Li Ling started her yoga journey more than a decade ago. Having been a very active netball player in school and outside of work then, she saw yoga as another form of physical exercise to complement her existing training schedule.
Slowly but surely, yoga started making its way to her heart and mind, driving her to better understand the age-old practice. The passion and enthusiasm for yoga is so strong that Li Ling decided to move away from the communications profession to share her knowledge and practice with other people.
Her classes focus on sychronising each movement with each breath, on achieving the right alignment, and on letting the energy flow. Li Ling is trained in the Ashtanga primary series and Fit, Flow, Fly by Bryce Yoga. She is also grateful for techniques and knowledge imparted by many other teachers.
In July 2015, Li Ling took over the ownership of Kate Porter Yoga from Kate and is loving and running the place together with a long-time friend Genevieve Chan.
What is your favourite pose? It’ll be a close fight between headstand and half moon pose. One gives you a feeling of freedom, of fear overcome, and that anything is possible; and the latter opens up every inch of your body — shoulders, hips, chest, and even the little spaces between your toes!
What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? It’s the feeling after a practice. My teachers tell me you reap what you sow and it’s true. The amount of effort and heart you put into your practice will translate into your positivity level and the energy that bounces off the mat at the end of the practice. Although negotiation between my mind and body happens all the time during practice, I tell myself there is a rainbow waiting for me at the end of the day.
What always makes you laugh? My toy poodle Coco and Singapore special Rainbow. Coco is almost 8 now and never fails to help me break into a smile when the day is not going smoothly. Rainbow is so blur but very sweet and her eager look brightens up my day.
What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? I think I am the ultimate OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) person. If I see that your mat is not aligned to the front of the room, I probably will come by to adjust it!
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? The first time I did yoga, I was so gungho and tried to do everything. But I suffered when I reached home. I couldn’t even raise my hands to give my hair a good shampoo. Haha! Not a good feeling at all. I am more sensible now and learn how to treat my body better.
For a class that will inspire, energise and centre you, join Li Ling!