I have met some amazing individuals who are Beacons of Light, they bring light where it is dark. Their compassion to serve humanity inspired me.
Last month I completed Yin Yoga teacher training with Jo Phee. She is a senior Teacher Trainer in Yin Yoga. She was bought up solely in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to add to her knowledge she studied at the Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also graduated from the Bihar School of Yoga.
In addition to learning how to teach Yin and Yang yoga flow, I felt inspired by her integrity.
Here’s what she had to say:
What inspired you to do what you’re doing?
“I felt I was looking for something different from what I was already doing. Yin Yoga allowed me to do that and to teach it.”
What has been the psychology behind what you do?
“All bodies are different because of skeleton variation, which means not all poses will look the same for each person. In many yoga classes poses are expected to look the same (this is called alignment) by placing the hands and the feet in the same place. However, this can cause injury. Yin Yoga helps to release tension in our body’s tissues – ligaments but poses will look different for everyone.”
I have been going to classes where alignment is very important. Meaning I look in the mirror to make sure my hands, feet and body is positioned in alignment. What should I do now?
“Yoga is not just about doing Asana (poses). There are many aspects to yoga. If you like what the teacher is teaching plus doing Asana (postures). You should judge what is right for you. If the teacher comes and corrects your alignment – you can allow it and go back to your shape, you decide”
What’s your vision?
“Educate yourself, so you know and have all the information to yoga the correct way.”
What piece of advise would you give us about yoga?
“We don’t know everything, when we are learning anything. Be respectful and courteous to the teacher you are learning from.”
Jo Phee ended the teacher training with a quote from her teacher which I would like to share with you.
“Be humble and curious when learning”.
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