Yogis We Love: Power Yoga with Wendy at Shan Studios
We have been a fan of Wendy’s morning ‘power yoga’ class at Shan Studios in Wong Chuk Hang for a while. It is an invigorating and energising start to the day, perfect for clearing that morning fog and getting us ready and focused for the day ahead.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit, Shan Studios is an amazing oasis in Wong Chuk Hang. Hidden in an industrial building, the decor is beautiful yet minimal: tones of slate green and rustic wooden textures. The space is welcoming, with a lounging area and lots of amazing teas. Class sizes are small and not overwhelming.
In her classes, Wendy has great prompts that nudge us to correct our alignment. We’ve since noticed an improvement in our technique and strength over time since taking her class. With variations offered for the poses, it’s a class that is accessible for all levels. As someone with a lot to learn, I appreciate that Wendy takes the time to share tips on how to do the poses correctly, and the benefits of the poses we practice in class.
With classes moving online, we recently tried the livestream version of Wendy’s class (though still set at Shan so you can enjoy its beauty virtually), available through the Mind Body app. Wendy shares the same level of detail online as she does in person and it’s a great way to start the day with some sweat at home.We caught up with Wendy to learn a little more about her yoga journey and powerlifting which she uses to compliment her practise.
How / why did you start yoga?
I started yoga in my early teens when it was offered after school, and followed DVDs at home. I continued because I really appreciated the non-competitive environment and the focus on introspection.
How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been teaching for seven years.
What do you love about teaching?
I love giving students the tools to be able to relate to their bodies in a healthy way. During class, I seek to encourage growth not from a place of feeling inadequate, but of curiosity towards and respect for the body. I also love showing students the possibility for their transformation: from barely being able to hold a plank to feeling stable in a headstand. Change is very visible when it comes to the physical practice, and it can be a good reminder that the inner landscape has a similar capacity for growth.
My favourite pose is bhujangasana or cobra pose. I can adapt it to however I’m feeling that day: gentle and nourishing or deep and challenging.
How did you get into powerlifting?
A friend introduced me to the sport in university. I found it to be very complementary to my yoga practice. It helped me develop strength through pulling movements, as well as build stability in my joints.
I can touch my tongue to my nose.
Bubble tea or grapes
Night owl or early bird?
I can switch depending on what my schedule needs.
Favourite place to hang out?
Any bubble tea place with seating
Best place to find peace (in HK)?
Shan Studios 😉