FAM­ILY MAT­TERS

Pure Yoga in­struc­tor MAR­GARET CHUNG, aka @yo­gachung on In­sta­gram, is an in­spi­ra­tion in class and on the in­ter­net; she tells STEPHANIE IP how so­cial me­dia was lit­er­ally a life­saver for her fam­ily

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How did you get into yoga? Has it changed you as a per­son?

I'd prac­ticed a few hatha classes here and there in 2001, but it wasn't un­til I met

Al­men [Wong] in 2002 when it re­ally shifted. We were shoot­ing a travel show in Aus­tralia, where she told me all about it and in­tro­duced me to Pure Yoga stu­dios and hot yoga. I prac­ticed hot dili­gently for the first few years, then slowly ex­panded my prac­tice to ash­tanga.

It has changed me im­mensely, both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. There's a philo­soph­i­cal side to yoga that re­ally guides you – not just in your prac­tice, but in life. Just one ex­am­ple of some­thing that yoga has taught me is to be sin­cere and try your best in things that are im­por­tant to you or have mean­ing in your life. Your best may not al­ways mean suc­cess, but at the end of the day, you know that you gave it your all.

Are there other workouts that you love?

I've tried many other workouts like spin­ning, danc­ing and pi­lates – but noth­ing re­ally con­nects with me more than yoga.

Do you be­lieve in cheat days?

It may work for a lot of peo­ple, but for me I sim­ply haven't tried that diet reg­i­men. I eat con­sciously and in­dulge when I re­ally crave it.

What do you love most about your job and what’s the tough­est thing?

What I love most about teach­ing yoga is con­nect­ing with a broad spec­trum of stu­dents, es­pe­cially work­ing with and teach­ing the spe­cial-needs com­mu­nity in Hong Kong, which has en­light­ened me so much. I'm not too sure what the tough­est thing is about my job…

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