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Irene Leck started practicing yoga in 2005. It began as a way to relive stress and also to alleviate aches and soreness. And how it worked!  Since then she hasn’t looked back and it was a great alternative form of exercise to rehab and condition her weak knees from running.

Irene gives clear technical instructions, combined in fun flow sequences in her classes. Perfect for students wanting to deepen their understanding of asana, Irene’s classes are also sure to be engaging and informative.

The Chai Wallah’s Interview:

 What is your favourite type of class to teach? A combination of flow, hatha and alignment work…

 What is your favourite pose? Eka Pada Kapotasana. I love how the pose can be a highly dynamic one that opens my hips but it also can be a gentle restorative pose.  It’s my all -time favourite in front of the TV!

 What is your least favourite pose and why? Virasana. It takes time for me to ease into this pose as my quads is a tricky area from my runnings and cycling. Some say that running and yoga don’t go well together but who says you can only have one passion in your life? This is also my all-time unfavourite pose in front of the TV. Urgh.

 What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? It’s the full cycle of feeling the adrenaline rush before the class, the concentration during and completely relaxation after one. While it’s traditional to seek peacefulness in a yoga class, I like getting the myriad of sensations and feelings.

What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose?  That has to be in the middle of the road in New Zealand. The place was so picturesque that I had to jump out of the car to strike a Warrior 2. (This is not advisable of course.)

What always makes you laugh? An Adam Sandler movie and my husband.

What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? To keep the home as dust free as possible, I self-invented Magiclean dry sheets slippers using hotels slippers. I make my husband slide around at home to “sweep” the floor. 

 What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? Many people thinks I am extremely extroverted but I love to stay home most of the time to read or to cook.

“nothing can bring you peace but yourself”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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