On Friday, June 12, 2015 I woke up at 5:15 am and took a taxi to Club Kyo. Hitting up the clubs in Singapore was not exactly high on the list of this yogi's priorities when moving here, and this was different. I was honored to co-lead the Yoga Zone at the southeast Asia's first ever Morning Gloryville pre-work party sponsored by Zespri-Kiwifruit. I really had no idea what to expect. In fact, when setting things up with Caitlin, the event coordinator, we discussed that there would be mats out and that I would just go with the flow. That is exactly what happened,and it could not have flowed any better.
I arrived before the party started and helped put some finishing touches on the decor, including glitter on my own cheeks. I met Anya, my co-teacher and several other people. Mornings are not usually my preferred time to be socializing and part of me wanted to crawl back to bed. And then I had memories of Baptiste yoga training and the power exchanged in a wide eyed "good morning." And so I greeted everyone with a big smile. My morning funk quickly disappeared. The DJ began to play and people crowded in, many stopping at the bard to taste the delicious kiwis and kiwi inspired snacks. After Anya and I danced a bit with the crowd, we go on the yoga mats and just began doing sun salutations. Within minutes, the other mats filled up.
I have taught yoga before while a DJ is playing, and anyone that has practiced at YogaOne in Houston, knows that a dance party in the yoga room is not uncommon. However, teaching yoga when the music is so loud that you cannot hear yourself talking was new for me. When I teach I am conscious of filling the room with my voice. Well, I quickly realized that was not going to happen. And so I let my movements be my voice. And for almost three hours Anya and I moved on our mats and others followed. In fact, people even waited for mats to open up. One woman even experienced balancing on her hands in crow pose for the first time! The experience gave me affirmation (not that I needed it) that humans have the ability to connect. We just need to let ourselves. That is why this event was so inspiring! People of all ages and backgrounds came together at an unusual time to dance, have fun, and be with other people. I had so much fun at this even and was so grateful to meet so many amazing people.
Trish Corley is a Baptiste certified yoga teacher and a doctor of physical therapy.