OUR TEACHERS

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.

www.joisyoga.com

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.

Keong Yap

KPJAYI Authorised l Regular Teacher

Keong began his yoga journey in 2004 seeking relief from a high intensity corporate job. He was immediately hooked and started regular yoga classes.  In 2009, Keong was intrigued by an interview with R Sharath Jois. He began to practise Ashtanga yoga and in 2011 his curiosity led him to Mysore, the source of Ashtanga yoga. In 2016 Sharathji authorized Keong to teach the primary series and since then he has been assisting in his home shala in Melbourne.

 

Keong has experienced first hand how the traditional Ashtanga yoga method is a powerful practice, able to transform and heal, bringing physical benefits along with mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Aya Shirahata

Osaka, Japan l Regular Teacher

After first experiencing the practice of yoga in 2011, Aya found herself falling in love with it and worked toward becoming an instructor.  She has been practicing daily with Veronique since 2015 and began assisting and apprenticing with her from 2018, determining to teach this life transforming yoga method in a traditional manner.

 

Aya hopes to take good care of each beginning student, guiding them toward their individual capacity so they may experience and understand the many benefits of practice. She sees yoga as a tool through which students can understand and improve their life situation and hopes to impart this through her teaching.

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.

Yuji Fujita

Kobe, Japan l Regular Teacher

Yuji first started yoga in Kobe in 2011 and from 2012 began to practice Ashtanga in the Mysore style.

 

In order to deepen his practice, Yuji’s previous teacher recommended that he learn under the guidance of KPJAYI Level 2 teacher, Veronique Tan, at AYT, which he has been doing since 2017. He has since completed the full intermediate series with Veronique and is continuing into Advanced A Series at AYT.

 

Yuji has found that through the effort of daily practice, both internal and external transformation are possible. He also feels that teaching is a great opportunity to deepen his understanding of yoga more profoundly and is very sincere in taking up this opportunity.

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