What in your practice inspires you to teach? Whenever I come to my mat there always be new discovery of myself, my body, mind, and breath, and those discoveries from my practices are the inspirations of my teaching. Also the people who make time coming to my class to practice on their mat inspire me to teach, their time and dedications, their discoveries, and sometimes their body issues, or their accomplishments, all of those are the inspirations for me to teach.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? I met Yoga when I was studying in college in NYC. I met one woman who lived in the same apartment offered the free roof top Yoga for all residents, so I went. I liked it, but that was all. Yoga arrived in my life just as an experience. The time passed from the first yoga class, assignments after assignments...my body started to cry...I was so stressed out, and started to think " how about Yoga? the one you tried before. it was simply good." Soon after, I signed up for Bikram studio across from my Hell's Kitchen apartment, then I paid about $20 for two weeks unlimited. My first Bikram class was packed with tons of sweaty people in a tiny carpet floor room, I just could not stand with the smell of the room, and...I gave up after a few trials. Then, I signed up the unlimited again in the other studio, but just took one or two....that was all. After 10 years of my very first yoga class, I already have two children, I was relocated to Greenwich. My life situation was so much different. This time I was looking for emotional welfare and wellness not only for my body, but more for my stressed out mind. Then I found another yoga studio in my neighborhood,that was Kaia Greenwich. I went to signed me up with my 18 months old daughter in my arm. At my first class at Kaia, the fast pace vinyasa completely hooked me up. I surprised myself I could feel my breath while I move fast, and after the first try, I felt so good. Then the next day, I went back wanting to experience the same thing, to feel good, to feel good about myself. From the first day, I went back to the studio almost non stop every day, just could not stop practice yoga. I always try to lead all people in my class to feel their breath, pay close attentions to the sensations of their body, every body parts of their own, then synchronize the deep breath with their move. I want all to feel that the breath is the anchor, the connector of our mind to our body, as Thich Nhat Hanh quoted.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? I love my time with my family, I love to cook for them, and enjoy the meal with them.Sharing a table with good home made dishes with family and friends is my favorite thing to do. It is all about love, and caring for myself to others, just like practicing yoga.
How would you describe your teaching? I am aiming for the slow flow yoga which people can really flow with their deep slow breath, allowed their practice to be very personal, on their pace by knowing that they are sharing the energy in the same room with others but nothing more than that. I guide all people to be selfish in that point, and allowed themselves just to feel their each breath, and each move, practice only for themselves to nourish, rejuvenate each cells of their body. We all are like the smart phone, expected to have too much, require to be quick and versatile, and the tasks make us exhausted, then we stuck.....We, as being, have no power button to reboot, so we need to master the way to reset ourselves as we charge or reboot our phone. Our breath and the move cultivate in our practice is the energy, then our mat or seats as a charger. We store the energy from our practice, then by letting go ourself at the end of the practice laying on our mat or find the seat to just find our breath. I want to teach people in my class that we can always charge the great energy by keep coming back to our mat.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? Kaia is a big and dedicated wellness community for all. People from all age, many parts of the world and fields coming and hopping into the studios with having the same love and care towards themselves and their family. Kaia is the place where all can gather as a community and cultivate awareness, and the self care. I am just so honored to be a part of Kaia Yoga.