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Donna began her practice of yoga in 2002 in Boston with Baron Baptiste while working 60-hour weeks in the legal profession. in 2004, a fateful move to Hong Kong and a break from her stressful career turned out to be the impetus for taking her yoga to a whole new level.

In 2005, she attended her first Anusara immersion retreat with Patrick Creelman and consequently became intrigued about every facet of the yoga journey. Continuously challenging herself to learn from and experience many different styles and philosophies of yoga, she has studied with Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, Annie Carpenter, Mark Whitwell, Paul Grilley and Ana Forrest at immersion retreats and workshops worldwide.

The Chai Wallah Interview:

What is your favourite type of class to teach? Right now I’m really enjoying my yin classes. I love how the expressions on faces change from the start of the class to the finish. Students come in scattered and flustered and leave focused, calm and peaceful.

What is your favourite pose? That’s like asking me to choose my favorite cat! (I have 3). So in honor of that: my 3 favorite poses in no particular order are: parsvakonasana, tripod headstand, and pincha mayurasana (still a work in progress).

What is your least favourite pose and why? Full Eka Pada Rajakapotasana  (with both hands holding the foot). But I only dislike it because I don’t have the spine flexibility to do it fully. It’s a beautiful pose and one that I always admire in Yoga Journal.

What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? Knowing that a feeling of peace and a sense of being grounded is there waiting like a true friend every time I step on the mat.

What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose? Maybe I better not answer that one—keeping in mind that this is Singapore!!

What always makes you laugh? A better question is ‘what doesn’t make me laugh?’ Lately I’ve been amusing myself with thinking about what sort of voice and accent my cats would have if they could speak. Right now we’ve got them identified as ‘Frasier Crane’, ‘Drew Barrymore’ and ‘Bart Simpson’

What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? I have a thing about reading the newspapers. If I can’t manage to read the International Herald Tribune every day, I save them up and have a marathon reading session on Sundays.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? My first job out of university was as a flight attendant.

Donna completed a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training with Don Peers at Yoga Space in Singapore and immediately began teaching.  She believes that the daily practice of yoga is the key to serenity and equanimity, and that it is for everybody and every body.

 

“at the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities”
jean houston
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