Author|Yoga Teacher| Speaker


Shailaja Menon is an Author, Speaker, Certified 500-hr Manasa yoga teacher, freelance writer/editor based in Malaysia with over eighteen years of teaching experience in the field of yoga. She teaches at her studio 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.   

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 went to become a 500-hr certified Manasa Yoga Teacher.  

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 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 regularly conducts yoga workshops and retreats in Malaysia and India.  In December 2016, she was also featured in an interview and yoga demonstration by the television channel, ONE TV in Kerala, India. She has been featured in the local television channel Astro Vaanavil, for yoga demonstrations. Shailaja and her book “Yoga Shakti” has also been featured in newspapers in India including The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Times as well as Manorama


Passion for writing

Writing has always been her passion. Shailaja has been writing for the last 20 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 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 “Mat & Beyond Yoga Studio” where she posts her writings on yoga.