The Straits Times
Nov 26, 2015
From meeting musicians in the ancient Chinese city of Xi'an to riding horses in landlocked Kazakhstan, Denise Keller travels the world for her job as a TV presenter and travel host.
But what some might not know is that the 33-year-old also country- hops as a certified yoga instructor. Certified by Pure Yoga in Singapore by master Arun Rana, Keller conducts private classes when she is back here.
She has also travelled to hotel spas and resorts in the region, such as Cove55 in Kuching and The Sanchaya in Bintan, to conduct yoga workshops and retreats.
She is exploring different countries along the historical Silk Road for a documentary with The Discovery Channel, and plans to return to Singapore next month to conduct a yoga session for Giving Week (www.givingweek.giving.sg).
Organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, the week-long movement dedicated to giving back will take place from Dec 1 to 7.Keller will be raising funds as well as awareness for the Autism Association through her yoga session.The svelte Eurasian model loves yoga because it is "an individual journey with yourself through the body-mind connection".
"With yoga, not only do I get to have an 'inner' conversation with my body, but I also feel the physical benefits immediately after being on the mat for a couple of hours.
"The former MTV VJ, who has been on various magazine covers such as Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and FHM, is married to Robert Gaxiola, 46, who works in advertising.
She completed Passage To China earlier this year, the third instalment in a travel series that has also covered Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, with American lifestyle channel TLC. Filming for the Silk Road documentary, Expedition X: The Silk Road Rising, is expected to wrap up in January.
When she is on the road, she tries to spend at least five to 10 minutes daily on the mat, a routine she says keeps her from being overwhelmed and helps her to reset.
She says: "This job is very research focused and there is a lot to absorb. Some times, you just want to empty your brain and relax after the long hours, and yoga helps me do that."
Denise Keller's charity yoga session costs $40 a person on Dec 5 from 10am to 1pm at The Cube @ Asia Square. Spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, e-mail email@example.com
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