Born in Japan, Masaaki moved to Boston in ‘93, where he attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in psychology. He began practicing yoga in 2002.
Masaaki has training in Kyokushin-karate, with the Hong Kong Royal Police Aikido team, and the Hong Kong Asian Olympic Judo team. He brings over 20 years of martial arts training to his teaching with a strong emphasis on mental training.
He has over a decade of teaching experience influenced by Coeli Marsh and Tom Alden. In his classes, Masaaki is committed to training awareness, to tune attitude, and works to empower students own intelligence and wisdom to be able to heal and be whole. He uses skilled techniques to help students and remains committed to working with wisdom, and kindness to help others.
Asana Lab: Janu Sirsasana A (Head to Knee Forward Bend) • Masaaki Okamura
Janu Sirsasana or Head of the Knee Pose is one of those "drive by" shapes we don't spend a lot of time dissecting. It's one of the best ways to get a stretch for the legs and low back with the added bonus of hip opening. Masaaki unpacks the shape using props, research poses and a quick anatomy le...