Meet ChauKei, the visionary behind YogaUP, is a trailblazing force as the founding director of this transformative practice. She possesses an unwavering dedication to empowering women, nurturing their inner strength, and creating a profound bond with them. Effortlessly juggling the roles of a devoted mother and a driven entrepreneur.
Her journey began with a degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada, continuing her pursuit in Health Counseling and yoga studies, she delves deeper into the realm of supporting others in their journey towards improved well-being since 2006.
In 2013, she is awarded the prestigious International Yoga Sports Federation Championship, featuring participants from 25 different countries. Marking a milestone as the first mother to achieve title of World Yoga Champion. Her exceptional ability to maintain a harmonious balance between motherhood and extraordinary accomplishments demonstrates her boundless strength.
Her passion have garnered recognition from esteemed publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Talter, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and more. Notably, she stands among the distinguished “40 under 40” honorees by Prestige Hong Kong, a testament to her profound influence and lasting impact.
She continues to embody a champion spirit, prioritizing the essence rather than the mere title.
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 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 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 is a sports lover, heenjoys 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.
‘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 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.