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Oliver Zhao

Oliver Zhao

BJ WF Central, Beijing, Hong Kong


To cope with tremendous stress from bereavement and college coursework, Oliver entered yoga class for the first time in 2014. Unlike most yoga beginners, Oliver did not taste the sweetness of yoga because his rigid and tight body made it almost impossible for him to accomplish any yoga asana. Through patience and consistency, Oliver started to sense the changes happening both physically and mentally. The impossible became achievable, a transformation that made Oliver more confident both on and off the mat. Oliver is very grateful to have met different wonderful yoga teachers along his yoga journey, especially his first yoga teacher Peijun Wang. Peijun’s simple and self-disciplined lifestyle deeply inspired Oliver. During Oliver’s trip to PURE Yoga New York for a 200-hour yoga teacher training, he met Yogi Charu, a teacher who had great knowledge and understanding of yoga tradition and philosophy. Yogi Charu’s words were powerful and full of wisdom: “Never think you are better than your students.” was one quote that Oliver remembered clearly. The time spent with Yogi Charu allowed Oliver to realise the importance of being open-minded and humble when learning and sharing yoga knowledge. Carefully sequenced by a yoga teacher, a yoga class becomes an imprint of the teacher’s past life experience, yoga journey and personal traits. As a warm and quiet person, Oliver’s class has the potential to invite each student to explore his or her own yoga journey. Students might leave the class with physical relaxation, a healthier breathing pattern and a happier state of mind. To introduce yoga to more people, Oliver attended intensive trainings of hatha yoga, yoga therapy, yoga and psychology, anatomy and ashtanga yoga. He firmly believes that yoga has prepared a special gift for each person who enters its world. QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS • 300-hour Yoga Therapy Training with Jules Payne and Michelle Schroeder, Victoria, Canada • 100-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with John Scott, Hubei, China • Yoga Anatomy Training with Yoga Tune Up, New York, USA • Spinal Range of Motion with Leslie Kaminoff, New York, USA • Bones and Ligaments with Amy Matthews, New York, USA • 200-Hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Charu and Kay Kay Clivio, New York, USA • 100-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Peijun Wang, Beijing, China