Founder

 Author|Yoga Teacher| Speaker

 

Shailaja Menon is an Author, Speaker, Certified 500-hr Manasa Yoga Teacher, Author, Speaker and TV Host based in Malaysia with over twenty years of teaching experience in the field of yoga.

She is the Founder of Mat & Beyond Yoga Studio in Puchong, Selangor.  Shailaja’s book on yoga, “Yoga ShaktiAwaken Your Own Power,  was published in May 2018 and launched by Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Malaysia. He has also written the foreword for her book. It was since launched in her hometown in Coimbatore in July 2018 by Padmasri Dr. P.R. Krishna Kumar, Managing Director of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore and in Novemeber 2018 at the Kochi International Book Festival by Bestselling Author Sri Anand Neelakantan.   

Shailaja also hosts the weekly show “Yoga Shakti” on Anand TV, based in the UK with audiences in Europe, North America and  New Zealand.

From Shape to State

For Shailaja, yoga is not just about stretching the body on a mat to create shapes but a philosophy and way of life that ultimately transforms and elevates the state of mind. “It is an inward journey, to connect to the core of ourselves, through the tools of the body, breath and mind. And that sacred connection leads us to express our highest possibilities and lead authentic and fulfilling lives”.

Her yoga journey

Shailaja began her yoga journey as a student at the Integral Yoga centre in her home town, Coimbatore, India in 1999. In 2000, she went on to become a certified Integral Yoga Teacher. She began teaching in Malaysia since.She continued her learning in Malaysia with Manoj Kaimal at the Manasa Yoga Centre, Selangor, Malaysia and went to become a 500-hr certified Manasa Yoga Teacher. Besides teaching yoga classes regularly at her “Mat & Beyond Yoga Studio” in Malaysia, she also has an online presence with a group of students based in UK as well. She regularly conducts yoga workshops and retreats in Malaysia and India which encompass yoga philosophy based on the Yoga Sutras, asanas (postures), pranayama (breath regulation), dhyana (meditation) as well as self-empowerment through deep introspection (swadhyaya).  

 Speaker: Over the years, Shailaja has been a Speaker at Rotary Clubs in Malaysia and India as well as Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Coimbatore Chapter, India. She was also invited to speak at leading Educational Institutions like Avanashilingam University, Sri Krishna Instituitions, GRD Instituitions, SSVM Schools, Coimbatore as well as St. Teresa’s College, Cochin to name a few. She has also had the opportunity to speak at the British Orchard School, Dubai and was invited as a guest speaker on “Yoga and Stress Management”  at De Anza College, California, USA.

Media: In December 2016, she was featured in an interview and yoga demonstration by the television channel, ONE TV in Kerala, India. In 2018, she was interviewed by online channel Simpli-city.in based in Coimbatore, India. In 2019, she was again featured in an interview and  yoga demonstration on television channel, Doordarshan, Kerala, India. She has also been featured in the Malaysian local television channel Astro Vaanavil, for yoga demonstrations. Shailaja and her book “Yoga Shakti” have also been written about in leading newspapers in India including The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Times, “Pune Mirror”, “Bangalore Mirror” as well as Manorama

 

Passion for writing

Writing has always been her passion and she has been writing for the last 22 years. She was the Editor of the Newsletter Joint Effortsby the Malaysian Arthritis Foundation for 4 years. Over the years she has been a freelance writer with leading magazines like Her World, Malaysian Women’s Weekly, Shape and “STAR” newspaper contributing articles on health, women’s issues and yoga.

 

Social Media

Shailaja is very active on social media on her Facebook and Instagram page. Since the lockdown in March 2020, Shailaja has also regularly hosts a podcast, “Shailaja Menon In Conversation With..” on Facebook with leading personalities in the field of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Indian Classical Arts.