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Yoko Honma
Ineko Homma
Masaki Okinaka
Mika Chang
Yoshiko Takizawa
Dana Levy
Yumi Nakayama
Junko Tanaka
Yoshiko Okada
Meg Rubenstein
Masayo Baba
Tamami Fukuda
Noriko Nakasuji
Koumei (Sub for Mika from March-June)

Yoko Honma
Ishta Yoga 200-hour, Swami Vivekananda Study Group certification, Japan Yoga The
Yoko first tried yoga as she was raising her children, and was moved to discover that yoga worked on the mind/heart/soul at the same time it worked on the body. Yoko practiced yoga at the same time she cared for her aging mother, and found it an effective method of stress management; she received her certification in yoga therapy at that time.

Yoko strongly believes that the regular practice of yoga not only improves the quality of one’s daily life and continued health, but it also balances the body and mind, which change from day to day. In class, she encourages students to listen to the “voice of the body”, in order to develop the individual’s inner intelligence.

Yoko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since September, 2016. 

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Ineko Homma
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Introductory Level II
Ineko began studying yoga after nearly 20 years in as a businessperson. She tried various styles of yoga, and in 2007, completed her 500 hour U.S. Yoga Alliance teacher training certification, and began teaching at FURLA yoga.
 
In 2008,  Ineko began training in Iyengar yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Center in Shiki City, Saitama, and opened her own studio in Hatagaya, Shibuya in 2009. Ineko was certified in Iyengar Yoga in 2014, and regularly attends both domestic and international Iyengar Yoga workshops to deepen her study.

Ineko aims to meet each student’s individual needs in their yoga practice by providing specific and detailed teaching.

Ineko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2007.

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Masaki Okinaka
Seitai Yoga Instructor/Certificated acupuncture and moxibustion therapist

Masaki has worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1989. After noticing the limitations of other types of treatment, such as chiropractic, acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, weight training and triathlon, he realized that yoga has not only a preventive medicinal effect but is also excellent as medical treatment.  Masaki also integrates his studies of Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, and other bodywork modalities into his teaching. In 2001, Masaki opened the Okinaka Acupuncture and Moxibustion Clinic and Studio in Sangenjaya.

Masaki developed Seitai Yoga classes exclusively for FURLA yoga. In his classes, Masaki aims to heighten the individual’s capacity for self-management within the principles of hatha yoga.

Masaki has been teaching at FURLA yoga since its opening in September, 2005.

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Mika Chang
Certified Anusara-Inspired Yoga Instructor
Mika first encountered yoga in Hawaii in 2003. At that time, stress was causing her pain in her shoulder; much to her surprise, her shoulder pain disappeared in her first yoga class! 

Amazed by that experience, she tried many styles of yoga in her search for a fitting teacher-training program, eventually settling on Anusara yoga. In 2005, Mika received certification as an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher, on her path to become a fully-certified Anusara yoga teacher.  

Since that time, she has pursued training in Japan and overseas, in Iyengar, Restorative, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Mantra, Yoga for seniors, and various forms of bodywork. Her motto is ’Broaden your practice!’ and she encourages everyone to bring their practice off their mat, and into their daily life.

All of Mika’s classes are "Hatha Flow" classes. 

Mika has been teaching at FURLA yoga since its opening in September, 2005.  

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Yoshiko Takizawa
Certified Iyengar Yoga [IY] Instructor (Introductory Level II)

Yoshiko began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2003. Having suffered from stress, and concerned about her physical and mental health, she was impressed in her first Iyengar Yoga class as she extended awareness to every corner of her body, and was moved by the energy she felt as she practiced the poses.
After that, she saw how the use of props in Iyengar Yoga enhanced students’ accuracy and ability in the practice of yoga, allowing change to happen step by step.  At the same time, she felt a personal freedom and release she had never experienced before, and recognized the benefits yoga has to offer.
Certified as an Iyengar Yoga instructor in 2008, Yoshiko wants to share the ages-old tradition of Iyengar Yoga with her students. Yoshiko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2009.
In spring of 2009, Yoshiko was honored to participate in the NHK television series, “Shuumi YuuYuu; Yoga De Genki Ni! (Leisure Time Hobby: Being Healthy with Yoga!)” as an assistant to her instructor, Naoko Yagyu. She also appeared as a model in the accompanying book and DVD.

Yoshiko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2010.

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Dana Levy
Studio Director

Dana Levy now teaches alignment-based hatha yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah, having returned to the U.S. from Japan in 2013. Her practice is Iyengar-based yoga, and her background in contemporary dance, bodywork, and martial arts informs her teaching style.

A resident of Japan for 15 years, Dana is fluent in Japanese and has been teaching bilingual hatha yoga, prenatal, and postnatal yoga classes since 2004. She began her yoga practice in 2003 with Dominica Serigano, founder of SHIZEN Yoga Studio. She has studied with senior Iyengar Yoga instructors Gabriella Giubilaro, Marla Apt, and Ramanand Patel. 

Dana’s classes focus on ease, efficiency, and coordination of breath and movement, in order to create a fuller awareness of the body-mind connection. Her classes are challenging, innovative, fun, and instructive.

Dana is currently the Studio Director, and both managed and taught at FURLA yoga since its opening in 2005.

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Yumi Nakayama
Certified Iyengar Yoga [IY] Instructor, Introductory Level II
Yumi has practiced Iyengar Yoga with Naoko Yagyu since 2003.  She became a certified instructor in 2008, and took a 4-week advanced class at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute) in Pune, India.

Yumi was initially surprised by the rapid changes in her body upon beginning her study of Iyengar Yoga. “Your body will change regardless of your age!” she realized. In addition, the use of props in Iyengar yoga enables the correct alignment of the body in the asana practice, regardless of one’s body type or age.

During her time working at an international financial institution, which was always unstable and shifting, Yumi personally realized the need for the mental and physical stability which Iyengar yoga provided. She wishes to share this wisdom, stability, and grounding with her students. 

Yumi’s Iyengar Yoga classes emphasize the basics while varying the theme, approach, and sequencing, revealing our innate freedom and joy.

Yumi has been teaching at FURLA yoga since March, 2009.

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Junko Tanaka
Yoga Instructor (Hatha Yoga)

Junko has a wealth of understanding of movement and the body, beginning with 10 years of study of Steiner’s Eurythmy under world-renowned butoh dancer Akira Kasai, as well as Noguchi seitai and shiatsu massage. Junko began Ashtanga yoga in 2001, and recognized the importance of alignment after workshops with John Scott and Chuck Miller and Matty Ezraty.  In 2004, she began studying yoga under Dominica Serigano, and in 2009 with Junko Bindhany.  In her classes, there are two pillars of emphasis: one is positioning the bones and utilizing the action of muscles that support them, together with props, to build a foundation for asana which results in good health; the second is being respectful of and grateful to the body and mind as one’s lifelong partners.

Junko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since May, 2011.

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Yoshiko Okada
Iyengar Yoga Introductory Level 2 Certified Instructor, YogaWorks YTT

Yoshiko Okada first started practicing yoga to improve her balance for
her hobby of surfing. As she saw the complementary nature of this relationship, she continued to deepen her yoga studies. She realized that, despite having played many types of sports from a young age, her lack of flexibility led to many injuries.  Through the practice of yoga with an emphasis on alignment, Yoshiko finds a balance in both body and mind. She is also grateful to her YogaWorks (L.A.) teacher, Lisa Walford, for showing her how to be an instructor.

Our bodies change from moment to moment. Yoshiko aims to support her students by helping them to acknowledge those changes and be present in each moment of the asana.

Yoshiko has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2011.

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Meg Rubenstein
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor (Hatha Flow, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga)

Meg started teaching prenatal yoga soon after her son was born. As her own pregnancy was stressful and emotionally difficult, Meg felt determined to help support other pregnant women through the physical, emotional and mental adjustment of having a baby and becoming a mother.  She is passionate about sharing yoga with women to help ease discomfort during pregnancy, connect with their babies, and to honor and respect their bodies as they change. 

Her postnatal classes focus on the mother (babies are welcome at class) by regaining/maintaining pelvic floor stability, shoulder and neck flexibility and adding some gentle asana to improve mother’s emotional well-being. She strives to create an environment where women feel safe to express their feelings and to recognize their inner strength, as well as be present with their babies during their own yoga practice.

An avid runner who has dealt with many running related injuries, Meg focuses her practice around postures that build stability and flexibility to prevent further injuries and allow her to continue running with ease. She bring this knowledge into her Hatha Flow classes, where she teaches what she finds to be valuable in her own active life. Hatha Flow classes are designed with a dual emphasis: first, to build strength in the body, particularly in the pelvis, glutes, and core; second, to address common tight areas for active individuals, in order to develop a balanced practice. Meg’s classes also focus on building body awareness so students can take yoga off the mat and into their every day life. 

Meg has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2014. 

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Masayo Baba
Iyengar Yoga Introductory Level 2 / International Yoga Association of Australia
Masayo began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2003, just after moving to Perth, Australia. She noticed the profound aspect of Yoga and enjoyed attending yoga classes every day, forgetting about the language barrier in her daily life. She started teacher training with a senior teacher, Anne Horsley. At the same time, she took charge of both the lunchtime yoga class and general yoga class at a local yoga school, as well as offering "Yoga in Japanese" classes for local Japanese residents and students.

In 2011, Masayo became a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, after which she returned to Japan. During her eight years of residence in Perth, Masayo attended various workshops to deepen her studies. She also attended one month intensives in 2008 and 2012 at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, studying directly with the Iyengar family.

Her motto in both daily life and yoga life, from Mr. Iyengar’s words of wisdom, is “Nothing is perfect, you can always improve; that is creation of life, creation of interest.”

Masayo sets great value on the balance between the body and mind, by observing body through asana practice and becoming aware of happiness in her life.

Masayo has been teaching at FURLA yoga since May, 2012.

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Tamami Fukuda
500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor

Tamami came to yoga after headaches caused by working at her computer became too severe. Starting yoga, she discovered the many benefits of a continuous yoga practice. Over time, she also realized that many people could also benefit from yoga, and decided to teach yoga. Tamami studies with Dominica Serigano of SHIZEN Yoga Studio, and began teaching there in 2016. She enjoys sharing the power of this transformative practice.

Tamami has been teaching at FURLA yoga since January, 2016.

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Noriko Nakasuji
Yoga Instructor
Noriko starts teaching one new class from May, “Hatha Yoga All Level” on Thursday mornings, 9-10:30am, and starts a second new class from June, “Hatha Yoga 1” on Friday afternoons, 4-5:30pm. 
 
Since Noriko started to learn Iyengar Yoga, she has felt lightness and peace in her body and mind after yoga practice. Noriko feels that the time you spend in the studio is very precious, because you can focus on only yourself. Her goal as a teacher is to help students align the mind and body through the poses, and help them feel a similar lightness and peace after the class. 

Noriko completed Iyengar Yoga teacher training in 2016 for Introductory 2 level Iyengar Yoga certification.

 

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Koumei (Sub for Mika from March-June)
Yoga Instructor, Anatomy Instructor, Physical Therapist, Movement Analyst
An athlete from childhood, Koumei started learning yoga and bodywork due to sciatica and other injuries from being extremely physically flexible. He became a physical therapist to deepen his understanding of the essence of the body.
 
Koumei works with a wide range of clientele, including athletes and artists, disabled children, seniors, and kids. He feels that, the better we know the body, the more we can improve our performance as a human, as well as heal and care for this body that must carry us throughout our lives. Koumei strives to blend awareness of body, heart, and mind in asana practice, and teaches pranayama (breath control), meditation, and philosophy with his students.  As a teacher, he is always learning!  
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