Sophie Kassim is a teacher, a student and everything in between.
Her first passion has always been dance, her earliest memory was when at 9, whilst waiting for her music class to start, she will try to come a little earlier to watch the ballet girls in pink tutus, prancing around at the studio next door. Then in college, she danced and won her first dance competition.
Her “formal” training only started at the age of 21, when with her first pay cheque, she signed up for dance classes at a local studio. She’s danced everything from jazz, hip hop, salsa, exotic dance, pole and zumba. And in fact, she was one of the pioneer Exotic Dance instructors under “thebodytalks” which was the first studio that introduced exotic dance and pole dancing to the female masses in Singapore.
She has performed in various salsa congresses in Malaysia, Philippines, Los Angeles and New York; taught/performed for Club Med Bali/Bintan, performed in the Chingay Parade (various years) and National Day Parade 2009 to name a few.
Fast forward to 2011, because of a hamstring injury, she signed up for Yoga and Pilates to try to heal herself and get more flexible. But her mindset (and her life) changed after attending the Baptiste 40 days Power to Personal Revolution program. She discovered her Dharma and made the choice to quit her 12 year job so she can be the best teacher she can be by teaching more.
Today her lifelong goal is to love herself more and share as much as her love for movement to everyone. She’s devoted to make other people smile and she is here to remind you that the world will not end when you stop to smell the flowers and to take care of yourself. As a a perpetual student, she is continuously inspired by her teachers and as teacher, her students inspire her to keep teaching.
Sophie is a STOTTS certified Mat Pilates teacher and is also certified to teach Xtend Barre. She completed her 200 hours of Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Alliance accredited – POWER LIVING in Australia. She is aiming to get Baptiste-Certified by the end of 2017. She has a a Degree in Business (Banking) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. And has over 12 years of Australian mortgage financing expertise under her belt.
Sophie is known for her patience and her fear of frogs. She combines her passion of empowering women through body language, with her love for yoga, pilates and dance, and delivers a unique spin for moving the body with more awareness and heart.
List of Trainings
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 1996 – 1999
– Bachelor of Business in Banking
Options Studio, Singapore 2013
– Stotts Mat Pilates Level 1 Certification
Upside Motion, Singapore 2014
– Xtend Barre Certification
Power Living, Australia 2014
– 200Hr Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
– 60Hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Noah Maze, Singapore 2015
– 5 Days Teachers Immersion
The Center for Women’s Fitness by Carolyne Anthony, Singapore 2016
– Pre & Postnatal Specialist Certification
– Rocking to Release (May 2016)
– Diastasis Recti Recovery (May 2016)
Anatomy Trains by Michael Watson, Singapore May 2016
– Anatomy Trains for Movement Professionals
Baptiste Yoga, UK Oct 2016
– Level 1 Training – Journey into Power
Rohei Institute, SG Jan 2017
– Relational Coaching