Welcome! I started practicing yoga in March 2008, shortly after moving to Singapore for work. As a former runner and two time marathon finisher (NYC and Paris), I was looking for a physically challenging activity that would be less jarring on my body. Honestly, I looked to yoga because of Madonna's cut arms.
A former colleague connected me with her yoga champion cousin, Ky Ha, who had also recently moved to Singapore to teach yoga - Bikram yoga. I bought a one week unlimited beginners pass at the studio and practiced three classes in three days. After the third class, I remember feeling so clean inside and out (after my shower, of course). Thus began my journey.
About three weeks later, Ky convinced me to compete in the Singapore Regional Yoga Asana championship which would take place about six months later. I practiced standing-head-to-knee and standing bow, two of the compulsory postures in the championships, day in and day out - waiting for the subway and even while brushing my teeth! My colleagues at work thought I had clearly gone nuts. Meanwhile, the financial crisis was going down, and I was working on a trading floor. I needed to breathe and backbend!
I represented Singapore in the International Championships for four years (2009 - 2012) placing 3rd (2010), 2nd (2011) and finally 1st in 2012. In 2014, I was honored to represent my home country - USA - at the International Championships, where I placed 1st again.
I am so thankful for the yoga championships for providing a forum for me to take my hatha yoga practice to another level, and more importantly for the yoga community that I was able to meet and be a part of.
I am also forever grateful to all my teachers, especially...
- Ky Ha
- Dev Kapil
- Mary Jarvis
- Maty Ezraty