Portrait of a yogi: YingShi Chan

I’m so happy to introduce you YingShi, who was part of the Yoga Teacher Training I did last year with Power Living Adelaide.

She is a real beautiful humain being. When we met at the beginning of the training, I think we were both really afraid to jump into the unknown. And finally we did it! I’m so proud of ourselves. Now let’s discover her thoughts about yoga!

Can you introduce yourself quickly?

Hi, my name is Ying Shi and I am a recovering perfectionist. I grew up in Malaysia, and have called Adelaide home for 16 years. Always curious and easily excitable, my friends are convinced that I’m an Energiser bunny. I can dance very stiffly and love ice-cream.

When did you start practicing yoga?

I was first introduced to yoga in 2013 by a close friend. I still remember myself whinging when she used to pick me up for classes at 5.30 am. After class comes the rushed showers and the mad dash to work. The zen moments definitely didn’t last long but it remains a fond memory.

When did you decide to take the leap with your Yoga Teacher Training?

In my early days of yoga practice, I went purely for a physical experience. I would turn up to class, just wanting to sweat it out, then leave feeling satisfied that I had done my part to be ‘healthy’. A year and a half ago, I faced some difficult challenges in life. I discovered that it was only when I was on my mat that my mind was still, calm and focused. Realizing this powerful healing benefit for the mind, I decided to deepen my personal practice. I also wanted to understand more about breath, asana and flow.

Tell us about your yoga teacher training journey

The teacher training journey for me was challenging (both mentally and physically), confronting, inspiring and insightful. I learnt about how my limiting self beliefs stop me from being the best version of myself. More importantly, I made life long friends. There was so much love, support and respect for one another as we bravely chose to be vulnerable and shared our personal stories. There were tears and joy at the same time. I am truly grateful to have been part of the experience.

What is yoga for you?

Yoga for me is a meditative state where my mind is connected with my breath and movement. I come to my mat for refuge.

What did you do after the teacher training course?

I left stability and comfort to relocate interstate.


What did you implement from the YTT in your life? Do you see your job, things or people differently?

I remind myself to practice non-attachment to results, and to be more mindful of my reactions by not beating myself up over things that didn’t turn out the way I had expected it to be. I now try to see people from a different angle – acknowledging that we are all fighting our own internal battles within. Let’s be compassionate to one another.

And finally, what’s next?

To have courage to go out and teach, and to embrace discomfort during times of change.
Read more beautiful yogi stories here!

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