The face behind the mat: Jihee
With our new Rotterdam studio opening and Rolive launching, you’ve probably noticed that we’re not all about the bike anymore. Of course, we love to work up a sweat with tap-backs and pyramids, but we’re expanding our repertoire. When you build up those muscles with all those Ro’rides, you also have to stretch them out.
That’s why we are so excited to finally bring you Royoga: sweat-drippin’ yoga that will have you feeling energised and on top of the world after every class. We’ve got Royoga, Roslow and Rostretch, so whatever your mood, there’s a flow for you.
Because community is the heart of what we do, we want you to really get to know our instructors so they start to feel like family. That’s why today, we want to introduce you to one of our wonderful Royoga teachers, Jihee. We chatted with her to find out a bit more about her and what Rocycle means to her.
Hey Jihee! Super cool to have you as a part of our founding Royoga team. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi everyone! My name is Jihee Choi. I’m from South Korea, but I’ve been living here in Rotterdam for almost three years. I decided to become a yoga teacher back in 2019 and am excited about this new journey! I like practicing yoga, sharing my energy and my feelings. I also love hearing feedback from yogis, so I hope to see you on the mat soon.
So, you moved here three years ago, but how did find your way to the Ro’fam?
Firstly, thanks to my friend Vinnie. She tagged me in a post on Facebook, which led me to Rocycle! I also am grateful to Anna, our master instructor, who brought me on board and gave me the chance to be part of the Ro’fam.
We couldn’t be happier to have you. Have you always been into yoga?
Yes, though before I started yoga, I barely worked out at all. I worked at a logistics trading company and had chronic back pain, round shoulders and pain in my neck. I also had a lot of stress-related issues like digestive problems and fatigue. Because of all the stress, I wanted to find a healthy hobby. Now, I practice yoga every day. It makes me feel fresh and energised, and I barely have any back or neck pain. I am so happy I can escape from the pain and stress.
It’s amazing what a bit of movement can do for you. Do you have any favourite poses?
One of my favourites is child’s pose. If I get tired during the flows, I always go back to child’s pose to recharge.
Sometimes we wish we could spend the whole hour in child’s pose! What do you think is going to set Royoga apart from other studios?
I love it! It’s new and fresh. It’s great to have practices with music or themes. I think the community is really important as well.
Upward dog or downward dog?
Downward dog! Because my dog Mingki also loves it.
That’s too cute. What is your most beloved yoga style?
Yin. I love all styles of yoga, but I really release any tension I might have had after a yin class. I tend to practice yin before going to bed. I love the movement and the relaxation.
It could totally put you to sleep, so we get that! Do you have any tips for how people can incorporate mindfulness into their lives?
I like to watch YouTube. You can easily do it at your own tempo with your own flavor. For meditation, I listen to guided meditations when I take the metro; one method I like is ‘spot meditation’. Spot meditation is where you focus on your breathing instead of looking at your smartphone. Another method I like is ‘in motion meditation’. When you practice ‘in motion meditation’, you focus on the actions completely. If you’re picking up a glass, for example, you should notice your fingers, your skin, how smooth and cool the water is as it enters your mouth. There are also guided meditations for this style on YouTube.
Wow, we never really thought of doing that type of meditation, but it sounds very interesting. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Somewhere in between, but I’d rather be a night owl.
What do you like to wear when you practice yoga?
Leggings with a top. I really like bright colours like baby pink and coral. In terms of brands, I love Xexymix, a Korean brand with great designs and colours.
Oh cute! We’ll have to check it out. Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have butter fingers. I drop everything – keys, cups, smartphones, you get the idea.
Thankfully you don’t have to hold anything in yoga haha! Alright last one. What does Royoga mean to you?
Connection, networking, teamwork, community, inspiration and positive energy.