Andrew Hillam

KPJAYI Certified l Advisor

Andrew Hillam began the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in 1994 in Adelaide, Australia but it was not until 2001 that he finally made it to meet and study with Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Since then he has spent much cherished time in Mysore studying at KPJAYI and is Certified to teach the traditional ashtanga yoga system.

Andrew has also devoted many years to the study of Vedic chanting and the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads etc., while immersing himself deeply in the local culture of Mysore.

Andrew currently teaches and directs the Jois Yoga Mysore program in Encinitas, California, USA.


Editor's Note: Click here for Andrew's SoundCloud for his personal chanting recordings.

Veronique Tan

KPJAYI Authorised l Main Teacher

Born in Malaysia and bred in Singapore, International movie distribution veteran Veronique started practising ashtanga yoga in 2005 while working in Hong Kong. She became a direct student of R. Sharath Jois in 2008 and has since made annual extended trips to study with him in Mysore, India. Veronique is a KPJAYI authorised level 2 teacher since 2011 and has been learning the advanced series under the guidance of her teacher, Sharath Jois since 2012.

Veronique has taught a daily morning Mysore program in Osaka since 2013 and founded Ashtanga Yoga Tattva Osaka in 2015 dedicated to disseminating the traditional teachings of her teachers in a straight forward and simple manner.


Veronique is the current Owner and Managing Director of AYT and teaches in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and basic Japanese.

Maho Masui

Osaka, Japan l Regular Teacher

From 2014 Maho started to practice Mysore Style Ashtanga regularly under the guidance of Veronique Tan. Still deeply immersed in her journey, practicing Ashtanga yoga continues to have a profound effect on her way of thinking and life.

Based on what she had learned and experienced through her personal practice,  Maho started teaching yoga in 2018 and is currently apprenticing with Veronique. 


In 2017 Maho gave birth to daughter Emma. She is also an active graphic designer and illustrator.

Kanako Yamamoto

Osaka, Japan l Regular Teacher

Kanako started learning yoga in 2015. She had been teaching various forms of yoga before learning the traditional ashtanga yoga method from Veronique in 2018. This beautiful yoga method also brought her to Mysore, India, to start practicing with Sharath Jois for the first time in 2020.   

Kanako is also a professional singer and at first found it difficult to find a balance between the irregular life of a musician while teaching yoga and doing her own practice. Her Ashtanga practice gradually helped her find a good routine for her life. From this she has experienced great benefits not just physically but for also for her mind and emotions.

Kanako’s aim is to  convey the charm of Ashtanga yoga and guide people to experience its benefits regardless of the kind of work they do.

Kokoro Kobuko

Osaka, Japan l Regular Teacher

In 1999 I discovered and began to study Hatha yoga and Buddhist meditation and then in 2015 I discovered Ashtanga yoga.  At that time, I was working at a nursing home with an irregular lifestyle, and suffering from mental and physical discomfort, but it was the practice of Ashtanga yoga, which became deeply rooted in my daily routine, that led me to a regular life, with a slim figure helping me to regain physical and mental health. From then on the early morning yoga practice became very important in maintaining these important benefits.

In 2017 I began learning from Authorised Level 2 teacher, Veronique Tan at AYT OSAKA and went to India to practice yoga in 2017 and 2018. In 2020 I was given the opportunity to practice for two months under Guru Sharath jois in Mysore, India. 

I am now so honoured to be able to help introduce you to this wonderful method of Ashtanga yoga and I am looking forward to seeing everyone who comes to practice with me.


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