Sita Chia

An anthropologist and photojournalist by training, Sita started the practice of yoga in 2000. She is a certified Ayurvedic alternative medicine practitioner, as well as a Sivananda-certified teacher who spent many years teaching Hatha Yoga in Kutir (an ashram in northern India), Singapore, Bali and Thailand. She is also a certified senior intermediate level 2 Iyengar teacher, and she practiced both Hatha and Iyengar for a long time before finding her love in the Ashtanga Yoga method.

Sita is grateful to yoga for turning her life around from her earlier years of illness and addiction. The practice purified and cleansed both her mind and body, and she feels blessed to have this opportunity to teach.

She has completed both the Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate series, and continues in-depth study of the practice at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sri R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Her personal practice is in Ashtanga Mysore, in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, but she is also well versed in other practices, including Yin, Restorative, Pranayama and Kriya, Yoga Therapy, Prenatal and the Hot Yoga System.

In her free time, Sita loves street photography, painting, detox and internal cleansing, as well as raw and vegan food. Whilst she believes the practice of asana is an extremely useful mind-body tool, the true benefits of yoga are gained when all facets of yoga are applied to daily life.