My wife introduced me to yoga in 2008 by taking me to a hot yoga class in Shanghai. I'm sure that you are used to reading about how so and so took a class and discovered they were a natural and how their first class was a revelation, but that wasn't my experience. I discovered that yoga... was tough!
Working towards goal poses like crow and headstand was addictive, but the more I went, I was introduced to the other side of yoga; the side that isn't focused on the shape your body can make. Once I realized that yoga was about being comfortable in the poses and finding balance both in body and mind, things started to make more sense. All of a sudden I was being drawn back to the mat, not just for the exercise, but for the mental clarity that came after.
As I moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong, to the US, and back to Canada, my yoga practice gave me a chance to reset and recharge. I have had the opportunity to practice alongside dedicated students and learn from inspiring teachers. I eventually completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yoga Tree in Toronto. This marked the start of my teaching journey, and I began to see the practice in a new light. Finally, I was able to share some of the insights that I picked up along the way. In 2019, I completed my 300 hour intensive intermediate-advanced level hatha yoga teacher training at the Asana Andiappan College of Yoga & Research Centre in Chennai, India. I truly believe that learning is a never-ending journey.
Each epiphany and challenge along the way has transformed my practice and has maintained my desire to share what I’m learning. Whether you are feeling healthy and strong and can push yourself or if you have an injury or limitation that seems to be getting in the way, yoga is about accepting where you are.