In Chinese, “XinZhen” (pronounced as ‘sheen-jen’) means a “precious thing at sunrise.” She came to USin 2001 for graduate school and has lived and worked in both US and China since then.
Xinzhen practiced various types of yoga when she was younger until she was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2012 by her best friend. Immediately she was attracted to the scientific (alignment) and philosophic(Yoga Sutras) aspects of Iyengar Yoga. After her return to Raleigh, she found Graham Williams – the only certified Iyengar teacher in Raleigh area then. Xinzhen has not left since. Her weekly class grew into twice a week classes. Her class time evolves into daily home practices. Yoga has changed her life so profoundly in the way that it renders a sense of “purposefulness” and “meaningfulness” in life. She starts to feel a keen conviction to share this experience with people – through teaching.
Xinzhen works for Lenovo as a Senior Data Analysis where she digs into vast amount of data to find out interesting behavior patterns to facilitate decisions at work and help make Lenovo products better for their users. She loves the “discovery” aspect of her job to find correlations among seemly uncorrelated facts. In a similar way, Yoga inspires her to find connections with different parts of the body, connections with other people, and ultimately connections from the outer body to the inner mind.
Over the past few years, Xinzhen has been worked toward the combined Introductory I & II Certification under the mentorship of Graham Williams and recommendation of Dean Learner. In September 2015, she passed the Assessment and gained her certification as a Certified Iyengar Instructor. In 2016, she will start to teach a Thursday evening class in the Iyengar Yoga Center of Raleigh.
Xinzhen has attended teacher’s training from Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Mary Reilly and Suzie Muchnick.
One of her great passion is to take Iyengar classes while she travels. She has taken classes in the Iyengar Centers in Paria, Rome and Florence. She recently attended a 7-day workshop with Dean and Rebecca Lerner in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany in Italy.
Xinzhen has also taken workshops from Lois Steinberg, Roger Cole and Elise Miller.
Guruji BKS Iyengar once said: “Yoga does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” Xinzhen is profoundly grateful for the teachers that have guided her and continue to guide her on the spiritual path of Yoga, and many other practitioners that are walking this path together.