Riki Aihara

I began my yoga practice almost fifteen years ago. My first 200 hour training in Nepal was a Hatha based practice filled with chanting, mudras, and meditation. This style of practice helped me appreciate the more traditional, spiritual approach to yoga.

My second 200hr training was an online course in Prem Yoga. Prem means Love in Sanskrit and this training focused heavily on introspection and bhakti (devotion). Funny how Love keeps showing up throughout my yoga journey.

After this, I became a certified personal trainer as I wanted to learn more about the physical body. Although I did not pursue this career, it has enhanced my teaching and inspired me to continue learning about the body’s capabilities.

This may sound cliche, but I truly believe yoga has the power to change the world. We change the world by changing the individuals that live within it. I’m not trying to save mankind, but I like to share things that bring positive change. More often than not, these things are simple, like a slight shift in perspective or syncing movement to breath.

My teaching style is a mix of softening and strengthening. I like to take time in poses and allow for spaces to observe body and mind. I’ve been transitioning towards a practice that is available to all bodies. In this, I have found an affinity working with seniors and children.

All this said, with all my yoga, I am still human. I fall off the path, get lazy, and lose my temper. I think the important part is coming back each time and being welcomed when I get there. I hope you keep coming back and feel welcomed each time you do.

Sunday morning Karma – All Levels Flow – 9:30am
(Use your current pass, or make a cash donation in the box at the front desk)

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