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Our Teachers

Meet our highly experienced and certified team of teachers who will help guide you through the physical and mental journey of yoga.

Shilpa Ghatalia

Shilpa Ghatalia has been a lifelong student of Yoga. In 1997 she became a certified yoga teacher in the Himalayan tradition at Swami Rama’s Institute of Yogic Sciences Honesdale, USA. In 1999 under the tutelage of Swami Veda Bharati she studied the subtleties of Yoga to include Raja Yoga Meditation & Yoga Nidra. From then on, she went on to study and train with the following teachers: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Mindfulness; Sri Ramesh Balsekar in Advaita Vedanta; Pranayama and Basics of Ayurveda with Dr Nagaraj in India; the Buteyko Method with Patrick Keown; Master teachers Paddy McGrath and Diane Long who initiated her into revolutionary practise of *Vanda Scaravelli; Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers; Calligraphy Yoga and Qi Gong with the Shaolin Master Zen Hua Yang; Yoga Synergy training with Simon Borg Olivier, Australia. Over the years she continued to study different styles of Hatha Yoga such as Iyengar, Anusara and Yin Yoga in her quest to find a system, which led to spontaneous meditation. This led her to creating a style of Hatha Yoga called Integrative Yoga which is the synthesis of the teachings of all of the above teachers and teachings imbibed over the period of 30 years.

Shilpa Ghatalia is the founder of Yogshakti-www.yogshakti.com which is a registered Yoga Alliance (USA) school licenced to provide 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs. She trains teachers both internationally & locally.

*Vanda Scaravelli: Author of the book Awakening the Spine

Asako Suehiro

Asako started yoga in 2006 with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti in KL. After taking many workshops such as Buteyko, Body Cleansing, Meditation and several 21day courses, she took Yogshakti’s Integrative Teacher Training Course and completed her Yoga Alliance RYT200 in 2015 and RYT500 certification in 2018 with Shilpa and Paddy Mcgrath.

She has also completed 65hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with JoPhee. Asako discovered that yoga is not just about taking care of the body but it is useful in bringing about awareness off the mat in everyday life. Being introduced to the philosophy of Advaita by Ragi Kadirgamar was a real eye opener for her. In classes, she works on the energy body in order for the Chi to flow unobstructed throughout the body.

Asako teaches at Yogshakti, HotYo and Under The Light yoga studio. She also offers private classes, yoga for Scoliosis classes, meditation and Yoga Nidra Sessions. She is also Gendai Reiki Master.

Kym Choong

Kym Choong started practicing yoga since 15 years ago on a occasionally basis. When she come across Yogshakti Integrative Yoga, she felt instantly with it’s approach to yoga and has decided to make it her lifelong practice. She is inspired and has started to teach in 2019. She is now a certified Yoga Alliance RYT 200 yoga teacher and she will be completing her advanced 500 hours Yogshakti Integrative Yoga training with Shilpa Ghatalia in March 2020.

Integrative Yoga is a ‘philosophy in form’. It attempts to harmonise the body, mind, breath and emotion through the integration of various ideologies and practices, and one of them being the Taoism and Qi Gong. Kym is herself since 2013 a Tai Chi practitioner and 2017 a Shaolin Qi Gong practitioner. The integration of Taoism teachings and Qi Gong into her yoga practice has enabled it to become a holistic system for the mind, body and spirit.

Emma Jory

Emma began her education in the fitness industry as a personal trainer in 2003 and started teaching STOTT Pilates in 2004. She has since gained various certifications; Polestar Pilates, TRX, Ballet Barre, multiple Rehabilitation trainings, Anatomy Trains, NLP & Reiki. She specialises in Yamana Foot Fitness & Body Rolling, Pilates for Golfers (including KVEST), Pilates for Womens Health; Pre & Post Natal, Diastisis Recti Recovery, Menopause & Pelvic Floor Health + Dysfunction & Myofascial Release.

Emma founded and operated Emergy Pilates Lounge (one of the most successful Boutique Pilates studios in Sydney Australia), for almost 6 years. She sold her studio in 2014 to move to Malaysia with her husband. The studio (www.emergypilates.com.au) was an international educational hub for STOTT PILATES, regularly hosting Pilates Teacher Training courses. Emma (at her studio Emergy), pioneered Ballet Barre to Australia, later becoming a teacher trainer and traveling throughout Australia and Asia training Instructors. She has been featured in various magazines, and is now a writer herself.

Emma has trained many celebrities and her knowledge is sought after by many who have experienced the positive changes through her teachings. She is now happy to be helping more people experience the benefits of Pilates through her online studio www.epilatesonline.com.

Siew Yin Yoon

Siew Yin has a finance background with which she had pursued a corporate career for 18 years. That desk job wreaked havoc on her body – sore wrists, stiff neck and other office-related aches. In order to treat these issues and to improve her strength and flexibility, she began taking yoga classes once or twice a week and self-practised on other days. She was determined to be kinder to her body and to maintain a healthier lifestyle – in that process she realized that yoga has become one of the most important things in her life.

In 2019, she started training with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti. Siew Yin was captivated by the holistic approach of Yogshakti Yoga and enrolled in a 200-hour Teacher Training course with Shilpa with the intention to deepen her personal practice. She has also trained with Diane Long, a long-time student of Vanda Scaravelli, on the methods of Scaravelli-inspired yoga.

Siew Yin has been intrigued by the mind-body connection through her yoga practice. Seeing how yoga transformed her on and off the mat, she became inspired to share her experience with others. On the mat, she enjoys arm balances and inversions which she would sometimes integrate them into her meditative flows. She believes that yoga is accessible to everyone and is committed to presenting her classes according to the ability of each student. Her hope is that students step off the mat feeling energized, refreshed and nourished in both body and mind.

Crystal Yee

Crystal’s yoga journey began 18 years ago with a casual practise whenever she could make time. She loved it but never had time for a daily practise. In May 2018, she decided to make a dedicated effort by signing up for a 200 hour training course with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti and has not looked back. A daily practise of Yogshakti’s Integrative Yoga has changed every corner of her life: from self-care to parenting, relationships and her outlook on life. She was so impressed with the results that she could not help but want to share with others and started teaching immediately.

Crystal loves to share ways to feel better in the body and mind. She believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, and strives to make her classes a safe place for students to practise. By encouraging students to find their own unique place in each pose, she empowers them to personalize their practice based on their unique body. She focuses on bringing the senses inward and developing a loving relationship with self and body. She aims to guide her students through meditation in movement so they are energized in body and calm in mind after each class. Crystal recently completed the 500 RYT certificate with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti, and has also studied with Patty McGrath, Sebastian & Murielle Purcelle and Diane Long. She considers herself a student first and continues to look for ways to grow her practise.

Aglaé Dehondt

Aglaé started her practice of Hatha Yoga and Pilates in France to release her chronic back issues, especially during and after pregnancy. Feeling the benefits of her practice, she then discovered Vinyasa through an inspiring teacher. When she moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017, she joined a 200 Hours Teacher Training Course that covered Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga, with a deep focus on Asanas. Teaching Yoga became a transformative journey for her on many levels – she felt she had found her life path.

Her Yoga journey in Kuala Lumpur led her to the discovery of Yogshakti’s Integrative Yoga. She was instantly captivated by its unique approach. As an eternal student, she intensively learned about tensegrity, freedom of the spine, philosophy, meditation, breathing and Yoga Nidra. Aglaé then decided to join Yogshakti’s 300 Hours Teacher Training Course in 2019 to deepen her quest of Integrative Yoga from Shilpa Ghatalia, the founding owner of Yogshakti. Meanwhile, she continued teaching, going to classes and studying the many facets of Yoga. Aglaé’s classes can be highly energizing, incorporating challenging poses like arm balances and inversions. Her enthusiasm about energizing poses is contagious. She encourages her students to be playful, allowing their inner child to take over. Her classes usually start with sitting quietly to center and still the mind, continued with breathing practices, a gentle warm-up before going into the flow, building the fire to reach peak poses, and end with a deep relaxation.

Aglaé also leads relaxing classes, guiding students to focus on the breath, to yield and let go. She is a 500-Hours Registered Integrative Yoga Teacher (RYT®) with Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about spirituality, personal development, alternative healing techniques, health, nature and ecology. Join her on the mat at Yogshakti every Thursday, 9.30am-11am.

Loïc Martineau

After 20 years in the pharma Industry, I realized that neither my career nor my business was really answering my personal and health needs. It took me some time to shift my mind and really get into well-being and self-realization. Yoga practice has been the tipping point and the anchor of an interesting journey exploring the many dimensions of life. Yoga more than anything else has given me the strength, the clarity, the guidance I needed to feel and enjoy life.

Having Completed the RYS alliance 200h teacher training in 2018 and rather numerous courses of integrative Yoga since 2014, I understood It is time for me to share and to help others find their own balance.

I am very pleased to bring my practical experience combined to the integrative yoga techniques to anyone looking for something more in life.

Beatrice Ankel

For Beatrice, yoga has been a consistent source of optimism, strength and stability. When she initially started her yoga practice, Beatrice was suffering from a shoulder injury and chronic back pain that held her back from living an active and pain free lifestyle. But through her continuous yoga practice, she was not only able to overcome these physical limitations, but also became more conscious of herself and her surroundings and started to understand and accept herself on a much deeper level.

Now, she aspires to not only share the practice of yoga, but also her passion for it with her students to encourage them to explore and embrace their own conscious relationship with it. Beatrice has a professional background as a surgical nurse, has studied acupuncture and became a certified Reiki second-level practitioner in 2004. She leverages this know-how and background to better understand and connect the practice of yoga to the human anatomy, physiology, and the body’s capability to heal.

Beatrice studied with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti and recently became a certified Yoga Alliance RYT 500-Hour yoga teacher. Alongside this, Beatrice also completed Yin Yoga training with Sebastian & Murielle Purcelle and attended a workshop by Diane Long on the methods of Scaravelli-inspired yoga. Beatrice believes that the practice of yoga is a lifelong process that teaches you to become a better person, to live life more consciously, and to help you accept yourself for who you are.

Michael Teh

Michael Teh is a self-realized master that teaches self-realization and wellness through meditation, yoga, qigong and philosophy. He is devoted to a personal mission to awaken more people to higher consciousness.

Michael hopes to guide his students to evolve in consciousness and live a life of bliss, harmony and love. His deep desire to bring enlightenment to Earth had him pledged to go on this journey to share this truth with human race.Prior to this mission, Michael’s journey of finding his true potential began when he first attended “Awaken the Divine You” program by Master Umesh H. Nandwani in March 2018. In his deep seeking through meditation, he was innately guided to awaken to his life purpose. He realized that, “We are all one and the truth is nothing but love.”

He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of Metaphysics, as well as Registered Yoga Teacher Training (RYT500) at Yogshakti, led by Shilpa Ghatalia.