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.
Today, Li Ling’s teachings stem from her diverse trainings in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Myofascia Release, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, overlayed with her background in sports training.
Her classes are highly movement oriented and she has an ability to break down asanas and concepts to make it relevant to any practitioner. The emphasis of her classes are always on identifying the right muscles and laying the right foundations in order to make progress. She loves a good challenge and loves to give one too.
What is your favourite type of class to teach? I used to practise and love vinyasa classes and that was the time when I had a lot of energy to expend. Today I still love flow classes but I also appreciate the deeper holds which Hatha classes give me. I teach a mixture of the two nowadays, depending on the outcome I would like to see at the end of the class.
What is your favourite pose? It’ll be a close fight between a 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 post-practice feeling. You reap what you sow. The amount of effort and heart you put into your practice will translate into greater vitality and deeper stillness. All that work is worth it if we get to enjoy a few minutes when the mind finally quietens, isn’t it? This is so rare in our city lifestyle today.
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! I need blankets to be folded neatly, stacked in the right colours and cannot stand hair on the floor.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? The first time I did yoga at a studio, I was so gungho and tried to do everything. But I clearly 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 have learnt how to treat my body better.
For a class that will inspire, energise and centre you, join Li Ling!