I have been working as a clinician for over 20 years, first as a music therapist and later as a psychologist. I was fortunate to have worked with individuals of diverse backgrounds who are struggling with various concerns. My interests have been in cross cultural psychology, immigration related concerns, healing from trauma, and recovery in disordered eating/body image concerns. I am grateful to have received specialized training in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) , and in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) .
In addition to my work as a psychologist, I am certified as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and trained in Kripalu Yoga both of which focus on grounding and safety. Yoga for Hitoiki-One Breath Yoga is my unique combination of these two approaches and focuses on safety, choices, and slowing down. I believe that the connection of mind and the body is important in the healing process of any kind. I intend to offer Yoga for Hitoiki as an opportunity for people to pause, check in with themselves, and explore their relationships to their bodies in an environment where safety and choices are prioritized.
My interest in yoga was built on my practice of meditation based on eastern philosophy, which has been called as the "Mindfulness" practice. I am grateful for the teachings I have received from my meditation teachers and what I have internalized as an individual of Japanese origin where many teachings of Mindfulness are embedded in its culture. I continue to cultivate my own practice in raising awareness of the present moment. I intend to bring in the attitude of non-judging, patience, and beginner’s mind in working with people.
I value using humor and enjoy laughing and smiling. For fun, I love gardening and dancing which bring joy to my life.