Yoga à Paris? ãƒ‘リでヨガ?

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Hiroko et je suis très heureuse d’être ici à Paris, ce qui me donne notamment l’occasion de partager le yoga avec vous !
Hello! I am keen to share yoga with you all and look forward to seeing you in this beautiful city of Paris! 
これから皆さんとパリでヨガを通してお会いできることを楽しみにしています!
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I’ve accumulated (and continue to evolve!) so much from my own practice, experiences and wish to share the gifts with you. See details HERE (Courses/Cours)!

 Please contact me for trial lessons or for any questions! Classes can be offered in English, Japanese(日本語), or French (français)🇯🇵🇺🇸🇫🇷

I do my best to cater to personal needs (as no body is the same) , and be of help for one to bring to light the best version of themselves. The base of my practice is Balance. There are two sankrit words, “Sthira and Sukham” which translates as “Steadiness and Ease“.  By incorporating this idea in our postures; and into our life, we can surely find our balance in life. I hope to share more with you along the journey in real life 🙂 !

-Hiroko (hirokoyoga)

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My story: Learning to move with integrity. 

Yoga is in every moment; and within its practice, there are asanas. The poses that we frequently are used to acquainting with yoga. It’s not about being flexible, creating a ‘yoga-like’ pose. It’s about moving with awareness, being intelligent in each actions. 

I naturally am born with very mobile hips. So in my first yoga class, in the Supta baddhakonasana (butterfly pose), knees came completely down like a 180 degrees open butterfly. I thought to myself, this is for me! But what I didn’t notice at that point was the fact that I was only focusing on the opening of my hips. 

Was I conscious of how the abdomen was working? If my spine was lengthening? If my hip girdle was sitting upright?

I wasn’t, and through these ten years of practicing, I’ve gained knowledge of using counteractions to balance the pose (and of course teach them with all my heart:) ) but I’ve always had this bendy hip that would do a lot for me, while I unconsciously neglected my weak areas. In short, it compensated itself for me, greatly.

As I’ve learned from my teachers; it’s not only violence to the body when you are overworking an area, but also when you are not using a certain part at all.

I learned the hard way. This spring of March I suddenly felt severe pain in my left hip. I was doing some workouts with weights, starting up tennis again, and releasing that out with yoga and stretches. But I had overly used my hip , meaning I had let it compensate for a lot of work.

Because of the flexibility, I was not using intelligently the muscles around it. Though I always believed I did- I had gotten into a rut. 

I needed to take a step back. This meant working slowly, being aware of each minute second in an action. Working intelligently in each moment within its range of motion.

Though I was hurt, it came at a timely (and very happy) occasion that I was able to participate in a workshop with Carrie Owerko which brought me back to the basics. Moving with integrity.

It’s about counteractions to balance a pose. Opposing actions are the actions in a pose. There needs to be strength and intelligence within the range of  motion. And that we need to be wrapped in awareness.

Yoga has become a lifestyle for me, and after being introduced to it over ten years ago, it continues to live with me through experience. We are not perfect humans. We live laugh experience cry and we learn. And then we grow. And then keep growing.

I’m still recovering from my hip pain but I  learning everyday. And it was a turning point for me: to go back to basics. I am more than ever aware of the actions in poses, in everyday life. I will continue to learn through this and progress. And more than ever, it’s given me an even deeper approach in teaching, sharing to people; and working with issues each body and soul will have.

We accept it and realize what it’s given us to learn. As in the sutras, pain is gain when you see it’s benefits. That’s the power of mental strength.

Keep positive. Live, experience, learn, repeat. (And smile, always)

And remember, when you need the rest, you need the rest. Just accept it. 

A bit about yoga ãƒ¨ã‚¬ã®ãŠè©±

※日本語は後に続きます:)

Some may think yoga is something for flexy-bendy people, or requires you to be “kale-loving”…but this (really,) isn’t the case! Yoga is for anyone. I genuinely believe its beneficial for the well-being of all people regardless of anything.

Yoga has taught me to accept my body, let go of judgments, and fulfill in the present. Through practicing, I’ve learned to let go of “trying to be” and realized how whole & happy I am able to feel. And how much easier it is to just, be.

I’ve taught people of all ages-many of them for their first time, (elementary school kids to senior yoga for ages 65 and up!), husbands who were introduced by their wives and found it eye-opening (just what the body needed!) and many people who find it as a complimentary to their sport. And of course, I’ve been so happy to hear that just noticing the breath and being aware of the body from yoga practice has brought peace to people’s ordinary daily lives, and helped them deal with stress at the workplace, or even just during the crazy commute. 

Every-body is unique. The more I teach the more I realize how different we are. Even just taking the physical aspect of a person, I realize that the capability is different for each. Sometimes my students are capable of a certain position because their arms are longer! And depending on your day the situation can always be different. Continue reading