Gaurav Malik


Lead Yoga Trainer

Born in a valley of the Himalayas of India, Gaurav decided at an early age to dedicate his life to the study and sharing yoga.

Gaurav Malik is our lead trainer and is recognised by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.

Gaurav has previously taught yoga in many training schools in Goa and Rishikesh in India from 2004 - 2013. In 2014 he co-founded Ashtak Yoga school with his wife and has since trained 180 students from 54 countries in his own unique style, a mix of tradition, modern movement, and love. Gaurav predominately teaches in his home-based school in Goa, India but has also held yearly trainings in Thailand, Bali and Europe. Many of his graduate yoga teachers now lead their own classes and retreats all around the world. When people first meet Gaurav they are instantly drawn to his loving, caring, and calming demeanour. Students and teachers are often impressed with Gaurav's in-depth and seemingly never-ending knowledge of yoga in many areas including history, adjustment and alignment, philosophy, Ayurveda, mantras, meditation and of course, pranayama.


Formal Education:


  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid Course, Bondi, Sydney, Australia (2019)

  • Vipassana Meditation 10 day, Dharamshala, Himalayas, India (2015)

  • PhD Yoga (Pranayama) (2012)

  • Masters in Human Consciousness and Yogic Science (2007)

  • Marma Therapy Course (2007)

  • Master Diploma in Acupressure and Magnet Therapy (2007)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Teaching (2005)

  • Total of 9 years studying in the yoga university Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar (2004 - 2012)

  • Vipassana Meditation 10 day, Dharamshala, Himalayas, India (2005)

  • Meditation Course (2004)



Asana adjustment and alignment, pranayama, philosophy & Ayurveda.


Contact Gaurav om@ashtakyoga.com


Kate Malik


Senior Yoga Trainer

A current psychology student at Monash University, Melbourne. Kate moved to India to begin Ashtak Yoga School with Gaurav in 2014 and has since been practising and learning yoga all over India for the past 6 years.

Kate is passionate about energetic connection, meditation, philosophy discussion, self-journey, trauma-specific yoga, and healing practices. Kate guides students through their yoga training course material supporting students and bridging the gap between the Eastern and Western lens. 


Formal Education:


  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced (Thesis), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2019 - Current)

  • 20hrs Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Centre for Trauma and Embodiment Boston USA in Syndey, Australia (2019)

  • ACT for mindfulness and Trauma (2019)

  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid Course, Bondi, Sydney, Australia (2019)

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2018)

  • Being Blissful Meditation Teacher Training, Paramanda Ashram, Indore, India (2018)

  • Mental Health First Aid, Australia (2017)

  • Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training (2016)

  • 300hr Advanced Yoga Teaching and Yoga Therapy Training, Paramananda Ashram, India (2015)

  • Vipassana Meditation 10 day, Dharamshala, Himalayas, India (2015)

  • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course, Goa, India (2014)


Reading, travelling, pizza, balance, and discovery.


Email Kate om@ashtakyoga.com 


Kate’s on Instagram - @kate_in_india


Link to an Interview by BookYogaRetreats on our Engagement, love and yoga as a couple here.