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Germin’s journey with yoga began in 2004, when the liberating and balancing benefits of the practice gave her a sense that this was to be her direction in life.

Germin completed a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training course at COMO Shambhala were she was trained by a team of experienced teachers including Vivienne Spanopoulos, Don Peers, Jason Birch and Yusuf Nakodha. She has also attended workshops with many prominent teachers such as Judy Krupp, Chris Kummer, Glenn Ceresoli, Paul Grilley and Rodney Yee.

Germin’s teaching strength lies in attention to detail, with a focus on how to make the poses effective for students through precise instructions and adjustments. Vibrant and cheerful, she brings her personality into her delivery of the classes to engage and motivate her students.

The Chai Wallah’s Interview:

What is your favourite type of class to teach? Any Hatha Yoga class – I like to mix it up, the Iyengar style for its alignment, the vinyasa for the breath – movement coordination.

What is your favourite pose? I dont practice favourites. It’s not right :D

What is your least favourite pose and why? Its a close fight between standing Yogic Squat & the Frog Pose.  Anything to do with the adductors/ inner thighs makes me cringe. I scowl when I see it coming in a yoga class, but I do it anyway.

What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? I like the clarity & freedom that arises after each practice, both physically and mentally. Whenever I need to get out of my own head to find a space to not think, not plan and not worry. Yoga gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that. And I think everyone needs something like that now and then if not daily. To just be by themselves, with themselves, to do something for themselves.

What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose? UNDERWATER, with a scuba tank and fins!!! I did Handstand, Dancer’s Pose and pranayama. The pictures showed my prana (breath) bubbling as I held the poses, the way it should be in every yoga practice.

What always makes you laugh? In a yoga class? When I meet a student who can laugh at themselves while they are trying. It is always good fun. We’ve got lots of other things in our lives to be serious about, yoga doesn’t have to be one of them.

What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? I’ve got hand-eye coordination problems!  More serious than most people imagine the yoga teacher to have. That’s why I don’t drive :)

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? All through my university days I envisioned myself strutting down Shenton Way in smart business suits, conducting successful business presentations. So life doesn’t always go as planned. Things always happen for a reason, if you believe, it’s for the better.

If a fun-filled, sweaty workout is what you are looking for, Germin will not disappoint!

“the most wasted of all days is one without laughter”
e e cummings