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Nithya Priyan

@eternalpriyan

Priyan started practicing in 2008 as a complement to his meditation practice. Since then he has witnessed the healing and transformative power of yoga in his own body’s phenomenal increase in flexibility and strength, as well as his increased level of inner calm. He constantly draws from his own experiences in this rich and eventful journey to bring a maturity and peacefulness to each and every class conducted, attending to each student with attentiveness, patience and compassion.

Priyan describes his teaching as using postures to teach postures, masterfully weaving sequences together with the intention of building muscle memory and awakening body intelligence towards a deep understanding of the peak pose. As such his classes and workshops are physically intensive but also proprioception based, striking a dynamic balance between inner focus and outer proficiency.

He has a firm belief in the practice of Yoga being a priceless gift handed down through the ages with its ultimate purpose being to facilitate a realization of the True Self and awakening to a Higher Purpose through the purification of body, mind and spirit.

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Jeremy

@jermheng

Jeremy’s yoga journey began in a hot studio, packed elbow-to-elbow with thirty others, contemplating what he had done wrong to deserve this. From there, his practice evolved - from simply enjoying daily practice, to feeling the wonderful benefits to his body that yoga brought. After an injury sidelined him for one year, he returned to yoga and found his practice had changed. He now sought to make his practice also more sustainable and compassionate.

Looking to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga, he underwent a 200-hour teacher training course with Nithya Priyan. It was then that he had another pivotal moment in his practice, and he began to see yoga as an inward journey, and experience its grounding effects on himself.

Jeremy believes that yoga is a transformation of one’s life masquerading as the transformation of one’s body, and he hopes to share his love for yoga with everyone he knows. His classes reflect his own personal journey - at times sweaty, always compassionate, with a sense of grounded-ness and most of all, an emphasis on the simple enjoyment of a daily practice.

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Jeremy Lim

@_thetravellingyogi_

Jeremy embarked on his journey with yoga in 2014 as an activity to help calm the over-active mind and break away from a physically inactive lifestyle. It has since evolved into a journey of constant self-discovery, one that opens up the mind and challenges the body. Most importantly, he has experienced major transformation in his wellbeing and now finds himself more joyful and at peace with questions of existentiality and contentment. The breathing practices in yoga have also alleviated his allergic rhinitis symptoms. 

The clinician-scientist in him is drawn to teachings of yoga that are grounded strongly in anatomy and kinesiology and his teaching is guided by a keen observation of the different levels of practice and body structures. He also believes yoga is not only a physical practice but also one that connects closely to the mind. Thus, besides customising his classes to better cater to the needs of the practitioners’ varied levels of practice, he also guides them to develop a more mindful and safe practice through an alignment-based approach.

Jeremy hopes that more people could benefit from this beautiful practice. He is extremely humbled to share his knowledge and provide guidance to help practitioners progress along their yoga journeys.

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Ryan Yx

@the.inflexible.yogi

Like many people, Ryan used to think that Yoga was slow, boring and only meant for people who are incredibly flexible. He resisted trying it but after a few complimentary corporate classes held in his office, he was intrigued.

Fast forward some 3 years later, he has fallen in love with the practice, especially alignment-based ones. Limited by his lack of flexibility, the self-professed “inflexible yogi” is constantly learning ways to find comfort and calmness as he moves and stretches. That is what he seeks to share with his students too - a mindful and safe practice that allows one to push their limits while finding comfort and peace.

Yoga has certainly helped Ryan a lot, from increased flexibility, balance and strength to fighting his inner demons against anxiety and the lack of confidence. Therefore, his wish is for more people to know of and see the goodness in Yoga and realise that it need not be slow, boring and is certainly not created only for people who are incredibly flexible.

Karine

@alaskan.pig_

Ever since she was introduced to yoga in 2017, Karine has been on a journey to seek a balance between inner and outer resilience.

She became intrigued with the 27 week curriculum and the methodology of the School, and having attended its various class offerings, also became acquainted with its community of sincere and dedicated yogis.

She recently attained her YTT 200 hrs certification from Nithya Priyan School of Yoga in June 2019 to further her desire to serve the community and share her practice, seeking to pursue her passion and dream by inspiring others to cultivate discipline and belief in oneself.

Expect an eclectic mix of yoga asana, calisthenics and gymnastic inspired practices in her challenging but accessible classes.

Kimberly Anne

@kimberly.yoga

Kimberly’s first encounter with yoga was in a hot flow class at a local gym in Melbourne in 2015. She was amazed at its physical intensity and was immediately hooked. 

She began to establish a regular practice after moving to Singapore a year later but it wasn’t until she started exploring different studios and teachers that she was exposed to the importance of alignment, the mind-body connection and things that go beyond the asana. She eventually went from constantly chasing asanas to seeking a more sustainable practice. Apart from the physical benefits, she also started to notice the transformation that was happening from the inside. Among other things, yoga has taught her about honouring the body, stilling the mind and being present.

The urge of wanting to deepen her understanding of yoga led to her decision to sign up for a 200 hour teacher training course with the Nithya Priyan School of Yoga in April 2019. Soon after, she left her corporate job and decided to pursue her passion of health & fitness.

While she loves making pretty shapes for the ‘gram, Kimberly believes that the key to a safe and enjoyable practice is proper engagement and alignment (but it doesn’t have to be perfect!). She hopes to help students find their own interpretation of yoga while she continues on this lifelong journey of learning, sharing and self-exploration. 

Lyndalou

@flowflyfloat

Lyndalou is an adrenaline junkie, very much into extreme sports with a passion for wake boarding.

Seeking a respite from whiplash, strained and tight muscles, her first yoga lesson was in year 2000, ignorant to what yoga is about or any of its philosophies, She picked an Ashtanga yoga class because of the word "cardio".
 What she felt at the end of the class, however, resonated not just with her Body, but also Mind and Soul. Since then, she never turned back.

She obtained her Yoga Alliance certification in 200 hours of techniques, practice, Teaching Methodology, Aanatomy & Physiology as well as Yoga Philosophy, lifestyle and ethics in the discipline of Ashtanga / Hatha.


As a yoga instructor, she seeks to use of her knowledge in Anatomical and alignment based Adjustments, Ashtanga sequencing and beginner Modifications to deliver positive Yoga Experiences to students.

Raphael

@enso.flow

Raphael is a strong, motivated and disciplined yogi with a background in Parkour and Mindful Movement.

He places a deep emphasis on Self-Mastery and firmly believes that “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”. By drawing on the serenity of Yoga and the vigour of Parkour, Raphael aims to guide others towards achieving a state of Flow through mindfulness and moving meditation.

Having undergone a 200-hour teacher training with Nithya Priyan, Raphael hopes to continue serving the community and guiding each individual towards exploring and developing their full potential. He is ultimately inspired and humbled by what he has learned about detachment, and endeavours to embody the essence behind “Flow guiding Flow”.

wenWen

@doublewen_s

Wen is blessed to have encountered yoga at an early age. As a sprinter, she was amazed by the healing effect yoga had on her tensed muscle tissues and strained hamstrings. She found yoga extremely effective as a supplement to her training, yet was not quite able to comprehend the peacefulness and clarity felt after being on the mat.

Years later when she again found yoga in 2015, the beautiful practice of pranayama and meditation opened a whole new realm for her. Aside from the undeniable physical benefits of the practice, she witnessed how yoga transformed and helped people in distress.

With the goal of deepening her understanding and practice of yoga, she had undergone the 200-hour teacher training course with Nithya Priyan.

Today, she sees yoga a life-long learning journey within oneself and the world. She would love to share this journey with her students, breath by breath, movement by movement, that eventually they find their own meaning of yoga.

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Shirlyn Tan

@shir1yn

Shirlyn started her yoga journey in 2015 with an intention of trying out something new from the cardio workouts that satisfied her constant need for a sweatfest. Her practice then was very inconsistent until she was introduced to the beauty of body alignment and practicing with patience, dedication and control by her dear teacher.

Since then, she has been showing up on the mat day after day and is constantly intrigued by the amazing new discoveries about herself through the practice that taught her to simply breathe, just be and watch the magic happen, on and off the mat.

Shirlyn is a a huge believer of Sthira Sukham Asanam and strives to inspire her students to find steadiness and comfort in every pose; and push her students a little further to reveal that strength that they already have regardless of the fear they believe.

Xiuming

@yogixiu

As an ex-auditor, Xiu Ming was no stranger to chaos. Yoga started as a way to start her day with a fresh and healthy mind. Today, it has developed into a lifestyle - a practice of mindfulness, presence, and non-judgment.

By practising physical asana with this full inner experience, the same mindfulness is brought off the mat, into daily life. Through a consistent yoga practice, Xiu Ming finds joy in the body and peace in the heart.

Xiu Ming's love for yoga spills over to her desire to share her methods and experiences with fellow yogis, experienced or new. To further this passion, she graduated from the RYT200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Nithya Priyan School of Yoga.

Inspired by her own teachers, Xiu Ming is devoted to helping you develop a safe, sustainable and enjoyable practice.

Through her carefully curated classes, and thoughtful guidance on proper alignment and mindfulness, you will grow towards a flexible, strong and healthy body. Beyond that, you may start to discover your own inner experience of yoga.

Yuko

@yuko3702

Yuko encountered Yoga in 2012 after she moved to Singapore from Kobe Japan, as the gym near her condo happened to offer Yoga classes. Prior to that, given its generic spiritual impression, she didn’t quite feel it was something for her as a scientist. 

However, as Yuko started practicing Yoga more regularly, she realized its benefits a lot more than expected. The stiffness on her neck and shoulder, which she had suffered for years disappeared. Her flexibility and strength improved over time.  Most importantly, she noticed that she felt less stress at the end of the day, and could achieve better concentration, focus, and productivity at work. 

After her experience with YTT conducted by Nithya Priyan in Spring 2018, she discovered the joy and passion of sharing her practice with others. “People who think they are too inflexible to do Yoga, or they are too busy everyday and no time, will benefit from its practice the most” says Yuko. She puts effort in planning and preparing for every class - almost as she is inviting her guests over to her home with Omotenashi (おもてなし) spirit.

Her goal is to enable students to feel “joy in the body and peace in the heart ” out of her class, as the Philosophy of the NPSOY.

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reza

@rbehnam

As an inflexible guy and analytically-trained tech entrepreneur, Reza’s association with yoga initially seems like quite the contradiction. Those who know him better quickly learn that his interest in yoga runs far deeper than his forward fold.

Reza’s initial brush with yoga began in 2007, but it wasn't until 2011 that he began to deepen his practice. He was fascinated by both the physical aspect of Yoga (asanas) as well as the mindfulness practice — a holistic approach which many commercial yoga studios choose to underemphasize.  It was this infusion of body and mind wellness that made yoga so different than other exercises.

After a few years of regular practice, Reza became even more curious about the foundations of yoga and the philosophy of this ancient “seeking” practice. This curiosity led him to enroll in NPSOY’s inaugural Yoga Teachers Training program, where he completed his 200+ hours of training under the supervision of Nithya Priyan who has been, and continues to be, an influential teacher in Reza’s yoga journey.

In yoga Reza has found both a method of physical exercise, to improve strength and flexibility, as well as an effective method to improve focus and to gain further mental clarity.  Yoga allows us all to feel joy in the body and peace in the mind!

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Aaron 

@aaaroning

Like most fellas, Aaron’s journey with yoga began when a girlfriend dragged him into his first Vinyasa class. His first impressions? That yoga is hard. And that by the end of it, there was a certain form of release to be felt. Intrigued, Aaron soon began to embrace the practice of yoga, evolving his once-a-week habit into a twice-a-day obsession.  
 
Couple years (and 200 hrs) later, Aaron has since learned to apply yoga into his daily life, often using ujjayi breath to stay calm at the dentist’s or before he gets a tattoo. Aaron feels that the physical and mental benefits of yoga are undeniable. That by listening to our bodies, and bringing our awareness into our inner selves, we’re able to become more open, not only in our bodies but also in our minds. 

Aaron is a huge proponent of mindfulness — moving one breath at a time — as well as the 3-second rule and of letting go of anything that doesn’t serve you. He hopes to continue learning and sharing his knowledge of yoga with those around him, bringing joy to the body and balance to the mind of his students, which is what yoga is all about.

Jhao Jin

@jin.yoga

Jin started her yoga journey about 7-8 years ago when a friend asked her to join her for hot yoga classes, which was something of an “in-thing” back then. Several years later, she discovered a gentler side of yoga through Hatha Yoga classes, and has since fallen deeply in love with yoga.

With a more focused and mindful practice, she realized yoga transcends more than physical conditioning. Every practice offers an opportunity to connect, to appreciate the moment and most importantly, to be present. In 2018, she decided to deepen her understanding of yoga and enrolled herself and graduated from Nithya Priyan School of yoga for RYS200 yoga teacher training, under the tutelage of Nithya Priyan.

With her classes fostering a calming and centered space, Jin is a strong believer in starting each practice by cultivating a peaceful mind, in order to fully experience the mind-body connection.

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Elisa Tan

@elisatan

Elisa first started practicing yoga during her undergraduate years to complement her training as a competitive rockclimber in university. As she attended more classes, the concept of aligning movement and breath towards a state of flow stood out particularly to her. She enjoys the progression that arises from a dedicated practice and believe that by being committed to yoga and its teachings, anyone can attain personal growth. In the summer of 2015, Elisa undertook the 200-hour yoga teacher certification at YogaWorks, New York City. The comprehensive course was developed by founder Maty Ezraty and rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. She is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and have since taught various private classes and workshops in the Netherlands and in Singapore.

She believe the key to a healthy practice is through an alignment-based asana teaching that recognises the abilities and needs of different bodies. Dynamic flow sequences combining graceful movements, strength and flexibility are the mainstay of her classes. Elisa's teaching mantra is that every pose is accessible to everyone via clarity in class instruction and safe hands-on adjustments. 

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Hanan

@hnnsgff

Hanan’s yoga journey began in 2012 when she was an undergraduate. At the time she was mostly self-taught and maintained a home practice. After she graduated from university and had a little bit more money in her pocket, she began to go for classes in studios around Singapore, experiencing different styles and approaches to yoga. Her experience of yoga underwent a complete transformation when she attended classes which emphasised breathing techniques and showed how yoga could be practiced as a moving meditation. It was through those classes that she began to understand that yoga was more than a physical exercise, and that it had great potential for psychological and emotional healing.

In our busy lives we constantly worry about the past and future and we often lose sight of the fact that we exist in our bodies and in the present moment. Hanan uses yoga to cultivate an awareness of her body and the present moment in herself, and hopes to share that through teaching yoga.

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Sunitha

@miss_sunitha

Sunitha attended her first yoga class in 2001. She fell in love with it, but after a year, the pressure to pursuit the “right corporate career” took priority. She didn’t make it back to the mat again till 2011, and has not stepped off since. She has spent the past 8 years absorbing everything yoga had to offer - both on and off the mat. She sought out training from various teachers with different teaching styles, and finally in 2017 she left that “right corporate career” behind in pursuit of her passion - sharing her deep love and appreciation for yoga.

Sunitha believes that yoga has the the power to break physical and mental boundaries if we allow ourselves to fully immerse in that journey of self discovery. Through the journey of self-awareness on the mat, she has learnt over time to develop good relationship with herself, and this in turn has reflected outwards to others around her. 

Sunitha feels that the yoga journey is a journey of self-discovery that never ends. Even after 8 years of consistent practice, she still used the mat as a safe space to challenge herself in finding that intimate balance between holding on and letting go. Through the discovery of self-awareness, yoga has and will continue to change Sunitha’s life. Her goal, through her teaching, is to guide her students through their own journey of self-discovery by cultivating the practice of awareness in all her classes.

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Samantha Zhuang

@zwsamantha

Samantha’s first foray into yoga started much like anyone else’s – a teenage couch potato looking for a workout that wouldn’t break a sweat. Ten years on, while she hasn’t succeeded at finding this holy grail of workouts, she has gained so much more from the practice of yoga that she can’t wait to share with fellow practitioners on the path.

The thing Samantha loves best about the yoga practice is its capacity to restore natural health and balance to the body and mind. As an incurable introvert and chronic over thinker, Samantha credits yoga with opening her heart and mind, helping her become more receptive, patient, empathetic and understanding of the world around her.

In 2016 she attended a month-long immersion program at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India, and returned to Singapore with her certificate to teach Akhanda Yoga. Samantha’s classes incorporate soundwork, breathwork, and brief meditations, designed to turn the practitioner’s gaze inwards, towards the inner experience of the practice away from the outward form of the asana. Expect to leave classes recharged, with deeper self-awareness and mental clarity each time.

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Philip Pang

@philippbh

Philip was first exposed to yoga as a curious student in 2008 and have since developed a love for yoga and the experience in which yoga could bring. He soon realized the benefits of what yoga could offer to his experience in relieving his lower back scoliosis and the therapeutic benefits, that he soon started practicing in adjusting his body alignment.

A 200 Hr Yoga Alliance trained teacher and currently pursuing his 300Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training experience with Teachers like Ross Rayburn, Noah Maze, Christina Sell and Desiree Rumbaugh, he finds himself very drawn to the basic principles of alignment in Iyengar Yoga and Aashtanga influenced Vinyasa flow, combining the need for breath with
movement but at the same time pause on alignment in poses.

He strongly believes in sequencing practice in a progressive manner, that the body requires proper stretch and activation in order to progress further.