Teachers > Henry Phua
Henry first encountered yoga in 2006 when he was looking for something that would keep him fit and healthy. He later realised that "yoga" goes beyond the physical asanas and started to dig deeper into the meaning of this popular word. After three years of practice, he took a leap of faith and attended his first teacher training in 2009 at the Institute of Vivekananda Yoga & Research Development India to immerse himself in the yogic culture, philosophy and Hindu tradition. That same year, he went to SVYASA Bangalore to understand and experience the ashram lifestyle, an experience that gave him a whole new perspective on life and changed his perception of living. Upon his return, he became passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga and eventually dedicated this passion into full-time teaching. He completed two more teacher trainings - at the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (Lonavla Pune, India) and an Ashtanga Yoga one with Chuck Miller.
Henry credits the path of his yoga journey to Manoj Thakur and Chuck Miller, who have shaped and shifted his mindset and practice. Manoj's great sense of humour and friendliness taught him to live the yogic way despite life's realities and obstacles. Chuck's humility and groundedness inspired Henry and gave him new insights about Ashtanga Vinyasa, contrary to the widely misinterpreted physical and competitive characteristic of modern Ashtanga Vinyasa. It turned Henry's practice into a subtler one and helped him to establish a deeper connection with his inner body.
Henry's classes focus on mindfulness, breathing and alignment. With them, he aims to help students work on their self-reflection as he believes that asana practice is a pathway connecting the physical and subtle body. Achieving equanimity of the mind, breath and body is a process that requires patience and perseverance, but through this, students will have a deeper understanding of their own practice and self-consciousness. His classes seek to build both physical and mental endurance that will strengthen concentration and instil emotional calmness, helping his students achieve a stronger sense of groundedness.
QUALIFICATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
- Yoga Instructor Training Course - Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Institute (Bangalore)
- National and International Himalaya Yoga Olympiad 2009 (Bangalore) - 1st Place
- Ayurveda Foundation Course - Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre (Bangalore)
- Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute LonavlaPune, India (RYS 200)
- Ashtanga Yoga with Chuck Miller (RYS 100)