Taking a leaf from cats’ curious nature, Ziling adopts a curious mind towards the world and this led her to begin her yoga journey in 2009. The unexplained happiness and lightness felt . after every practice brought her back to the mat again and again.
As she got deeper into her practice, she experienced the enhanced awareness and connection with her breath, consciousness and her physical being. To her, Yoga Sutra 1.2 “Yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah” by Patanjali (the sage/yogi/author of these verses that serve as guidelines) summarises the essence of a yoga practice. It means yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. Hoping to share the joy and benefits of yoga with as many people as possible, Ziling became a yoga teacher.
Having been in the education and training industry for the past 10 years, she believes that a good teacher has to first be a student. She practises this by being a committed student to her regular Ashtanga practice. An ardent believer of lifelong learning, she regularly upgrades herself by attending various workshops after completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training
Ziling likes to focus on themes in her classes, sometimes guiding students to eventually reach a peak pose. She places emphasis on giving students space to explore and go deeper in their practice, sometimes dropping a gentle reminder to smile and just be. Of course, you can always count on her to inject some fun in her classes.
Her advice to cultivating a regular practice is simply to just show up on the mat.