To better my practice

After I completed my very first yoga class 8 years ago, I thought I’d never want to do it again. The instructor didn’t care if I was a newbie, never asked if anyone had any prior injuries and neither did he do very much warm-up and the only pose I remembered from that class was the seated one where you put your legs over your head. Needless to say I couldn’t do it, it scarred me mentally for a long time and immediately wrote off Yoga for me.

A friend pulled me back into other classes and I stuck with one same teacher for much of those 8 years. His class was painful, I screamed a lot when he adjusted but I always walked out feeling great physically and mentally. It was part of a gym schedule class and not specialised yoga centre, so things started getting flat for me as progress was limited due to the constant stream of newbies and I was looking for a new challenge. I started expanding my practice again and came across two other teachers who seemed to not just dislike teaching, but have no passion in yoga at all. That made me realise what I wanted, good teachers who were not just knowledgeable in yoga, but also inspiring spiritually.

It was at this time I moved to London and I didn’t want to give up on yoga, so I had to start all over again and be open minded to try everything I could lay my hands on in London. Within 6 months of arriving in London, I’ve tried Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Boxing Yoga, Bikram Yoga and maybe a few more I can’t remember. I met so many passionate and inspirational teachers and I wanted to learn their secret! At the end of the day, I found my heart in Hatha and Vinyasa.

I started looking for training courses from London but most of them although very enticing, were not practical logistically and realistic. 25 days YTT in a rainforest in Ecuador? Tempting. 3 weeks in a beach resort in Ibiza? What a dream! Local classes in London were available but it was difficult to commit months to it at one shot for work and personal reasons. So I had to put it off until I came back to Singapore, and here I am!


Hui Zhi