meet me

Hello and welcome to Om Sweet Om!

My name is Elaine, a 23-year-old recent college graduate, Ashtanga yoga enthusiast, and baker! This blog has been with me since 2009, but recently the blog has faced a big transformation. While it used to be more focused on food, my daily eats, and recipes, Om Sweet Om is now headed towards the yogic side. This is a sanctuary where I document my thoughts on yoga, life, food, and just about anything!

My first encounter with yoga was April 2006, and from there my practice blossomed into mainly Ashtanga beginning in July 2006. I loved every bit of Ashtanga–the challenge, the sweat, the intensity of focus required, the breath, the perfect sequence of asanas that flow in perfect sense from one to the next. Like any Ashtangi’s would tell you: I was hooked.

College brought me away from my home in Taiwan as well as my teachers. But I kept up with my own practice in my tiny dorm rooms that could barely contain my yoga mat. Six a.m. three or four days a week I would rise like no “normal” college student would, and practice the primary series. It definitely wasn’t easy being a college student and maintaining a morning practice, but my passion, perseverance, determination, pushed through. For four years in college I maintained my practice, and whenever I get a chance to go home during winter and summer breaks, I’d go back to my teachers. I would see all my peers excel and improve, whereas I would be stuck in the same asanas I had been doing for all those years. Frustrating, yes, but the experience taught me patience.

I studied Biology in college, but I figured out just in time that I wasn’t cut to be a researcher, a doctor, or a professor. I want to lead a more spiritual life. And so, after receiving my degree from a top-notch science and engineering school in California, I did what my heart told me was the right thing to do: I went to Thailand to study with Paul Dallaghan (I am forever grateful for him!) and got certified as a yoga instructor.

Nowadays, I am teaching yoga occasionally and mostly running a bakery business I found with a friend (for more info visit Pastry Pals or find us on Facebook). I live my days in the yoga studio or at home in my kitchen and not regretting the choice I made of not being sucked into academia or research.

Story of my recent graduate life– grateful for it and living it.



§ 30 Responses to meet me

  • Vivian says:

    Hi Elaine! I just stumbled across your blog. Food and yoga, two of my favourite things! lol Just wanted to say hello and that your blog looks really interesting, hope to read more! πŸ™‚

  • AnAppleADay says:

    nice to meet you!
    how did you find my blog?

    I can’t wait to get to know you more! I am a junior too going to school in CA. πŸ™‚

    • elaine says:

      honestly, i don’t even remember how i found your blog. it’s all a chain reaction–you stumble across one blog, and you start clicking away on the blogroll…

      where do you go to school? it’s really rare to come across someone our age who would call themselves yogi(ni)s, so i was really excited when i found your blog!

  • Tasha says:

    Random, but I grew up in Claremont! Not very often that I find someone who goes to the Claremont colleges since it’s quite small. Harvey Mudd’s a great school!

  • Hi Elaine,
    Have you heard of Kardea bars? They are a wonderful, healthy (and truly delicious) nutrition bar that is getting rave reviews. Kardea Nutriiton bars are low fat, low carb, reduced sugar, whole grain, natural, and high protein (not to mention zero trans fat, kosher, vegan and high fiber!). I’m not sure if you do product reviews, but if you do, we’d love it if you’d consider Kardea. We are particularly interested in getting our products in front of bloggers with a focus on healthy eating, nutrition and wellness (and it looks from your bio like you fit the bill!).

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    Thank you!

  • Whoa, I aspire to do those poses!

  • Any advice for someone who has hyper extended their wrists from yoga? It’s painful…you use your hands for everything! Feel free to email me thanks girlie!

  • Jenny says:

    Hey Elaine! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. What a coincidence that you’re from Taiwan (and I’ll actually be in Taipei the first four weeks, for orientation). To further those coincidences, I know someone who recently moved from where I currently live in South Florida to attend Claremont as a transfer student.

    Anyway, your blog looks awesome. I’ll definitely be a regular reader henceforth πŸ™‚

  • Hi! I just found your blog and I am so excited about it!
    I am a student at UCSB but I am transferring to UC Davis. Yay for Cali college food blogistas! hahah

  • teenagehealthfreak says:’ve been a lot of places!!! is that you doing the crow’s pose???!?! you’re good…I’m still working on that one…hey do you know of any good hip stretches and some also that would help my knees..for running??? nice blog! can’t wait to read more!! πŸ™‚

    • Yup it’s me with crow’s pose! πŸ™‚ For hip stretches have you tried pigeon pose? I loooove that one! It feels so nice after a lonnnng day of standing or walking. I usually do that one before I go to bed ’cause it just relaxes me so much!

      As for the knees, I would suggest any poses that strengthens the muscles around the knee joint. I used to get knee pain alot because of the sports and running I did in high school too. They still bother me sometimes but not as much. I’ve been to doctors and they said that I’ve been wearing out the cartilage between my knee joints, hence the discomfort. I’d suggest Warriors I & II, the Chair pose, and the Hero pose. The first two helps strengthen the muscles around your knees, and the last one helps release some tension in your knees. I hope this helps! πŸ˜€

  • Natalie says:

    hey girl, thanks for commenting on my blog! youre from cupertino???? i used to live there… now i live in saratoga… basically a 5 minute move. hahaha. are you home for the summer?

  • squigglefloey says:

    Hi girlie πŸ™‚ Yay for finding other cali bloggers πŸ™‚ I’m from so cal as well! I really admire your strength in yoga and how your journey led you there…
    Keep it up :)!!

    ❀ floey

    beautiful bloggie!

  • lindsay says:

    I’m so impressed with your yoga practice. Thats dedication. And what a great story you have. Glad to have found your blog!

  • mysweetseason says:

    Love that you’re a big yoga fan πŸ™‚ Ashtanga is my fave too!

    What school did you attend in Taiwan?

  • Jos says:

    Hi there, just found out your blog. So Cali here as well..more in OC area. Btw, one of my cousin just graduated from Harvey Mudd as well :D…I heard that school is a very good one, lots of brainy people..hehe πŸ™‚ I’ve only done yoga thru P90X but so far loving it. Would love to incorporate yoga into my daily routine. Anyway nice to “meet you” πŸ™‚

  • Katharina says:

    I’m so glad that you stumbled upon my blog! I just read some of your posts and just got done “meeting” you πŸ˜‰ Such a great story! That’s so awesome that you wake up to keep going with a passion of yours. There are lots of people out there that would just quit because there’s no studio or something like that available. But if something is truly a passion and your practice, you can find a way to… just do it πŸ™‚ Oh and India is one of my dream places to visit. It’s that and Egypt.


  • I am very impressed with your yoga skills. I just found your blog and I wanted to say hello πŸ™‚

    I know where Cupertino, CA is, it’s not that small, lol! I spend a week there working at the Courtyard in Cupertino, I was just helping out.

    Anyways, keep doing what you do, it seems like you’re very passionate with it. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • Britta says:

    Ahh I love you! I’ve been receiving Ashtanga lesson from my mother-in-law who lives in New Zealand via skype for about a year now and love love love it! My husband and I are going to visit her for Christmas and I cannot wait!! I went to a Sivananda school to do my teacher’s training course and there we learned Hatha, but the philosophy is still just mind blowing. India has been on my list of places to for forever and I think next year I might try and make it a reality. Currently I travel around with my husband teaching yoga, meditation and freediving (he does the diving part) …If you ever have a break from school you should take a trip to the Bahamas where we teach Oct.-May!

    • WOW you’re awesome! I really want to do a teacher’s training course one day (after I graduate!) and teach. You must love all the traveling. The Bahamas sound great! I’ll see if I can schedule that during my Winter Break πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  • Neil says:

    Hello~I’m Neil coming form Taiwan and I’am learning English now.
    Your Blog is cool! especially,you mention about “I can roll my tongue into a lotus shape.”
    That seems like a news Isaw on TV several days ago.
    My friend said :”yoga is a good exercise. nature + harmonise = yoga.”(^_-)β˜†
    You seems very intrested in yoga so please keep going on. (加油~)

  • Laura says:

    I can’t beleive Iv found someone else with a passion for Ashtanga, at a young age too! Im 17 and started a year ago when a guest teacher came to my school for a class. I also really want to become a certified instructor, but im not sure if i’m too young.
    Love your blog btw.

  • 14yearoldvegan says:

    hey! i just found your blog and saw that you do yoga πŸ™‚ that’s so cool! i love yoga.. well the yoga that gets you workin’ that is πŸ™‚ i take yoga class about every single week and i enjoy it! especially the classes called Power Vibrant Yoga and Yoga Attack. they get you stretched out and also it’s a good workout! you go girl! i love your blog

  • I’m so happy I found your blog! Your path to a healthier, happier life through becoming a vegetarian and yoga are exactly where I’m at right now – this is very inspiring. I’ve only recently started my yoga practice and it’s already changed my life! Really excited to learn more about your journey as well.

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