Lee – the Original WanderingYogi

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Lee in Fire Phoenix pose, Lake Tahoe, Nevada – Level 1 Zink Yin Training

Who am I?

A yogi whose mat sits next to doc martens, jimmy choos and diving gear. A practicing and learning Buddhist for 35 years who lives with the karmic blowback from occasional eating of prawns.

As a plant-based eater, I am also not that keen on the GMO agricultural monoliths, and in Singapore it is hard to find plants that haven’t been radiated to get rid of bugs. Still I try..

I was born on the most beautiful island in the world, Australia, but have not lived there for many years.  I practice my yoga wherever I wander, on a beach, up a mountain, by a lake, in a hotel room, on a rooftop in any country at any time.  The world has become my yoga studio. And my meditation seat.

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Chicago – Be like a tree and go with the flow.

I meditate, and have practiced for 20 years, sometimes not always peaceful for it.  I have explored many different styles of meditation, to keep me on my path, and I do think it has helped me become a much better person, not to mention lots wiser. But, I do wonder if all of life’s answers are always revealed there. I think you have to get out and do other stuff, like practice asanas, walk or ride a bike.

I like wine, but only drink if it doesn’t get in the road of my meditation and yoga practice.  This means I don’t really drink much at all.  I don’t miss it. There’s a party inside all of us, you just have to buy the ticket, folks!!

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What happens after an hour of Everyday hatha on Saturday 8.30 am, Singapore Botanic Gardens – with me teaching.  Bliss!

What kind of yoga do I teach?

I teach Hatha, Yin and Restorative. I teach as part of the ANZA WanderingYogi community, and I have private clients and some group yoga at condos around Singapore. Outdoor yoga is like experiencing a mini personal yoga retreat every time you practice. All that nature, earth and air chi. I think yoga really comes into its own, when you go outdoors.

I am a Master Continuing Education Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and have about 600 hours of teaching development, and around 2,000 hours of teaching under my belt.  Still learning though…

The yoga I like…

I have followed Bikram yoga for 18 years.  It saved my life, and continues to save me. There is something very special about this yoga, so I pay homage to the Bishnu Ghosh yoga lineage in all the Hatha classes I teach.

I also love teaching Yin, and have followed the teachings of Paulie Zink, the man who pioneered Yin, for the past 2 years.  There is a blend here of the Chi forces and yoga which makes me very alive and also very centred.

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Paulie Zink (L) with Lee (R) – Level 2 Zin Yin Teacher Training – Earth Dragon Pose

We all have issues in the tissues, unless you are a monk (I have a sneaking suspicion they have them, too).  I am pretty good at picking these up, and known for giving options to suit your special requirements.

I am a Yoga Alliance member and more information on me can be found at https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=116088

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Earth Bird, moving to Flying Dragon series, Yin Flow – which I teach at the Botanic Gardens Monday 8.30 am

Meditation

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Lee at the Botanic Gardens, Ohm…

Truth? I practice yoga because I like to meditate.  Unless you do full spectrum body movement (like yoga), your body gives you loads of grief when meditating.  My starting spiritual path was and is Buddhism, but you cannot ignore the practices from our friends in India, or those of our Daoist brothers and sisters.  I have travelled and sat at the feet of many gurus, to learn and to listen to their experience.  To practice what they follow, and then to decide for myself how these practices can be integrated for the underlying benefit of meditation – which is enlightenment. Freeing our conscious to become the best we can be, right here and right now, not later on when I have no conscious idea of being.

And when I was called to teach meditation, I ignored it for a while, I thought I did not have enough ‘credentials’. But it is not who you learn with,  the model you learn, it is how you practice, and continue to practice meditation.  Faith, diligence, mindfulness, insight and concentration. And that is what I teach in meditation.

My mantra is…

Life is happy and unhappy, we have our feelings, enjoy all of them, even the sad ones.  But better to not let our feelings ‘own’ or define us. And along the way, I hope I pick up some wisdom I can share with others.

I pursue my beliefs not through either indulgence or denial, but stepping (hopefully) wisely and compassionately up the middle. Occasionally stumbling. Stumbling confirms I still have lessons to learn, which means I have more to pass on.  I am still learning to forgive, the greatest learning of them all.

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My most favourite pose – trikonasana with bended knee.

Before Wandering Yogi…..

I had a multitude of roles in my life.  Some of them I still have, like wife, mother for my daughter, writer, adventurer, loyal friend.  Others gave me a legacy of experience and knowledge which still informs me today. Economist, HR Director, OD/Change, Management Consultant,  Leadership expert, CEO advisor, entrepreneur, are some of the few.  My first paid job at 15 years old was a typist in a government typing pool (when there were manual typewriters), and my last job was as a change consultant driving a multi site, multi everything team to implement project management accounting standards and operating protocols in a huge ‘super’ agency for Australian Government (which made me wish I was still a typist in a typing pool).

The future is waiting….

My goal is to simply share what I know with those who are ready to learn – in yoga, in meditation.  Somewhere along the way, I hope to make a difference.

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Kerri Mersereau (L), 1000 hour accredited master teacher with Zink Yin with Lee (R) – her student. Millenial Park, Chicago.