I teach yoga to everyone: from professional athletes, to pregnant women, to absolute beginners, adapting the practice to the individual's needs and ability. I have been teaching since 1996 and am one of triyoga's original teachers, having taught there since it first opened in 2000. In 2009 I created the Pregnancy Teacher Training to help teachers teach yoga in an empowering and safe way to pregnant women.
My own introduction to yoga came at around 18 years old. Feeling very confused and lost I took my first yoga class and instantly felt the feeling of calm and safety I had longed for but never experienced in my life.
Born and raised in Hong Kong and with an Indian father, my life up until the age of 15 was in Asia. Growing up around acupuncture and massage was a natural part of our upbringing. It wasn't a 'treat' so much as it was a necessary part of health and well being. For many years to come I traveled all over Asia and India learning as much as I could from complementary and holistic medicine in order to create an integrated feeling of well being not just in the body but in the mind and with the spirit. Becoming aware from a young age that it was all very much interwoven. Mind body and spirit needed to be working together in harmony.
I started studying more with some of the world's most renowned teachers, in practices that healed the body and the mind. Also developing an interest in pregnancy yoga and the connection a mother makes with her child in utero and the first few months of life. Teaching each of us how to be in the world from the very start of life.
These days I divide my time between my holistic business and teaching. One student described my teaching as balanced and down to earth and another recently described me as fierce and kind. Both descriptions sit about right with me.
I am very grateful to all my teachers past and present and all that inspire me not only to teach but to live a joyful and content life.
My sister Katia and I wrote a book called Self-Care for the Real World, which is now available, we hope you enjoy it. "Right now, you may be deep in the waves of life, being tossed around. Learning self-care is like building your own life boat, plank by plank. Once you’ve got your boat, you’ll still be rocked by the same waves, but you’ll have a feeling of safety, and a stability that means you can pick other people up on your way."
My 6 DVDs are available on Amazon, as well as a 5 DVD box set, Yoga for Everyone:
These simple yet highly effective 20-minute programmes have been designed to help you release the tension stored from our life experiences. By practising these sequences once a day, you will begin to let go of the stress, negative patterns and emotions stored in your body, allowing you to move forward in life in a calmer, more harmonious state of being. Also included is a simple loving kindness meditation.
This DVD is divided into 3 flowing yoga routines to keep you toned (20 minutes each), 5 minutes of breathing techniques for labour, 5 minutes of visualisations to help you focus the mind and calm the body, 4 minutes of song to relax and renew, and 3 minutes of birthing affirmations to help prepare you for labour. The pregnancy yoga segments are suitable for all levels and stages and one routine is especially designed for women experiencing pelvic pain.
Modern life is hard on our posture so it is vital to be mindful of how we hold our bodies. The focus of this programme is to build strength in your body so that you may have correct alignment by increasing the power of the muscles that support you. Consistently practising these sequences will bring a feeling of power and energy to your body; you will grow stronger and feel more stable both physically and mentally!
This DVD consists of 7 x 10 minute flows to keep you happy, healthy and balanced. These 10 minute routines are based on major energetic and emotional themes you may encounter during your day. Pick and choose from the topics you want to practice or may need to bring into harmony. While each practice is concise they can be combined with others for a longer workout.
This DVD consists of a few, very simple, fluid meditative practices for you to incorporate into your daily life. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. These short but effective programmes are designed to leave you feeling calm and relaxed. They are short enough to be practised daily or for an extended period if you have more time!
There are times in all of our lives when we may need a little extra support in our yoga practice. This programme was created for anyone seeking assistance in yoga or wanting to go deeper into their bodies. The movements are based on the principals of yoga to increase health and wellbeing. So whether you are at your desk, recovering from an injury, a senior or anyone looking to change up their routine, Chair Yoga is for you.