I view teaching yoga as service, drawing on many years as a student of a traditional Indian teacher to enrich my hatha yoga classes. This auspicious meeting back in 1998 kick started my yoga journey in the practices of meditation, mantra, karma yoga and self-inquiry. I began formally teaching hatha yoga (physical postures and purification techniques) in 2002.
I was certified as an Anusara yoga teacher in 2009; 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, which includes drawing on my martial arts background, I still use Anusara’s effective alignment principles in class. My classes also draw from Iyengar yoga, namely from Tony Briggs, a master teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, with whom I have studied in-depth, completing a 200-hour teaching apprenticeship.
Generally, my classes include a dynamic flow punctuated by clear alignment instructions and demonstrations. My instructions also include subtle reminders that “aligning and flowing” can also connect us to our profound state of intuitive wisdom and joy.
Born and raised 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 a certified Prajna yoga teacher and former 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 very 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 completed more than 2,000 hours of Anusara training. 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.
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.
Shirley offers her gratitude to all who have shared facets of their lives with her, each one of them her teacher, holding up a mirror to show her who she truly is. She feels grateful, humbled, and honored, to be able to share her love of life and yoga with you.