I am a practitioner of Iyengar Yoga. I am drawn to Iyengar Yoga for its inclusivity, and its methodical cultivation of focus, intention and discipline, using the body first as the tool. I am fascinated by how this approach transforms and empowers one toward wellness on and beyond physical level.
As an immigrant from Japan existing on the margin in the US, I found refuge and anchor in Iyengar Yoga. Since I took up the practice in New York City in 2001, Iyengar Yoga and its certified teachers have helped me heal and transform my body and mind. Since moving to San Francisco in 2007, Abode of Yoga has been my home in the pursuit of deeper understanding of the subject. It is there, with the guidance of my teacher Manouso Manos and with love and support of this community, I have been developing knowledge, skills, courage and a sense of purpose, and am learning what it means to serve others with respect, care, compassion and love.
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of physical ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, social and cultural belief or background. It is a long and slow but worthwhile journey of self discovery, of uncovering the inner serenity and strength hidden inside of us, which we need to cultivate and hold sacred in order to face what life throws at us at any given moment.
तदर्थ एव दृश्यस्यात्मा॥२१॥