TEACHER FEATURE: Aislin Teo

Aislin

1) When and how did you first start practising?

One of the first few yoga classes that I took way back in 2007, was Bikram (hot) yoga, with the main (vain) reason for weight loss. The weekly practice continued for the next 5 years before I decided to get out of my comfort zone and tried a flow class on one faithful day. And boy, it was definitely a life-changing session and I never look back at bikram again. From there on, I moved on to Hatha, Yin and my favourite Vinyasa classes.

2) How you feel or what did you think after that first time?

I thought I was going to faint in the class! I have low blood pressure since young and with the sequences of Birkam plus the hot temperature of 39 degree, it certainly didn’t help. But yoga… has this amazing force to draw me back class after class. I guess the curiosity and hunger for knowledge kept me on the mat and fuel my desire to learn and evolve everyday

3) What inspired you to teach? And why do you continue to teach?

After 9 years of exploration & practice in yoga, I found the calmness that yoga has brought me amid the crazy school and work schedule. I also find myself to having more compassion and kindness toward people around me, including myself. Beside the mental well-being, I definitely grew physically stronger and healthier with the regular practice. 
 
With all these benefits that I have gained over the year through yoga, this inspired me to share my knowledge and the benefits of yoga to everyone around me. I feel that most people have the mentality that yoga is for the flexible and all about the fancy yoga poses, and I hope that I can share with them what I have personally experienced thus far.
Seeing the smiles and receiving gratitude from every students after classes is the most joyous and blissful feeling that I can ever received as a instructor – such intangible gift always give me the reason to continue to teach. 🙂

4) How has your practice affected your life and perspective on it?

Yoga… been with me during my highs and my lows, my happiest and also my heartbreaking moments. What it taught me the most was to “let it flow”, be it on the mat or off the mat. Not to hold on to something so tightly that you will hurt yourself (physically or emotionally) but rather to let things go and learn to flow or dance in that moment, because nothing is permanent. 

5) Share something fun about Aislin.

I love the ocean and enjoy sea sports, so I often wonder who would life be like for me if I were born in countries nearer to sea.
Also, I love my bubble tea so much that I need to have at least one cup a day but don’t worry, I always keep them sugar-free!

Join Aislin on Wednesdays for Vinyasa Flow 4:15pm & Hatha Yoga 5:30pm.

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