- When did you start doing yoga and why?
I took my first yoga class in 2002 in Taiwan. I originally started practicing because I was curious about it’s benefits in helping girls to lose weight and get in shape. For the first few years it was hard to do even the simplest poses, but over time I started to build strength and really enjoy it.
- Do you practice yoga by yourself or do you prefer to go to classes?
I personally prefer to take classes, but will often add yoga stretches to my after workout routine to cool down. At these times alone I will practice poses that are more difficult for me. Poses such as headstand take time and concentration to build confidence to go upside down. That way, when it is time to do headstand in class, I am better prepared to concentrate in the middle of the classroom
- You travel a lot. How do you squeeze yoga into your busy schedule?
I have a portable mat that I travel with. It is important to have a personal practice that you can take anywhere with you. I also have a International Pure Yoga membership, so that I can take a class whenever I travel to HK, Taiwan, and Shanghai
- Personally, how does yoga help with your career/health/looks?
Yoga helps in many ways! It supports my health and in return supports my looks and career. If my body and mind is healthy and happy then my life is happy too. I think it is important to treat your body right, not through just eating and drinking, but by exercising and training.
- Aside from yoga, what fitness regimen/s do you do to keep fit and healthy?
I stay active by jogging 2-3 times a week and practice active social activities such as biking at East Coast Park or wakeboarding in Pungol.
- You’re working on getting your yoga certification. How’s that coming along?
Wonderful! After practicinge for 10 years, I was so thrilled to get my certificate in September last year.
- What are the biggest myths about yoga that we need to know?
-That you are not flexible enough to practice yoga! There is no such thing! Every body is different, so something that you cannot do may be difficult for another and viceversa. As long as you are trying you are progressing and getting the benefits.
-That yoga is easy for advance practitioners. Yoga is a challenge even for teachers. They have just gotten past the level where they are showing it on their face. It is an inward journey and you are always learning no matter what stage you are at.
- Any advice for our readers on why they should take up yoga?
Yoga is made for everyone no matter the age, height, or body type. It has been around since ancient times and is a proven method to achieve mental and physical health. If you give yourself a chance and stick with it then you are able to experience what everyone is raving about.
- Aside from your personal blog, you’re also starting a website for the yoga community in Singapore, is that right? Please tell us more about it.
Yes, I am starting up www.stretchcity.com. A site for beginners and yogis alike, who want to discover what is yoga and where to find it. Visitors rate and comment on the studios they have been to and the products they use in order to let others know where to go and where to find the best in Singapore. Check our our website or our Facebook page to find out what yogi’s love:)
- Any update on the charity group you’ve created (Model. Loving. Care.)?
M.L.C. was created by myself and a friend in Japan. We had been living in Japan for 5 years and had such a build up of clothes, hats, shoes, jackets, perfumes, accessories that we couldn’t give it away, and didn’t want to throw away. Instead we decided to be model citizens and sell our stuff for really cheap to our friends and in flea markets for charity. I have brought this concept over to Singapore and will definitely host another one here soon. Those who are interested please go to www.facebook.com/ModelLovingCare to find out where we will be.
- How long has it been since you moved to Singapore? How do you like it here so far? Was the move worth it?
I moved to SG August 20, 2012. I love, love, love it here. I speak Mandarin, so moving from Tokyo was not such a big transition. The city is clean, food is amazing, people are friendly and helpful, so I am adjusting quickly. The move was most definitely worth it!
- Any upcoming projects we should watch out for?
Look out for me all over SG! I often present for events around SG, can be seen on variety shows, and a few covers coming out. Follow me on twiter.com/livvlo or on facebook.com/LivLoLivLo. 13.Ten, fifteen years from now, what do you want to do eventually after retiring from the modelling/show business industry?
I will be leading an equally happy lifestyle as I am now.