From a small town in Maoli, Shine dreamed of becoming a biologist when he was young, but ended up in Taipei as an adult working in human resources. His dream and reality may seem quite different, but they have one common requirement: a sharp observational skill. And it is this skill that helps him in yoga teaching to clearly see each student’s unique body.
Having practice yoga close to a decade, his reason for continuing is surprisingly simple; it is basically to maintain physical health. When asked why he chooses to practice Ashtanga, his answer of “because it is the earliest class he can take after work without getting home too late” often amuses others. Thinking back, Shine considers himself to be extremely lucky to be able to study with what were back then a rare species in Taiwan - Ashtanga certified teachers. They included Russell, Sally, Gladys, Axl, Adarsh, and Ethan. And in particular, he felt fortunate to assist in Mysore classes under the guidance and help of Ann, who received her level II authorization at KPJAYI. In 2014, after completing Paul Dallaghan’s teacher training, Shine also started on the path of passing on the Ashtanga lineage.
Shine’s practice experience differs from that of a typical Ashatangi. Striving for difficult asanas does not drive him, but rather he just continues steadily with a daily practice. His patience happens to verify the truth of Guruji’s statement: “practice and all is coming.”
In teaching, he is happy to share his experience with his students. Through careful observation, he tries to understand student’s obstacles and limitations. Whether the obstacles are physical or mental, he encourages the student to let go of their thoughts during practice, return to the breath and focus, everything else will naturally happen as a matter of course.
2014 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Dallaghan
2015 5-day immersion with Richard Freeman
2015 6-day immersion with Mark Darby
2016 5-day immersion with Doug Keller