Sheela Cheong found yoga in 2008 at the University of California where she was doing her graduate studies in Sociology. Her teacher was a former student of BKS Iyengar and integrated her Iyengar practice with principles of TCM, Qi Gong and Ayurveda. As she began a daily practice, Sheela found that yoga and academia seemed to occupy two very different worlds. Although she still loves the world of words, she became increasingly drawn to working with and understanding the body. After returning to Asia, she earned her teacher’s certification and has been teaching yoga ever since. Her favourite quote is from Nietzsche: ‘There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.’ It is her hope to awaken this inner wisdom in every one of her students.
Yoga Therapy is a gentle and healing class focused on bringing the body and mind back to the state of balance. Students will be guided to practise with proper alignment, engagement of muscles and mindfulness in a functional way that works for their body.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.
By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision. Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions.
Prenatal yoga focuses on poses for pregnant women, in order to increase strength and flexibility and develop proper breathing and relaxation techniques in preparation for labour.
Yin yoga comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and five minutes.
This is a slower-paced hatha yoga class in which students are safely guided into and out of each posture. A variety of props are used to support the body where needed.
Hatha Yoga typically includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). This is a relatively slow and gentle style that is suitable for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed class.