Help a Kripalu Yoga teacher living in Tokyo to attend Shakti Initiation; 500-Hour Women’s Only Yoga Leadership Certification in Bali, Indonesia in March 2015 (http://jovinna.liveeditaurora.com/pages/shakti-initiation) so that she can serve her students better in Japan, especially women to empower and transform through her classes, translating yoga resources in English, and interpret English speaking yoga leaders to Japanese.
When you are watching TV news, does it not make you wonder how the world could be a little better place? Gaza, wars in Middle East, Ukraine, Ebola, Fukushima and all nuclear power plants and nuclear waste, bullying in schools, the systems working against the weaker in society, on and on… To resolve these problems, what we can contribute is to start from our environment. If I can awaken and transform individuals from my family members, my friends, my community, and thus society members, this world may turn a little more peaceful place, I believe.
My name is Eriko Hase. I was born and raised in Japan. Now I teach yoga in Tokyo, one of the busiest cities in the world. I want to attend Shakti Initiation; 500-hour women only yoga leadership certification program in Bali, Indonesia in March 2015.
How did I learn English? I attended high school in Richmond, Virginia for two years and I’ve been using English for various works.
For past 15 years, I have been working in music industry managing Japanese local dis and bringing international djs/artists to Japan. I am an expert in organizing logistics (from arranging flights & hotel accommodation to domestic travel) and showing around (from visiting historical temples & shrines to taking my guests to cool restaurants and out to various clubs in Japan). I intend to use my tour-guide-skills for many of the gifts I am offering.
Yoga and I;
I have practiced yoga on and off since I discovered Kripalu Yoga in my early 20’s, but I only started serious practice two years ago.
Two years ago, I was employed as a desk staff at Kripalu Yoga affiliated studio in Tokyo, Yoga of Life, and I also provide a translator service. I liaise between the studio in Tokyo and yoga teachers from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts; the largest yoga retreat center in North America.
Becoming a Yoga Teacher;
When I looked after one of senior Kripalu teachers, Priti Robyn Ross in Tokyo, we became very good friends. She said to me “You know Kripalu for a long time. When are you becoming a Kripalu Yoga teacher?” That was the small but appropriate impetus for me.
I took 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in late 2013 at Kripalu Center in MA, and I became a certified teacher in February 2014.
As a Teacher/Translater;
Shortly after my return to Japan, I have been teaching private classes, small group in a cafe, and now two classes a week at Yoga of Life (http://www.kripalu.jp).
Also I have been translating English materials such as manuals and newsletters from Kripalu Center to Japanese, and interpreting programs led by Kripalu teachers from US. I am delighted when Japanese students and teachers express how much they appreciate my work. More yoga resources from Kripalu to come for me to translate to Japanese.
In order to further my training, I’d like to participate 500hr Women’s Only Yoga Teacher Certifications “Shakti Initiation”. http://jovinna.liveeditaurora.com/pages/women-500hr-in-bali (Most commonly, 500-hour yoga teacher training is the next step for graduates of 200-hr YTT)
This certification training takes place in Bali, Indonesia. Bali is a special place for this because of local Bali Hindu culture which makes it appropriate place to study yoga.
Personally I also traveled to Bali twice when I was in university backpacking. Bali is a very beautiful and spiritual island; The perfect place with immense energy for yoga training.
My mentors and my sister;
This training is led by two amazing yoga goddesses; one is my dear teacher Jovinna Chan who was the director of my 200-hr YTT at Kripalu Center. Another is Grace Jull who also taught amazing anatomy & physiology programs at YTT. Although my English skill was not good enough to understand all the terminology, I was fascinated with the subject because of Grace. A&P is not about looking at our bodies as some sort of mechanical system. It tells us that we are a part of nature, and that we certainly emerged from the universe.
My dear friend Angela Rauscher is also participating this training in Bali who also took the same 200-hour YTT and we practiced teaching together everyday at the Center. I’d like to apply with her so we could learn together and nurture our sisterhood further in this training.
Why do I not have enough money?
Ever since I graduated from Kripalu, I’ve been assisting many programs as seva (volunteer/service) in Tokyo including intensive YTT course. Now I’m making less money than before. SO I need your help to attend the program in Bali.
After the training;
If I can finish this training, additional certification would give me more validity as a yoga teacher and I will have broader and deeper knowledge in yoga. Further understanding in physiology, anatomy, and spirituality will be weaved into my regular classes.
I will be able to lead workshops to inspire Japanese women in my community to empower and help transform their lives to realize their full potentials.
When I interpret programs led by English speaking yoga leaders and translate resources from Kripalu Center, I’ll have more knowledge to do my job better. Then hopefully more Japanese yogis and yoginis can benefit from my work.
So please help. Your support is deeply appreciated. With your support, I will be able to give back my gift to my community and to society.
Arigato gozaimasu! Jai Bhagwan.