People have asked me how can I conduct the classes and teacher training if I don’t speak Japanese? The answer to that is an excellent team of translators! I’m so indebted to them and appreciate their help so much, I thought it would be nice to highlight each of them individually. We share the space in the classroom teaching in tandem, and through this process I’ve gotten to know them on a personal level. Yuri is translating for the bulk of classes during the week–Wednesday “Yoga Therapeutics” in Gotanda; Thursday “Level 1/2, Sangenjaya; & Friday Level, 2/3 in Gotanda. She also translated for the two workshops “Living a Better Life Through Yoga.” Yuri’s first experience translating was for Eka Ekong (Yogaworks, Los Angeles) who led a 200 Hour training in Tokyo in 2011. She’s also translates for Catlin Casella (YW, New York) when she comes to town.
Yuri is a petite sized “dynamo” whose expressive voice is delightfully uplifting. She has been teaching yoga for approximately a year and completed her Yogaworks 200hr Teacher Training with Jennie Cohen (YW, New York) and now teaches for YogaPlus in Kichijoji. Yuri graduated from the University of Utah where she majored in Dance & Psychology. These experiences and more are embodied in her elegant presence in the classroom and on the mat.