Meet Shree Ann Mathavan, the multi-tasking yoga practitioner.
Long before it became hip and trendy to practise yoga, Shree Ann Mathavan had already jumped on the bandwagon. She signed up for her first yoga class over 10 years ago while she was still an undergraduate.
“It was out of curiousity really. I’d seen books about it and was drawn to the mind-body connection of the discipline. I thought it’d be a good way to spend me-time and I was right. I felt calmer after every class,” she says.
Of course, her yoga journey has deepened tremendously. The 38-year-old has maintained a consistent practice over the past six years because she’s experienced its benefits. “It has helped me to cope with stress. It’s also developed my ability to tune out distractions and be present. I see myself doing yoga for the rest of my life.”
In 2014, she took her love for yoga one step further and got certified as a yoga teacher after completing a 200-hour teacher training course at Space & Light Yoga under anusara-inspired instructors Lynn Yeo and Sumei Shum.
While her day job as a communications professional at a multinational corporation is hectic (she works eight to 10 hours a day and clocks OT several times a week during busy periods), she’s super disciplined when it comes to working out. She does yoga thrice a week and teaches two to three weekend classes. She’s currently teaching mostly vinyasa and hot hatha sessions at Hom Yoga.
It sounds like Shree has her hands full with yoga, but it isn’t her only fitness passion. She’s been doing three weekly CrossFit sessions for the past two years as well. Her then boyfriend and now fiance, who runs a gym called Actualize CrossFit, introduced it to her.
“I was always very intimidated by weights, but I quickly got hooked on CrossFit. The movements are varied. There’s weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning which gets the heart racing. It’s always exciting!”
Juggling work, personal commitments and a fitness routine can be a struggle at times. To combat that, she uses certain strategies to help her stay focused. For instance, she doesn’t watch TV. “The hours spent watching TV can be better spent with loved ones or exercising,” she says.
Besides good time management, what also keeps her going is knowing that she always makes time for things that matter. Sound advice, for sure.
In Shree’s words…
To me, being a superwoman means… being strong, but also real. This means being aware of my strengths, weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
If I only have five minutes to work out, I will… do a couple of sun salutations. It’s not quite working out, but it kicks off the day on
a right note.
Every superwoman needs a… rest day. And sleep!
The person who inspires me the most is… my fiance. He works long hours but is always a cheerful and encouraging coach. He makes time to squeeze in workouts whenever he can.
To me, working out is as important as… my health. It’s my way of taking care of the body I’ve been given.
If I could have a superpower, it would be… to be strong yet flexible. I’m always trying to strike a balance between the two!
When I’m not working or working out, I’m… spending time with the people who matter most to me. Or I’d be reading.
I love being a woman because… they make way nicer workout clothes for us.
My life motto is… to be present.