For Jasmine, what started as a means to lose weight nine years ago quickly became a passion and a respite from a dissatisfactory lifestyle. She left her corporate job in 2014 to embark on an exciting journey to share her knowledge and experience in yoga with as many people as she can.
As a teacher, Jasmine is nurturing and encouraging, and her classes focus strongly on form and alignment. Even though she has a wealth of knowledge to share, she remains humble and understands that her students, too, have something to teach her. She is always inspired by her students, and loves seeing students grow stronger not just physically but also mentally through their yoga practice.
The opening of Yoga Lab is Jasmine’s way of spreading her deep love for the practice, and she is thrilled to provide a safe environment for practitioners of all levels and a space for all to share their passion for yoga.
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Betty discovered yoga during her college years in Canada, where winters were harsh and Hot Yoga was her respite from the cold. Though teaching was never the intention of her first teacher training, she went into teaching full-time later on, after realising that a career in the fashion industry was not for her.
Ever so calm with a perpetual smile on her face, you’ll never guess Betty is a mother of two. This superwoman juggles between teaching, managing Yoga Lab and ferrying her two kids around and doesn’t ever seem to get tired – or lose that smile!
In Betty’s words, “The breath is everything. If there is no breath, there is no asana.” With such a focus on movement in tandem with the breath, her classes will give you that same sense of calm and groundedness that she herself exudes.
Originally from New York, Katheryn moved to Asia nearly 10 years ago and has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and now Singapore. It was in Tokyo where she turned to yoga as a means to connect with others, despite the language barrier. The practice not only gave her an indescribable connection with her fellow classmates, but also taught her how to be happy through gratitude, giving her an opportunity to fall back in love with her life.
When it comes to teaching, what Katheryn loves most is when her students have their breakthrough “moment of ease” – that moment when the mind clears, the whole body simply softens into a difficult pose and the body feels light.
Having fun, feeling good and getting stronger are Katheryn’s classes in a nutshell. She loves laughing with her students, but also emphasises on connecting with your feelings. On top of that, you’re definitely guaranteed a good sweat!Back to top
Aishyn has been a sportswoman for years, but turned to yoga in 2016 after she became tired and unmotivated from competitive swimming. While there is no competition in yoga, the practice serves as a reminder and a tool for her to constantly improve and never remain stagnant.What started out as only wanting to do a headstand for a second, developed into much more than just achieving physical poses.
The Sport Science and Management graduate believes that yoga can empower anyone of all sizes, ages and even experience, just like it has for her. Her teaching style embodies exactly this as she strives to enable her students to tap into any undiscovered strength and flexibility in their bodies.
Aishyn may look small, but don’t be deceived by her size – she’s a certified lifeguard!Back to top
Having been a dancer when younger, Amanda found yoga to be a great way to maintain her flexibility and build strength after she stopped dancing in university. She soon found that her journey on the mat also challenged her to live a better life off the mat, in the real world.
A large part of why Amanda teaches is to pass on the many life lessons she has learnt in her own journey, and to encourage others to find their own paths. She also has a not-so-secret plan to use volunteer for various causes by teaching yoga!
What excites Amanda most is when her students go up to her after class with questions about, well, anything and everything! She loves how a curiosity about the practice signals a desire to improve and become better versions of ourselves.Back to top
Having been a competitive sportswoman throughout her life, it was a torn ACL that ended her sporting career. Two years later, she found yoga through Groupon and hasn’t looked back since.
Before she started practising yoga, running, jumping, squatting or even touching her toes were completely out of the question. But after years of consistent practice, Erica has never felt stronger, fitter and more flexible. Through yoga, she has gained a greater sense of honouring the body, learning to love it enough to allow it to rest and heal. She never fails to remind her students that yoga is about healing the body, not injuring it.
“Effort before effortless” is how Erica lives, practises and teaches. Her classes are intense and invigorating, but you’ll have to try a session for yourself to see what the #SurvivedErica hashtag is all about!Back to top
A real adventure-seeker, Cheyenne would jump on any opportunity to hike up mountains, swim with dolphins, skydive… the list goes on. Despite being such an adrenaline junkie, she remains grounded nevertheless – a trait she attributes to daily meditation.
Wishing to share her knowledge and incredible yoga journey, Cheyenne embarked on a path that led her to become a yoga instructor – a decision she will never regret. She loves joking around in her classes, and laughs at herself when she embarrassingly slips on the mats in the middle of class. With her infectious smile, you’re guaranteed to leave her class feeling awesome!
She believes in always being thankful, appreciating what you have. With an unstoppable desire to munch on snacks, Cheyenne would definitely appreciate any nibbles given to her, if not a good plate of bread and butter pudding.Back to top
Denise was first introduced to the world of yoga when she signed up for a group class in a gym. Through that experience, her curiosity towards asanas was piqued, and she then started to delve deeper into the practice, exploring how different poses have an impact on her body.
Though her teaching career started as a ballet instructor seven years ago, Denise’s deep love for sharing her knowledge and connecting with other like minded people nudged her to branch out into teaching yoga too.
Denise’s loves teaching strong, dynamic classes, but also loves throwing in slower portions to help her students access the full benefits of each pose.
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Fascinated by the spectacular feats of strength and flexibility demonstrated by many yogis on Instagram, Jiawang first turned to yoga as a means of recovering the flexibility he lost over the years, as well as to complement his resistance training routines. But it was the cathartic release he experienced every time he stepped on the mat that made him return to the practice again and again.
Jiawang perpetually feels like he have an enormous amount of energy to expend – it’s no surprise that he’s always doing some form of exercise, be it basketball, long distance running or working out in the gym.
Yoga, however, is much more than just exercise to Jiawang. Since starting his practice, not only has he become much more equanimous, his knee pain from having congenital bow legs have stopped.
What else interests Jiawang? Well let’s see. Poetry, flash fiction, art, sign language, linguistics and plays… just to name a few!Back to top
Although yoga and alternative complementary health was always in her family, Kathy only really picked up yoga as a teenager, during a period of spiritual seeking. She found solace in the practice, which has helped her greatly in overcoming emotional struggles and obstacles in life. This is the reason she believes that yoga is not just about the physical poses, but also about the healing benefits of the mental and spiritual practice.
Through teaching, Kathy wishes to help her students find their sacred space, and loves seeing her students get to a point of total engagement with their practice, experiencing personal growth mentally, physically as well as emotionally. Her classes are thus holistic, combining aspects of Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa, and focuses on what feels good for the body.
Apart from yoga, Kathy has interests in human photography and writing, but most of all, she loves travelling. Filled with an insatiable desire to explore the world, Kathy has been to 33 countries thus far, and has no plans to stop there.Back to top
An avid activist for various charity causes, a vegetarian by choice and a fervent yoga advocate, Leandra swears by the mantra “If you don’t stand for something, you’d fall for anything.” She believes that everything we do, big or small, will have an impact on ourselves, the people around us and the Universe.
Before starting yoga, Leandra was always that one student in class who found ways to skip physical education classes and finished last in fitness tests. But when she stumbled upon Bikram Yoga 7 years ago, the class left her physically exhausted but intensely awake mentally, and that was when she knew the practice would be life-changing.
It simply takes one student to smile at her or say, “I can do camel pose now!” to make Leandra’s day. She finds meaning in knowing that something she did or shared in class helped students in their journey of self-discovery, and it is her students’ energy and passion for the practice that inspires her to keep teaching.Back to top
With a whole array of interests ranging from windsurfing to experimental theatre, it is not surprising that Marian first started yoga out at sea. She was introduced to Stand Up Paddle yoga when she was actively windsurfing and hanging out by the beach a lot. She then decided to explore the practice more, bringing it to land. It was then a very organic movement from loving what she was practising, to desiring to share that knowledge with others.
To Marian, teaching others teaches her. Much of what she has learnt about the human condition comes from observing and interacting with her students, and she believes in setting up a safe space, proposing possibilities and giving her students possibilities to move as freely as they wish.
Have a chit-chat with her after class, and she might just tell you all about her dream of living in a tiny, self-built, off-grid house amidst a food garden!Back to top
Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an interior designer, Maya finally took the plunge to leave after five years. She had two options: to spend all her savings on a trip to the Safari, or spend all her savings on a teacher training course. Which path she eventually chose is pretty obvious!
Maya’s unapologetically loud and fun-loving personality shines through in her classes, where she might just put you in a plank for 5 minutes, but still manage to have you laughing while at it! Though she keeps her classes light and playful, she places a large emphasis on alignment and awareness of the breath.
What Maya loves most about teaching yoga is the feeling of sharing space with her students, laughing and being present with each and every one of them in classes. That’s what makes her feel most alive.
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It was back in 2008 when Mingli chanced upon hot yoga in Singapore. The first lesson got her hooked – she was falling everywhere but was at the same time amazed at how different poses can be executed with so much grace within the perimeters of a yoga mat.
After Mingli discovered Yin and Restorative yoga, the practice was no longer just about physical fitness, but a holistic approach to life. This shift in mindset made her want to share the benefits of the practice with more people, setting her on the path of being a yoga teacher.
Though Mingli’s sequences are robust, she uses a gentle approach to help her students execute poses. She is especially inspired by older, mature yogis who are open to learn new things – she believes that you’re never too old to connect to your body!Back to top
Even with a day job as a hedge advisor, Ruth teaches whenever she can as she feels the need to give back – and to her, teaching is exactly that. She thrives on connecting with different souls and being in the moment with her students.
Being in one of Ruth’s classes is an uplifting yet grounding experience, but also a sweaty one! Her classes are Baptiste inspired, and focus on building core strength, so expect a great workout. As she recognises that each body is different, she provides lots of variations for every student to get the full benefits out of each pose.
“Live boldly, dream big” is Ruth’s philosophy on life – and she, without a doubt, lives by that saying. Apart from being an advisor and yoga instructor, she is also an avid sky diver and scuba diver, as well as a makeup artist on request.
After completing her teacher training in San Francisco where yoga is incredibly diverse, Rui knew she had to bring her experience back to Singapore and make the local yoga community more welcoming and inclusive for all ages, genders and shapes. As yoga has taught her to be comfortable in her own skin, she similarly hopes to help create a safe space for her students to feel better in their bodies – a sense of confidence that will eventually translate into their hearts too.
For Rui, the way she practises and understands yoga evolved after sustaining a thumb tendon injury as the result of pushing herself too hard. While her classes are fun and laidback, she also focuses heavily on safe alignment. She believes the sweet spot is more in the feeling of an optimally aligned asana rather than swimming between them at high speed, and loves balancing that with the feeling of moving and breathing together as a class.Back to top
As someone who constantly moves from one place to the next, living life spontaneously, yoga has a special way of keeping Sheranne grounded. She first discovered yoga when she was living in LA as a form of therapy and rehabilitative exercise after she had an invasive decompression surgery in her lower back.
What Sheranne loves about teaching yoga is seeing people from all walks of life come together to practise, with a common goal of wanting to make a change in some aspect of their lives. Her classes are lighthearted as she just wants everyone to have a little bit of fun and not take things too seriously.
A strong believer of chasing dreams, Sheranne feels that if you want something bad enough, set your mind to it, work hard, and let the magic happen!Back to top
Sheryl got into yoga at one of the lowest points in her life. She looked to the universe for guidance, and was pointed in the direction of yoga. After attending her first class, she was instantly hooked by the sense of calm that washed over her. Most of all, she appreciated how the practice centres on awareness, which has helped her overcome some of her biggest faults as a person.
What inspires Sheryl to teach is the enthusiasm her students bring into the classroom, where they are game to try any pose thrown to them. She also loves how friends motivate each other in class to hold those poses longer, go harder and give it their best shot.
Not only is Sheryl a yogi and a full-time brand custodian, she’s also a massive foodie. Being very involved in Singapore’s food scene, she writes reviews with Burpple and is part of the Burpple Tastemaker Community. She even describes herself as a hot fudge sundae – tan and warm on the outside, ice queen on the inside! A true foodie indeed.Back to top
Valerie developed a passion for healthy living 10 years ago, but never really knew what that meant apart from exercising and dieting. Back then, she packed her schedule with activities like kickboxing and body pump, but eventually turned to yoga after she was left with a knee injury.
Barely able to touch her toes when she started yoga, Valerie strongly believes that you don’t need to be flexible, fit or skinny to do yoga. She loves how yoga is for everyone and anyone – no matter what background, age or fitness level.
Outside of yoga, the full-time nurse indulges in early morning strolls in the park and spends her days off hanging out with her dog and rabbit.Back to top
It was at a Buddhist temple in Kuching, Malaysia where Yen discovered yoga and fell in love with how the practice made her feel as well as the challenge of each yoga posture. Yoga has given her a strong and healthy body as well as a calm and focused mind – benefits she wishes her students will experience too.
Yen teaches to become a better student. She strongly believes that teaching, too, is a never-ending learning process, and thrives on the energy and knowledge exchange she experiences in her classes.
Yen’s style is a mix of Dharma, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. While her classes offer a challenge, she guides her students through graceful movements, encouraging them to embrace their own personal journey.Back to top
A former flight stewardess, Yoshie first started yoga when the demands of flying and travelling constantly took a toll on her body. So when she discovered yoga, she was immediately hooked. The practice gave her a feeling of restoration and empowerment and that is what keeps her going back to her mat.
Despite ending her career as a stewardess, Yoshie is still consumed by wanderlust and would jump on any opportunity to travel to places where she can hike and dive. She also loves swimming – that’s what keeps her super fit!
A well-balanced individual, Yoshie ensures a daily yoga practice, but also makes time for her family. Her favourite part of each day is early in the morning, when she makes breakfast for her family before sending her daughter off to school.
The first time Zen tried yoga was when she attended a free trial for an Ashtanga class. Aching like never before the next day, she decided that yoga wasn’t for her, until she gave it another shot a year later after injuring her back. She was then hooked!
Through open conversation, Zen hopes to build deep and meaningful connections with her students, not just on the mat but also beyond the asana practice. She aims to inspire them through her own experiences and to share her wisdom.
Zen would be the first to admit that she’s the ultimate “auntie” – if you need to find the cheapest parking in the area, she’s the one to ask!Back to top