Category: Our Instructors

Loo Ying Yan

Ying Yan started yoga out of curiosity when she discovered that the two bodyworkers who inspired her a lot, Yamuna Zake and Ida Rolf, were both yogis. Their revolutionary insights and approach to the human body were probably built on a strong mastery of the self through the practice of yoga. Ying Yan is a certified Yoga teacher with the International Yoga Teacher Association (IYTA) and a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor. She is on a mission to help people become more aware of the relationship between the way they hold their bodies and the muscular imbalances that ensue. Her classes are designed to bring about balance of the body, mind, and soul.

Ying Yan is also specialised in Yamuna Foot Fitness which makes her the person to go to with your questions about your foot issues. In her classes she teaches you the importance of the fitness of your feet for a healthy functioning of your total body.

 

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Bala

Balakrishnan (Bala) is a 300 hours yoga teacher trained by the world-renowned Jivamukti Yoga School (NYC) and Vyasa Yoga Singapore (a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance). He is back in Singapore after a 4 year learning and teaching stint in Europe.

With over 20 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry, he has worked with the Singapore Sports Council, Ministries, Schools, Clubs, NGOs and has been featured in the local media. For his corporate yoga classes, he incorporates mindfulness and relaxation techniques to strategically equip employees with skills to cope with challenges at work.

His yoga journey began after incurring a debilitating injury while being a competitive runner at National level. Founder of YEAH! (Yogis for the Environment, Animals and Humanity!), Bala has special interest in community work, animal advocacy and nature preservation. His fun and uplifting sessions incorporate sound (with didgeridoo & singing bowls), spoken word and poetic affirmations

 

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Krisa Qiu (Maa Krishna Ananda)

Krisa started practicing in 2007 due to her weak constitution. From then, she has witnessed the healing power of yoga in her health and flexibility. She constantly credits meditation as the transformative force in her life. Prior to meditation in 2011, she constantly sought fulfillment outside. It was only through much introspection and development of her inner awareness that she is now able to bring joy and maturity into each class she conducts.

“Many times our answers are within. I too, was constantly seeking for external validation, when true joy lies within. My dharma (duty) is to give back so that others can also discover completeness within themselves. When that happens, total health- physical, mental, social and spiritual health naturally follows.” Krisa extends her deepest gratitude to all her teachers S.N Goenka, Dr Omanand and family for teaching her unconditional love and forbearance.

 

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Catherine Tan

As a long time street dancer and gym aficionado, Catherine had heard much about Yoga but didn’t delve into it until she became bored with her set regime and was suffering from dire lack of flexibility. Little did she know that her first Yoga class would lead to a life changing shift. Yoga has enabled her to see and feel huge differences in herself physically, emotionally and mentally.

She embarked on the journey of teaching through her first training in Hot and Hatha Yoga with Copper Crow. In a bid to serve her students better, she has since gone on to study Yin Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga with several respected teachers including Jason Crandell, Jo Phee, Michelle Papa, Victor Chng and more.

Her belief in lifelong learning and keen interest in the study of anatomy and fascia, traditional Chinese medicine, qigong healing and yoga philosophy have motivated her to pursue such knowledge rigorously through self-study and workshops with many teachers including Carlos Pomeda, Charat Singh, Martin Kirk, Michael Watson, Tiffany Cruikshank and more.

Catherine believes the asana practice is a small but beautiful part of the overall universe of Yoga. Convinced of the benefits that Yoga has brought to her life, she left a decade-long journey of teaching dance to devote herself to spreading her love of the practice. She would love to share this joy with more people and hopefully create a positive change for her students, no matter how small.

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