Meet Denise, YBD Teacher of the Month

As one of our very own teacher training graduates, we are lucky to have Denise as part of our teaching staff. Originally from Singapore, Denise came to love yoga after finding that breath to movement connection could be very therapeutic. She thoughtfully sequences her classes in a unique and enjoyable way. Her kind smile greets students at the desk and she strives to personally connect with everyone she encounters. Here’s where you can find her!

Mondays

5:45 YBD HOT, Downers Grove

Tuesdays

6:00AM YBD 2 95, Elmhurst

Thursdays

4:30 HIIT Pilates, Downers Grove

When and how did you come to yoga?

I came to yoga when I experienced the loss of a loved one and was seeking comfort and some form of catharsis. I actually started out with martial arts yoga, which is yoga with a little bit of martial arts movements and I found the linking of breath to movement very therapeutic.

Why did you start teaching yoga?

I have always wanted to teach yoga after experiencing the benefits of it but I was working long hours in a corporate job back then. After making a big move to Chicago from Singapore, I decided that it was time to take the plunge after discovering Yoga by Degrees by a flyer that was mailed to my house and it was one of the best decisions I have made.

What is your favorite pose?

Eight-angle pose. It is a strong pose which requires a stable foundation even though it is an arm balance and there are many fun transitions that you can play from this.

Who inspires your teaching?

Everyone and everything. I have always been an observer and just watching how things move around me, even how the trees sway and how animals and people move inspires me to create movements that are enjoyable and fun.

Tips for beginners…

Keep breathing no matter what.

What’s your favorite quote?

By one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut Jr: “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

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