Meet Stephane

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About me

I am a Transformational Coach, a Wellness Subject Matter Expert (certified Holistic Health Coach & certified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner), a Long Distance Passionate Runner and a daily practitioner of Vipassana (which means “see things as they are”) meditation. Before taking the path of a holistic health coach, most of my career was in the fast paced world of management consulting. Therefore, I have a deep understanding of the many challenges one faces in everyday life.

My purpose is to guide people redesigning their lifestyle to get healthier, fitter, more productive at work and ultimately happier : The Tao Lifestyle! I do that through a unique holistic approach (and personalized depending of the needs), combining and interrelating exercise, mindfulness, nutrition and other supporting habits. Throughout the various programs, my clients develop and reinforce high performance and healthy habits and routines that stick to their life. I do both in-person/group coaching in Kuala Lumpur and virtual coaching globally.

Educational background

  • Certified Holistic Health Coach – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner – ABNLP
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Program (MBSR) Trained
  • Vipassana Meditation Daily Practitioner (Took part 2 times in a Vipassana 10 day retreat)
  • Search Inside Yourself 2 Day Course Graduate
  • Chi Running & Pose Method Practitioner
  • The Science of Breathing: Wim Hoff Method Certified/ Breatheology Fundamentals Certified / Buteyko Breathing Trained
  • The Science of Happiness 8 Week Course Graduate – Berkeley University (on line)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) – Villanova University & Accenture University
  • The Foundations of Wellbeing: Hardwire Lasting Happiness, Peace & Love Into The Core of Your Being 1 Year Course Graduate (Foundations in Neuroscience) – Dr. Rick Hanson
  • Primal Endurance Mastery Course (Endurance Training Mastery) Graduate – Mark Sisson
  • Industrial Engineer Graduate [ 5 Years] – Haute Ecole Robert Schuman
  • Business Administration Post Degree Graduate [1 Year] – Louvain Business School

My journey to the Tao Lifestyle™

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

William Shakespeare

Our life is often a sum total of the choices we make in the face of challenges that come our way. Along the way, as individuals, we can choose to listen to our inner voice or ignore it. Stephane’s story is no different. His responses to decisive moments in his life led him to his path of destiny which he firmly believes has influenced his own personal philosophy - The Tao Lifestyle.

Childhood to early work life: Born in Belgium in a loving and caring family but mentally prisoner of the big family traumas......Read More

Early 2000th - 1st Turning Point: The start of my relationship with Michele, my (future) wife, and expatriation to Malaysia: New horizons, new resources. The light starts entering the prison walls......Read More

2007 - 2nd Turning Point: My first marathon race and new learnings. Passion to running came to another level and it incrementally became a way to create some “space” in my busy life as a management consultant......Read More

2013 - 3rd Turning Point: 1st Vipassana (which means “insightful”) meditation retreat. Running & mindfulness merge and the foundations of Tao of Running’s framework came slowly into place......Read More

2015 - 4th Turning Point: 2nd Vipassana retreat and quit my corporate job to launch Tao of Running holistic approach to health and well-being.......Read More

Today - The journey does not stop there: Launch Tao Lifestyle a “natural” extension of Tao of Running resulting from the learnings, feedback and requests of the participants in the programs and a way to guide more people redesigning their lifestyle for a fit body, a sharp mind, a happy soul!......Read More

Personal details

  • 44 years old
  • Married to my lovely Michele since 2009
  • Proud father of 2 young children Chloe (7years old) and Arnaud (4 years old)
  • 29 years living in Belgium, these last 15 years in Malaysia. I have been exposed to both a western & eastern philosophies & cultures.
  • 25 years of running practice (e.g. marathon, half-marathon, trail & ultra-trail running)
  • Practitioner of Vipassana Meditation: Completed 2 retreats of 10 days & daily practi 0tioner
  • An insatiable thirst for improvement & learning about human beings:
    - Passion for personal improvement & human sciences: Certified NLP Practitioner, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, nutrition theories (Certified Holistic Health Coach), science of breathing, science of happiness.
    - Passion for business improvement: Process improvement expert (Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) for the last 11 years (e.g. Accenture)

About Me

Stephane Thiltgen is a transformational “lifestyle coach” who helps people from all walks of life find their balance through his unique holistic approach interrelating exercise (particularly running), mindfulness/mind training, nutrition and other supporting habits: The Tao Lifestyle. He coaches executives and business leaders in high pressure jobs deal with stress. By incorporating the principles of Tao Lifestyle, individuals reconnect to their whole person and gain better health, fitness, balance, productivity @ work and wellbeing. The Tao Lifestyle emphasizes heavily on creating synergies between mind, body and soul which come together in a crucial way to help strike the ideal balance.

Coming from the corporate world, Stephane has a deep understanding of the many challenges one faces in everyday life. Living a healthy and wholesome life can be challenging and Stephane is living proof of how one can alter their lifestyle to strike the balance. A certified Holistic Health Coach - trained in more than 100 nutrition theories, a certified NLP practitioner, a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt, passionate about long distance running and endurance mastery, neuroscience, nutrition, mindfulness, Stephane is able to understand the many challenges one faces. His lifelong and continuous quest to be a better version of himself led him to famous thought leaders like Robin Sharma, Eckhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins, S.N. Goenka and many others.

He channels his deep understanding of exercise, nutrition and meditation though his unique approach to everyday life. A popular speaker in Kuala Lumpur, Stephane is regularly called to address corporates and the staff at wellness centers. He works actively with corporates to help their staff unleash their fullest potential.

In his free time, Stephane loves running alone outdoor to connect with himself and the nature around. Although originally from Belgium, he has made Malaysia his abode for well over one decade. A passionate healthy & simple food cook, Stephane loves researching and testing new recipes.


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