The Ng sisters and their bond with yoga

Ng sisters
Foong Pun (middle), Foong Meng (far right) and their mum Lai Ying (second from left) attend yoga classes, sometimes together at KPY.

 What made you take up yoga in the first place? 

Foong Meng (FM): I was with a gym and doing cross training but the turnover of instructors was really high and standards deviated with the instructors. Some of my own habits also caused injury to my shoulder and I had to stop. So I was looking for an alternative exercise routine and came across KPY.
Foong Pun (FP): I was feeling stiff and know that I have to get myself ‘fixed’ before things got worse. I asked my sister Foong Meng about yoga and she raved to me about KPY.

 Was your first encounter with yoga what you expected? 

FM: My first encounter was with Germin who was teaching a Beginner class and it totally blew me away with how much fun I had. I could do the poses because instructions were clear and the strap helped a lot!
FP: It was much better than expected, and I knew it was exactly what I needed. The stretching, core-building, the breathing and so on.

 What do you gain most out of your yoga practice?

FM: Better awareness of my posture is my greatest gain and that have helped improve my overall well being.
FP: I enjoy the part about being fully present at the practice, practising mindfulness, building my strength, balance and alignment to improve my posture.
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Does it make a difference when you have a family member doing yoga with you? 

FM: It’s nice to have company and we can pair up for some of the poses.
FP: She gives me motivation! No excuses for cutting classes.

 When you first came to KPY, what were your first impressions?

FP: The teachers are so friendly, they know everyone’s name and they cater to everyone’s health issue. There is always an alternative to a yoga pose. I have frozen shoulders and teachers like Simona, Paulina, Pek Yew, Li Ling and Angela are all genuinely concerned for me to ensure I do not hurt myself and at the same ensure that I am still be able to do the poses but with an alternative positioning.
FM: Agree. Friendliness of the people and how caring the teachers were to everyone.

 What did you think of ‘Yoga for Normal People’?

FP: This was what made me join KPY! I am normal and I see yoga poses on Instagram and magazines with very bendy yogis in gravity-defying poses. They may be impossible and ‘abnormal’ for most ‘normal’ people like me. So I was never a fan nor would imagine myself doing yoga. But with my stiffness in my body and the need to do something about it and the relatable tagline, plus my sister’s recommendation, I was drawn to KPY.
FM: I like that the tagline is not threatening and it is translated to how the teachers made sure our needs are taken care of and the constant assurance that there’s no judgment to what we can do and everyday is different.

 What do you think is the KPY difference? 

FM: I like the small classes, personal attention and that there’s no mirror so we are not distracted by how we look or how others look!
FP: I like KPY as it’s non aircon and it’s convenient and the teachers are so friendly and caring. That makes all the difference.

 What is your message to people like you who have yet to take up yoga in their wellness routine? 

FM: Do it! Find a studio that is not too commercialised near your home and give it a try.
FP: Give it a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised at how much you may enjoy it. It does not make you float in the air. It’s all about reducing stress, being aware of your posture, breathing, building your core which everyone needs as we age.

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