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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 for yoga is so strong that Li Ling decided to move away from the communications profession to share her knowledge and practice with like-minded people.

Her classes are focused on breath and movements, on muscle activation, and on feeling the energy flow in the body. Li Ling’s initial training is in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, moved on to training with Briohny and Dice (Bryce Yoga) with focus on inversions, is certified in Yin Yoga and myofascial release, and most recently delved much deeper into the roots and genesis of Hatha Yoga with Vivienne Spanopoulos, Jacqueline Hargreaves and Dr Jason Birch.

What is your favourite type of class to teach? I love a vinyasa flow class anytime! Just allowing your breath to lead each movement is a liberating experience.

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 is your least favourite pose and why? Splits of any form! My hamstrings just refuse to surrender. My mind tries to have a conversation with my legs every time and my legs always win.

What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? It’s the feeling post 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 vitality and the energy that bounces off the mat at the end of the practice.

What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose? Hmm… would pranayama in the toilet count?

What always makes you laugh? My 2 dogs Coco and Rainbow. Both are adorable in their own ways and never fail to help me break into a smile when the day is not going smoothly.

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 will pick up every strand of hair I see in the studio.

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 have learnt how to treat my body better.

For a class that will inspire, energise and centre you, join Li Ling!