Daphne is a registered yoga therapist, movement educator, bodyworker, and specialist in somatic therapy. A self-professed geek in understanding the principles underlying human movement and the nervous system, Daphne applies principles of kinesiology and yoga philosophy in her work to cultivate sensory awareness, rehabilitate injury, and embody the adage of a mind-body connection, to to fully experience life through our somatic intelligence. She creates holistic therapeutic trainings and mentorship programs for individuals, movement educators and healthcare professionals.
Daphne’s journey with yoga first started as a sanctuary away from the hectic corporate life back in year 2000. During the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, she traded in her business suit for a leap of faith into the unknown. She found herself immersed in wanderlust, a luxury she couldn't afford in her younger years. She uncovered the depth of Yoga as a practice, a lifestyle, a means of sharing her passion with others, and most importantly a lifelong study in the art of living. Daphne's knowledge is grounded in Eastern philosophies as well as biomechanics, functional anatomy neuroscience and physiology.
Her biggest inspirations started with Richard Freeman's Yoga Matrix – who has had a deep impact on the way she sees Yoga philosophy as a profound embodiment practice for the body, mind, spirit, as well as Donna Farhi, Tom Myers, and somatic pioneers like Emilie Conrad of Continuum Movement and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen of Body Mind Centering®.
In recent years, she began to embark on a deeper quest into the study of neuroscience, somatic movement, combined with the holistic framework of Yoga Therapy to delve deeper into the connection between mind and body through self-inquiry, breath work and body-based therapies. She uses an inquiry-based, body-sensing approach to bring about transformation and healing into our relationships with self and other.
As a tactile bodyworker of various healing modalities, Daphne is trained in the art of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Detox Massage), Tai Chi Massage and Reiki, all of which she infuses into the alchemy of her integrated bodywork offerings and yoga therapy. Daphne incorporates a heart-centred approach, the sensibilities of physiology, somatic education, functional anatomy, pain science, as well as insights into eastern philosophies and self-inquiry within her practice. Her therapy sessions, classes, workshops, and trainings are known to focus on breath and awareness. Together with a sense of play and curiosity, she hopes to create the nurturing presence and self-agency of our body-mind-spirit through the embodiment of these teachings.
Daphne has completed over 2,000 hours of teacher trainings and has taught over 5,000 hours in classes, private sessions, special needs yoga, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings. She is a certified yoga therapist, movement educator, bodyworker, Anusara Inspired™ teacher, and an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She started assisting and co-teaching in teacher trainings since 2013, and has been running her own embodiment and inquiry-based therapeutic training modules internationally since 2014.
Inspired by a calling to continually deepen her learning and sharing with a wider audience, she created Yoga with Daphne study programs, to provide training and mentorship programs for movement and wellness practitioners, as well as coaches, heathcare professionals, bodyworkers, caregivers, etc., with the aim of bringing like-minded people together as a community.
She is proficient in both the English and Chinese languages, and teaches embodiment practices through somatic movement, yoga therapeutics, restorative yoga, as well as dyadic and hands-on work.
Daphne is available for seminars/ presentations, as well as to facilitate experiential modules in teacher trainings, corporate workshops, healthcare seminars, as well as to lead retreats. Daphne is also a skilled bodyworker and has helped many who are dealing with injuries, chronic conditions, or simply looking for a sense of well-being.
When she’s not traveling or teaching, Daphne enjoys spending time with her family in Singapore, or being home with her partner in their little cottage sanctuary in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
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The yoga therapy components of my teaching and courses are based on my various therapeutic trainings and credentials in movement education, bodywork modalities & massage therapy trainings, as well as the completion of Yoga Therapy Graduate Certification Training, and ongoing accreditation with the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists . It is not derived from my status as an E-RYT 500 nor as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry. Please note that any reference to therapy or treatment within my communication is not meant to imply any diagnosis or to cure health conditions. Rather, my focus is on improving general health, well-being and avoiding injury to those with health conditions.