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.
To stay grounded is what Yibing strives for in every step treaded in her life. An avid long-distance runner, she first turned to Bikram yoga to soothe her aches and ego in 2012. She has since explored other forms of yoga and completed her Teacher Training in Hatha and Vinyasa in 2015. Yoga to her is a life-long pursuit of lightness and joy. Her classes tend to be loud (she’s an ex-classroom teacher), yet safe. She likes chatting with students before and after class to check in on their lives. On and off the mat, she seeks to enable them to dig deep within to uncover motivations, so as to practise more kindness and fidelity with themselves and others.
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.
Terence’s yoga journey began in 2014 as a respite from work. Since then, he has been convinced of the therapeutic effects of yoga: a wondrous sense of healing and centeredness for the mind and body. He realises the beauty in yoga is beyond the practice of physical asanas. Commiting to a consistent practice has allowed him to look inward, to accept things as they are and to conquer anxieties, fears and the ego both on and off the mat. The yang-style of Vinyasa/Flow/Power type classes has been the biggest component in his practice and teaching. At this juncture, Terence feels the need to synergize the Yin and Yang. Therefore he has also incorporated more Yin-influenced elements and mindfulness into his personal practice lately. He aspires to guide students in their yoga journeys to move safely, mindfully, fearlessly and learn more about themselves while also taking moments to pause, reflect and find the many simple joys in their lives outside of classes.
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.
Since her early adult years, yoga has been a sanctuary for Shanice. To her, the practice is an ongoing exploration of the inner self, with moments of pause to recognize and accept what is right now. It is a never-ending journey which teaches us to love ourselves and others along the way. Shanice believes that yoga is for everyone - you get what you need from your practice.
Over the years, Shanice has developed a keen interest in functional anatomy and therapeutics. Having studied under Annie Carpenter, Shanice’s classes are SmartFLOW Yoga inspired and emphasize alignment. She is passionate about helping her students develop a safe practice that cultivates a sense of peace and ease within themselves – through the mind, body and breath.
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.
Ling’s yoga journey begun in her early 20s as she sought help to relieve the physical strains encumbered by her daily desk job. To her, yoga is the balanced union of all things that makes you, you. It is about exploring the limitations and potentials of your body, being comfortable in your own skin, and finding peace in your mindset. In her class, you will find energetic and dynamic sequences following the krama of Vinyasa. Because Ling believes every yoga practice is a voyage of self-discovery, expect to learn something new that you didn’t already know about yourselves in Ling’s class!
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.
Prior to discovering yoga in 2009, Hazel worked in a bank and used to have bad posture and constant backache. Drawn to the feel good effect after class, she began practicing regularly. With daily practice, her posture improved tremendously and her back pain completely healed.
What started out as just a physical practice is now also a spiritual practice with more self-awareness and compassion. For her, yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It is a journey of self-discovery with lifelong learning.
Hazel’s classes emphasize body and breath awareness. Students can expect more hands on adjustment to help set their foundation correctly. She hopes her students will connect with and find comfort within their own bodies. Hazel believes it is through this ease with our physical body that we are able to find peace within ourselves.
Before Joy started yoga, she was living a sedentary lifestyle while feeling constantly stressed at work. It was a serendipitous sign up for a yoga class in 2008 which sparked off her yoga practice. Since then, the practice has guided her on a path of mindfulness, paving the way to finding inner focus amidst the busyness of city life. This has helped her to discover self-fulfilment in its simplest, purest form.
Her classes are nourishing and light-hearted with an emphasis on alignment, working towards a deeper connection to the energetic bodies. She encourages students to view props, not as crutches but tools to ease the bodies into poses with better precision and breath awareness.
Joy wishes to provide her students a safe space to practice with compassion for the self. She hopes to empower them with the teachings of Yoga to re-create this non-judgmental space wherever they might be, for themselves and those around.
Yoga has been an evolving and introspective practice that allows Amanda that safe space to explore what she needs to feel and do, to be who she truly is. It has empowered her to appreciate life, and be courageous in the journey of owning her struggles and triumphs that penetrates the 5 Koshas.
She hopes her students are able to stay aware, curious and open to digging deeper into the yoga practice at every stage. Yoga has much more to offer beyond the physical practice of asanas: an appreciation of the simple yet profound practice of stillness and quietude within the mind while finding breath in each pose, transition, repose and settlement.
Jamie picked up yoga in 2012 because of a running injury. But it wasn’t until 2015 when she was constantly stressed from 15-hour work days, that she began to do yoga every morning. It was the exact reset button she needed to clear her head for the day ahead.
Since then, yoga has become a moving meditation for Jamie. Getting to know herself better by tuning in to how she feels and more sensitive to what her body and mind needs.
Having trained under Tara Stiles in New York, Jamie guides yoga with the Strala approach – where yoga is about feeling, intuition, natural movement and releasing tension from the body.
Her classes focus on moving over posing, and feeling at ease within your body. Linger where it feels good to linger, and flow through easy and challenging parts with awareness. Each session cultivates strength, flexibility and mind-body harmony within the framework of a creative vinyasa sequence.
Jamie’s hope for all students is that they leave her class feeling happier and with a calmer mind.
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".