Spice Yoga is started by Ling Acott, Mindful Movement Teacher and Retreats Leader based in New York.
Ling rediscovered yoga and meditation in her twenties after developing injuries from the competitiveness and overreaching from triathlon and marathon racing. The practice opened her eyes and heart to more. It also brought her to her vocation, to be a community builder, an advocate, a teacher and guide.
Ling is committed to sharing the values of interdependent leadership, fostering the awareness that every being deserves the same freedom and happiness as we do, and tapping into our leadership and innate capacity to heal our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the environment, and to take collective action to be a force for positive change.
Ling is fortunate to be an idealist who has always found outlets through which to channel values she believes in, from collaborating with communities, think-tanks, startups, to public service, including at negotiations at the United Nations.
She is also honored to have trained with Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader, and she dedicates herself to truth-telling on climate change and to empowering others to step up and take the lead to make a difference.
When we are in awe of nature, we are reminded that we co-exist with many others within the ecosystem.
Ling believes that we all have a primordial desire for (re-)connection with nature and a slower, more organic rhythm of living.
In response to this, she started the Outta Hatha project in 2013 to bring city folk outdoors to connect with each other and to stretch and meditate under the open skies.
Today, she facilitates forest retreats, speaks on environmental stewardship, leads workshops on mindfulness and interdependent leadership, and teaches public and private yoga classes. On longer destination retreats, she coaches and challenges participants to live a life of synchronicity and flow with their calling.
Above all, Ling is happiest when she can volunteer time for causes she cares about.
Ling has hosted yoga benefits for organizations such as Room to Read, Chogyur Lingpa Foundation, Kula for Karma, and led community classes for Foreign Domestic Workers and for Jericho Project, Barrier Free Living and Covenant House.
More about Spice Yoga
Spice Yoga reflects Ling's story and personal interests. She still continues to be inspired by the traditions, arts and rituals around healing plants and spices, especially those of the "Spice Isles" of the Malay Archipelago where she is originally from, and she weaves these into her healing offerings. Spice also points to a life of True Passion. As a physical practice, her Slow Deep Flow mindful movement works on the body like the slow burn of turmeric and ginger.
Ling supports great platforms that bring yoga to the community. She has had the opportunity to lead Spice Yoga retreats in amazing locales, to curate and present at yoga festivals (like Glo-Yoga), design unique yoga sequences (including for Fitness First) and lead public events for Lululemon and Athleta.