Mayu offers alignment-focused vinyasa, restorative and chair yoga
in Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Shanghai.
Come experience a sense of exquisite peace and harmony,
which will stay with you even after you have stepped off the mat.
Growing up between two very different cultures — first China and later Japan — I struggled for years to find my identity, sense of belonging and, most importantly, my center. Long fascinated by holistic approaches to wellness in Asia - Tai Chi, meditation, and chiropractic, I was intuitively drawn to the ideas that a fully present mind and deep understanding of one’s self are the essence to well-being. Self-reflection through regular sutra recitation at a Buddhist temple offered the means to more fully explore my genuine voice, and led me to realize there was a gap between the true me and the life I was living.
A change was necessary if I was to find my purpose and fulfillment. I let go of my job at an investment bank in Tokyo and relocated to Washington D.C., where I reconnected with yoga after a multi-year hiatus. Returning to my mat every day, I began to understand that yoga was essential to my self-discovery and life fulfillment. Six months later, I committed to deepening my practice by completing the 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training.
I felt an unmistakable spark of inspiration in the first class, when I placed my hand on my classmate, who was in her Child's Pose. That simple touch and the powerful connection it created with my yogi classmate, held a beautiful insight: this is where I belong. Through the medium of yoga, I can help others feel cared for, understood and content. In that instant, I committed fully to my yoga journey, seeking to help my students connect more deeply with themselves.
My classes are full-body workouts that incorporate dynamic movements with a focus on intentional breathing, strength building, and deep stretching. I am proud to be known for an authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. My hands-on assists and adjustments can elevate your body, mind, and soul.
Please join me in experiencing a sense of exquisite peace and harmony, which will stay with you even after you have stepped off the mat. During the time of social distancing, please stay at home and join live streaming classes via Zoom. You can also practice with me at Equinox, DuPont Circle Yoga, Georgetown Yoga, Japan American Society of Washington D.C. and Edlavitch Jewish Community Center. I also offer yoga to individuals, corporates, residential, and senior communities at downtown Washington D.C. area.