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Featured Instructor: Cheryl Cheong

She may look petite, but Cheryl Cheong knows how to provide a powerful workout in her Vinyasa and Core classes. Get to know her, then Book Your Mat for one of her classes on Thursday evenings or Sundays.

What is yoga to you?

Yoga is the act of you doing right by you; it is the practice of putting yourself first—physically, mentally, spiritually. Guilt-free and without judgement, and finding joy with yourself, separate from all things extrinsic.

How did you come to yoga?

I’ve always been a performer and trickster at heart. I did cheerleading, dance, pole dancing and calisthenics, and my lack of body awareness left me very injured. I found yoga to be a great way to recuperate and gain better understanding of my body, its limits and proper alignment to ensure that my body stays safe while exercising.

What is your favourite yoga pose?

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II. I remember I discovered it when I was hitting a roadblock early on in my practice. I couldn’t seem to find balance in any arm balance (not even a crow, which is widely believed to be the most accessible arm-balance).
After a particularly immersive and enlightening yoga session in the fields of Canggu, Bali, I somehow accomplished it! It’s like it suddenly clicked, and suddenly a lot of arm-balance poses made sense. This pose made me the arm-balance junkie that I am today.

Hardest yoga pose?

Uttanasana aka Forward Fold. Because of my sciatica, I’m still not able to get into a very compressed Uttanasana. Yet.

What yoga goals are you working towards?

Press-up handstands and drop backs.

Your favourite place for a yoga retreat?

Based on my experience, Bali. But I would love to do a yoga retreat in Japan. Can you imagine doing yoga in the crisp Japanese air, Mount Fuji behind you, Sakura petals swirling in the wind? Heaven.

What type of music do you do yoga to?

Beachy, good-vibes music does it for me. The kind you listen to while lounging at the seaside, drinking a mojito.

Give us your favourite track!

Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
Harvest Moon – Poolside
* I know I’m just supposed to have one favorite, but I don’t care! Haha.

What other fitness exercise do you do outside of yoga?

Pole dancing and running.

What do you like to eat/drink after a yoga class?

If I’m good, a salad with a lot of protein. If I’m naughty (and it’s cheat day) then bak chor mee.

Your favourite person to chill with is…

I don’t play favorites. As long as you’re nice, unpretentious and open-minded, always happy to chill together. Come chill at our studio, it’s super fun!

Leggings or shorts (when doing yoga)?

Leggings. More grip.

When you are not teaching yoga, what do you do?

Hustling at my day job. Trying to find the time to do my own personal practice. I’m also an avid pole dancer, so there’s that too.

If we want to catch you outside of the studio, where can we find you?

Outside the studio, I’m probably at home, reading – time to myself.

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