Meet our Instructors

ChauKei Ngai

Is the founding director of YogaUP, a Certified holistic health counselor,

with the mission of bringing people together from all culture,

ages, sizes and shapes with yoga as a tool.

Her wide range of unique skills have nurtured and motivated thousands to live a healthier lifestyle.

ChauKei graduated in Psychology in York University in Toronto, Canada,Recently moved back to Hong Kong which is one of the place she called home.

She has been teaching Yoga worldwide since 2006, In 2013 she won the prestigious International Yoga Sports Federation Championship, the worlds largest International Yoga competition, with participants from 25 different countries.

She was the first mother to become the World Yoga Champion.

Marsha Yip

Born and grown in Hong Kong, Marsha is a corporate PR well-trained to set plans and multi-task. She first started yoga as a workout for stress relief, and slowly fell in love with how yoga teaches her to slow down and do one thing at a time. She felt so grateful that yoga has found her before the darkest time in life when she faced the devastating loss of key family members. The healing power of yoga has drawn her deeply to this amazing lifelong journey.

Marsha completed her 200-hr RYT certification with Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman with strong focus on alignments in Iyengar style. She is also completing another 30-hour Yin teacher training with David Kim. Her teaching style is dynamic and strong, with an aim to help students build strength and flexibility with correct postures for the maximum safety and benefits. She loves encouraging students to challenge themselves with energizing Yang sequence, while adding some Yin poses to class to create a more balanced experience.

Phoebe Yip

Phoebe believes yoga is suitable for everyone, healing not only their physical body but also their mind.

As a runner, she knows exactly how it feels to have a fairly inflexible body, yoga guides her to balance her body with proper breaths and movements, connecting herself to her own mind.

She teaches hot yoga in YogaUP. She describes hot yoga as bringing her a new life. Her teacher always said, “you can only change the shape of steel when it’s hot.” Not only you are practising the body alignments, you also practise the thought and stillness when you are in a difficult environment.

Keilem Ng

Keilem mixes an international career working in investment with a passionate commitment to sustainability and the environment. Keilem grew up in Hong Kong and loves nature and the great outdoors. She is a trail running enthusiast.

Keilem chanced upon yoga in 2000 when a university classmate and yoga teacher invited her to take a class. Since then she has explored different styles of yoga including hot, hatha and yin. Leading a busy life, Keilem most treasures the therapeutic nature of yoga for both body and mind.

Keilem completed her RYT-200 training with ChauKei Ngai at Yoga Up. She hopes to share her love of yoga with others, to help cultivate calm, patience and resilience.

Victor Leung

Victor is a sports lover, he enjoys going to the gym, cycling, hiking, swimming… frequently. He started yoga as a stretching exercise and to relieve his lower back pain. At the beginning he forced himself to do yoga every morning, but gradually it became a habit and an interest.

Victor completed his 200-hr RYT certification with Chaukei at YogaUP and is keen on alignment and sequencing. He loves to share his experience of relieving body tension especially after exercise or a busy day.

Kaining Cheung

‘Yoga is a constant practice between control and surrender’

Kaining was born and raised in Discovery Bay. After spending 10 years abroad in 5 different cities, she finally decided to settle back in her hometown here in Discovery Bay. She joined her first hot yoga class in 2011 and has never looked back since. She believes the heat will bring clarity and strength to the mind as long as you allow yourself to surrender to the heat. Yoga has taught her many life lessons. It has also healed her lower back pain and anxiety disorder. Kaining hopes to create a safe and light-hearted environment for practitioners to explore their inner strength and wisdom.

Sue Thornton

Sue was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and enjoyed a childhood of space and freedom under the African skies. She then trained as a nurse before beginning her travels which took her to the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong. She also trained as a massage therapist and reflexologist. She joined her first yoga class 10 years ago. The flexibility, strength and balance that resulted from her daily practice has been a revelation to her as a mature lady.

Yoga is about the balance between strength, flexibility and releasing and she is keen to teach others and help students find their yoga postures in a way that works for them. Sue’s classes will combine both strength and mobility work.

Claudine Chiarella

After having spent many years training in classical ballet Claudine took her first Hot 26 yoga class in 2008. She found yoga to be gentler on the body than ballet, and she began to try various styles of yoga over the years although she was constantly drawn back to Hot 26. Claudine enjoys the discipline of the set Hot 26 sequence and the rush of energy that she gets after a good Hot 26 practice. She credits traditionally trained Hot 26 teachers Missy Szymanski and Noy Petchwikai with influencing, guiding and forming her practice and teaching in recent years, having completed their 50HR Hot 26 CET in 2019.Claudine also enjoys practicing Aligment, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga styles and in these styles has learned much under the guidance of teachers such as Rinat Perlman, Marah Arcilla and Patrick Creelman. Her understanding of yoga philosophy and wisdom has been influenced greatly by Patrick Creelman after having completed his 200HR YTT in 2021.

Saya Kawano

Saya Kawano starting dancing when she was five. Saya graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and History (double Major) as well as a Minor in Education. In 2014, Saya was awarded the Peggy Spencer and Supreme award from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). In 2019, Saya was awarded the Tonia Shimin Award for Excellence and Promise in the field of Dance. During this time, she also received a certification to teach Yoga Barre. Upon graduating from UCSB, Saya moved to Los Angeles and pursued her dance career. She joined a professional contemporary dance company and toured throughout America. Alongside her dance career, she was also a Yoga Barre instructor. She enjoys fitness and sharing her passion for dance and other exercises with the community.

As a dancer, Saya has worked with world renowned companies. She has been part of Charity events and Cancer fund balls here in Hong Kong, working with big brands such as Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston. She has also performed at the Rugby 7s for multiple years, performing during the half-times. Saya has also performed in the world-televised Chinese New Year Parade. She has also worked with famous artists as their back-up dancer. In the States, she worked with modern dance pioneers such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Jose Limon Company, and Jacqulyn Buglisi. Other artists she has also collaborated with are Doug Elkins, Ephrat Asherie, Nancy Colahan, Christina McCarthy and more.

Currently, Saya is pursuing a Masters in Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) whilst teaching kids at an international school. In her free time, she loves to share her passion for dance with others, as well as staying active when she can.