Featured Teacher: Nadia
Though only a yoga practitioner since 2003, Nadia can't imagine doing anything now besides teaching yoga! She revels in classes that are full of enthusiasm, energy and playfulness - and her own practice stems from spontaneity and feeling. Her inspiration comes from people such as Baron Baptiste and Alison Novie, and her personal enjoyment of art in every form.
Where are you originally from?
How long have you been teaching?
Who was your very first yoga teacher and what was he/she like?
How long have you been practising?
Originally, what attracted you to yoga?
The balance of strengthening, lengthening and a quiet mind
What motivates you to practise today?
Integration within my own body, sharpening intuition connecting with subtle energies that go beyond the physical body, and just being light and strong at the same time.
How would you describe your personal practice?
Totally spontaneous and created by feeling
Before you became a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was in advertising and was working for a production company in New York
What do you love about teaching?
Giving and receiving
What do you find challenging about teaching?
Being present totally and consistently class after class
Describe your ideal class (as a teacher).
An energetic, enthusiastic and playful bunch of students, which by the way is not rare in Singapore.
Describe a class that you would find challenging or difficult (as a teacher).
Every class presents a challenge and growth at the same time
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your practice?
Baron Baptiste, Alison Novie, Schuyler Grant and so many other wonderful and modest teachers.
What is your most embarrassing moment in the studio (as a teacher or student)?
Every embarrassing moment brings lightness in the room at least.
Where is the strangest place you've practised yoga?
On the plane.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Love to read about food, health and traditional medicine. Enjoy art in all forms.
Describe your most profound yoga experience.
I have this vivid memory of feeling totally disconnected, weak and powerless as I was doing core exercises in an intensive yoga workshop three months after surgery on my belly. Growing from a place of weakness is extremely empowering.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Honestly I can't imagine not being a yoga teacher and health counselor at this point in my life.