William Wong - Yoga the Wong Way
William Wong is a Melbourne based Yoga teacher with a passion for functional movement, gymnastics, Qi Gong, Reiki and sound healing. He has the wonderfully named Instagram profile Willy Wongka, and the equally wonderfully named website yogathewongway.com. William has a very strong practice but is equally committed to the more subtle aspects of yoga and meditation, and projects a welcoming and often hilarious sense of humour in his teaching and his online presence, so we were very excited to have the chance to speak with him recently.
In this episode, we learn about William's background growing up in Melbourne, how he studied landscape architecture for 6 years before deciding it wasn't for him. We learn how he discovered fitness and yoga after a stint as a Flight Attendant.
We learn how William's teaching and practice have evolved and how he has learned from and managed injuries along the way. We love William's light-hearted approach and deep dedication to these practices and we think you'll really enjoy this conversation!
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Click on a timecode to play from that time in the recording.1:20 Gina Macauleys Adrenal Healing Workshop at Garden of Yoga
2:30 William’s background growing up in Melbourne
3:07 How William discovered yoga after discovering the academic route was not for him and a stint as an air stewart.
8:06 Who are William’s key teachers?
10:21 How William’s interest in sound and meditation grew.
13:00 How have William’s students responded to chanting and the harmonium?
15:00 William describes the studio at Humming Puppy and how it affected his teaching style
17:55 William explains Shuman’s Frequency
19:20 William’s recent sound healing course
24:02 People may respond to different stimuli or modalities in different ways
24:58 Is it a constant evolution to keep a balance between the more subtle aspects of yoga and a strong physical practice?
26:48 Midroll - about our new Patreon Tier
28:14 What does William’s daily practice look like?
31:45 “Could you stop with the inner peace from upstairs?”
32:30 William talks about his retreat in July
34:52 Do people turn up expecting a certain type of class from William?
37:00 On instagram and social media
39:35 Does William curate his instagram feed or is it more spontaneous?
43:58 On being open about injuries.
50:18 How is William’s year of taking it easy going?
52:43 What is William interested in focusing on moving forward?
57:25 What is William’s core lesson?
58:43 Outro, latest Patreon supporters, next episode - Polly McGee