Matan Levkowich is the founder of the Animal Instinct practice and Movement Lab – a vehicle for realisation of his choreographic work. His practice is influenced by his rich background in contemporary dance, Chinese martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais method, applied anatomy and more. In the last decade, he devoted himself to educate people from all over the globe about better movement and to reflect upon urgent social phenomena through the medium of performance art. His passion for research and discovery drives him daily to expand his understanding and to further develop himself as a human being.
As a dancer, he danced in works of David Zambrano(VE), Martin Nachbar(GR), Alessandro Sciarroni (IT), Marco Torrice(IT), and others. His choreographic works have been presented in various dance festivals, cultural events, art galleries and museums. He has been touring in several countries in Europe and around such as: Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, England, Greece, Slovakia and Israel.
As a teacher, Matan’s focus lays in movement research. He started giving regular classes in Israel in 2008. Since then, he had the chance to teach in different circumstances and to different audiences; from professional dancers to amateurs and teenagers, in open workshops, festivals and closed intimate groups.
Check out Matan’s website to learn more about him!
Patrick is the founder of BASEWORKS Practice and YogaJaya studio. For over 30 years he has immersed himself in athletics, the study of hatha yoga asana and martial arts while refining more-subtle contemplative practices. His passion is to promote a sense of coexistence with the environment, raising self-awareness, autonomy and encouraging greater reliance on intuition.
BA in Policy Management | MA in Developmental Studies | Certified Personal Trainer | Nutrition Coach | YogaJaya TT Program Coordinator | Curriculum Design | Interpreter
Satoko is the Director of YogaJaya. She enjoys her life as a constant explorer, a challenger of limits, and an experimenter in new domains. She is a facilitator on the YogaJaya International Intensive Teacher Training, organising courses that integrate yoga and expressive arts, and being the communication portal via interpretation, translation, interviewing and writing about visionaries. She is a 1000 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT1000), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 3 Certified Teacher (BT3), and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) with the Yoga Alliance.
MSc. Human Genetics | PhD in Biotechnology | Anatomy and Physiology, Diet and Nutrition TT Residential Faculty | Curriculum Design
Asia is a 700 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT700), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 2 Certified Teacher (BT2), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. She holds a Master of Science in Human Genetics and a PhD in Biotechnology. She has been researching the effect of stress on DNA, learning, and inflammation. She has also worked in bacterial physiology. Having suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy, Asia succeeded in eliminating all medication through diet and movement practices. She is now focusing on mechanisms underlying brain health and disorders, and working on approaches to help others to regain their health. As a BASEWORKS Practice practitioner, she is deeply interested in understanding the physiological mechanisms behind all the practice related experiences.
Shinobu is a 700 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT1000), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 3 Certified Teacher (BT3), and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200/RYT500)) with the Yoga Alliance. Shinobu comes from a background in fashion, also holding a license in accounting. She is a senior teacher, dedicating over 10 years to the study of yoga and Baseworks Practice at YogaJaya. Despite never really liking exercise or sport, she has felt that movement practice in relation to her experience practicing and teaching at YogaJaya has greatly shifted her understanding of how regular practice can stimulate all aspects of learning for anyone.
GCS Certified Coach
Ken is a 1000 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT1000), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 3 Certified Teacher (BT3), and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. The practice has exposed Ken to perspectives completely different from his own preconceptions, both shocking and exciting him at once with a newly discovered possibility of learning to express elements of his identity drawn from deep within himself. Ken is the founder of lifestyle brand, Ken and Company and is presently pursuing interests in coaching.
BA in Spanish and Portuguese: Southampton University
Virginie is a 700-hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT700), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 2 Certified Teacher (BT2), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200/RYT500/YACEP) with the Yoga Alliance. Originally from France, and mother of 2, Virginie studied and lived in the UK attaining a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. Virginie has lived all over the world and upon moving to Japan in 2012 decided to dedicate more time to pursue her passion for yoga. In the process of yoga becoming an integral part of her life, she started practicing at YogaJaya where she was introduced to Baseworks Practice, eventually enrolling in the teacher training. Virginie is particularly interested in deepening her knowledge of the profound healing effects that practice has on physical, mental and spiritual growth.
Junko is a 700 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT700), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 3 Certified Teacher (BT3), and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200) with the Yoga Alliance. For Junko, her path into yoga has been a result achieved through cumulative practice, while at the same time being something that offers her the opportunity and the wider perspective needed to truly learn to know herself by letting go of things that had held her down. She has discovered and developed her own potential through her knowledge that yoga helps one to find a life balance through their own experiences.
Kuri is a 700 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT700), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 2 Certified Teacher (BT2), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. Already holding certifications as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, Kuri’s interest in health and wellness led her to further pursue the link of the development of mind and body. While looking for a studio that would allow for deeper studies, Kuri discovered YogaJaya. Kuri completed the YogaJaya / BASEWORKS Practice Teacher Training as compliment to further discovery through continual practice.
BA in International and Cultural Studies
Akiko is a 700 hour YogaJaya Accredited Teacher (YJAT700), BASEWORKS Practice Tier 2 Certified Teacher (BT2), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. Akiko learned of YogaJaya when she started to practice yoga for health reasons. Her affinity with the BASEWORKS Practice System is linked to its design from the perspective of what is anatomically safe and sustainable. Akiko has degree in International and Cultural Studies and is also a certified Tea Ceremony and Calligraphy teacher. She is interested to widen her interpersonal and social perspectives through the study of yoga and wisdom philosophy, and aims to connect this with her existing interest in Japanese culture and heritage.