Akari, originally from Japan, is yoga instructor, kirtanist, multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, theta healer, and massage therapist.
Yoga & Meditation
Her self-enquiry began when she traveled around south-east Asia and Africa by volunteering in her teens. Her desire to help people led her to study different healing modalities, and her thirst to know about the Truth naturally led her to discover the yoga system. She has studied different styles of yoga over the years: studying the esoteric lineages of Indian and Tibetan Tantra brought a lot of depth to her own practice and spirituality, as well as the practice of Vedanta and participation in different meditation retreats, and the completion of two yoga teacher trainings on Ashtanga Vinyasa and Classical Hatha yoga. She has taught asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy at different workshops/retreats/trainings in Australia, India, Japan and Thailand. In her class, she encourages her students to be with the breath, as the present moment awareness transcends the practice into moving meditation. She also brings an awareness of love and devotion into her teaching, so that every breath and movement become an offering to the divine. She is passionate about sharing the freedom that arises from the spiritual heart and her mission is to share this awareness towards freedom and the Truth beyond the physical practice.
She began her musical training on classical piano at the age of 4. She participated in a couple of different competitions every year and has won many prizes until she decided to quit when she was 15. After a few years of break, she rediscovered the joy of music by playing the djembe and dun-dun, studying of the West African music from different masters, and creating the performance with the team of dancers and musicians. While traveling around the world since she was a teen, she learned mantras and heart songs and she fell in love with devotional singing that opened her heart and voice in the way that she had never experienced. She has been leading the Kirtan (call-and-response style chanting) around the world for the last several years with harmonium and guitar to spread love, light, and freedom. She is passionate about Bhakti Yoga as opening the heart to the divine brings such a depth into our every-day life experience. Other than Kirtan, she offers musical performance at different venues and events. She also offers individual/group music lesson on piano, harmonium, drum, djmbe, guitar and voice work, kirtan workshop, drumming workshop, and women’s drum class.
She has completed Theta Healing basic and advanced courses both in Japanese and English. She has studied Thai Yoga massage, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, and Lomi Lomi. She has also studied aromatherapy that she used to make her own products "Wamony" and sell at different shops and markets in Thailand and Japan. She has worked at spa and healing spaces in Australia and dedicated hundreds of hours to work on different bodies, and has taught Thai yoga massage in different trainings in Thailand. She currently offers Thai Yoga massage workshop, Theta Healing and Integral Massage Therapy which is a combination of deep tissue massage therapy and energy work.