I view teaching yoga as service, drawing on 20 years as a student of an awakened master to enrich my hatha yoga classes. This auspicious meeting in 1998 kick started a life-long journey in the practices of meditation, mantra, karma yoga and self-inquiry. I began formally teaching yoga in 2002.
I was certified as an Anusara yoga teacher in 2009, becoming the first certified teacher in Asia. Anusara is a principle-centered, alignment-based yoga school, which at the time had one of the most rigorous certification processes in the industry. Even though I now teach in my own intuitive way, including drawing from my lifelong love of martial arts, I still use Anusara’s highly effective alignment principles. My classes are also influenced by Tony Briggs, a senior Iyengar teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, with whom I have studied and apprenticed in-depth. In addition, I am a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 credentialed teacher.
Generally, my classes include a dynamic flow punctuated by clear alignment instructions and demonstrations. In my teaching, I also seek to impart the understanding that 'aligning and flowing' can have a deeper implication: that of connecting us to our profound state of intuitive wisdom and joy—the awakened state of flow.
Originally from the New York area, I have taught at major studios in San Francisco, Singapore, and Thailand. Currently based in Singapore, my wife Shirley and I teach workshops, present at yoga conferences, and offer deeper immersions and teacher trainings, both locally and internationally. My deepest wish is that my students and all beings awaken and abide as pure Awareness.
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Shirley Srey is the first Prajna yoga teacher in Asia and former licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher (2008-2012). In 2006, she completed a comprehensive 200-hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training with Tias Little at the Upaya Zen Center, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. In 2008, Shirley was honoured to be invited to assist Tias at his Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training and Prajna Immersion in Singapore. She also assisted Tias at a yoga conference in Hong Kong.
Since Shirley started studying yoga in June 2005, she has completed more than 2,500 hours of Anusara yoga training. Her study includes more than 200 teacher training hours directly with the founder, John Friend, and hundreds of teacher training and immersion study hours assisting Asia's first certified Anusara yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Bo Srey.
She has explored many different schools of yoga and has over 500 training hours with teachers from various disciplines, including Edward Clark, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, and David Life. As a student of meditation, chanting, service and contemplation, she has studied at Siddha yoga retreats and offered seva at the Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India. She has also offered seva at various Siddha yoga retreats in India and Hong Kong. Her primary teacher and one of her main influences is, Bo Srey, whom she continues to study with to date.
Shirley travels extensively with Bo, presenting deeper trainings at conferences, workshops, and retreats, sharing what their teachers have taught them to students around the world.
A lover of creative movement and expression of the Heart, Shirley enjoys teaching and exploring the elements of precise alignment, lightness, fluidity, and playfulness in her classes. Apprenticing and teaching alongside the best teachers from the beginning, was how she most effectively learnt to teach yoga and how she was able to help many people around the world. She sees the practice of moving meditation and the study of the Self as a practice of effortless effort, providing a doorway to experiencing deep understanding and the expansion of awareness, both on and off the mat.
She feels grateful, humbled, and honoured, to be able to share her love of life and yoga with you.