About Us

Origin of the name Yogakripa

Kripa stands for “compassion, kindness and deep sympathy.”
-Through kindness, we hope to offer yoga that will always be with you-
We took this belief that we uphold in our yoga and used it in our name.

It is commonly thought that compassion, kindness and deep sympathy are naturally occurring emotions. However,
without concentrating on cultivating these in our daily lives, they will not grow on their own.

For example, aren’t there times where you act out of impulse by overexerting yourself at work,
saying something hurtful in anger or making impulse purchases when shopping?
In our daily lives, we are sometimes unconsciously swept away by our emotions and succumb to impulsive behavior.
We may even hurt ourselves or the people who are important to us.

At Yogakripa, we begin by understanding the orientation of these emotions through the practice of yoga.
Some students become overconfident when doing poses and force themselves into unnatural postures,
while others place limitations on themselves and what they can do.
By understanding yourself and recognizing the orientation of your mind when doing an activity,
you will slowly develop a more composed state of mind and better control.

Should I really do this or say that? By working to be aware,
we are able to cultivate our minds.

For what purpose are we alive?
What are we seeking through all the tears, anger and joy?

It takes times of deep realization to understand the answers to these questions.
The moments spent doing yoga at Yogakripa will return you to neutral state.
Even if you have a busy day awaiting you tomorrow,
by looking into yourself you will find a more fulfilling day awaits you.

We hope to cultivate Kripa together with all those who share in Yogakripa’s beliefs.

Yogakripa Director Kazu

Profile

Hello everyone. I have met a lot of smiling faces and lively figures and have directly experienced the potential of yoga and the satisfaction of being a teacher. Yoga is a process for balancing and adjusting body, mind and spirit. By carefully learning breathing techniques and how to use your body, yoga helps you relieve the tension found in body and mind.
Watching students expressions become bright and calm through my lessons brings a smile to my face as well. Set in an at-home, relaxing atmosphere, I carefully instruct students in facets of yoga they can apply to their daily lives.

Yours Sincerely
Kazu


  • Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor(RYT-200), Japan, 2008
  • Yoga Alliance Advanced Instructor (E-RYT200), 2015
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® YACEP)2017
  • Kripalu Center Certified Yoga Instructor, 2008
  • Rainbow Kids Certified Kids Yoga Instructor, 2016
  • Baby Yoga Massage Teacher, 2012
  • Instructor of Dr.Sato’s Lymphatic Care Method, 2017
  • Yura-hand Therapist, 2011
  • Trainer of Skin Drive System Basic, 2018

Yogakripa Kazu

Yogakripa Director Kazu

Helping people make their body and mind stronger and more flexible for different environment in overseas life, and involving with local society through Yoga continues to be my Yoga missions.
More than 10 years ago, my first Yoga lesson in Japan actually didn’t give me any peace in mind or body. I left the lesson with self-disappointment and frustration not able to do poses like other students do. Since then, I had been away from Yoga for a while. And the second lesson came in 2016, when the different living environment in India and my first postpartum depression made me vulnerable physically and mentally. I ended up dropping by a Yoga lesson in neighborhood. It taught me not to push myself, and gave me comfort in holding poses along with breathing. Chanting Sanskrit Mantra was somehow soothing my soared mind although I didn’t understand any words. My physical health were also getting better within a couple of months.Through my training in India, I learned how to keep distance from negative thinking and how to guide students according to their stability and flexibility. Especially, that of Yoga for Special Needs opened my eyes. Yoga can play an important role in children's physical and mental development too. Through Yogakripa’s lessons, I’m able to find both weak and strong points of my body more precisely. Kazu’s philosophy lessons gave me many tips for keeping my mind healthy and interactcting with others. I often remember her teaching about body and mind while other usual matters. Yoga is now affecting my daily life beyond lesson studio!
Yoga is like a long long adventure; the more I know about Yoga, the more I realize that I didn’t know about Yoga. It is a deep and endless world. Let’s enjoy Yoga together and find out more about our mind and body, as going up and down the mountains, maybe sometimes we will stop and look back the path we made.
I hope my class bring you with self-awareness, and the process of self-discovery will enrich your life in Singapore.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Ayako

  • RYT 200 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Sudeepta Shanbhag, India, 2017
  • uBloom Yoga Therapy for Special Needs, Prafull oorja, India, 2017
  • 3-day Kids Yoga Teacher Training, Rainbow Yoga, Singapore 2019
  • First Dan in Judo (Black belt)

Yogakripa Ayako

Ayako

I am Maya, grew up surrounded by nature and spent my time running around the rice fields and wild hills of Matsuyama, Japan. I loved move my body from early age.
My very first Yoga lesson was Hot Yoga in 2011, being attracted by the healthy and colorful images of yoga instructors in magazines.I was impressed by the feelings I had never experienced before --the feeling of lightness of body and mind like detox as withdrawal from extra. I soon found Yoga to be a part of my life.
As a mother myself, I sometimes lose patience with my little one, but Yoga has brought me back to the center, reminded me to connect with my own body and soul and to look at myself objectively. Also I got various benefit of yoga practicing when there are so many things happen in mylife.
In addition, through my practice at Yogakripa studio with my teacher, Kazu, I have touched the feelings of accepting everything just as it is. I can’t stop telling the people around me this sense of blissful inspiring me.
In my class, I aim to walk alongside the mind and body of each yogis, and stand next to you like firm tree with robust root which provides you with a constant warm shelter.
I am still on a learning journey. Together we can learn how to lead our minds and bodies feel better.

Thanks
Maya

  • RYT 200 Teacher Training, VYASA, Singapore 2019
  • Certificate in Yoga Instructor Course (YIC) from VYASA (Vivekananda Yoga Anushandhan Sansthan), Singapore, 2019
  • Fine Skin Foods Meister, Japan 2016

Yogakripa MAYA

MAYA

Me & Yoga

私とヨガ

I began yoga in 2003. It started when I was attracted to the dazzling figures of the women going to my local yoga studio and thought “I want to be like one of these women too.” At the time, I was working in an office in Tokyo, was overwhelmed with work and felt unstable in both body and mind. I will never forget the exhilarating feeling I first experienced through yoga.
After that, as I earnestly carried out my studies, I came across the inward-focusing style of Kripalu Yoga and was deeply impressed by its focus on letting mind and body be just as they are. Slowly my unpredictable mental state began to stabilize, and my lifestyle became more relaxed. Through yoga I hope to provide support to those facing physical issues, daily stress, fatigue from raising children and various other troubles.

What I want to communicate through yoga

レッスンを通じて伝えたいこと

At Yogakripa, we place importance on the teaching of “Ahimsa (non-injury)” and strive to offer a yoga experience that anyone can enjoy. For example, we work to avoid injury from overexertion or the stress that comes from not being able to complete an exercise, which may lead to an unenjoyable yoga experience.
First, you will learn to understand the natural you, and without forcing it, open yourself up as much as possible at that time. Learning to value yourself leads to kindness towards others and a reevaluation of your human relationships. Why not try and find your natural self at Yogakripa and achieve beauty both inside and out while developing a positive outlook towards life? Give Yogakripa a try!

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