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: London, United Kingdom
Birthday: December 23
Training/education: Psychology BSc at university, and 200 hours RYT at Flowarts Yoga
Mentor: Mukesh at Flowarts Yoga + all the wonderful people around me generally!
Favorite prop? A good old block
Primary practice? Asana
Teaching style: Balancing a good amount of challenge and playfulness with some deep slowness. My style is towards Hatha Flow, but I like to incorporate yin-inspired longer holds.
What poses do you always teach? Downdog – there is so much than meets the eye!
Favorite pose? A biiiig lunge, both high and low
Least favorite pose? A biiiig lunge that goes on for too long
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Meguro
Favorite fruit? Mango
Favorite tunes for yoga? Music is an important part of planning my classes, although it shouldn’t be distracting. Something electronic and slow for the evening classes, and a little more uplifting for morning/daytime to play in the background. I even pay attention to the lyrics, to make sure it suits the atmosphere I hope to create!
What do you always do when you ride the train? I try to read more these days – so even though I have a relatively short commute to work, I make sure to make that my daily reading time! Also, standing on the train is a great time to bring your attention to the core..!
Most embarrassing yoga moment? I was so tired after flying somewhere, and joined a yoga class right away. I fell asleep as soon as we went into our first child’s pose. Zzzz…
Interests outside of yoga? I’m really into living more sustainably… reducing consumption, reducing waste, reducing clutter (physical and mental!). I can talk for hours about plastic bags and straws – try me.
Special talent? I can make a really good pig noise with my mouth closed. 🐖
Hunter or gatherer? Picky hunter.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? I get the Japanese “bin” (jar) and English “bin” (trashcan…) mixed up!
Hometown. Rockford, Illinois, USA
Birthday: February 16th
Training/education: Evolation Yoga 250-hour Flow Training
Mentors: Jessica Lawson, Zefea Samson, Em Bettinger
Favorite prop: Bolsters
Primary practice? Asana and Meditation
Teaching Style: Vinyasa Flow. I try to create sequences that are challenging and creative. My goal is to help students connect with their breath and be present in the moment.
What poses do you always teach? Down Dog. Variations of prasarita padottanasana (wide-legged forward fold)
Favorite pose: Bakasana (Crow pose)
Least favorite pose: Mandukasana (Frog pose)
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood: Gakugei-daigaku and Harajuku/Omotesando.
Favorite fruit? Banana
Favorite tunes for yoga: Something with a good rhythm but not necessarily words; I often use DJ Taz Rashid or the xx.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Read a book.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Having to dance alone in front of everyone when getting my teacher training certificate. I’m a really awkward dancer…
Interests outside of yoga: Reading, writing, traveling and exploring!
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer
Special talent? Making healthy (but delicious!) versions of usually unhealthy sweets 😉
Runner or Walker? Walker.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Yogurt. I always end up with an extra a, a weird mix between the French (yaourt) and English spellings. In Japanese, I always mispronounce the word for family (kazoku), but since learning it in kanji I think I’m getting better!
Anything else you want to add? Yoga has helped me find concentration and calm and I hope to share that with other people!
Hometown. Saitama, JAPAN
Birthday: August 5
Studio Arati Teacher Training (200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified)
Panmana Ashram Teacher Training (300- hours Yoga Alliance Certified)
Mentor: Lisa, Bhooma Chaitanya, Saho
Favorite prop? Strap
Primary practice? Asana, handstand
Teaching style: Hatha Yoga, focus on the basic.
I aim to teach the class everyone can have fun and enjoy regardless of ages, and levels. I want people to discover something new from their body and breath, and mind. And being aware which part of the body is being focused.
I like adding a bit of core work too!
What poses do you always teach? Down dog、Janusirsasana.
Favorite pose? Pigeon, head stand, hand stand
Least favorite pose? Back bend poses, Gomukhasana, don’t like because of my tight shoulders.
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Omotesando
Favorite fruit? Strawberries! I like all kind of fruit and vegetable!
Favorite tunes for yoga? I don’t play music for my own practice. Relaxing kind of music for the class.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Check if I’m on the right train to the destination. Do core training by standing on my toes. Collect the ideas for yoga, replying to the messages.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? I actually sweat so much more than average.
I chose the light color yoga wear to the 3 hours workshop and it showed all the sweat part so visible. It was such an embarrassing moment and I learned that I have to wear darker color.
Interests outside of yoga? Acro yoga! (it’s still part of Yoga…), going on a trip, eating & drinks
Special talent? I always do things as soon as I think of them, typing speed
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer for food, my action is Hunter-ish
What word do you always say or spell wrong? I am not aware what I say wrong… please let me know.
Anything else you want to add? Nobody can do the correct poses from the beginning.
The fun of yoga is when you finally achieve the pose that you are not able to do it before by doing hundreds of practices. What I want to share is the beauty of yoga is being able to love yourself more! Be happy and smile!
Social media/website. IG: mikayoga.acro
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
Hometown. Chiba, JAPAN
Birthday: September 21st
Training/education: IHTA Yoga Instractor level 1&2, RYT200
Mentor: Gaura Govinda Dasa and Ken Harakuma
Favorite prop? Kettlebell, Spinning bike
Primary practice? Sun Salutation
Teaching style: Hatha basic
What poses do you always teach? Cat and Cow
Favorite pose? Salamba sirsasana
Least favorite pose? MarichyasanaD
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Nishi-Ogikubo. There is My doctor for Ayurveda.
Favorite fruit? pineapple
Favorite tunes for yoga? Pricilla Ahn songs
What do you always do when you ride the train? Watch Amazon prime videos and read books.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Can’t stop hiccups!!
Interests outside of yoga? Walking. Dancing. Painting.
Special talent? I’m good at eating in a way that the food looks delicious!! I love eating!!!!
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter, I guess.
What word do you always say or spell wrong?
Right and left
SNS: IG @hanami29da_yoga
Name : Heria Hauggaard
Home town : Tokyo
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.
Birthday: September 5
Training/education: Under The Light Teacher Training (200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified); Rainbow Kids Yoga Certification with Lei Sadakari (27 hours Yoga Alliance Certified)
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. Aichi, JAPAN
Birthday: January 16
Training/education: Under the Light Teacher Training (200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified)
Mentor: Mayumi Suzuki-Sensei and Yurika Umezawa-Sensei
Favorite prop? Blankets
Primary practice? Asana
Teaching style: I tend to teach a flow style Hatha Yoga class. I take each asana step by step so beginners are welcome!
What poses do you always teach? Virabhadrasana II
Favorite pose? Sirsasana and Trikonasana
Least favorite pose? Forward Folds, balancing poses, arm balances… I have a lot! lol
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Yoyogi
Favorite fruit? Pineapple!
Favorite tunes for yoga? Nothing in particular, but I’m definitely open to suggestions!
What do you always do when you ride the train? Observing people.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Wearing my yoga pants inside out.
Interests outside of yoga? Traveling, surfing the net, stargazing
Special talent? Smile!
Hunter or gatherer? case-by-case
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Left and right. In Japanese, elbow (Hiji) and knee (Hiza) sound very similar… when I’m facing you and we go into a twist, it’s over. I’ll never get it right. Sorry…
Anything else you want to add? My English is not perfect, and I’m still studying. I love talking to people, so please come to class practice yoga and chat. I’ll try my best!
Social media/website. IG: @ig:chii_yoga148
Birthday: March 5
Training/education: Japan Women’s College of Physical Education; Nirvana Yoga Studio 200 hour Teacher Training
Mentor: Teacher Mahiro (from Nirvana Yoga Studio)
Favorite prop? Bolster
Primary practice? Asana
Teaching style: Vinyasa Style
What poses do you always teach? I will check your downward facing dog every time!
Favorite pose? Paschimottanasana
Least favorite? Handstand
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Omotesando and Nakameguro
Favorite fruit? Everything! Especially golden kiwi
Favorite tunes for yoga? Akira Kosemura’s music during savasana
What do you always do when you ride the train? Listen to music. Overlooking the outside scenery without thinking much.
Interests outside of yoga? Going to cafes. Fashion.
Special talent? Acrobatic moves
What word do you always say or spell wrong? I misread 4 digit numbers. For example, I would read 2160 as 2610.
Anything else you want to add? Lets all be happy with Yoga. Can’t wait to meet all of you!
Social media/website. IG: rinan.35
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
Mentor: Laura Farrier
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? Side angle and high lunge
Favorite pose? Anjaneyasana, Still growing!
Least favorite pose? Marichyasana D, but don’t have enough arm length to rap around. lol
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Azabu Jyuban
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
Hometown. Yokohama, Japan
Birthday: January 30
Education/Training: Sacred Heart Junior College, Tokyo/UTL Yoga School (200hr TT), (Retrieving 300hr TT)
Mentor: Keiko Okuno
Favorite prop: Block & Bolster
Primary practice: Asana, Reading veda, Philosophy, Meditation
Teaching style: I try to build a class that students can focus on their inside. It’s important that students don’t try too hard, or try to fight with themselves. I also focus on taking correct alignment.
What poses do you always teach? Trikonasana, Baddakonasan, Janu sirsasana, Paschimottanasana
Favorite asana: Sirsasana and Savasana
Least favorite asana: Uttitaparsvasahitasana, Navasana, Usutrasana
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)
Favorite fruit? Grapes and Pear. Love Autumn harvest.
Favorite tunes for yoga? Chill-out music and mantra for class. Depending to my mood I listen to Sting or Alicia Keys for my self practice.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Search for good music and edit my playlists for yoga class, read books on Kindle, and finally nap.
Most embarrassing yoga moment: I sweat more than average during my yoga practice. After the lesson, the teacher asked if I took a shower. lol. As a result, I can’t practice hot yoga.
Interests outside of yoga? Japanese Calligraphy. Cooking. Walk-and-eat.
Special talent: Find good cheap places to eat.
Hunter or gatherer? Both.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? I can’t say specifically because there are too many.
Anything else you want to add? Go slow. Think simple. Clean up.
Birthday: January 31
Training/education: Sukha Yoga Austin – 400 hrs in Hatha, Buddhism, Kundalini; Sun and Moon Yoga Tokyo 20 hrs Restorative Yoga
Mentor: Everyone around me
Favorite prop? Blocks
Primary practice? Hatha & Restorative
Teaching style: I really like teaching Hatha Flow,
What poses do you always teach? Plank is an excellent way to warm the core, strengthen your shoulders and back, and gather awareness of your whole body! Twists prevent injury, open up your lung capacity, and encourage flexibility in your back and neck.
Favorite pose? Double Pigeon/Agnistambhasana
Least favorite pose? Seated forward bend/ Paschimottanasana
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Shimokitazawa! It feels like a neighborhood and I love all the tiny shops and thrift shopping.
Favorite fruit? All of them!
Favorite tunes for yoga? Disco
What do you always do when you ride the train? I try not to do anything at all and just be present, take a few deep breaths before the next station.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? None that I recall!
Interest outside of yoga? Dancing, art, fashion design
Special talent? Patience
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Still working on the pronunciation of the word “water” in Japanese