Li Ling started her yoga journey more than a decade ago. Having been a very active netball player in school and outside of work then, she saw yoga as another form of physical exercise to complement her existing training schedule.
Today, Li Ling’s teachings stem from her diverse trainings in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Myofascia Release, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, overlayed with her background in sports training.
Her classes are movement oriented and she has an ability to break down asanas and concepts to make it more relevant. The emphasis of her classes are always on feeling right and good in the body, setting good foundation and habits so that one can practise even when they are 80 years old, and throwing in the occasional challenge because everyone can learn how to step out of their comfort zones, but in a safe manner.
What is your favourite type of class to teach? I used to practise and love vinyasa classes and that was the time when I had a lot of energy to expend. Today I still love flow classes but I also appreciate the deeper holds which Hatha and Iyengar classes give me. I teach a blend nowadays, depending on what I think the students need for that particular class.
What is your favourite pose? It’ll be a close fight between a headstand and half moon pose. One gives you a feeling of freedom, of fear overcome, and that anything is possible; and the latter opens up every inch of your body — shoulders, hips, chest, and even the little spaces between your toes!
What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? It’s the feeling after the practice. You reap what you sow. The amount of effort and heart you put into your practice will translate into greater vitality and stillness, and that sense of focus for the rest of the day. All that work is worth it if we get to enjoy a few minutes when the mind is still and quiet, isn’t it? This is so rare in our lifestyle today.
What always makes you laugh? My 2 dogs Coco and Rainbow. Both are adorable in their own ways and never fail to help me break into a smile when the day is rough. My husband Julian comes a very close second.
What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? I think I am the ultimate OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) person. If I see that your mat is not aligned to the front of the room, I probably will come by to adjust it! I need blankets to be folded neatly, stacked in the right colours and cannot stand hair on the floor.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? The first time I did yoga at a studio, I was so gungho and tried to do everything. But I clearly suffered when I reached home. I couldn’t even raise my hands to give my hair a good shampoo. Haha! Not a good feeling at all. I am more sensible now and have learnt how to treat my body better.
For a class that will inspire, energise and centre you, join Li Ling!