I would always joke with my friends and colleagues about leaving my corporate job to become a yoga teacher. And, well, I guess it happened.
It didn’t happen overnight though.
Back when I was working full-time in the fashion industry, yoga was my way of escape from the hustle and bustle of my daily life. Although it was merely an after-work hobby of mine, it was also the only time of the day where I felt truly at home. I dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher, but I never thought it would become a reality.
When I eventually decided to leave my desk job, I was overwhelmed with doubt: What am I going to do with my life now? Am I going to find another job where I will end up working in a similar environment? Is it too late for me to consider a career change? Again, it was yoga that reminded me to be patient and comfortable with the present.
Out of curiosity I embarked on my first intensive 200-hour teacher training with Bryce Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand. I didn’t go in with the intention of teaching afterwards, I was simply hoping to learn more about all things yoga and deepen my practice.
Little did I know, the warmth and encouragement that I received from my teachers and fellow yogis - who have now become dear friends - was the reminder I needed that the yoga community is where I thrive and where I belong.
Upon completing my training, I decided to give teaching a go and haven’t looked back since! I take my practice seriously but I don’t take myself too seriously. What’s yoga without a bit of fun and spontaneity? I love playing around with inversions and arm balances in a flow class just as much as I love hanging out in a forward fold for 10 minutes in a yin class.
I am forever grateful to my mentors Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein (from Bryce Yoga) and Melanie McLaughlin (from The Yin Space), as well as all the teachers and students that I have met on my yoga journey. I can only hope to inspire others to live an authentic yogic lifestyle on- and off- the mat just as much as they have inspired me. Namaste!