In this interview, Shelyne Wai shares her journey as a yoga instructor and entrepreneur and tells of how she has overcome some of the struggles associated with the pandemic.
What do you do?
I’m a full-time yoga instructor and also a Founder of AkasaFit.com
How did you get into the industry?
I wanted a much healthier life. That’s why I turned to yoga as a stress-reliever practice. The rest is history!
What’s a food memory from your childhood or travels that stands out?
I started travelling very late, around 18, because I was afraid to fly. I still am now! But for the sake of travelling, I endure it! So I’ll share with you about a food memory! I always look forward to Chinese New Year because my grandmother cooks one of her specialties, meatballs! Up until today, I’m blessed because I still get to enjoy them!
What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
The best part is work-life balance! I’m looking forward to travelling and working at the same time!
The worst part is that I am my own boss, so I have to hustle, but it’s still a blessing to be able to do so!
What’s your favourite food and beverage pairing?
Pizza and white wine!!!
What’s one of the funniest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
The number of bloopers during video shoots! Most of them are really funny! Some instructors, including myself, tend to blank out during shoots. Even Livestream oops
The perfect day off would be…
… sitting by my green corner, listening to Lo-Fi music, and making suncatchers!
A day in the life of a yoga instructor is…
NOT as calming as you think. Haha.
What does Shelyne Wai you do for fun?
I make suncatchers as a hobby. So when I’m stressed out, I usually turn to my hobby.
What’s something you’d like guests to know about AkasaFit?
AkasaFit is a Wellness-On-Demand platform consisting of more than a hundred Yoga, Fitness, and Meditation content! Our mission was to create a platform for everyone to access Wellness at an affordable price.
What’s something you’d like people to know about being a yoga instructor as a profession?
It’s not an easy job because it is a saturated position. Still, you will definitely shine if you are passionate about what you do. Plus, you will need a lot of patience in this field 🙂
What’s your view on the yoga scene in KL?
It’s full of opportunities! I can see that more Malaysians and adapting to a healthier lifestyle. Plus, Malaysians love fresh and new ideas, so the yoga scene will never fade!
How has the pandemic changed you as a person?
Everything! Mentally especially. I have very unstable emotions, and the pandemic really changes how I look at the whole picture of the current situation. I got stronger mentally always look at every situation positively!
How has the pandemic changed you as a yoga instructor?
I work extra hard! I started AkasaFit from zero, and I have been putting all my time and effort into this platform. Plus, I learned and adapted to teach online because it is completely different from teaching physical classes.
What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
So many things are lining up this upcoming month! AkasaFit just launched the live stream platform, and I just started my suncatcher business called Pika Pika Boutique. So I’m incredibly excited and blessed!