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Hello

My name is Marilyn. I am a gong meditation and restorative yoga teacher whose work is influenced by trauma-informed methodlogy and embodied through my personal practice and life experiences.

I offer these modalities as they have helped me greatly in times of need. My experience has reaffirmed a need to slow down and rest, especially with burnout and mental health issues surfacing rapidly as we continue to survive an unpredictable world.

 

My story

Since young, I rarely enjoyed rejuvenation from sleep. The permanent dark rings around my eyes were a constant reminder that my sleep was not truly restorative. I started seeking ways to get better sleep. I stumbled upon yoga sometime in 2010 at a gym, with my first class being a yin yoga class. My body and mind liked it, and the yin practice forever holds a special place in my heart.

I have had my share of breakdowns and I have experienced depressive episodes and suicidal tendencies which scared me, but also got me curious about how the mind reacts to stress. This curiosity led me to a life-changing experience in the form of a restorative yoga teacher training, which included studying elements of therapeutics, trauma-informed practices and even a little bit of neurology to understand how the brain works.

As a yoga teacher, I have also studied meditation, breathwork and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, which I weave into my sessions. In the course of teaching yoga, I learned that there are different strokes for different folks. This is why I prefer to call myself a facilitator, working alongside my student as an individual with unique needs.

My qualifications

Yoga

  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance certified, 200h)
    Sri Ramananda Yoga Ashram, Singapore, Jul 2015

  • Art of Conscious Relaxation Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance certified, 30h)
    Como Shambhala & AT Yoga, Singapore, Sep 2017

  • Therapeutics of Conscious Relaxation Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance certified, 30h)
    Como Shambhala & AT Yoga, Singapore, Jun 2018​

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance certified, 200h)
    Pure Yoga, Singapore, May 2018 - Oct 2019

  • Yoga with Essential Oils Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance certified, 14h)
    Young Living Singapore, Sep 2017 & Aug 2018

Gong/Sound healing

  • Sound healing with Tibetan singing bowls (subset of Yin Yoga Teacher Training)
    Pure Yoga, Singapore, May 2019

  • Gong CATalyst Training Level 1
    Red Doors Studio, Bangkok, Jul 2019

  • Gong CATalyst Training Level 2
    Red Doors Studio, Hong Kong, Aug 2019

  • Gong Master Training
    Mysterious Tremendum, Sydney, Nov 2019

 

Trauma-informed/Somatic embodiment

  • Connected: A Journey into Personal & Collective Wellbeing (Yoga Alliance certified, 40h)
    Yoga for Humankind (Australia), online, May-Oct 2020

Meditation & mindfulness

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Introductory Course
    SMU Mindfulness Initiative, Singapore, 2017

  • Opening to our Lives with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Sounds True (USA), online, May-Jul 2020

  • Calm in Chaos (Focus, Balance, Transform) Meditation Training
    BeingMe, Singapore, Sep 2020-Feb 2021

Alternative therapies

  • Usui Reiki Levels 1-3
    InGoodHands Therapy, Singapore, 2017-2020

  • Hellenistic Astrology
    The Astrology School (USA), online, 2020 (ongoing)