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#84 – Keen on Yoga Podcast with Yan Ong

Yan Ong tested at the top 2% of worlds IQ at the age of 16. Joining the Mensa Society, sparked an interest to discover the purpose of intellect. She sought out to gain knowledge through university degrees in science graduating with honours in Biotechnology. In attempt to balance both left and right brain function took a second university course in the arts. 

Although she found solving problems and creating ideas fun, there was still something that corporate life was not fulfilling. 6 years of working in business and I was over it, there had to be more to life.  Yan backpacked for 2 years on her own from South America, Africa and ending up in Bali.

She discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2001 with a book and a class for 4 years.  In 2008 everything fell into place and the Ashtanga Yoga became her life. From 2010 Yan lived in Mysore for 4 years practicing under the guidance of Paramagruru Sharath Jois. She privately studied sacred texts constituting the Upanishads and Yoga Sutras with renowned philosophy expert Professor Najarajao Rao.

Yan and Mysore

In 2012 she was authorised by Paramaguru Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Yan was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and teach across the globe in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines & more.

In the 20 years since she found Ashtanga Yoga, she has learned to heal her own spinal, ankle and wrist injuries, manage stress and hypothyroidism within the practice.  This gives Yan a more thoughtful, accepting and compassionate approach towards asana and its ability to be therapeutic.  

Dealing with both physical and health struggles during her journey gives Yan an understanding of the practice from a deeper yet wider perspective. Above all she draws on 10 years study of yoga philosophy scripture which the practice is built upon.

In addition, Yan is largely influenced by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. She has time with him on retreat and completed his 6-month advanced School of Awakening course. 

She teaches with her husband Manuel and now plans to spend time between their native countries, Malaysia and Portugal. 

You can find her at @yanyoga or on her website https://www.yanong.me/

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