Jessica Lee

Hong Kong

14 February, I’m a Valentine’s baby! 

Growing up I was terrible with conventional sports but naturally flexible so decided gymnastics was the perfect form of movement for me. Years down the road I discovered yoga after realising they didn’t have gymnastics classes for adults (this was way back in 2005), which then led me to find acroyoga - the perfect combination of everything I love!

I feel super lucky to call so many amazing yoga teachers my mentors and friends, including Briohny Smyth, Dice Iida-Klein, Claudine & Honza Lafond, and Dylan Werner.

Teaching Style
Playful and energetic. Being hypermobile and only five feet tall, I complement my yoga with weight training and other forms of movement to build strength, which I like to incorporate into my classes through fun, dynamic sequencing whenever possible. 

What do you always teach?
Lately I’ve been focusing on bringing awareness to the scapula and teaching students to push away from the floor in foundational poses like plank and downward dog after training with yoga teachers who have done research on biomechanics (you’d be surprised how many teachers teach the opposite!). It’s just much healthier for the shoulders, and has completely transformed my practice after my rotator cuff impingement.

Favourite practice
So hard to choose! I love yoga arm balances and heavy weight training - they’re just so empowering especially for someone tiny like me! I also like being popped and tossed around in acroyoga washing machines, or hanging upside down on an aerial hoop. I swear I was an acrobat-slash-gymnast-slash-cheerleader in my past life.

Least favourite practice

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m always juggling multiple books because I’m the queen of ADD, but I’m currently working on finishing Tools of Titan - Tim Ferriss, Perfectly Imperfect - Baron Baptiste, and The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle.

HK District?
Yaumatei’s my hood, but I feel particularly drawn to Sheung Wan/Sai Ying Pun/Shek Tong Tsui area because of all the hints of colonial-era architecture in the neighbourhood.

HK Street Food?
Oh boy, do I really have to narrow it down to one? I love ‘em all but I’ll happily have plain cheong fun with all of the sauces all day err day. Bag noodles with lots of chill sauce are a close second. P.S. If you can’t tell by now I’m really bad at choosing favourites.

Both, but I feel like I’m obliged say I prefer cats slightly more because I’ve got a British Shorthair feline master called Faust.

Next holiday destination?
I’m off to Bali for more acro teacher training then Singapore in the next two months - woo!

Other interests/talents?
I used to work in marketing, so I’m annoyingly OCD with words and design. I’m also a former choir girl, and still am a huge history geek, biology nerd, and video game dork.

Self-care rituals?
Do long naps count? I also like rolling around on the floor in burrito-asana with some myofascial release balls.

What brings you joy?
Quality time with people who inspire me. Hearing from long lost connections. Being in the ocean. Silly fat animals. Food.