PAST TEACHERS

We have had the pleasure to work with so may interesting and passionate teachers from all over the world. They have all greatly contributed to the studio’s evolution. Please click on their profiles to see what they are up to now!

Adi Carter

Adi Carter

A student of movement from an early age, Adi was introduced to yoga in 1995…

Akiko Miyahara

Akiko Miyahara

Akiko was born in the city of Yokosuka, in Kanagawa Prefecture, but spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia…

Amber Spear

Amber Spear

Born and raised in Australia Amber’s main passion since her very first steps has been movement and the exploration of human…

Aoba Iida

Aoba Iida

Born to a Japanese artist father and a sensitive Austrian mother, Aoba was raised as the youngest…

Asako Ota

Asako Ota

Asako spent her younger years in a city by the sea in Chiba, growing up highly sensitive and cheerful…

Asami Koike

Asami Koike

Asami was raised in Melbourne, Australia since she was four years old. During her high…

Chie Yoshida
BASEWORKS Certified Teacher | BT1 | YJAT300 | RYT200

Chie Yoshida

BASEWORKS Certified Teacher | BT1 | YJAT300 | RYT200

As a vocal trainer, Chie realised the importance of mind-body-diet balance…

Dali (Dale-Sandwith)

Dali (Dale-Sandwith)

Born in Australia on Victoria’s coastline , Dali is a passionate surfer/snowboarder and has…

Demian McKinley

Demian McKinley

Having spent a good part of his youth in the outdoors and mountains of the Pacific…

Elana Katz

Elana Katz

Elana Katz was first introduced to yoga at the age of 11, while training as a classical dancer…

Erika Arakawa

Erika Arakawa

Erika’s profound experiences with yoga originated from her travels abroad in Boston and Costa Rica…

Francois Chaillou

Francois Chaillou

Francois Chaillou began his journey with Raja yoga in 1980. He began his asana practice with Bernadette Pajot…

Gweon Jung Eun

Gweon Jung Eun

Jung’s journey into yoga is a critical part in a continuing process of personal growth and self-discovery…

Gwen Bell

Gwen Bell

Gwen began studying yoga when she was a teenager in America. Her interest in yoga developed as part of a rehabilitation…

Hanae Kakegawa

Hanae Kakegawa

Born in Tokyo, Hanae remembers playing in her neighborhood. She has a lasting connection to her community…

Hikaru Tanaka
Ayurveda Consultant | Certified Sivananda Instructor | UTL Tokyo: Senior Teacher / Teacher Trainer | Author

Hikaru Tanaka

Ayurveda Consultant | Certified Sivananda Instructor | UTL Tokyo: Senior Teacher / Teacher Trainer | Author

Hikaru began seriously studying Yoga in 2001 after having her mountain bike stolen from her. At that point, mountain biking…

Hiroshi Kusuhara

Hiroshi Kusuhara

Hiroshi began practicing yoga 10 years ago, after leaving a job as an editor at a magazine…

Iva Drtina-Hall
Physiology Major: McGill University | ERYT500

Iva Drtina-Hall

Physiology Major: McGill University | ERYT500

Iva’s aim as a yoga teacher is to be able to help initiate the process of transformation within every student…

Jacqueline Hargreaves
BE (Hons) / E-RYT
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Jacqueline Hargreaves

BE (Hons) / E-RYT

Jacqueline researches the contemporary meeting place between historical practices and their application in a modern (mainly therapeutic) environment….

Jane Ishii

Jane Ishii

Jane has been actively practicing yoga for the past 20 years . She first began Iyengar yoga while she was…

Dr. Jason Birch
PhD in Oriental Studies: Oxford University | ERYT500
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Dr. Jason Birch

PhD in Oriental Studies: Oxford University | ERYT500

Jason Birch received a doctorate in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford in 2013. His area of research is the medieval yoga traditions of India, in particular, those called Haṭha- and Rājayoga.

Jen Peters

Jen Peters

In the fifth year of her Ph.D. research, Jen accepted the invitation of a friend named Nick to attend an Ashtanga yoga class…

Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee

Joseph was first introduced to Hatha yoga in 2002 in Singapore. He is blessed to have received …

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

Julie has a background of ten years in the study and performance of classical ballet and modern dance…

Junko Saegusa

Junko Saegusa

もともと純子は若い学生の頃から人の心に興味があり、心理カウンセラーになるために大学で心理学を専攻しました…

Junko Saito

Junko Saito

Junko has worked as a flight attendant for 7 years, but the stress from overloading schedule led …

Keizo Shono

Keizo Shono

Originally from Oita Japan, Keizo began his study of Sivananda yoga in Chicago, where he has spent …

Asako Kuroki

Asako Kuroki

Born in Kagoshima, Asako has been practicing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga from 2010. Focusing primarily on self-practice, she has attended numerous….

Kimi Imazu

Kimi Imazu

In 2000 Kimi began studying traditional hatha yoga, kriya’s, pranayama and meditation with …

Kengo Nomura

Kengo Nomura

His experience with yoga, music, and travel have inspired him to bridge the gap between his different interests…

Kranti

Kranti

Kranti has studied under the guidance Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore India…

Lea Sölter

Lea Sölter

The teachings of Yoga came to Lea quite naturally, validating many ideas she had come to appreciate during her studies…

Lisa Booth-Bozek
Certified Sivananda Instructor | Certified Yoga Therapist

Lisa Booth-Bozek

Certified Sivananda Instructor | Certified Yoga Therapist

Empowered by the inspiring words of Swami Vishnudevananda, “Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way”…

Lisa Lawton

Lisa Lawton

Lisa Lawton is a passionate Yogini who aspires to fully enjoy the art of living, to see the magic within every moment…

Luandi Nienaber

Luandi Nienaber

Luandi was born and raised in South Africa. She studied to become a journalist, but ended up working…

Lucy Roberts

Lucy Roberts

Since childhood Lucy was always fascinated by the beauty of the moving body, exploring the marriage…

Mami Nakada

Mami Nakada

From a young age Mami had spent extended of periods of time in the United States and Japan…

Maki Nagayama

Maki Nagayama

Maki was born and grew up in the countryside of Yamaguchi Prefecture surrounded by rivers and rice …

Mao Nakamura Frank

Mao Nakamura Frank

Mao started traveling widely overseas from her teen years. Upon entering university, she moved …

Masae Shimizu

Masae Shimizu

Masae came in contact with yoga while traveling in California, where she attended a yoga class…

Kevin Frazier

Kevin Frazier

Kevin has had a long time interest in health and fitness. After a career in the corporate environment …

Michael Grubb

Michael Grubb

As a child Michael practiced gymnastics. His love for tumbling and flipping led him to competitive freestyle diving…

Michiko Yamanaka

Michiko Yamanaka

Michiko had spent many years involved in sports. She began skiing straight out of college…

Michihiro Sotomura

Michihiro Sotomura

Through his daily practice at YogaJaya, Michihiro found that practicing yoga brought him sensations very similar to those he experienced while DJ-ing and dancing…

Miho Endo Matsumoto

Miho Endo Matsumoto

From and early age, Miho has been interested in the linkages between human beings and the…

Nami Kimura Kumagai

Nami Kimura Kumagai

Nami was born and grew up in Ome-shi, Tokyo. From an early age, she loved moving her body…

Maurizio Picicco

Maurizio Picicco

Maurizio’s interest for Yoga started while seeking a way to better his health and well-being. After relocating to Tokyo, he discovered YogaJaya …

Nao Saeki

Nao Saeki

Nao studied classical ballet from an early age. Blessed with supportive and understanding parents…

Noriyuki Tomiyama

Noriyuki Tomiyama

Noriyuki Tomiyama is a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois….

Phoebe Sellaroli

Phoebe Sellaroli

Phoebe has been practicing various forms of yoga over the past 13 years and is deeply interested…

Ryuta Nagasawa

Ryuta Nagasawa

Starting with baseball in elementary school and then basketball in junior high school, Ryuta evolved…

Sachiyo Munechika

Sachiyo Munechika

Sachiyo Munechica has studied different types of hatha yoga including Ashtanga and Iyenger…

Satoru Koguchi (Satori)

Satoru Koguchi (Satori)

Satori loves sports ranging from tennis to snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. He began surfing at 15…

Naoko Ito

Naoko Ito

After her experience in outdoor sports exercise and overseas education in the field of ballet, Naoko discovered YogaJaya. She immediately realizes the sensation different…

Stephanie Hanamura

Stephanie Hanamura

Stephanie’s journey through Yoga began one afternoon when her friend suggested that she go and take a…

Stewert Cameron Harris

Stewert Cameron Harris

In 1998, Cameron met a clairvoyant in Glasgow, Scotland, who had pinpointed details of his life …

Tomoko Nakanishi

Tomoko Nakanishi

Gravitating toward her own interests, Tomoko began to devote herself to aerobics, jazz dance, marathon running…

Tomomi Yoshikawa

Tomomi Yoshikawa

The more Tomomi practiced, the gap between the connection of her experience on the mat and her daily life…

Tsugumi Yamaguchi

Tsugumi Yamaguchi

Today Tsugumi plays multiple roles as a yoga instructor, outdoor goods salesperson, and a model…

Shino Horikoshi

Shino Horikoshi

Shino discovered YogaJaya in the process of exploring various body movement exercises, and becomes stunned…

Yasue Yonezawa

Yasue Yonezawa

Yasue’s interest in the movement of human body began through drawing exercises when studying art at university…

Yukiko Matsui

Yukiko Matsui

From 1991 Yukiko was a competitive gymnast. She was coached by Japanese and Russian trainers, practicing…

Yukiko Ota

Yukiko Ota

自らの経験をふまえ、ヨガを通してストレスに囚われている人々に「意識の変革」を起こすお手伝いをするとともに…

Yuko Yamazaki

Yuko Yamazaki

Yuko began yoga in order to regain balance for the body and mind and completed the BASEWORKS teacher …

Yukiko Shingu

Yukiko Shingu

By the time Yuki was 13, she was already getting interested in yogic philosophy and meditation…

Yuki Nishioka

Yuki Nishioka

Yuki currently teaches yoga at the same time continues her creative activities in the field of design and illustration…

Yumiko Terasaki

Yumiko Terasaki

Yumiko integrates her yoga experience with her musical passion, and presently pursues study in Jazz-fusion…