Featured Teacher: William
The initial appeal of yoga came from William's need to heal a knee injury. But he has evolved since learning with his first teacher Vikram, now getting ultimate gratification as a yoga teacher himself - watching his students grow and benefit from the practice. He counts reading, music and travelling as some of his favourite pastimes.
Where are you originally from?
I'm from the land across the straits, Malaysia.
How long have you been teaching?
About a year now.
Who was your very first yoga teacher and what was he/she like?
Vikram, a very good, friendly and helpful teacher.
How long have you been practising?
About 3 years now.
Originally, what attracted you to yoga?
Its therapeutic and health benefits. It has helped me recover from my knee problem.
What motivates you to practise today?
To understand the different layers (kosha) of myself.
How would you describe your personal practice?
Constantly evolving. I'm just happy to be able to practise any form of yoga.
Before you became a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was in the information technology industry offering analysis and consultation services.
What do you love about teaching?
The opportunity to teach and share the essence of yoga, and the satisfaction in watching the community benefit and grow from it.
What do you find challenging about teaching?
Managing the expectations of others and myself.
Describe your ideal class (as a teacher).
Being able to communicate the intention of the practice to the students, and seeing them enjoy and feel good throughout the practice.
Describe a class that you would find challenging or difficult (as a teacher).
The direct opposite of the above.
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your practice?
There are just too many to mention. I'm ever grateful to each of them.
What is your most embarrassing moment in the studio (as a teacher or student)?
As a student, halfway through a Hot 2 class in Hong Kong, when I accidentally used the towel of the person next to me without noticing that she was looking.
Where is the strangest place you've practised yoga?
At a juice bar after a drink. Must have been the sudden rush of sugar to my head.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Reading, music, movies and travelling.
Describe your most profound yoga experience.
Osho's dynamic meditation. It was a truly amazing feeling being one with the universal energy. One has to experience it first-hand to understand.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?