My Yoga Journey
(Image: Ling sitting in half lotus with prayer hands)
I am Ling, a Korean ethnic, born in a little town called Jilin, located in north east of China. I grew up relocating due to my dad’s job, to Beijing, to Beihai (south of China), then to Shanghai. In 2008, I moved to the UK for my Masters degree in International Business, also to experience what seemed to me back then, the opposite world from where I was from. Fast forward, it’s hard to believe London is now the city that I lived in for the longest time, the place I now call home.
I encountered many cultural differences when I first arrived in the UK - all I noticed was the differences. But having lived here for a while, I started to realise how the same we are. We might speak different languages, may look different, may have different religious beliefs, may have different social cues, but we all want happiness in life, all want to leave a better world to our children, we all have insecurities and vulnerable moments, and we all want to love and be loved.
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because Oneness is the secret of everything.” - Swami Vivekananda
With the mixed cultural input and living experiences, the curiosity was sparked in me to learn, create and connect. I have worked as a client services director in various creative agencies, have curated a TEDx event in London and have raised funds for Prince’s Trust. I have also become a surfer, a philosophy student, a jiu-jitsu student, an entrepreneur, a wife and now a yoga teacher.
How did Yoga come about?
I first got into yoga when I was in my early 20s, with a rather superficial intention: to lose weight and get toned. Yoga to me, was simply those asana poses, a form of a slow flow exercise. What really intrigued me to dig deeper was when I heard about ‘eight limbs of yoga’ in one of my philosophy classes (read more about 'eight limbs of yoga' on my other blog post 'the real purpose of yoga'). With great curiosity, I signed up for 200h yoga teacher training.
Through the training, I got to learn the detailed alignment of each pose, the science of yoga via anatomy. I was also exposed to different aspects of yoga, chanting, meditation, pranayama, yoga nidra, ayurveda and yoga philosophy. The integrated approach made me aware I was only scratching the surfaces of this vast philosophical and spiritual system.
I was at a great test when I was going through an unfortunate ectopic pregnancy in May 2020 (I wrote a blog about my learnings from going through an ectopic pregnancy, you can read it here). During that one-month treatment, where I was living with great uncertainty, anxiety, fear and pain, I couldn't do any yoga asana and meditation became my saviour to keep me grounded, sane, present and grateful. That experience brought my understanding of yoga to a very different level and a much deeper appreciation of the definition of yoga by Patanjali: chitta vritti nirodha, which means yoga is the restriction of the movements of the mind (you can also read about my other blog 'the real purpose of yoga').
As I progress as a yoga practitioner, I slowly realise how much I don’t know about yoga and how much more I’d like to learn. As I qualified to be a yoga teacher, deeply in my heart, I know the journey has only just begun.
"Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being." - Joel Kramer
What would you like to share during your teaching?
You might be drawn to yoga for physical benefits, or as a way to manage your stress level and enhance your mental wellbeing. Or maybe you are in it to experience the union among mind, body and spirit. Yoga is all of these.
I’d be privileged to pass on the knowledge of various yoga elements to beginners, be it asana pose alignments, pranayama techniques, meditation or yoga philosophy. So that you are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to progress on your own journey, wherever your curiosity leads.
I'd also love to encourage students to bring the on-the-mat practice to daily life - yoga is not bound to the mat or time.
Which Yoga Teacher Training have you completed?
200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa - Yoga London - Oct 2019 - 2020.
I hold my deepest gratitude to all my teachers, past and present.
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