Life On A Path
Many of us aspire for a life filled with comfort and stability, but yoga teacher Shosita Chia left behind her cushy job in a bank and followed her passion to study yoga in India.
Yoga Was A Huge Challenge
“When I first got into yoga 13 years ago, it wasn’t popular yet. Plus, no one really dreamt of becoming a yoga teacher then because being yoga teacher was a really huge thing at that time. Funny thing was, I was really bad at yoga when I first started out. The first time I did it, I thought, “Why is this so difficult? I don’t want to do this anymore.” But the thoughts moved to “How far can I push my limits this session?” I kept practicing, because I wanted to challenge myself and overcome this difficulty.”
Self-Improvement Over Career
“I quit my job just so I could go to India to practice yoga. I spent six months thinking about going to India to further my practice, and when I finally decided to apply for work leave so I could head to India, the company couldn’t give me the six weeks I asked for. So I quit on the spot. I was young, and I thought I could come back to apply for another job when I came back. But when I came back after six weeks, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back to a normal nine-tofive job anymore.”
Yoga Changed My Life
“I used to drink heavily, even while practicing yoga. But I found that the more I drank, the more my body couldn’t take it. I was too hungover and weak to practice in the morning and my muscles were too tight to pull off the moves. I even got hospitalised twice because I passed out from drinking. The second time round, the doctor told me if I came any later, I might have died. That was when I decided to take yoga a lot more seriously, and consider teaching it. It has been eight years since I touched a drop of alcohol and I wanted to share how yoga could change lives. I thought if I could make a drastic change from being a party animal to being a disciplined, healthy person with just yoga, anyone can too.”
Happiness Is Key
“As a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer. By the time I hit my 20s, I didn’t care what I would be doing anymore. I just wanted to be happy doing things I like. And nothing gives me the same satisfaction and passion like yoga does. It challenges me, yet puts me at peace with myself.”
aShosita Chia, 37, quit her job 10 years ago to aembark on a life dedicated to yoga.