Lolin Lim is a passionate yoga teacher who is constantly seeking to deepen her yogic knowledge. She specialises in teaching Kundalini Yoga and Laughter Yoga. She runs yoga and body detoxification retreats two to three times a year in Southern Thailand and Penang.
How did you first get interested in yoga?
I’d liked yoga since my teenage years and started by a watching a television series by Richard Hittleman as well as reading his book. I began practising on my own without the guidance of a teacher and as a result, I injured my lower back. I eventually stopped this self-hurting practice and was away from yoga for at least 20 years until I picked it up again in 2005.
After my second son was born, I had a pot-belly which refused to go away even three years after his birth, so I started attending regular yoga classes in a fitness centre.
How did you get into teaching?
I stumbled upon Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and decided to stay with it. This eventually led me to the Teachers Training Course in Penang. My teachers are Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa and Darryl O’Keeffe from iSKY (International School of Kundalini Yoga). In 2010, I completed my 220 hours and got certification from Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) and US Yoga Alliance. I also did my basic Hatha Yoga and Pregnancy training from MAYI (Malaysian Academy of Yoga Instructors).
In 2011, I was lucky to encounter Laughter Yoga and did my Leader training with Fung Lee Jean, Malaysian Laughter Yoga Teachers’ Trainer. I fell in love with Laughter Yoga the first instance I knew about it.
In March 2014, I did a four day intensive workshop with Bobby Clennell from USA on Iyengar Yoga and totally enjoyed the training with many new experiences and techniques learned. This is important because learning how to use props helps many people who are not able to reach certain posture with ease and comfort.
My secondary interest is Yin Yoga and I am currently pursuing classes and workshop to deepen my knowledge.
Do you specialise in any particular areas, e.g. pregnancy, retreats etc.
I specialise in Kundalini Yoga & Laughter Yoga. I have been carrying out retreats and camps two to three times a year on regular basis since 2011, mainly in South Thailand and Penang. I combine yoga and body detoxification program in the camp.
I was often invited to do Family Yoga – where parents and their children do yoga together for fun and cheers. I have also done few sessions of Laughter Yoga in events, birthday parties, team building events, stress management course, etc.
Spinal Care Yoga – basically many people have this issue and after going through this comprehensive program, they testified to tremendous improvement in postures with no more backache. They learned simple exercises that they can comfortably do at home.
What do you love most about teaching yoga?
Yoga makes me very grounded with no time to be sad, stressed, angry or depressed. When I sit in front of my students ready to practise yoga, I uplift myself and just share my knowledge. Both students and teachers become ONE. When my students come to me to tell me that they have no more pain or certain issues have been resolved, that is the most rewarding moment and I know that I have coached them in one way or another. Freelance teaching gives me the freedom of time and I am my own boss. Great job satisfaction.
What, in your opinion, are the primary benefits of practising yoga?
Increase in lung capacity. When we know how to breathe properly through breathing techniques, the lungs expand with the capacity to increase the volume of oxygen intake. This is important because, by lengthening the inhale and exhale, you can change the emotional state in that instance.
Flexibility of the spine. Age is not measured by the calendar year but by the flexibility of the spine. For example, a standing tall 80-year-old looks and probably feels younger than the hunched back 60-years look and (probably feel).
Strengthening the core. A strong core is the key to good form in most asanas. In yogic terms, the navel (3rd) chakra is associated with will-power and persistence.
Improved memory. Kirtan Kriya in Kundalini Yoga meditation has been shown to improve memory and is therefore highly recommended. Hey…. Who doesn’t want to improve memory?
A Neutral Mind. With its emphasis on meditation, Kundalini Yoga offers many opportunities to enter a blissful and relaxed realm, with consistent practice it seeps into your life and …. what a difference!
What advice would you give for people who have never tried yoga?
I would say, find a teacher that you trust and can connect with. Do a few sessions with them and just have fun. It is very important to get to know if they specialise in coaching you for certain issues that you are having. Ideally, a yoga instructor should be trained and certified so that you know they have fulfilled criteria and credentials stipulated by US Yoga Alliance. Yes, that is important as far as your life and your health is concerned. A teacher who is passionate and sincere will deliver their yogic knowledge to their students at their own pace.
Start off easy and do not put too much expectation on yourself. Be consistent in attending classes, even it is only once a week. The solid 1 to 1.5 hours would actually make a difference in your well-being.
I would like to share a quote by my dhamma teacher.
“BE COOL AND CALM ABOUT IT, BE INTERESTED, THERE SHOULD CONSISTENT EFFORT BUT NO EXERTION”.
What is your favourite asana?
Asana is the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Yoga is more profound than just poses and I like to clear this kind of misconception. I do not have any particular favourite pose or asana. Every asana has the unique benefits and features. During our yoga teachers training, we used to joke that Savasana is everyone favourite pose!
Lolin Lim offers group classes on:-
Wednesday 9.30 -11.00 am (Epark Condo poolside)
Friday 7.00 – 8.30 pm (KQ Naturopathic Centre – Pulau Tikus)
Sunday 9.00 – 10.30 am (Inner Peace Yoga Circle- Pulau Tikus)
She also offers personalised classes, pregnancy yoga, laughter yoga and spinal/back care yoga.
You can contact Lolin via her Facebook page.