Welcome to "Yoga in Nature Nagoya". I am Yoshiko, and I have started teaching Yoga in Nagoya!
Yoga in Nature
I opened this website in order to teach Yoga in natural settings. However, this can be difficult in Japan due to the four distinct seasons. It is not always comfortable to be outside during the hot summer or cold winter. So I like to play the sound of the ocean, rivers and birds singing during the Yoga lesson to increase the feeling of being in the midst of nature.
Practicing Yoga can be an important step to living a healthy life. It can be very difficult to do this in the city. There are many temptations and we often eat unhealthily even if we know it is not good for us. This can lead to disease or health issues in the future. On the other hand, if we completely cut out eating unhealthy foods, this can cause stress, which can be extremely bad depending on your job or situation. Balance is important. I believe it is important to know what is healthy for you and try to live in a healthy manner.
While taking a Yoga Teacher training course in Thailand, I noticed things that I linked to my as an elementary student; things that I learned from parents or teachers, especially during my Buddhism classes. We are supposed to learn what is right from our past. But it is not always easy to do the right thing. Just closing your eyes and focusing on your breath can calm you down and help you to reflect on yourself.
Yoga and Sports
Yoga is very effective for any sports. I was born into a sport-loving family. I started playing tennis when I was very young. I played volley ball for 6 years when I was a student. At the same time I was very much into marine sports - I started windsurfing, body boarding and surfing. I love hiking and snowboarding as well and currently my favorite hobby is golf. Actually, I teach Yoga to my golf instructor who is a professional golf player. In my experience, I have found that you can train yourself mentally and physically through practicing asana (posture).
Is it because I graduated from a Buddhist school? I started thinking about the feeling of gratitude more since I started practicing Yoga. I appreciate that I have enough clothes, food and a house to live in. Nobody should live alone. If you are kind to people, people will be nice to you to express their gratitude. I learned that Yoga is not just about practicing asana but also meditation and yoga itself are very important. I practice Yoga to help me become that kind of person. I want to share the knowledge which I have learned.
I was born in Hong Kong and moved to New Jersey shortly afterwards. I returned to Japan when I was 5 years old and went to Buddhist school for 12 years. After graduating from university in Japan, I worked as a graphic designer at many different companies for 13 years.
I discovered "Ashtanga Yoga" on a detox trip with my mother to Ubud, Bali. I started caring more about my health after my father passed away in 2009.
I started going to the Cuata Grazia Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2010 while I was still an office worker and in 2011 I obtained the JYIA 3, 2nd grade teacher’s license.
In further pursuit of Yoga virtue, I went to Chiang Mai, Thailand at "WLYA" to take a classic yoga teacher training course in May 2014 and received the RYT200 International License.
I have now started holding yoga workshops in nature in Nagoya.