A yoga teacher, an artist, a performer - Sandra Riley Tang

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Yoga Teacher // Artist
Performer // BJJ Fighter

Meet superwoman Sandra Riley Tang; she's a yoga teacher, artist, performer, and BJJ fighter!
Sandra is wearing the Dark Secret Collection:  Princess Cut Leggings
High Impact // Hidden waist pocket // 360 full-range movement

Quick Chat with Sandra

Yoga Instructor, Artist, Performer, and BJJ Fighter

Miss Runner: At what point did yoga and music really converge for you?
Sandra Riley Tang: I started doing yoga about 2 years ago and my band formed about 4 years ago, both stuck and became a big part of my life. I’ve never looked back since.

MR: You practice yoga at The Yoga Co. Studio. What is a typical day at Yoga Co. and what are the ethics or practices you have learned there?
Running The Yoga Co and teaching while still having to spend time at filming and rehearsals with my band ‘The Sam Willows’, sometimes leave me with little energy for self- practice. But it is important, and I always try to squeeze in some time for self practice even if it’s just 10 mins a day. Because if you don’t continue to grow, you’ll end up with nothing left to give.

MRApart from yoga, you are also a BJJ fighter! What obstacle(s) do you think one must overcome to become good at BJJ? Do you have any advice for new female students to Jiu-Jitsu?
SRT: Stay calm. Focus on having good techniques so that weight/strength does not become a major factor. Your fingers are going to hurt, you’re going to get bruises, you’re going to get frustrated, there are days where you have zero idea what you’re doing, but keep going. Stay calm and just keep rolling. 

MR: How do you think BJJ/Yoga helped your practice in the other type of sports?
SRT: Both has taught me to stay calm. I enjoy becoming a student once again and they are an absolute compliment to each other! Highly encourage for anyone to give both a go. (: If anything, I’ve learnt to press on. There is a learning curve and I've realised that as you get older, it gets tougher. But this is when you need to stay calm, relax and trust yourself to keep learning and keep improving. As long as there’s progress, that’s all that matters.

MRWhat's one item in your closet you would never throw away?
SRT: One of my black skorts. Can I just say that skorts are one of the brilliant inventions ever made. It lets an active girl like me run around crazily and do handstands randomly without having to expose myself and still look feminine at the same time (once I’ve stopped moving and have neatened my hair!).

Sandra is wearing: Princess Cut Leggings

Connect with Sandra on The Sam Willows and instagram

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