Namaste! I'm Ling Acott, Mindful Movement Teacher and Retreats Leader.
I discovered yoga as a child, with my mother; we shared a bond and held space for each other to breathe. It always set me up in the right mood for the rest of the day. I rediscovered it in my twenties after years pursuing peak performance as a triathlete. I was looking to it to address muscle imbalances and take care of physical pain, but it also completely realigned the way I looked at the world and this became an inflection point for me.
My yoga and meditation practice opened my eyes and heart and heightened my awareness of our interdependencies - self - community - animals - plants - nature - planet. It also brought me to my vocation, to be an advocate, a teacher, a guide, to provide the compass to others who are looking for the path to greater consciousness and to taking actions to heal their relationships with themselves, with others, and with the environment.
One of the most direct way to appreciate interdependence is when we are in awe of nature and reminded that we co-exist with many others within the ecosystem. Amidst the glass and steel efficiency of cities, there is a strong innate desire for (re-)connection with nature and a slower more organic rhythm. I started the Outta Hatha project in 2013 in response to this, bringing people to enjoy the fresh air and open skies with yoga and meditation on the waterfront. I love this project.
Currently, I am based in New York and I facilitate urban retreats, teach workshops on mindfulness and other mind-body techniques to retreat and restore while in the city. Some groups follow me to take 'time away from time' in mindful forest retreats, where we delight in play, inquiry, and primal awareness in nature. On longer destination retreats, I work with participants on coaching journeys, to heed their calling and live a life of synchronicity and flow.
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Why Spice Yoga?
Spice Yoga reflects my story and personal interests. I still continue to be inspired by the traditions, arts and rituals around healing plants and spices, especially those of the Malay Archipelago where I am originally from, and I weave these into my healing offerings. As an inner practice, Spice Yoga is all about drawing from our innate wisdom to shift from sensory desires to following a life of True Passion. As a physical practice, I teach Slow Deep Flow mindful movement that works on the body like the slow burn of turmeric and ginger.
I have had the opportunity to lead yoga retreats in amazing locales, to curate and present at yoga festivals (check out Glo-Yoga), design a Moon Salutation flow class for Fitness First studio and lead events for Lululemon. I support great platforms that promote yoga to the community. I founded Outta Hatha Yoga, and love being a Madana Yoga Ambassador.
Above all, I am happiest when I can serve, and when I create platforms that allow others to contribute meaningfully in community development. I've hosted yoga benefits for organisations such as Room to Read, Chogyur Lingpa Foundation, and led community classes at the Foreign Domestic Workers' clubhouse, the Barrier Free Living shelter, and for Kula for Karma.
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