Roxanne Gan

Yoga Rockstar

What makes you happy?

As an instructor, it always puts a smile on my face when the regulars in my classes get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they see themselves progress in their practice.

Yoga and crossfit help me center myself, and binge-worthy foods like French fries, chocolate ice-cream and waffles make me super happy.

In your own words, what makes a rockstar instructor in Virgin Active?

Someone who can inspire people to be a better version of themselves.

What was your inspiration to become a group exercise instructor?

I have to say that it was my mom who got me on this journey. During my university days, I was going through a rough period of time and was encouraged by my mom to accompany her to her yoga classes. Having never done yoga before, I can’t say that I fell in love with yoga immediately but it was on my mom’s persistence that I began attending classes regularly and began finding the peace of mind that I needed to help center myself.

Practising yoga completely turned my life around and that was when I knew that I wanted to be a yoga teacher, to help effect a change in the lives of others through yoga. I guess it’s true what they say: Mothers always know what’s best for their children.

How long have you been an instructor for?

This may reveal my age a little, but I’ve been teaching yoga for 8 years!

What are your favourite classes to teach?

I like the freedom of expression and creativity that Vinyasa yoga allows me to have. I love that I get to set the pace and mood of the class, playing my favourite tunes as we move, breathe, share our energies, and flow together. It’s about the members and I really being in the present.

As an instructor, what excites me the most when teaching is that I’m always interacting with different people and how their bodies move. I’m always thinking of how to help our members perfect their poses and how this motivates them to keep with their practice.


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