Patrick Oancia: Freestyle hatha yoga workshop and discussions (Sapporo workshop)
Patrick Oancia is the director and head teacher of YogaJaya. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Patrick has been practicing raja yoga since 1997. He has traveled around the world attending advanced, intensive workshops and study in several countries.
He has studied various hatha yoga asana traditions including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Sivananda as well as regularly practicing meditation (Dhyana) and breathing techniques (Pranayama). He has also studied yoga, Indian, Taoist, Sufi and Buddhist philosophy. Patrick has studied with yoga teachers including Josi Vallicherry, Lance Schuler, Louisa Sear, Rachel Hull, David Muehsam, Rajay Mahtani, Emil Wendel, Danny Paradise and Gabriella Pascoli. Patrick's own experience with yoga began when a friend gave him a book of yoga-class tickets as a birthday present and what a re-birth it has been! Patrick has been based in Tokyo for 17 years. He spent many years as a performing guitar player, singer/songwriter in rock bands in Tokyo and abroad. He is still active in music production, performance, composition and DJ-ing, as well as pursuing interests in interior and graphic design.