Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Myca Velarde

Myca Velarde became passionate about fitness only when she turned 30 years old. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Life goes beyond the digits on the scale and your body is capable of so much more. Yahoo’s #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to inspirational men and women in Singapore leading healthy and active lifestyles. Have someone to recommend? Hit Cheryl up on Instagram or Facebook.

Name: Myca Velarde (@supermyca)

Age:  35 

Height: 1.63m

Weight: 53kg

Occupation: Executive

Diet: I eat anything in moderation. I do however, try to eat clean five days a week. 

Training: I do yoga every day. Whenever I have the time, I squeeze in Handstand, Boxing and Muay Thai classes once or twice weekly.

Yoga helped Myca Velarde get rid of her self-doubt and stress. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

You weren’t a fan of fitness when you were younger; what changed your mind?

I was not athletic or sporty growing up. I hated anything that will make my heart beat fast or make me sweat. I was that kid who would rather be writing journals and playing with Barbie all day long. I only fell in love with fitness when I turned 30 – that was just five years ago.

Why did you move to Singapore?

I moved to Singapore last 2007 on a whim.... because of a man haha. Life has since became really different for me. Singapore has taught me so many great things. I love that this country made me a strong woman that I am now. I owe it to all the people and friends I met here in Singapore.

Myca Velarde plans to take up the Yoga Teacher Training part-time in Singapore. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

How did you get into yoga?

This might be the most common answer you will get from anyone who found yoga and fell in love with it. I was going through the roughest time in life, worse than a quarter-life crisis. I was so unhappy, I was full of fear inside me, I was always so stressed and I always felt so alone in life. A friend told me that I should try yoga because it will help me focus, get rid of self-doubt and will help me let go of whatever is paralysing me. I’m so glad I listened to her. My life has changed in a way I can never imagine.

What’s next for you on your yoga journey?

I had a plan to take my Yoga Teacher Training overseas with a prestigious yoga school this year but I sadly had to cancel it because of unfavourable circumstances. I work full time too, so I figured it will make more sense to just take the course in Singapore part-time, by either the end of the year or February next year. I would love to teach yoga part time someday too. 

Myca Velarde is currently into Handstands. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

When did you feel the least confident about yourself?

When I was deceived by the person I used to consider my pillar of strength over and over again. I realised that I allowed it to happen many times and it made me felt least confident about myself for a while. I thought I was so foolish. I got rid of the negative emotions by working out even more and by doing more yoga, eventually getting rid of the person too.

What are your fitness goals now?

I am currently into handstands and I really want to work on my presses. Also, I want to stay consistent and focused – it’s a little challenging to be consistent now when I have a full-time job and yoga career on the side. 

Do you get any comments about your body?

Of course I do get criticism every now and then but it’s something I have gotten used to and it no longer impacts my functioning in life, compared to maybe when I was in my 20s. If my body is not up to their standards, that’s perfectly fine. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Myca Velarde. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)