About LaiLin Yoga
My name is Debbie and I am the yoga instructor for LaiLin Yoga. I've been practising yoga now for around 10 years and trained as a teacher with the Satyananda Yoga Academy.
My vision for LaiLin Yoga is to bring balance into busy lives. In our high technology society, life seems fast and hectic for many. I want my classes to give students respite from this, to re-energise them, and equip them with the tools to manage their lives. With over 20 years experience as an IT professional in a corporate environment, I understand the effects of a demanding, stressful job on the body and mind; stress relief was the reason I started this journey.
I teach a hatha-based yoga drawing on my experience with different yoga traditions and including static postures and flowing sequences (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. I emphasise alignment in postures and love movement, which when synchronised with the breath help relax the mind. My teaching style varies depending on the type of class and students' experience, and comprises primarily verbal instruction instead of visual demonstration to allow students to develop awareness of their bodies and minds.
What motivates me is the joy I feel when helping and mentoring others and seeing them benefit from what I teach. Teaching has always been an important part of my life, from tutoring high school students while I was in university to mentoring colleagues in my IT job. I want to use my knowledge and experiences to help people achieve work/life balance.
Lai-lin (麗蓮) means ‘pretty lotus’ and is my Chinese name. In Eastern philosophies, the lotus is a metaphor for personal growth—it has its roots in muddy water but breaks through the water's surface to bloom into a beautiful flower. I see yoga as a journey to find balance and peace within myself and I wish to share that journey with others.
Qualifications and Professional Development
- Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training
- Teaching Yoga for Elders
- First Aid & CPR
- Mental Health First Aid