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Yuki Nishioka

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Whilst busily working as a graphic designer and illustrator in the advertisement industry, Yuki was experiencing unstable physical/mental state caused by aftereffects of a car accident, which triggered her to pursue the better achievement of ‘physical and mental balance’.

In 2001, she discovers Yoga through Josi Vallicherry. This allowed her to experience a deep emotional satisfaction and stimulation of her inner creativity, never gained through other activities such as horse riding and scuba diving. Through Josi and Indian philosophy, she discovers a lifestyle pursuing yoga, together with a unique approach to teaching.

Since then, she has continued her self-practice under various teachers and participation in numerous yoga workshops.

In 2005 under Francois Chaillou’s teaching on Sivananda yoga and meditation, she learns about how to be a non-competitive yogi who does not adhere to one truth.

With the opportunity to substitute a friend’s yoga class for elderly individuals with physical problems, she sees with her own eyes how people recover their physical symptoms in a month and generate positive change. This experience not only allows her to feel the joy of helping people discover through yoga, but to find meanings-in and wonders-of teaching yoga.

This experience triggers her to go to India in order to further deepen her yoga studies: under Rajiv and Swati Chanchani who is the number one student of B.K.S. Iyengar in North India Dehradun; Karin O’Bannon in Rishikesh; teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar from Usha Devi; Nada Yoga from Sadhvi Abha Saraswati; Sivananda Yoga from Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, initially introduced by Francois.

All her past encounters with amazing teachers and yoga friends has been a precious experience and has greatly influenced Yuki’s yoga life. Furthermore, studying yoga in Indian ashrams surrounded by Nature has not only deepened her yoga and meditation, but has increased Yuki’s awareness to coexist with nature.

On the same year, she gains the opportunity to listen to Dalai Lama in Dharamshala. Through this, she learns about the Tibetan culture and the peoples’ deep desire for peace, and she herself becomes much more strongly aware of peace for humanity.

Yuki currently teaches yoga at the same time continues her creative activities in the field of design and illustration. Her aim is to unite communication, creativity, and a balanced state of body and mind. She hopes to share the spirit of yoga based on her past work, travel, yoga pursuit, and life experiences.