Nami Yoga Studio is open to people of all ages, levels, and gender living or working in the Tokyo area. We promote a supportive and non-competitive environment where you can relax, build strength and flexibility, and have fun! Our goal is to support the wellbeing of all our students. We truly believe that yoga is not just an exercise. In our classes, the practice of yoga involves meditation and engaging the body in a series of poses while controlling the breath to best clear the mind. We ask that you take what you learn and feel during class into your daily life as well.
Hometown. Kobe, JAPAN
Birthday: December 1
Training/education: Babson College, MA; Rishikesh Yog Peeth Teacher Training (500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified); Oxford Cognitive Therapy Center’s Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy; Maternity & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Emma Grant (24 hours Yoga Alliance Certified); Rainbow Kids Yoga Certification with Lei Sadakari (27 hours Yoga Alliance Certified); Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Leza Lowitz (20 hours Yoga Alliance Certified)
Mentor: Padmini and Krishna
Favorite prop? Sandbag weights
Primary practice? Asana and Pranayama
Teaching style: I really like teaching Hatha Flow, but taking it slow is also important. That’s why my workshops are usually slower paced like Pranayama and Restorative Yoga.
What poses do you always teach? Parivrtta Parsvakonasana and Trikonasana.
Favorite pose? Hanumanasana with my right leg forward
Least favorite pose? Hanumanasana with my left leg forward
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Akasaka
Favorite fruit? Strawberries!
Favorite tunes for yoga? I’m actually not a music person, so if you have suggestions, I’m definitely open to them!
What do you always do when you ride the train? Check my emails. Gather ideas for kids yoga. If the ride is longer than 15 minutes, I do some Pranayama!
Most embarrassing yoga moment? When I got a back spasm transitioning from triangle pose directly to downward facing dog and couldn’t get up for 5 minutes. At least I was just in class as a student and not a teacher!! But very important lesson learned!!! Transition between poses is one of the most important things in Asana practice!
Interests outside of yoga? Cooking. Porcelain painting. Running (always just aiming 5k in 30min. Nothing more, sometimes less).
Special talent? I can juggle.
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter-ish gatherer.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Recipe and Receipt. Thank you autocorrect for spelling it for me this time, too!
Anything else you want to add? I don’t mind eating pizza for dinner
Birthday: February 19
Training/education: Flow Arts Yoga Teacher Training Course Level 1&2 RYT200(2016), sakura yoga Bilingual Yoga Teacher Training(2017), Sun and moon Maternity Yoga teacher training course(2018)
Mentor: Padmini ji and Mukesh ji
Favorite prop? Block
Primary practice? Asana and Practicing yoga philosophy tips into social/daily life
Teaching style: Classes are flow style. Hatha basic with combination of physical movement and breathing. Starting with relaxing poses and stretching for your spine, on to standing and balancing poses focusing on building concentration & core muscles. Finishing off with relaxing poses, after a strong and powerful ones, to settle your mind.
What poses do you always teach? Lunges
Favorite pose? Inversions
Least favorite? Boat pose
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Nakameguro. You can find amazing juice bar and lovely bakery:)
Favorite fruit? Pineapple, watermelon, strawberry, orange, peach, fig… I love fruits!
Favorite tunes for yoga? Hare Krishna by Krishna Das
What do you always do when you ride the train? Checking arrival time
Most embarrassing yoga moment? I was practicing forward bending and my friend gave me some adjustments and I was getting deeper, at that time “Oops, I farted!”
Interests outside of yoga? Love to enjoy activities in both of mountain side and sea side, reading, swimming, musicals, playing the piano
Special talent? I think I am good at schedule memorization
Hunter or gatherer? Basically plant-based person (but sometimes hunter)
What word do you always say or spell wrong? In my English instructions, feet/foot
Anything else you want to add? I love nami yoga!
Social media/website. IG : sunitagram
Hometown: Wrexham, UK
Birthday: September 18
Training/education: International Yoga Center Tokyo Teaching Training (200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified) with Tom Wada; yoga and meditation workshops and retreats with Maty Ezraty, Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, David Nichtern, Leza Lowitz, Em Bettinger and Clive Sheridan
Mentors: Tom, Marzena & Aimee
Favorite prop: My trusty block. Love my block
Primary practice: Alignment-based flow class. My yoga base is Iyengar, and so I’ll often come back to the basics of that in my classes. I like a slow flow style also, and try to incorporate a meditative aspect into asana, to remind us that the breath is an integral part of the practice.
Teaching style: Alignment-based flow.
What poses do you always teach: Trikonasana (triangle pose), shoulder openers
Favorite pose? Headstand
Least favorite? Pincha Maryurasana (my shoulders scream in this pose)
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Kagurazaka (especially heading down a little alleyway and discovering a great new restaurant)
Favorite fruit? Grapefruit (especially putting them in a bath)
Favorite tune for yoga? I love bringing students out of savasana with Snatam Kaur’s ‘Long Time Sun’. I just find it the perfect song for awakening.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Try to put away my phone, focus on my breath, and find a little time to meditate (but I usually cycle all over Tokyo and it’s a bit harder to meditate on a bike)
Most embarrassing yoga moment: Falling asleep in a restorative class. I dozed through three poses and only woke when it was shavasana!
Interests outside of yoga? Hiking and scuba-diving. I’m also perfectly happy just sitting outdoors, in a park, with my kids.
Special talent: Can drink a latte while standing on my head.
Hunter or gatherer: I love finding clothes at garage sales – is that hunting or gathering? You tell me.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Weird or wierd. It’s just a weeeerd woooord!
Anything else you want to add? Enjoy this moment, wherever you are. I strongly believe that yoga is for everyone, no matter whether it’s the first time you’ve done it, or if it’s been two decades of practice. Just turn up on your mat. The rest will follow.
Social media/website: FB: yogaraku
Hometown. Osaka, Japan
Birthday: May 30
Training/education: New York Open Center Sound and Music Institute, DaLcroze school at Lucy Moses School, RYT200(2013), Structual Anatomy Training/100h
Favorite prop? Bolster
Primary practice? Sound and Meditation
Teaching style: I support your meditation practice to provide beautiful sound for your focus and concentration. It will fit for all levels.
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Hmm I’m still very new to Tokyo
Favorite fruit? All kinds
What do you always do when you ride the train? Day dreaming, meditating then day dreaming.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? My boob poped out wile I demonstrated at my class.
Interests outside of yoga? Listening and playing music and dance.
Special talent? Playing piano.
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Confusing to spell wired and weird
Anything else you want to add? I’m here for you
Name : Heria Hauggaard
Home town : Jakarta, Indonesia
Birthday : 12 July
Sivananda Yoga TC 200hr, Yoga Éléments 300hr, Yin Yoga TC Jo Phee 30hr
Mentor : (I don’t have one😅) myself and my family is my mentor.
Favorite prop : Blocks
Primary Practice : meditation, asana, savasana
Teaching Style : Hatha Flow.
In class, I always say work within the limits of your body, but most importantly, believe in your-self.
What poses do you teach more? Adhomukha svanasana,
Anjaneyasana, ardha chandrasana, parivrtta pasrvakonasana, utthita trikonasana,
Favorite pose :
Ardha Chandrasana, headstand
Least Pose : Gomukhasana, right arm at the back. My right shoulder is tight.
Favorite Tokyo Neighborhood: Hiroo
Favorite fruit : sour soup tropical fruit.
Favorite tunes for yoga : Balinese music, Indian music. Any music using traditional instruments.
What do you do when you ride the train?
Enjoy the ride. Looking at people busy with their mobile phone.
Most embarrassing yoga moment ?
Fall asleep in savasana (It happened once 😅).
Interests outside of yoga? Go to gym, rowing, Cooking, biking, walking meditation
Special talent : rowing
Hunter or gatherer? gatherer-hunter
What word do you always say or spell wrong? many
Anything else you want to add? Approach your practice with a sense of curiosity rather than self judgment or competitiveness, you will find it easier to motivate yourself and you’ll be more present when you do practice.
Hometown. Nagoya JAPAN
Birthday: Dec 11
・Bachelor of Japanese literature, Aoyamagakuin University Tokyo Japan
・International Experience in California US of Musician Institute in Vocal
・Certification of yoga college of India as known as Bikramyoga, 26and2
・Rainbow kids yoga certified teacher
・Basi pilates mat teacher expected graduation 2021.July
Mentor: Sachiko Kijima
Favorite prop? Block
Primary practice? Meditation, Asana, whatever makes me feel good at the time
Teaching style: Pilates, Vinyasa Flow. People say that my lesson is meditative.
What poses do you always teach? Pelvic curl, Balancing pose
Favorite pose? Side stretch and all back bending poses
Least favorite pose? Standing separate leg stretching pose
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Akasaka, Asakusa, Omotesando
Favorite fruit? Japanese strawberry
Favorite tunes for yoga? Tibet music
What do you always do when you ride the train? Listen to music
Most embarrassing yoga moment? None
Interests outside of yoga? Singing, Talking to my friends
Special talent? I guess I’m good at making friends
Hunter or gatherer? Both
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Elbow and Knee in Japanese
Anything else you want to add? I have been teaching yoga in many countries as a travel yogi. Can’t wait to share and enjoy yoga and Pilates practice here in Tokyo!
Social media/website. IG: @yuihioki
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Birthday: February 23
Favorite prop? Yoga wheel
Primary practice? Yoga is a lifestyle, so 24/7
Teaching style: Active and a bit challenging Hatha Yoga. In my classes I like to build sequence the way that students become more aware of their real abilities, limitations and mental borders, so then we can work towards balancing and mobilization of these areas in body and mind.
What poses do you always teach? Chaturanga dandasana, plank
Favorite pose? Pincha majurasana (forearm stand)
Least favorite pose? Hanumanasana (splits)
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Yanaka Ginza, Yoyogi
Favorite fruit? Russian apples
Favorite tunes for yoga? Ujai Breathing
What do you always do when you ride the train? Watching outside the window or reading book.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Fall down from pincha to the teacher while he was trying to support me…
Interests outside of yoga? Tea culture, Painting, traveling, cooking and eating!
Special talent? Can survive only on sweets :
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter…
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Procrastination
Anything else you want to add? Practice first think later
Social media/website: IG: @marupoli
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Birthday: December 20
・Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher Training: Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore India
・CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid All Ages by American Safety Health Institute
Mentor: Darren Main
Favorite prop? Block
Primary practice? 20 minute flows between watching my kids
Teaching style: Vinyasa Flow. I love to start and end with mindfulness and include a balance of building toward a peak pose, building strength and flexibility, while finishing with a nice sivasana and breathing again.
What poses do you always teach? Anjaneyasana, low lunge
Favorite pose? Supta Matsyendrasana- Supine spinal twist
Least favorite pose? Padmasana- Lotus pose
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? So many!
Favorite fruit? Strawberry
Favorite tunes for yoga? Sigur Ros, Odesza
What do you always do when you ride the train? Mostly with my kids telling them to be quiet and not touch everything, but if I’m by myself, reading a book or listening to a podcast!
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Had a hole in my yoga pants!
Interests outside of yoga? Travel, Social entrepreneurship, cooking, reading, cycling
Special talent? I love seeing what I have on hand and trying to make something edible with no recipe.
Hunter or gatherer? I go for things whole heartedly but I also love to gather people together.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Many many Japanese words.
Anything else you want to add? I’m so excited to be part of the Tokyo yoga community!
Social media/website. IG: kristenwadeyoga
Birthday: September 5
Mentor: Mayumi Suzuki
Favorite prop? Blocks
Primary practice? Asana
Teaching Style: Basic Hatha yoga. The class focuses on breathing while carefully yet energetically taking asanas. Where is your axis? What muscles in your body need to be improved? Let’s spend time together listening to your body.
What poses do you always teach? Down dog and Warrior II (Virabhadrasana Ⅱ)
Favorite pose? Everything
Least favorite pose? Backbends are still a work in progress
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Koenji
Favorite fruit? Strawberry
Favorite tunes for yoga? Daphne Tse’s “Saraswati Mahalo”
What do you always do when you ride the train? Check my e-mail
Interests outside of yoga? Making handmade Christmas wreath
Special talent? I can sleep really fast.
Hunter or gatherer? Mix
What word do you always say or spell wrong? I have no idea. Let me know if you recognize anything I say wrong.
Anything else you want to add? Under a lot of stress, I was exploring ways to improve happiness, health, and to reach a better lifestyle. In my journey, I found yoga. As I became passionate about the effects of yoga both on the body and soul, I decided to deepen my understanding through studying at UTL. I began to provide my own yoga training as an instructor to help people discover an overall sense of well-being.
Social media/website. IG: akitsubaki
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Birthday: October 21
・Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training, Hatha Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Mala, Singapore
・Yoga Alliance 60-hour Online Teacher Training Yin Yoga at Sampoorna, Goa, India
・Rainbow Children Yoga 27-hour Teacher Training, Singapore
・Yoga Therapy 20-hour Teacher Training at Zenergy Yoga,Sydney, Australia
Mentor: I don’t have one mentor but rather a few in different areas in life. The one I come to the most is my own intuition and reflection cultivated through my daily meditation practice.
Favorite prop? Knee pads
Primary practice? Vinyasa flow
Teaching style: I’m quite a chameleon between Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin; relaxing and energising; doing and not-doing. But in any case, I’m empowering, encouraging (pushing at times) and body positive.
What poses do you always teach? Warriors
Favorite pose? Watch-asana (in case Savasana is not an acceptable answer)
Least favorite pose? Straddle split, ouch!
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Naka Meguro
Favorite fruit? Mangosteen
Favorite tunes for yoga? Probably Sol Rising, DJ Taz Rashid, but sometimes Kirtan too depending on the mood
What do you always do when you ride the train? Dreaming about my next yoga retreat 😉
Most embarrassing yoga moment? When I got a (BPPV) vertigo episode in the middle of teaching a class! I fell over with a scream and the head kept spinning for the next 30 seconds. Shocked the hell out of my students!
Interests outside of yoga? Fitness in general (bootcamp, HIIT, running, water sports). I love trying new things. Oh and also, short and long term investments (including trading stocks)
Special talent? Photographic memory for numbers, and killing plants (black fingers issue)
Hunter or gatherer? Hatha-rer
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Calf vs scarf
Anything else you want to add? Challenge the teacher, listen to your body and trust your instinct.
Hometown. Yokohama, Japan
Birthday: 29th April
Training/education: Japan woman’s university/ Lila yoga 200 hour training, Bliss baby maternity yoga, Ajay Kumar ashtanga 40hour intensive training, Maty Ezraty teacher intensive training
Mentor: Michal Glen, Maty Ezraty
Favorite prop? Block
Primary practice? Asana and Meditation
Teaching style: I’ve been teaching Vinyasa flow, but to have a deeper sense of the body I focus on alignment as well. I will give you lots of options during class, and we also work on modifications.
What poses do you always teach? Tadasana and downward facing dog
Favorite pose? Trikonasana
Least favorite pose? Marichyasana D, but don’t have enough arm length to rap around. lol
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Azabu Juban
Favorite fruit? mmm a lot! When I lived in Dubai I ate a quarter of water melon everyday as water melons are so delicious and cheap in this region. However, in Japan I’m obsessed with Japanese peach!
Favorite tunes for yoga? I do change BGM for my class periodically but for the savasana I tend to use “Atlas Song” by Jonsi & Alex. For my practice, I don’t use any music though.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Checking my Emails.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? When I put on my lululemon pants inside out. There is a black small triangle at the crotch…I couldn’t open my legs.
Interests outside of yoga? Travel, Travel, Travel!
Special talent? Won’t give up once I decide to do.
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter-ish
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Region and religion.
Social media/website. IG: @ryoko_yoga
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