FLORENCE KONG (Yogavatar ID# 1512-004) has successfully completed YOGAVATAR 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING from 23 November to 19 December 2015 in Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA. In accordance with the standards of YOGA ALLIANCE. Certified on 19 December 2015. Find out more at www.ispirit.asia
Florence started her yoga journey in 2011 . She has always thought yoga was “soft, until she tried her first yoga class. She was used to relatively tough endurance activities like multi-day high altitude trekking, long distance and multi-day road cycling and races, rock climbing and road running, frequently taking part in half-marathons. She gave yoga a go after suffering from foot and knee injuries that prevented her from taking part in her favourite outdoor sports.
After her first yoga class, she could not believe that, being used to relatively tough endurance sports, a simple basic beginner’s class can be such a thorough workout. Just holding a basic Down-ward Dog pose was unbearable, and having climbed many mountains, she has never doubted her sense of balance until she was asked to do a tree pose. From then on, she has been totally convinced, and has been attending yoga classes on an average of 2 hours daily for the past 4 years.
Although she has always been keeping much younger companies in whatever activities that she takes part in, she has always strive hard to keep up with the younger participants. She has taken part in countless half and quarter marathons, ran her first full marathon at the age of 60, taken part in cycling events, and cycle toured in 6 countries. She has also cycled around the Taiwan island (more than 1,000km) twice, in 2011 and 2013. Mixing with the younger set rejuvenates her mind and spirit, and she thrives on the constant challenges that she pushes herself through to keep up with her young friends.
Her personal mission is to influence and persuade all and especially senior citizens and retirees to embark on a healthy lifestyle, and work towards an enriching and healthful golden age. She has always regretted that she started her healthy lifestyle journey rather late at the age of 45. Her intention at that time was just to influence and lead her son to more outdoor activities. From then on, she was totally hooked onto exercising and keeping a healthy and challenging lifestyle.
Yoga to her is not just exercising. She has sinced discovered the many benefits of yoga, how it quiets the mind to help alleviate stress, lost a couple of kilos of stubborn fat, and least but not last, all the stretching has helped to cure her of heel pain, and improved movements in her creaky knees.
She is thankful to all the yoga teachers and instructors who has patiently guided and encouraged her along the way. Her special thanks to Alvin Kwan of Dance City and JH Foo of Inspired Yoga. And to the instructors and teachers of Yogavatar Yoga School , she is forever grateful and thankful for the meticulous teaching, the detail and complete manuals and the opportunity to learn Yoga and the yogic lifestyle truly.
Given the opportunity to share and teach yoga, Florence would especially like to work with retirees and senior citizens and help them on the way to a healthy yoga lifestyle.