Senior Instructor: Carol Cheong (Saraswati)
After teaching full time for more than 15 years, I am clearer than before that this is my calling because it does not feel like a job anymore. Many students are feeling stressed by work and studies in their daily life. They really connected with the yoga sessions at a deeper level as what we are doing is not just helping them physically. Paying much attention to the breath and mind, they are able to slowly direct their mind to their breath which truly help them to go into different poses and relax at the same time. I have been teaching pilates for a long time and have worked with different body types. Without fail, every student feel the muscle aches after a pilates session. This is because the pilates class is very effective in targeting the weak cores muscles. With proper instructions, they can zoom in and target the weaker muscles.
It feels natural and heart-warming when I am able to help students to lengthen their spine a little bit more, breathe a little deeper or just having a bit more fun.
It is no longer that important to get to a certain destination in a certain time frame. The process is important and if the connection is present, I am able to help my students set a strong foundation to kickstart a movement regime and enhance their awareness to reach their own personal goal.
Many times, reaching a certain goal is not just about physical limitations but also about becoming aware of personal emotional needs. An emotionally tense person will likely have a tight neck, shoulder, and back muscles.
I believe in teaching with an open heart so that the students can feel my sincerity in supporting them. In this way, a relationship builds, where there is mutual trust.
Currently, I am teaching Hatha Yoga, Pilates, and Dance. They might be very different in many ways but in my opinion, the key principles in all three disciplines are your breath and awareness.
I had been fortunate enough to be able to have taught yoga in Lisbon, Rishikesh and Bali. In Singapore, I had written an elective course syllabus for the Nanyang Technology of Singapore University and currently teaching the course “Introduction to Pilates Matwork and Hatha Yoga” to the undergrads. There is much satisfaction for me as I am able to guide the same group of students for a period of 12 weeks which allow them to build a strong foundation and have better understanding of both pilates and yoga. This is now a very popular course, as we have almost 300 students on waiting list every semester. I am grateful that I can share yoga and pilates to the young people.
Teaching and choreographing have given me much strength, space, and spirituality. I hope that my classes can support your transformation as much as it had done for me.
Besides myself, there is also a group of very dedicated and experienced instructors who have been working with me for the past years. They are specially shortlisted because of their dedication and effective teaching methods; most importantly, they are responsible teachers who understand what teaching is all about. We are not here to showcase what poses or exercises that we can execute but to guide you to where you can feel ease physically and gain more strength and flexibility over time.
This year, we will be launching courses and have already started on one-on-one trainings online. This will allow myself and some experienced teachers that I know to reach out to more people. I hope to be able to connect with you soon.
Peace and Light
Advanced Teachers’ Training Course by The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (India)
Teachers’ Training Course by The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (UK)
Stott Pilates Instructor Certification (Cananda)
Intensive Mat Plus by Stott Pilates (Canada)
Advanced Matwork by Stott Pilates (Canada)
Pilates Matwork (Initiation 101) by Physicalmind Institute (USA)
Prenatal Teaching Training Course (Pilates) by Carolyne Anthony – The Centre for Women’s Fitness (USA)
Jazz Professional Training Course by Rico Tsoi Dance Centre (HK)
ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Practical (UK)
Be flexible in our body and our mind.
Changes motivate us.