Studio En Teachers
We are committed to bringing you a great teaching experience. Our international instructors have a range of experience and qualifications and studied at many reputable schools around the world. Each instructor brings their own unique style to their classes, but each is underpinned by a common thread of quality, commitment, and dedication.
I first had an interest in yoga when I was a teenager, the mystical side of the practice always intrigued me. I tried initially to practice from books, attending my first yoga class in my late teens. After a couple of serious breaks in my leg and my back from snowboarding I thought I should try something therapeutic to heal my body. I practiced all sorts of yoga styles; however, I still distinctly remember my first Ashtanga class, the flow, the energy, and the challenge coupled with the peace I felt afterwards completely drew me in.
After working in London for a few years, and disillusioned by my city life, I decided to take a break and travelled to India to further my practice, training with teachers in Mysore. I moved to Japan, and started teaching in Niseko over 12 years ago, since then I have grown a community of students here and hosted international teachers in the area. Whilst living in Japan I met Nancy Gilgoff, who I continue to study and train with today.
I have always been fascinated by the human mind and body. Through my journey to discover more, I found myself in the Himalayas of India studying to become a yoga teacher, and the practice has been an integral part of my life ever since. Yoga set me on a path of personal discovery, development, and self-healing that has helped me to overcome many challenges in my life. Through my teaching I aim to share that which inspires me in the hope of helping others to on their own journey.
I am an E-RYT 500, Vinyasa-Ashtanga, Yin, Meditation, Breathwork and Yoga Therapy instructor. I have also studied the practice of Ayurveda and holistic massage both in India and Thailand. My classes combine meditation, breathwork and physical asana, dynamic classes are often sprinkled with a little challenge and lots of fun, while restorative classes are grounding and more meditative.
After several years of travelling around the world as a backpacker, I started practicing yoga in Australia. After practicing for the first time, I felt many changes in both my body and my mind. When I returned from my trip, I studied for my RYT 200 qualification in Niseko, and I started teaching here as an instructor. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with many students and learning together every day.
For me, Yoga is the time to allow myself to take a break from the busyness of daily life, through practicing asanas, meditation and breathing techniques, being present and allowing my mind and body to become lighter.
I first tried Pilates in New Zealand a few years ago and I really liked that the practice was so accessible to everyone regardless of age, gender, or if you suffer from a physical disability.
Even after becoming a Pilates instructor, I am still learning more everyday through my own daily self-practice and lessons. The goal of a Pilates session is to better understand our own bodies and in a one-hour group lesson we focus on performing good quality repetitions with correct alignment to improve our posture.
I am a movement coach in many disciplines: dance, snowsports, fitness and Yoga. Health and movement are at the center of my life and I have spent years dedicated to the way it impacts us - body, mind and soul.
I grew up in London, coaching and training at some of the best facilities, and found Yoga whilst achieving a first class honors in Dance Performance and Science. I bring to class my belief that movement is meditation, that challenge brings change and that it takes true courage to move in ways that will benefit our heath and wellbeing. To me; Yoga helps bring all the parts of my life to peace, until everything is yoga.
I am Reiko Sasaki, a yoga and Yamuna® instructor.
Yoga for me is a way to understand how my body is feeling and a stabiliser for my mind. When I push my body too hard in my daily life, I can find balance in my myself again by doing yoga. Yoga philosophy helps me to keep my mind calm and my thinking clear.
I was born in Chiba Prefecture, and I love to travel, I have visited many countries including Australia, New Zealand; England, Asia, India and many more. I also have a sweet tooth and love cakes and sweets, and I’m passionate about music too.
I have a 200-Hour qualification from the National Yoga Alliance through Shiva Rishi Yoga school and I am a
Yamuna Body Rolling® Certified Practitioner.
I am a huge advocate for a holistic approach to health and wellness and love the benefits that yoga brings to the mind and body. I completed my yoga teacher training right here in Niseko and have taught classes in various places around the world. This experience has allowed me to work with many different bodies and styles and to cater my classes in a way that benefits all. My specialty is teaching power flow, vinyasa and yoga geared towards improving mobility, strength and flexibility.
As a snowboarder, freediver and all-around outdoor enthusiast, I understand how important it is to bring awareness to our bodies so that it can best serve us. My classes incorporate mindfulness practices, breathwork and physical poses that are fun, challenging and feel great in the body... Come and move with me.
I was inspired to start practicing yoga when I was working for a Shukubo (temple lodging) in Koyasan in 2015. In 2019 I studied for my Sivananda Yoga TTC in South India. After getting my qualification, I taught yoga classes at an Ayurveda resort in Sri Lanka. When I returned to Japan, I taught both Sivananda and Ashtanga style yoga classes in my home town studio Sita Yoga Himeji in Hyogo. In 2021, through the connections I made in Sri Lanka, I was able to teach yoga classes at kindergartens and elementary schools as part of a benefit concert in Fukushima.
Currently, while deepening my own practice in Niseko, I continue to spread the benefits of yoga.