude off the yoga mat too.

    You will practice yoga in a new light, leave with a personal home practice and a solid foundation to build upon.

    Most importantly, you will discover how to translate what you learn on the mat into your daily lives. Allow yoga to help you overcome real life challenges.

    These are invaluable lessons which you can keep for a lifetime.


    Let’s begin our journey towards inner peace.



    YOGΛTΛRΛ inspires to rediscover inner peace through the ΛRT and SCIENCE of yoga.

    Detailed description of each class
    Day 1: Alignment & Right Effort


    On our first day, we will explore the fundamentals of alignment using Newton’s Third Law of Motion. This technique creates space within the body and can be applied to all yoga asana (poses). By creating space within the body, we expand the mind as the body and mind are intimately connected.

    In yoga, it is important to practice with the right amount of effort. Discover how to surrender into the posture instead of pushing ourselves to the limit driven by our desires for the outcome of the practice. This goes against the very nature of yoga which will only create tension and hinder your progress in the long run. By letting go, you will experience yoga in a new light and begin to notice natural progress in your yoga journey. A scientific explanation on why this is so will be unearthed.

    Learn how to practice yoga with the right state of mind and begin to listen to the body instead of the mind. This mindset alone brings about an immediate shift in flexibility allowing you to explore a new range of flexibility you never thought was in you. A precious discovery from my meditative experience which immediately transformed my yoga practice and my perspective of the power of the mind.

    Day 2: Proper Breathing


    It is said that ‘There is no yoga without the breath’. Without it, you are just bending. That is how important the breath is in yoga.

    We will begin Day 2 with an introduction to Pranayama (control of the breath) and it’s connection to the life force. There will be a little fun group experiment to test this theory out.
    After that, we will cultivate awareness of the breath and invite this into our practice. 

    The 3 types of breathing and how it impacts our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system will be discussed.

    The proper breathing technique will then be revealed. We will delve into what quality breath to integrate this into our yoga asana and beyond the mat into our daily lives. The challenge of the day is to maintain this quality breath throughout our practice together.

    Do you sometimes feel confused about when to inhale or exhale? On this day, we will study the connection between the breath and movement. Get this right and it will offer you some independence from your yoga teacher about when to inhale and exhale.

    Learn how to synchronise the movement with the breath, a gateway to our journey into a meditative state of flow. Integrating meditation and yoga asana will help clear the mind and ground you to the present moment bringing you closer to inner peace, one breath at a time.

    Day 3: Body Awareness


    On this day, we will understand what body awareness (proprioception) is and how to improve it so that we can listen and feel the body at a subtler level. By understanding how the body works, we can begin to be the mechanic of our own body. When in a pose, it is useful to know exactly what to do to get into the posture. When you face a challenging posture, you can troubleshoot and correct yourself. If you can’t, understanding the limitations of your own body will allow you focus your attention on these physical limitations. This is especially handy when you are in a bigger yoga class where there is a limitation on the attention you will be getting from the yoga teacher.

    We will be focusing on a few key movements in yoga that is important for good alignment in yoga asana and simultaneously develop our body awareness. A strong body awareness will allow you to remain in control of your body no matter which orientation you are in (especially useful in inversions where you may lose your sense of orientation).

    We will also be exploring the relationship between relaxation and flexibility.

    The challenge of the day is to keep our awareness on the physical movements and sensations of the body during our practice.

    Day 4: Body Symmetry


    In the world of yoga, a lot of importance is given to flexibility but not so much on body symmetry. In reality, body symmetry is more important than flexibility. On Day 4, we will learn why this is so and understand what causes body asymmetry and how it affects our body.

    Next, we will see how yoga can help rebalance the body by creating more symmetry. This is especially beneficial for people who have scoliosis or are suffering from neck and back pain caused by the asymmetry within their body.

    Yoga doesn’t only serve as a diagnostic tool to detect any asymmetry within the body but it also doubles up as a remedy for this problem. Discover how to bring this into your yoga practice and translate it into your everyday life. Doing so will lead to a more balanced development of the body and increase your body awareness at the same time.

    In yoga, there are two types of poses, the symmetrical and asymmetrical poses. You will learn how to differentiate and utilise them to create more symmetry in terms of strength, flexibility and balance.

    The challenge of the day is to be aware of your own body asymmetry, notice your preferential sides and focus on rebalancing the body.

    Day 5: Benefits of Yoga (General & Specific Benefits of each posture)


    For a number of years now, western science are starting to prove the benefits claimed in the east of this 5000 year old practice and research continues to unearth more and more benefits of this ancient practice.

    We will begin with the general benefits of yoga based on scientific research. I have categorised them into three parts. First, we will focus on the immediate effects after a yoga practice including how it alters the expression of our genes. Next, we will look at the benefits after a couple of months followed by the benefits after a couple of years of practice.

    We will then move on to the spiritual benefits of yoga (including the definition of spirituality) and discover how to translate what we learn on the mat into our daily lives. Understanding the spiritual benefits of yoga will allow you to fully experience what yoga is and use yoga to help you overcome real life challenges. Remember that everything you achieve on the yoga mat, reflects in your actions and attitude off the mat too.

    You will begin to experience yoga in a new light and will be on your way in your journey towards inner peace.

    After that, the specific benefits of each asana (pose) will be shared simultaneously as we practice the respective postures. There are a total of 14 postures.

    These lessons will allow you to fully comprehend what happens to your body, mind and spirit and have a deeper appreciation for each asana.

    Day 6: Modifications


    On Day 6, the modification of each asana (pose) will be introduced. These modifications will offer a new set of challenges in terms of  strength, flexibility and balance. You will increase your range of motion and deepen your practice.

    The varying levels of difficulty makes yoga accessible to everybody as every body is different. So whether you are a complete beginner, stiff as a board or an intermediate practitioner, this workshop will be suitable for everyone.

    One of the biggest misconception of yoga is that people can’t do yoga if they are not flexible. They often say ‘I can’t do yoga because I can’t even touch my toes!”. The truth is, yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on the way down.

    If you are not flexible, then yoga is perfect for you because your inflexibility is going to teach you about humility, patience and persistence. To me, that is much more interesting than being able to touch your toes. So, the next time you get on your mat and feel bad about how stiff you are, get excited about what you can learn instead.

    This class will offer you the invaluable opportunity to observe your mind as you experience new challenges and levels of difficulties. An ideal space for self discovery and personal growth.

    Day 7: Meditative Yoga


    Meditative yoga is a state of mind where one is fully present in the moment and there is stillness in the mind.
    Actually yoga itself is meditative (there is no need to call it meditative yoga), but in a modern yoga class setting, we are too busy learning new poses repeatedly that our focus is on getting the alignment right. In other words, our attention is outward.
    Traditionally, yoga is practiced in a sequence repeatedly until it becomes engrained in that person and the sequence then becomes a personal meditative practice.

    Discover how to cultivate a meditative state by paying attention to the breath, as we flow through the poses allowing the breath to guide us through the movement.

    A new breathing technique called “breathing with sound", which is a technique based on the Ujjayi breath will also be introduced.
 The sound allows us to keep our attention on the breath helping us to stay more present in the moment, bringing us deeper into a meditative state. The sound also helps us to synchronise the breath with movement during yoga, making the entire yoga practice more rhythmic. At the same time, it also helps to calm the mind and the body.



    Day 8: Mandala Making & Guided Meditation


    The word ‘mandala’ is a sanskrit term for ‘circle’. It symbolises unity, harmony and wholeness.
    It is a pattern that starts from the centre and expands outward in a circular motive.
    Externally, the mandala is a visual representation of the universe and internally,
    it reflects the psychology of a person.
    Carl Jung (the founder of analytical psychology) refers to the mandala as “the psychological
    expression of the totality of the self.” He uses the mandala to help his patients find themselves and create a wholesome personality.

    On this last day, we will form a circle and build a mandala together as a way to connect with one another using things I have scavenged from nature. It is also a form of flow art, a way to meditate and allow our creative mind to flow freely. The mandala we built together will be the expression of all of us as a group.

    After that, we will practice yoga together around the mandala focusing on opening our hips to prepare the physical body and our mind for meditation.

    I will show you the proper way to sit for meditation and we will begin the guided meditation session.

    Meditation is a science of mind and matter, it is not blind faith or a religious belief. It is pure science and a practice to understand how the mind and body works. Just like how we perform physical exercises to keep our body healthy and strong, meditation is an exercise for the mind to keep it sharp, wholesome and in control.

    The meditation technique is called Vipassana which originated from India. It is a technique that focuses the mind on the breath and because the breath is ever present, it grounds us to the present moment. By living more in the present moment, we minimise our thoughts about the past and future which is the bane of our suffering and worries.

    Experiencing the breath continuously also sharpens the mind, strengthens awareness and attunes us with the subtler sensations within the body. In the long run, this practice will allow us to be more aware of our thoughts and emotions and have more control over them. The first step towards change is awareness. A true gem that will help you in all aspects of your life forever. 

    Once you attain this, it marks the beginning of your journey towards inner peace.

    Schedule & Price
    WORRIED ABOUT MISSING CLASSES AND FALLING BEHIND?

    YOGΛTΛRΛ HAS GOT YOUR BACK!

    *NEW! : TWO INTERCHANGEABLE SCHEDULES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK ON YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS INNER PEACE
    *NEW! : HOME PRACTICE VIDEO GUIDES TO SUPPORT YOUR PRACTICE AT THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
    *ONLY APPLICABLE TO 'THE YOGI' SIGNING UP FOR THE FULL WORKSHOP
    HOW DOES IT WORK?

    STEP 1: CHOOSE TO BE A YOGI, BUSY BEE OR A CURIOUS CAT & CLICK TO ENROL

    You may also pay via a local bank transfer. Just send me an email at lina.yogatara(at)gmail.com
    STEP 2: RECEIVE AN EMAIL FOR REGISTRATION & NOTE YOUR PREFERRED SCHEDULE



    STEP 3: JOIN THE FACEBOOK YOGΛTΛRΛ TRIBE  PRIVATE GROUP CHAT

    You can change your schedule in the private group chat anytime ( only applicable to 'The Yogi' )
    You can change your schedule in the private group chat anytime
    ( only applicable to 'The Yogi' )

    The curious cat
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     90
    Drop-ins
    • 1 Class 
    • Drop-in any day
    • Full support via email
    THE YOGI
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     720
    640
    Full experience (Last Call Offer)
    • 8 Classes
    • Full Experience
    • Interchangeable Schedule
    • Home Practice Video Guides
    • 15% off Hatha Yoga 'Awakening Series'
    • Full support via email
    THE YOGI
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    Full experience (super early bird)
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    • Full Experience
    • 20% off Hatha Yoga 'Awakening Series'
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    THE BUSY BEe
    RM
     352
    Minimal commitment
    • 4 Classes
    • Pick any 4 classes
    • Full support via email
    THE YOGI
    RM
     720
    640
    Full experience (Last Call Offer)
    • 8 Classes
    • Full Experience
    • Interchangeable Schedule
    • Home practice video guides
    • 15% off Hatha Yoga 'Awakening Series'
    • Full support via email
    Last Call Offer Ends 9th January
    THE BUSY BEe
    RM
     352
    Minimal commitment
    • 4 Classes
    • Pick any 4 classes
    • Full support via email
    The curious cat
    RM
     90
    Drop-ins
    • 1 Class 
    • Drop-in any day
    • Full support via email
    Last Call Offer Ends 9th January
    If you have any questions or wish to pay via a local bank transfer, contact me via email at lina.yogatara (at) gmail.com
    What the other students think
    FAQ
    Can I join this workshop if I have never practiced yoga before?
    Yes, it is the perfect place for you to begin your yoga journey! This workshop will provide you with the fundamentals of yoga so that you can begin to practice yoga properly, safely and experience the maximum benefits of yoga (mind, body and spirit). Start practicing yoga the right way!
    What is the difference between 'Workshop' and 'Class' categories?
    A 'Workshop' provides more depth in terms of the content and learning experience. There will be more theory and we will go into details about specific techniques. Typically the duration of the lessons are longer.

    The 'Class' category offers lessons focusing on the workout with specific intentions each day (subtler and deeper aspects of yoga). There will also be a 'off the mat' challenge of the day to bring in yoga into your daily life.
    Can I sign up for the workshop if I am pregnant?
    You will need to consult your doctor as every pregnancy is different. In my opinion, it is advisable not to. However, if you are confident, athletic and your doctor encourages yoga to be part of your pregnancy then some modifications to the poses will be shared with you.
    I am not flexible, can I do yoga?
    Yes! One of the biggest misconception about yoga is that you can’t do yoga if you are not flexible. In this modern age, we are exposed to extreme yoga poses on our instagram which has caused many people to think that they have to be flexible to do yoga. The truth is, flexibility is just a side effect of yoga, it is what you learn from the challenges you face from your inflexibility that is more important. So the less flexible you are, the more opportunity you have to learn about humility, patience and persistence.

    What do I need to bring for the workshop?
    A yoga mat, a bottle of water (to drink before or after the class), a small towel and an open mind.
    I would like to have the full experience but I will miss some of the classes. How can I overcome this?
    If you have subscribed for the full experience ('The Yogi'), you can interchange between the schedules available on the YOGATARA TRIBE private facebook group chat. There are also home video guides to support your practice at the comfort of your own home!

    What if I missed the class due to last minute unforeseen circumstances? Will there be any refunds?
    There will be no refunds as the space is limited.
    ____________________________________________________________________प्रेम शांतिःआनंदश्च_____________________________________________________________________
    My Yoga Journey
    Five years ago, my curiosity led me to try yoga for the first time. Being a hippie at heart, I was naturally drawn to new experiences from the hippie culture.
    I still remember my first yoga experience at a yoga studio in Singapore where I was working at that time. Back then, yoga was just a physical exercise to me but somehow I’ve always felt there was something beyond the physical realm I wasn’t getting. 

    For many years, my adventurous spirit has always played with the idea of traveling around the world and exploring nature. However, I’ve always brushed them off thinking that they were too far-fetched. At that time, I had a great stable job working as a forensic scientist and this has always been my passion since I was 11 years old (sparked from a home robbery incident). My pursuit in life has always been about personal growth and becoming the best version of myself. I’ve always been very academic and worked hard all my life following my passion so it was not easy to drop it all for ‘some adventurous pursuit’. 

    Nevertheless, the force is strong and I fear regret much more than failure and this has always pushed me to give things a try. One day, I thought to myself ‘It is now or never’.
    So I quit my job and started traveling the world for a whole year.

    Best decision ever!

    During my travels in Rishikesh (the land of yoga) in India, I found a spiritual connection to yoga. It was the most precious discovery to me because they were practical and scientific tools for self discovery and personal growth. As a scientist, this is very enticing to me. I finally found a practice that allows me to grow in body, mind and spirit.

    I also traveled to Taiping and Myanmar to deepen my meditative experiences. I was learning about myself and life so much more than I ever did in my entire life. No education system or expensive universities can ever compare to what I was learning. These are invaluable life experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It has opened my mind and changed my perspective of life. I see the big picture now and things that used to bother me seemed so insignificant now.

    After that, I went back to India, this time to train as a yoga teacher at Sivananda Kutir, one of the best yoga school available. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain just by the Ganges river. I had the full ashram experience, where we live with the teachers, have a vegetarian diet and wake up before the sun rises for meditation, a traditional way to learn yoga. The courses extensively covers the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. I have an insurmountable amount of gratitude for discovering the spiritual aspects of yoga and the world of meditation. Something that was missing at the beginning of my yoga journey.

    Many people still think that spirituality has something to do with religion. I find it to be such a missed opportunity because spirituality is a space for self discovery, personal growth and inner peace. Because of that, I think it is crucial for me to define what spirituality is so that it is not simply disregarded just because of a mere misconception. 

    The traditional meaning of spirituality is defined within the context of a religious tradition. Now the meaning of spirituality has evolved and has various meanings but they all share a few key elements which are:
        • A journey of self-discovery, evolution and realising your highest potential and humanity’s highest potential
        • A sense of unity that we are all interconnected (us and the universe)


    My friends and family started noticing a change in me, I started seeing the positive side of things instead of the negative.
    I am growing and learning about myself at a rate I never thought was possible. 
    By knowing who I am, this has tremendously developed my self confidence allowing my to have the courage to navigate my life the way I want it to be instead of conforming to society.
    I found myself having more love and kindness for people I don’t even know. 
    I also have a deeper understanding of the mind, body and spirit connection and now have the tools to manage my emotions.
    I am learning to live more in the present moment and am continuing to develop mindfulness.

    Yoga has helped me achieve inner peace in ways I never knew existed.
    Up to this day, I still wonder why what I discovered was not taught in every school. 
    Yoga has helped me to have more inner peace and I know from experience that it would make the world a much more peaceful place. 
    This is why I am so passionate to share my experiences with as many people as possible. 

    When I quit my job to travel the world, I was seeking adventure. 
    Instead, I found something far more precious, I found my purpose in life ‘to help others rediscover inner peace through yoga’.

    Come join me on my journey to inner peace.

    YOGΛTΛRΛ inspires to rediscover inner peace through the ΛRT and SCIENCE of yoga.
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