I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) - half English-half Chinese, I was born & raised in Bangkok, I'm married to a Norwegian in the Foreign Service and currently live in Canberra, Australia. Educated in England and Australia and formerly employed in the hotel & spa industry, I am privileged to have lived & worked in some amazing locations around the world. My exposure to different cultures has given me a deep sense of respect and consideration for others, which cultivated my interest in the healing arts.
I took my first yoga class in 2000, looking for a way to get fit without expending too much effort. I was immediately hooked but it took a few years before I understood why - through asana & meditation practice I had become physically stronger and more flexible, and, mentally, I was calmer, more mindful and aware of the energies within and around me. While living in Beijing I was encouraged to take a 200hr yoga teacher training course (TTC) to deepen my understanding and practice of yoga. By the end of the course, I realised that I really wanted to share what I had learnt. Seeing the positive effects of the practice on my students at the end of each class is always rewarding. After 4 years in China, we relocated to New Delhi where I had the chance to learn directly from the lineages of my previous teachers, and set up a teaching practice. We stayed in India for 7 years, giving me the chance to teach to various enthusiastic and diligent groups of yogis from whom I learnt so much and developed my teaching style. During this time I took a second 200hr TT with Yogalife and for a period worked with the school as a co-teacher, joining them for two, month-long TTC intensives in 2012/2013. While in India I also led several yoga retreats which I really enjoyed organising and teaching.
Prior to leaving Delhi, I completed a 100 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Coming from a Chinese background and having had 4 years of life exerience in China, I found the connections between Daoist philosophies and the Chinese meridian and Five Element theories that are present in the Yin theory fascinating, and I love how effective Yin Yoga can be in softening and opening the body and mind, with often immediate results. From late 2016 to mid 2019 I taught several classes a week in Mysen, South East Norway. My Slow Flow and Yin Yoga classes were very popular with students of all ages and abilities. During my 3 years at Family Sports Club Mysen I expanded their yoga program to include Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Senior/Chair Yoga and APD Yoga (Aktiv på Dagtid - classes tailored for those suffering from long term physical and/or mental health issues).
I am also a longtime practitioner of Traditional Thai massage and while in Delhi was introduced to Pranic (Energy) Healing which I occasionally incorporate into my massage treatments. I am currently studying for my Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy in Canberra and am looking forward to adding new massage therapy skills to my repertoire.