Sung-Ji Schmidt

Sung-Ji - Instructor at Yoga Palm BeachI started practicing yoga twenty years ago shortly after graduating from college. Twenty years sounds like a long time but my practice was off and on, mostly “off” since like most people in their twenties, I was busy trying to build a career and start a family. Growing up I had always been very athletic (I earned my first black belt in Tae Kwon Do when I was 14 and cycled competitively during college) and certainly the physical practice of yoga appealed to me, but it was the meditative and philosophical aspects of yoga that brought me back over and over again. I knew I had a lot to learn.

A few years ago after leaving a career in medicine, I took up my yoga practice once again and found that it helped to heal me both physically and emotionally. Working as a young doctor, I had become quite sedentary and often placed other people’s health before my own. Yoga helped me regain my physical health. But more importantly, it helped me heal emotionally. Yoga has taught me to be kinder and gentler with myself and others. It has taught me that patience is just as important as persistence. And it has taught me that compassion is an inside job.

I am first and foremost a student of yoga. My primary Vinyasa teacher is Karen Burnett of Yoga Palm Beach. I also study Ashtanga with Todd McLaughlin at Native Yoga in Juno Beach. In 2014 I did my teacher training (200h RYT) with Judy Weaver and James Kigar at Yoga South in Boca Raton. My teachers model patience, persistence, grace and humor. Their love for the practice comes through in their teaching. I aim to convey information to students in the same way that my teachers have done for me be it in a group setting or one-on-one. My teachers are my inspiration to teach.