Michelle Quah has been running the Nirmaya Yoga studio near Green Lane since 2008. With a background in psychology and with extensive yoga training, her eclectic style mixes yoga and psychology. She also offers corporate yoga packages.
How did you first get interested in yoga?
I was facing a rough patch in my life in 2004, I had a broken relationship and was lost. I happened to stumble upon some yoga classes at the gym, and I threw myself completely into it. I haven’t been away from yoga ever since.
How did you get into teaching?
I trained with Sun Yoga, KL in 2005. My training lasted four months, full time learning, and I taught classes in KL as part of my training. It was a pre-requisite of my school’s modules in order to graduate. I was trained in Hatha yoga by Dr. Jacqueline Koay and Ashtanga inspired flow by the late Vincent Tam. Currently, my style of teaching is an eclectic mix of styles, pulling from sources like Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin and Vinyasa. But I particularly enjoy the Anusara style of yoga.
Do you specialise in any particular areas?
I specialise in combining yoga and psychology, being a psychology major. Using specific psychology methods of overcoming fear, addressing issues and mental blocks is what I do best, while combining it with the physical yoga practice for better understanding of one’s body and breath.
What do you love most about teaching yoga?
I love that people always surprise me when they’re on their mats and in turn they teach me about being a better person and teacher for them. I love the way I get to inspire others and touch other people’s lives. When I cease to exist any more, I will know that people will still remember me in their hearts.
What, in your opinion, are the primary benefits of practising yoga?
It’s a great form of anger management and soothes mild depression. In other words, it brings joy to the practitioner and joy in the practice itself.
What advice would you give for people who have never tried yoga?
“How do you explain the sweetness of honey if one has never tasted it before?”
What is your favourite asana?
It’s a toss up between Downward Facing Dog and Chaturanga.
Where are you located?
We are located at 8 Kennedy Road, which is behind Carl Corrynton Medical Centre.