I first met Wen as I was eagerly anticipating the 8am start for her Sweaty Betty Marylebone class. As a newbie to the yoga community it’s nerve racking being introduced to so many complicated poses, many of which Wen makes look so easy! Her grace and focus are obvious through every move she challenges, and a month later - while still waiting to master the Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) - I interviewed her on a crisp Winter afternoon at her home.
So how does she balance her career, yoga and hydration routine? We interviewed her to find out…
Firstly, what is your job and where can we find you on social media?
I'm a lawyer and a Yogi. Instagram @yogetoverit, Facebook @y0getoverit
How did you get into that role? Why fitness?
I am a dancer by training so I was looking for something that would be somewhat similar to dance but easier to do on a regular basis.
Do you have a quote that you live by?
No, I’d rather think for myself. – Wen Dai
What apps/podcasts/books inspire you?
Instagram - lots of yogis/pilates instructors, fitness enthusiasts, illustrators, and photographers I link up with on Instagram inspire me—anyone who is honest, talented, or untalented but dedicated. I like the American NPR podcast, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”— its audience is probably primarily retirees in Massachusetts over the age of 60 but it's hilarious. I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See and it’s full of little surprises in structure and word choice.
Who inspires you, how and why?
Everyone. If you ask thoughtful questions, you can learn from and be inspired by anyone.
What workout would you suggest anyone try, for a complete beginner and with no equipment required?
What has been your biggest fitness challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
I’m still overcoming it—I want to do more cardio but I dislike running. And sweating. So…It's a challenge.
Where do you see your fitness journey growing to in the future?
I’m not sure. I just want to do yoga for a long time. Yoga is more than just physical fitness, so I think there are ways my practice could become more mental and spiritual than what it is now.
>How do you let off steam and relax?
I use steam rooms and saunas, ice baths, dog-sitting, friends and family.
What would you eat as a healthy snack?
I don't often cook, but I piece together salads with things like quinoa or other grains, avocado, corn, carrots, and nuts.
What is your favorite no&more infusion?
Tangerine & Mango – simply because I like mangos!
What’s your daily hydration routine?
4-5 cups throughout the day, I would like to drink more but I just forget during the day.
How do you choose to hydrate specifically when you are working out?
I don’t drink before yoga because there are poses that would make a belly full of water uncomfortable; I drink a lot afterwards.
How do your eating and drinking habits change from weekdays to weekends?
I’m vegan on weekdays.
What is your no (things you want to do less of, e.g. snoozing the morning alarm) and your more (things you want to do more of e.g. drink more water)?
My no is passive entertainment, my more is…sure, drink more water!