A COMMUNITY OF DREAMS

From a cosy studio in South Melbourne to the big move to the CBD, the best way to describe Little Mandarin is 'community'. We strive to create a space where everyone feels welcome and at home - no matter what language you speak, where you are from, how old you are, whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner. 

We want the community to go beyond a classroom environment by helping you to realise your potential and celebrate your progress. We are here to support one another and help each other. Little Mandarin is a place where we can learn from each other and create relationships beyond the yoga mat and studio. Come be a part of our growing multicultural community and feel the Little Mandarin difference!

Meet the Little Mandarin Team

We Speak Your Languages

  Jowing Zhang (English/Chinese Mandarin)    @jowingyoga    Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga.    I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade.   I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded.    Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potential!

Jowing Zhang (English/Chinese Mandarin)

@jowingyoga

Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga.

I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade. I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded.

Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potential!

  Kelvin Wong (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)    @gratitude.yoga    After spending 11 years in business/retail management where continuous standing had resulted in a weak lower back, I discovered yoga in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the physical benefits of yoga which not only lengthen, stretch and strengthen the body but also provides a mechanism for healing the body from within. Over the years, my hunger for yoga grew and from there, it propelled my yoga journey onto another level by becoming an instructor.     Fuelled by my curiosity, passion, love and the connection between yoga and the mind, I hope to explore the different facets of yoga and bring laughter and fresh insights into my classes.

Kelvin Wong (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@gratitude.yoga

After spending 11 years in business/retail management where continuous standing had resulted in a weak lower back, I discovered yoga in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the physical benefits of yoga which not only lengthen, stretch and strengthen the body but also provides a mechanism for healing the body from within. Over the years, my hunger for yoga grew and from there, it propelled my yoga journey onto another level by becoming an instructor. 

Fuelled by my curiosity, passion, love and the connection between yoga and the mind, I hope to explore the different facets of yoga and bring laughter and fresh insights into my classes.

  Mie Takamastu (English/Japanese)    @littlejoyyoga    I am a teacher of Hatha, Vinyasa and pre/post-natal yoga. I was originally from Japan and initially, my enjoyment of contemporary dance and movement led me to explore the world of yoga.    In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to deal with the difficulties of various medical treatments. I found the discipline of yoga, meditation and Pranayama had incredibly effective benefits for my body both physically and emotionally, which helped me work through the healing process. I decided to further my training and share the benefits of the practice with others by becoming a yoga teacher.    My classes have a strong focus on body awareness and the synchronisation of breath and movement. 

Mie Takamastu (English/Japanese)

@littlejoyyoga

I am a teacher of Hatha, Vinyasa and pre/post-natal yoga. I was originally from Japan and initially, my enjoyment of contemporary dance and movement led me to explore the world of yoga.

In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to deal with the difficulties of various medical treatments. I found the discipline of yoga, meditation and Pranayama had incredibly effective benefits for my body both physically and emotionally, which helped me work through the healing process. I decided to further my training and share the benefits of the practice with others by becoming a yoga teacher.

My classes have a strong focus on body awareness and the synchronisation of breath and movement. 

  Kelly Foong (English/Malay  /  Japanese/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese  )    @kellyfyoga    Yoga was not love at first experience for me. It was not until a few years later when I decided to step on the mat out of my own choice, did my love for yoga begin to grow organically.    I love how yoga is a moving meditation and the more you concentrate on your breath and every little transition, you stay present whilst letting your mind and body learn to accept and grow. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nicaragua to grow my practice and put myself out of my comfort zone.    My hope is to share the practice with others authentically and hold space for them to go through their own unique pathway, with emphasis on fluidity of movements so you can learn to move intelligently. As my teacher, Meghan Currie, always says: “The breath is the boss”.

Kelly Foong (English/Malay/Japanese/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@kellyfyoga

Yoga was not love at first experience for me. It was not until a few years later when I decided to step on the mat out of my own choice, did my love for yoga begin to grow organically.

I love how yoga is a moving meditation and the more you concentrate on your breath and every little transition, you stay present whilst letting your mind and body learn to accept and grow. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nicaragua to grow my practice and put myself out of my comfort zone.

My hope is to share the practice with others authentically and hold space for them to go through their own unique pathway, with emphasis on fluidity of movements so you can learn to move intelligently. As my teacher, Meghan Currie, always says: “The breath is the boss”.

  Winnie Au (English/  Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)    @winnie.au    Mind-body practice has always been my passion. My own yoga practice is the source of my health, my energy and my inspiration.    What started out as a way to workout, soon became a way of my life. Coming from an architectural background, for years my life had been a juggle of deadlines. Until I discovered yoga in 2012, since then I have found myself faithfully on the mat every day, re-establishing alignment between mind and body; and experiencing the growing joy in my heart, a joy independent of the external. With nothing but blind faith, I left for Thailand in summer 2013 to study Yoga, which turned out to be a month filled with powerful trust and love with beautiful people, together we spent out days chanting, meditating and practicing yoga and life. I realised that this is the path I want to lead - I have then embarked on the journey of sharing the bounty and blessings of yoga.    I love to see each practice as a little dance manoeuvre composed of mindfulness, breath, movement and freedom. Fluidity comes with balance between strength and flexibility. I believe that yoga mirrors our lives and the real practice takes place beyond the mats. It is a practice of everyday application and with awareness of such we grow. With joy, gratitude and love, let us initiate and implement change together. Namaste.

Winnie Au (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@winnie.au

Mind-body practice has always been my passion. My own yoga practice is the source of my health, my energy and my inspiration.

What started out as a way to workout, soon became a way of my life. Coming from an architectural background, for years my life had been a juggle of deadlines. Until I discovered yoga in 2012, since then I have found myself faithfully on the mat every day, re-establishing alignment between mind and body; and experiencing the growing joy in my heart, a joy independent of the external. With nothing but blind faith, I left for Thailand in summer 2013 to study Yoga, which turned out to be a month filled with powerful trust and love with beautiful people, together we spent out days chanting, meditating and practicing yoga and life. I realised that this is the path I want to lead - I have then embarked on the journey of sharing the bounty and blessings of yoga.

I love to see each practice as a little dance manoeuvre composed of mindfulness, breath, movement and freedom. Fluidity comes with balance between strength and flexibility. I believe that yoga mirrors our lives and the real practice takes place beyond the mats. It is a practice of everyday application and with awareness of such we grow. With joy, gratitude and love, let us initiate and implement change together. Namaste.

  Sharon Yu (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)    @iwonderwhyiwonderhow    Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life.    Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self.    I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

Sharon Yu (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@iwonderwhyiwonderhow

Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life.

Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self.

I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

  Wanna Join Little Mandarin Team?    Please send your CV to hello@littlemandarin.melbourne

Wanna Join Little Mandarin Team?

Please send your CV to hello@littlemandarin.melbourne