“My boyfriend and I are currently running The Travel Intern. It’s a news community travel site which runs an internship programme. We recently brought two interns along with us on fully-sponsored  trips to Japan and India and taught them the basics of travel blogging.

Before this, I was doing marketing for four years. I felt burnt out and finally decided to quit my job last September. I just wanted to be in a different environment and learn something new; that’s why I took an extended break away from Singapore and went to India to learn Yoga for three whole months.

My boyfriend surprisingly said yes when I asked him to join me. I did a 500-hour yoga teacher training course, while he did a 100-hour course for beginners. India was a great experience for both of us. I can’t believe it’s been a year already.

Cliché as it sounds, it really was everything that my life wasn’t at that point of time. First of all, we were super disciplined. We had a daily schedule that started at 6am and ended at 10. We practised the physical aspect of yoga every single day regardless of how much our muscles ached.

I was learning something new everyday, and I loved it! But perhaps what I got most out of that experience was being pushed to teach a class on my own. Public speaking was one of my most crippling fears one year ago, but our guru often said “always choose to face your challenges so you can grow”.

I was super nervous but somehow always found courage to teach a class when the occasion arose. Having the experience to teach yoga with the skills we learnt over the course was so empowering because it was that one thing I didn’t believe I could do. I came out of the experience not only alive but realising that I enjoyed the process.” – Cherie, 25