I was first introduced to yoga at the age of seventeen by my mother, who started practicing in Hong Kong as a way of getting back into shape after my sister was born. This was back in 2004. We would go to 2 or 3 classes per week and during the summers when I would come home from university in London. At the time, yoga for me was nothing more than a workout, and a nice way of spending time with my mom, hanging out upside down. But it was always her thing. Little did I know that my own journey “Home” was yet to begin, and that along the way I would cross paths and experiment with all sorts of styles, philosophies and approaches that include: Hatha, Ashtanga, Power, Hot Yoga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Anusara, AcroYoga and finally: Dharma Yoga.
It is very clear for me when the turning point began. Early in 2011, I had the opportunity to work as a digital marketing consultant at The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT, a 5-star health and well-being resort in St Lucia. This is where I met Agustin Aguerreberry, at the time, guest Master Yoga practitioner at the resort and, I learned, devout student of Sri Dharma Mittra. I will never forget my first Dharma Yoga class with Agustin, because that was the day I truly fell in love with yoga and yoga became an expression of my beliefs and an echo of my heart. For the first time in my life, I experienced a feeling of quiet, peaceful solitude and bliss that came from deep within myself. And I knew then that my life would never be the same again.
My friend and first mentor, I practiced with Agustin religiously for 2 months; every day learning more about Dharma, “the funny, old man who lives in New York”, and his teachings. I even had my first go at AcroYoga, a playful and skillful combination of acrobatics, Thai massage and yoga that I continue to have fun with today.
When I finally came back to London, my view and approach to yoga was completely altered. This wasn’t just a form of exercise, some past-time, and thing to do on the side. This was an answer, a solution and a way of life that I began to actively pursue, seeking out and attending as many Dharma yoga teachers and their classes everywhere I went – in London, New York, Hong Kong…
Certification and Training
The decision to take my teacher training with Dharma was a very natural and easy thing to make. I will be the first to say that I never saw myself as a teacher, let alone a yoga teacher. But that is why I am eternally grateful for all the circumstances and all the people that have led me here today – Mom, Sri Dharma, Agustin, Mark Kan… all my mentors at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York who imparted their knowledge and helped guide me during my Life of a Yogi (LOAY) 200-hr and 500-hr teacher training immersion. It is through and because of these people that I realised when you love and believe in something this much, sharing that experience is a joy and a pleasure you want to cultivate again and again and again…
In the bottom right hand corner of your heart, there is a small crescent shape the size of your thumb, where you start to become attuned with yourself, and begin to find peace… I call this place “home”.
I have taught classes at the following locations / studios / festivals / events:
- Moving Arts Base, Angel & Islington
- SOHO Gyms, London
- KX Gym, Chelsea
- London School of Economics
- Yoga Bam Bam, Sheung Wan/Soho
- Embody, Discovery Bay
- OpenSpaceDB, North Plaza, Discovery Bay
- Movement Improvement, Discovery Bay
- Secret Island Party 2014
- Secret Island Party 2015
- Leela Yoga
- Raw Yoga
- Atman Yoga School
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of practicing with and learning from the likes of Sri Dharma Mittra, Andrei Ram, Meghan Currie, Briohny Smith and Dice lida-Klein, Patrick Creelman, Amy Ippoliti, Jason Crandell, Sharath Jois,Tiffany Cruikshank, Dov Mittra, David Swenson, Ana Forest, Duncan Peak, Jason Nemer, Carlo Mendes, Joakim Olin, Kino MacGregor…