About us

About us

We are a yoga and fitness studio located in the heart of Hirafu Village in Niseko, Japan. The Powder Yoga community grew from a PASSION for yoga, Niseko’s famous POWDER snow, and living a HEALTHY & HAPPY life. We strive to create a friendly, healing, and all-inclusive space where yogis from all over the world gather to connect and share.

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meet our team
Kanami Anderson

Kanami Anderson

Training Certifications: RYT 500-hr Power Vinyasa

Kanami Anderson

Kanami Anderson

Training Certifications: RYT 500-hr Power Vinyasa

Yoga found me when I was eighteen years old, and I immediately fell in love with the physical side of the practice. I used it to complement the outdoor sports I played, but as the years passed by I noticed that yoga was also changing other parts of my life. It has now become my center for uniting the physical with the heart, mind, and spirit. Before I became a yoga teacher, I was an outdoor river guide for many years and had the incredible opportunity to live, work, and play on rivers all around the world. The yoga I practice and teach is where my outdoor adventure world and my internal yoga worlds collide. I completed my Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, and then in October of 2013, I was granted a full scholarship to complete my Level 2 YTT course. I have been blessed with 500+ hrs of study with my teacher Julia McCabe in the tropical paradise of Los Cardones in Nicaragua. Here, with no electricity, phones, internet, or any contact with the outside world, is where I learned to completely surrender to yoga and Mother Nature. There is an undeniable current of energy that flows through all things: me, you, the ocean, the wind, the rivers, the snow, and the cities of this world. Yoga is how I relate to and share this energy, as it flows through all of us, and connects us with each other and our surroundings.

Ai Terakado

Ai Terakado

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1

Ai Terakado

Ai Terakado

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1

I have been a ski instructor and an avid yoga practitioner for over 12 years, and have had the opportunity to teach skiing and learn yoga all over the world. I first started yoga when I was living in Canada, and I was drawn to it for the fitness. Ever since I have been practicing regularly, and have noticed a drastic improvement in my balance, flexibility, and concentration while skiing. Yoga has become much more than a just a physical practice nowadays in my life: it is my lifestyle. We can have almost anything in the world these days, but what do we really want to have? I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Bali in May of 2013, and it was an incredible experience. I was able to dedicate every day for 30 days to learning as much as possible about yoga. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with friends and students, and I am very excited to teach and practice yoga at the Power Yoga studio during the winters.

Poppy Salter

Poppy Salter

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Power Vinyasa

Poppy Salter

Poppy Salter

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Power Vinyasa

I plunged into the world of yoga when I fell to my personal rock bottom (how many of us can say that!) But from day one of this journey in 2013 my life has unfurled beautifully, connecting me to Power Living Australia where I completed my teacher training, and then on to New Zealand where I began teaching yoga on the beach in exchange for homegrown vegetables. Following this, I stayed in New Zealand and taught in various studios over Auckland, before setting off for the season of my dreams in Niseko, and then studying Anatomy, Physiology, and Massage in London. Yoga hasn’t ‘fixed me’ but it has always offered the tools I have needed to make better decisions from a more stable and intuitive foundation, in order to help me be the best person I can be…whatever that is on the day! Yoga is majestic and silencing, it is your best friend who is waiting to meet you, and I am so honoured to teach yoga, so that anybody who lays their mat down in my class can find something that they need, be that emotional release, a good workout, a laugh, a cry, or just to be part of a wonderful community, like the one at Powder Yoga Niseko.

Josephine McLaren

Josephine McLaren

Training Certifications: RYT 500-hr Level 2

Josephine McLaren

Josephine McLaren

Training Certifications: RYT 500-hr Level 2

Jo was first introduced to yoga as a child by her yoga teacher Mum and has been practicing yoga ever since. She is committed to teaching yoga with compassion and knowledge. She completed her teacher training at SOULution yoga under the guidance of Bonnie Argo and Roz Penfold. She hopes to continually grow as a teacher and make every class an opportunity to share her love of yoga and allow her students to explore new experiences in their bodies and minds. Outside of yoga she spends her time studying anthropology, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.

Phil Howell

Phil Howell

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1

Phil Howell

Phil Howell

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1

Ran Akutsu

Ran Akutsu

Graphics and Art Creator

Ran Akutsu

Ran Akutsu

Graphics and Art Creator

I am a Japanese by blood and was born in Japan, however raised in Germany since I was only an 6 months old infant. A long time, I only assumed where my home was, until a few years ago 2009, I fell in love to a beautiful place called "Niseko" on Hokkaido Island in Japan. I instantly felt that this was my home to live. Here I am and enjoying my life, blooming to a multicultural character, thanks to all those who are supporting me and thanks to this beautiful nature of Hokkaido, which inspires me everyday a new. Originally, I started creating hand-made message cards and songs for personal friends birthdays and other special occasions to express my appreciation for this person, until a friend asked me to also make a unique card for her special friend. ​ Via "LanLan Art - Original Illustrations" I am hoping to share a little glimpse into some simple and precious moments, captured through my eyes and ears, inspiried by the beauty of mother nature of Niseko and my friends from all over the world.

Jodie Hands

Jodie Hands

Training Certifications: Level 2 Fitness Instruction Level 3 Personal Training

Jodie Hands

Jodie Hands

Training Certifications: Level 2 Fitness Instruction Level 3 Personal Training

I love to travel and keep fit at the same time. The two can be combined easily having always found nearby parks, gyms and local areas to utilize. The world is my playground! Just before coming to Japan I cycled across England and my next goal is to cycle across the United States of America. I have also trained and taken part in the Great North Run a half marathon in the North of England. I enjoy pushing the limits and taking on challenges. I completed my fitness qualifications 2 years ago so that I could share my knowledge and passion with others. I believe it is important to push yourself beyond your boundaries. I feel that deep down, with enough energy and willpower, you can achieve anything.

Hayley Smeaton

Hayley Smeaton

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1, CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instruction, Level 3 Personnel Training

Hayley Smeaton

Hayley Smeaton

Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Level 1, CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instruction, Level 3 Personnel Training

Yoga for Skiers and Riders

Be strong & agile

It takes tremendous strength, balance, and focus to charge down a mountain while strapped to your skis or snowboard. This means skiers and boarders who spend time on the yoga mat are better prepared for a graceful, injury-free season of riding. Join the Powder Yoga community and learn poses that strengthen your feet, tone your quads, and help protect your knees for many more rides to come. Our classes also include many core-strengthening exercises: another great way to practice injury-prevention for Niseko’s demanding winter season.

Be more flexible

Including yoga into one’s daily routine will help to develop more flexibility. There are many benefits to maintaining a flexible body: improving athletic performance, supporting functional movement, helping prevent injury & illness, aiding in good posture, and getting in better touch with your body. Yoga also aids in ensuring an optimum supply of blood to all parts of the human body: it helps flush toxins & provides the much needed nourishment circulated to one’s joints.

live the life you love

The great thing about yoga is that it’s actually a natural confidence booster. You may find that after a few weeks or months of practice, you’ll actually feel better about your appearance, act more assertive in social situations, and experience enhanced confidence in all sorts of other areas of your life. Yoga sends a positive message to our hearts and minds that shows we care about ourselves. As we build physical strength and work our way into more challenging poses, we build the inner strength needed to live the life we want to live.