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 mixed)
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. 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.
Hometown. Ormond Beach FL
Birthday: November 13th
Training/education: All Yoga Thailand Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Mentors: David Lertsin, Mathieu Boldron and Marcela Mota
Favorite prop: Cork blocks
Primary practice? Vinyasa
Teaching Style: My teaching style is inspired by my students. I listen to my students and do what I can to give what their body asks for. Through my travels I attend yoga classes, all kinds of yoga classes and it influences my style. I create and unite my own style and bring it to everyone’s mat. I am a true believer that a strong core is key for a strong practice and lifestyle. In my class you will move with fluidity and grace as well as sweat while feeling and getting stronger.
What poses do you always teach? Plank. Downdog and chaturanga.
Favorite pose: Even if it’s still a working progress, Handstands!
Least favorite pose: My hips are naturally tight so double pigeon or fire log pose is a struggle.
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood: Shimokitazawa
Favorite fruit? Raspberries! Or all kinds of berries
Favorite tunes for yoga: Some of my favorite beats are alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Radiohead or any other catchy music.
What do you always do when you ride the train? I listen to music and watch people.
Most embarrassing yoga moment? I snorted so loud in Savasanah I woke myself up.
Interests outside of yoga: My interests are traveling, meeting new people, spending time with friends and family, hiking, running and swimming. Anything that gets me moving. I am also a BIG movie buff! I love 80’s movies!
Special talent? I can play kendama. I connect with people and am passionate in helping them believe in themselves.
Runner or Walker? Although I am a lover of running I would chose to walk to enjoy the journey through life and on my path to self discovery in this incredible world.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Necessary or necessities. (Too many S’s and C’s)
Anything else you want to add? I love sharing my passion for yoga. My classes are challenging as life comes with challenges and my goal is for students to find their inner strength to get through the challenges and enjoy every step of the way. One of my many goals in life is to make people smile, especially strangers. I might look like a crazy person, but it’s worth it when I receive a smile back.
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. Tachikawa, Tokyo
Birthday: June 19
Training/education: NAY Yoga school. Under The Light. Yoga Jaya. Flow Arts. Jivamukti yoga
Mentor: Many (ask me)
Favorite prop? bolster always helps me to be relaxed
Primary practice? Asana, meditation, pranayama, kirtan
Teaching style: Loving Jivamukti yoga
Favorite pose? Sirsasana (Head Stand)
Least favorite pose? When I think it’s difficult.
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? It depends. I love Tokyo very much. Often Appear at Akasaka, Omotesando, Ginza, Tachikawa
Favorite fruit? Fruits from tropical areas.
Favorite tunes for yoga? mmm…. ones good listening to.
What do you always do when you ride the train? Very light Kapala Bhati, iPhone and book. Meditation(sleep)
Interests outside of yoga? What is the outside of Yoga??
Special talent? Do I have any talent? Please let me know, seriously!
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter for life, gatherer for diet.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? great! ⇨ grate!
Anything else you want to add? Nami Yoga is the Best!
Hometown. Bucks County, PA, USA
Birthday: July 13 1983
Training/education: Towson University, BFA. Yogaworks 500 hours plus restorative (40 hrs), Figure 4 barre training (equinox), and BarWorks (yoga works 40 hr barre), Power Pilates Mat I/II
Mentor: Holly Jean Cosner
Favorite prop? Strap
Primary practice? Depends on my location
Teaching style: casual, conversational and accessible. I don’t do deep meditation or fast flow. I use current music and teach yoga beneficial for the average person working too much and stretching too little.
What poses do you always teach? Tree pose and side angle.
Favorite pose? Trikonasana
Least favorite pose? Pavritta ardha without blocks
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? Yanaka
Favorite fruit? Strawberry
Favorite tunes for yoga? the XX
What do you always do when you ride the train? Hold my abs in and hold on
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Anytime you or a client passes gas
Interests outside of yoga? I love happy hour or coffee hour. I love pound cake and talent on display. Aka flowers by naked.
Special talent? I’m an aerialist of sorts. Former Disney Tokyo Disney Sea dancer.
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer.
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Anything Japanese.
Anything else you want to add. I’m related to PT Barnum.
Social media. IG: karen_t_kim
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: Glasgow, Scotland
Birthday: 30th October
Training/education: Central School of Ballet/University of Kent – BA(hons) Professional Dance; Sun Power Yoga – 200hr Yoga Alliance certified Diploma in Teaching Yoga, YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga, Aqua Yoga; Future Fit – Activ IQ certified Diploma in Pilates Matwork
Mentor: Anne-Marie Newland
Favorite prop? Block
Primary practice? Asana and Pranayama
Teaching style: My classes focus on alignment and flow/quality of movement. I don’t like to rush through poses without ensuring they are safe and beneficial for the body.
What poses do you always teach? Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2 Pose)
Favorite pose? Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)
Least favorite pose? Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
Favorite Tokyo neighborhood? There are so many!! I like Daikanyama and Shimokitazawa; but I’m looking to discover more…
Favorite fruit? Peach
Favorite tunes for yoga? For Savasana, Second Sun by Bonobo or Haru by Fennesz/Sakamoto
What do you always do when you ride the train? Planning classes
Most embarrassing yoga moment? Going to my very first Ashtanga class, and feeling completely lost!
Interests outside of yoga? Dance, Film, Travel
Special talent? Ballet; I’m a professional dancer
Hunter or gatherer? Both
What word do you always say or spell wrong? Opportunity
Anything else you want to add? Yoga is for all! Old/young, men/women, bendy/inflexible…
Social media/website. IG: @aisling_cook