Faiz started practicing yoga as an undergraduate to help relieve lower back pain. Almost immediately, he realized the benefits of yoga were not just physical, but mental and emotional also. Eventually the joy derived from his practice became “too fulfilling”, and Faiz decided to leave his corporate job to become a full time yoga teacher in the hope of sharing that joy with others.
Faiz hopes students approach the practice as more than just a physical endeavor, using it as a grounding force geared towards holistic development instead – the aim of the practice should be to work the body, condition the mind, and nurture the spirit. Faiz believes that yoga trains a person to be happy, and that good alignment is key to unlocking the full potential of anyone’s practice. His classes are known for their crystalline instructions, intelligent sequencing, and feel-good vibes.
Sheela found yoga in 2008 at the University of California where she was doing her graduate studies in Sociology. Her teacher was a student of BKS Iyengar who integrated her teaching with principles of TCM, Qi Gong and Ayurveda. Practising with her teacher for those 2 years grounded Sheela at a turbulent time in her life, and marked the start of her journey toward self-healing.
Yoga brought Sheela back to herself. To her, it is precisely this quality of awareness vs ignorance that makes a yoga practice so valuable -- and is what drives Sheela as a teacher. Her favourite quote is from Nietzsche: 'There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.' It is Sheela’s hope to awaken this inner wisdom in every one of her students.
Yihan’s very first yoga class was a full length 90 minutes Bikram class taught by the inimitable San, which she took to complement her running regime. She remembered the sense of rejuvenation despite being a hot and sweaty mess. It spurred her on to do more yoga, eventually leading her to Lynn & Sumei, her wonderful teachers who showed her how the practice can be a life-changing experience.
A firm believer in setting the foundation in yoga, Yihan often asks of her students to not rush through their practice for the sake of collecting asanas. She encourages them to put in the work without attaching the value of their practice to their abilities. She hopes students are able to acquire a keen understanding of their own practice without draining themselves unnecessarily. Yoga should nourish and enliven their lives so it becomes a sustainable and lifelong practice.
Marianna’s love affair with Yoga began in 2012 while living in Mexico. Since then, Marianna says yoga has consumed her and become her new way of life. She sees yoga as a discipline, not only to improve physical health and wellbeing but also to cultivate other qualities like calmness, stillness, control of the breath, concentration and balance, both on and off the mat.
Given her love for hatha yoga and backbends, students can expect a firm grounding and heart opening experience. Marianna’s wish is to hold the space for her students to build their own self-confidence.
Kenrick's affinity with yoga started over a decade ago when he was looking for a complimentary training to his Taichiquan practice. His passion for yoga grew quickly and he studied various styles to deepen his knowledge. Eventually he discovered Ana T. Forrest whose teachings have strongly influenced his yoga journey ever since.
For Kenrick, yoga is the teacher of life. The exploration and learning on the mat merely kickstarts greater growth off the mat. Kenrick teaches Forrest Yoga, an intense style of Hatha yoga created by Ana T. Forrest that focus on deep healing of the body, mind and spirit. He also teaches Yin Yoga with a meditative approach. Kenrick hopes to create a space where his students can enjoy moments of peace and reconnect with themselves inwardly.
Trained in Hatha Vinyasa style of yoga and influenced by her dancing background, Tricia’s sequences are inspired by the flows in motion with an emphasis on alignment and mindful breathing. It also shows through in her slower classes like Yin where she is adept at easing her students into a more relaxed state for a deeper connection to their bodies.
Commiting to a regular yoga practice has allowed Tricia to accept and manage the severity of her scoliosis. Similarly, she hopes her students will gain more awareness of their body through their practice. As a witness to the benefits of yoga, she believes a keen body awareness will lead to understanding and caring for one’s self better.
Farah's first experience with yoga started in 2007. Then, yoga was just another form of exercise she did. In 2013, when her scoliosis worsened and led to numbness down her left leg, Farah decided to cut down on her runs to deepen her practice in yoga instead. The commitment to her practice eventually led to a 200-hour teacher training in Ashtanga/Hatha at Tirisula Yoga in 2015 and she has been sharing the practice with others since.
Her style of teaching falls within a good mix of both Hatha & Vinyasa flow which is largely influenced by the Ashtanga yoga style added on with a bit of fun exploring basic arm balances and inversions that are suitable for all levels.
The word ‘yoga’ derives from a Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, which means ‘to unite’ thus it is more than a physical workout for Farah - it is a way to unite her body, mind and soul.
A quote from Sri Patthabi Jois best describes what Farah wishes for her students to achieve: “Yoga is an internal practice, the rest is just a circus.” To cultivate a sense of self-awareness based on how the breath flows when the body is moving during practice. If they are able to become aware of how the physical state feels and connect it to their breath, the practice moves past the asanas and towards a state of calmness.
San started practicing yoga over 20 years ago while living in Canada. To her, yoga is a way of life. She believes in practicing yoga for a balanced lifestyle - to be a better person physically, psychologically and emotionally. And to find kindness.
San’s classes are well-known for being strong but fun.
Ashley stumbled upon yoga through a Groupon deal and thought to herself: how difficult could stretching be? Because she was proven wrong by that very first class, it challenged her to take the practice further and soon found herself going for classes everyday. Since then, yoga has taught her to listen to the body, believe in herself and gives her a space to tune inwards.
After experiencing the benefits of yoga, Ashley was determined to share it with others.
Her classes focus on providing students a safe, grounded practice that is guided with a keen understanding of alignment. She hopes the practice can help her students to strengthen, understand themselves better and most importantly, feel joy!
Chloe was lifting weights for about a year and was dreading every session as time passed, hence she began to look for other forms of exercise. When she took up yoga, she found herself looking forward to every session - almost like she found her true love! She never looked back since.
For Chloe, yoga is about loving herself and her own body. It brings her lightness, bliss, and an expansion of positive energy that keeps her sane in a hectic lifestyle.
Having trained under Lynn & Sumei, Chloe’s style of teaching is very much alignment based. She believes this will help students achieve longevity in their practice. She hopes for her students to practice gratitude in any aspect of their lives, and to always remember that yoga is about "practice not perfection".