Articles tagged with: yoga

No pictures

published: December, 17, 2015 Categories // Yoga, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Daniel Uy says “It is so easy to block ourselves from experiencing life. Every time we lift our camera phone we place something between us and the one we are with. We disconnect from the moment. Put it away.”

No pictures

Sometimes I do not write a lot of updates or comments or posts on Facebook, my work Facebook page, my twitter feed, or to my editor here. Through the past few years of teaching, after spending all day communicating, when I am home, I have nothing to say.  That is not to say that I do not speak! You can ask my closest friends that I can talk freely, and then some.  But there are many times where things that are relevant or that I share, I endeavour to do it in a context where it can be recei

My feet hurt

published: July, 13, 2015 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Daniel Uy on how peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet and hands causing tingling pain, a common complaint amongst people living with HIV on meds from way back) is affecting his daily life

My feet hurt

I wake up in the morning and they ache.  They haven’t even had to work yet. I place my feet on the ground and as I rise, I need to catch myself as the shock of needles shooting into my feet and up my nervous system was more than what I was prepared for.  I sort of half shuffle to the washroom feeling older than I need to and have to sit down again.  My HIV neuropathy is acting up once more.  Now HIV for many has come a long way. It may be the death sentence it was, but for some of us

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published: March, 26, 2015 Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Daniel Uy looks back on 19 years of living with HIV and his recent full slate of activity

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It’s 9 pm on another Saturday evening. As pusual, I’m emptying my backpack with an assortment of cut-off shirts, shorts, my runners, and shaker cups and water bottle.  My bathtub is merely a clothing rack of the previous week’s work wear all in states of “drying” or piled in one corner of the tub.  Since I am at multiple gyms every day, this particular shower only gets used the one day, Sunday, after I shift all of these clothes to the laundry hamper.  It’s also the one day wh

Urban Yogi challenge: a fresh start

published: September, 11, 2013 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle

Daniel Uy urges, in this time of new beginnings, to make one of your own

Urban Yogi challenge: a fresh start

So September is notoriously a month of new beginnings and although some of us are far enough away from school days (or daze as the case may be) it is still a great time to start anew.  I am writing this article on the evening of the New Moon; when the moon is barely visible to us.  In yoga, specifically Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, the style I practice daily, we honour the phase and effect the moon has on our body by taking this as a day of rest.  It is the day when our bodies are its tightest. 

Be yourslef :-)

published: April, 03, 2013 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces

Daniel Uy on personal authenticity: the more you became OK with yourself, the more you are able to allow others to be themselves too.

Be yourslef :-)

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Suess  When I started teaching several years ago, there were times I would be a nervous wreck. There is a set amount of time and a specific amount of postures we have to get through.  Juggling all of the yoga sequence in a room of over 30 people, with varying levels and degrees of ability, can be daunting. Every now and then, more often than not, there will be one student who chooses to

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

published: October, 11, 2012 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Taking stock. Daniel Uy is living out of Peterborough now, and thinking about when to say no, hearing the truth and reaching one’s own potential..

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

I step back, try not to gag and start to relax and swallow it down by asking myself “Ok.  Is there any truth in this?”  So lately in life I have had to make a few huge changes.  I am no longer an urban yogi anymore, but more of a country boy.  For the past few weeks I have been living out of Peterborough, Ontario on a more permanent basis teaching FT there at a yoga studio and still finding time to be in my place in the city (Toronto) for a few days.  The commuting back and forth is

Sex, Sex, and Sex

published: July, 04, 2012 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

“No beating around the bush here”, says Daniel Uy. “Seriously.”

Sex, Sex, and Sex

It’s kind of funny as many of my main column titles have always been chosen for their ability to titillate and give a double meaning to some Sanskrit word or phrase I am going to use but this one spells it out quite simply Sex is not something I have ever wanted to write about.  It’s something that I have found works better more as a doing thing than a talking thing (but sometimes a talking while you’re doing thing can be fun).  Lately it seems it be hanging in the air more often than

Nothing Can Stop Me

published: April, 30, 2012 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Daniel on Daniel: Strength Is More Than Physical Measurement

Nothing Can Stop Me

This article first appeared on the blog Socially Fit. Meet Daniel Uy. A yogi by trade and fun-loving guy by nature. Very funny and honest. There is one thing that makes him stand out (other than his awesome personality), and that is the fact that he is HIV+. He has been living with the virus for fifteen years. Through yoga, fitness, and overall well-being he has reclaimed his life and here he is sharing his story. I wasn’t an adult very long before HIV.  I was never the modicum of vital

Spotlight on Moksha Yoga, Daniel Uy Interviews Jess Robertson

published: April, 22, 2012 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

If you want to know where the water comes from, you need to look upstream and closer towards the source.

Spotlight on Moksha Yoga, Daniel Uy Interviews Jess Robertson

Recently I wrote an article about my first time experience with practicing yoga. During this I had a great opportunity to get in contact with one of my first teachers, Jess Robertson.  Jess has been busy.  Not only is Jess the co-founder of Moksha Yoga, along with Ted Grand, and leading teacher training around the world with him, but Jess has still managed to keep her life simple.  Living not only as an example of this yoga way of life, but breathing those ideals and actions into the founda

Very Bendy, Sweaty and Practically Naked!

published: April, 12, 2012 Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle

Daniey Uy says “Yes. I am talking about it. You may have heard about it. As yoga goes, it’s pretty kinky. But sometimes, you just need it to be hot!”

Very Bendy, Sweaty and Practically Naked!

I am unfamiliar where other people are in their journeys with self-identification and I am not advocating that it is necessary or even required, but for me, I found that if I was going to be trusting someone with my body and waned them to keep me safe, then I would want them to know I may have limitations that may not otherwise be noticeable from the outside.  That is a choice I made around the five-six year mark of being HIV+ when I took up this physical practice of yoga.  It was a style of

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