Chat with Li Tin: On Yoga & Body Image
A full-time creative producer, a yoga teacher and a weight-lifting enthusiast.
We had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Li Tin. Like many of us, Li Tin had struggled with body image and acceptance in the past. Today, she has come to a point of accepting her body, and yoga has played a big part in helping her to do that!
"I used to be afraid of wearing (this type of) activewear—of course I get self conscious when wearing it. But over time, I realised that nobody really cares? I now feel comfortable even when I have to wear just a set of sports bra and leggings in public place, like at the MRT!"
How has yoga helped you in overcoming your body image?
"The discipline in yoga, as well as its meditative aspect. It taught me to be kinder to myself and my body, and has helped me find confidence in myself--for example, during the yoga practice, I've learnt that it’s okay to lose balance or to fall. You just have to start again.
I also realised that at the end of the day, nobody really cares, only we do! It gets really tiring to be so obsessed over how you look, and it's just not sustainable after a while.
I stopped obsessing over how I look and learned to just be comfortable in my own skin."
Li Tin also occasionally runs group classes, she calls it Thicc Yoga.
Her intention is to create a safe space for people who may feel self-conscious in regular yoga classes. Her classes are structured to everyone’s comfort level.
Her philosophy is about celebrating our body and to thank it for bringing us to places. Working out can be fun, and it doesn't always have to be a "torture"! Strength and flexibility are functional things to train for health and physical abilities to help combat ageing.