Yoga Teacher | Writer | Speaker


Yoga Teacher, Writer and Speaker

Shailaja Menon is a certified Integral Yoga and Manasa yoga teacher, freelance writer/editor based in Malaysia with over sixteen years of teaching experience in the field of yoga. She teaches at her studio Mat & Beyond Yoga Studio in Puchong, Selangor as well as in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Shailaja writes and speaks on yoga as well and has over the years actively pursued and shared her passion.

 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, in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and did another 200-hr certified teacher training program with them in 2010.

Subsequently she continued to learn at every opportunity, attending workshops and certified Intensive courses. She is currently pursuing the certified 300-hour Teacher Training Program with Manasa Yoga.

She has been featured in the local television channel Astro Vaanavil, for yoga demonstrations.

She teaches yoga to children at elc International Schools in Sungai Buloh and Cyberjaya. Over the years she has taught at yoga centers, gyms and corporate companies.

Shailaja was also part of the Manasa Yoga Team that performed at Mines Exhibition Centre in Nov 2015 when Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Malaysia. Shailaja also performed with the Manasa Yoga Team in December 2015 at the Temple of Fine Arts for the Shantanand Festival of Arts.



Passion for writing

Writing has always been her passion. Shailaja is currently the Editor of the Newsletter Joint Effortsby the Malaysian Arthritis Foundation. Over the years she has been a freelance writer with leading magazines like Her World, Malaysian Women’s Weekly and Shape contributing articles on health, women’s issues and yoga.


Social Media

Shailaja is very active on social media and started her own Facebook group “Live n Joy” in 2014 where she writes regularly on yoga philosophy to encourage people to connect with themselves, express their light and lead fulfilling lives. She also has a page “Shailaja Menon” where she posts her writings on yoga.