I view teaching yoga as service, drawing on many 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 have been formally teaching yoga since 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 hatha yoga method, which at the time had one of the most rigorous certification processes in the industry. Though I now teach in my own intuitive way, drawing also from my martial arts background, I still use Anusara’s highly effective alignment principles. My classes are also influenced Tony Briggs, a senior Iyengar teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, with whom I have studied in-depth.
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 in 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 find peace through abiding as Awareness.
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Shirley Srey is the first and only certified 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 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2008, Shirley was honoured to assist Tias at his Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training and Prajna Immersion in Singapore. She also assisted him at a yoga conference in Hong Kong.
Since Shirley started practicing yoga in 2005, she has studied and completed more than 2,000 hours of Anusara yoga training (including more than 200 teacher training hours directly with the founder). Additionally, she 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 and fully engaged in the practices of the Pilgrimage to the Heart Retreat, and practiced seva at the Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India.
Shirley travels extensively with Bo Srey, offering 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 explores the elements of precise alignment, lightness, fluidity, and playfulness in her classes. In her practice, Shirley is an artist, a dancer, a mystic, an inquisitive child, and a courageous warrior.
She feels grateful, humbled, and honoured, to be able to share her love of life and yoga with you.