We are a yoga, mat pilates 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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Training Certifications: RYT 500-hr Power Vinyasa, Mat Pilates Instructor
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.
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.
Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Hatha/Vinyasa
Kirsten has been practicing yoga her entire adult life. A few years ago, she and her partner Chad made a life-changing decision to leave the lives they knew - their family, friends, home and careers to travel the world together. In 2017 they spent some time in Indonesia where Kirsten was inspired by the local style of yoga and the kindness of the instructors. She returned to Bali this past spring to complete her 200-hour YTT. She is thrilled to be spending her second season in Niseko and teaching/practicing at her favorite yoga studio… Powder Yoga.
Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Hatha
I was born and raised in Japan, and began traveling around the world from the age of 19. The journey has always kept me interested in the different cultures in every region of the world. I was especially awakened by the outdoor lifestyle, and that's when I started yoga. I also suffered an injury at that time, and this inspired me to make sure that yoga would be a big part of my life, for the rest of my life. I studied Hatha yoga in Bali, and this lead me to the completion of my RYT 200hour course shortly after. I had the opportunity to teach classes in Tokyo (my hometown) before I moved to Niseko last winter where I started to teach consistently. I loved it so much I decided to stay in Niseko for the summer. During this time I really had the opportunity to connect with the local yoga community, and I look forward to sharing everything I have learned over the past few years. I am so grateful to be part of the Powder Yoga team again, and look forward to seeing all of you on the mat this season! Yoga hasn’t "fixed me", but it has always offered me the tools I need to make better decisions and be the best person I can be…whatever that is on that day! Yoga is majestic and silencing. It is your best friend who is waiting to meet you, and I am so honoured to teach it. Anybody who lays their mat down in my class will always find something that they need, whether that's an emotional release, a good workout, a laugh, a cry, or being part of this wonderful community at Powder Yoga Niseko.
Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr Vinyasa
Sarah is a British-born yoga instructor who has chosen to live a life of endless winters, bouncing between Japan and New Zealand. She is passionate about living in the mountains where she likes to spend her time hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Vinyasa with a focus on inversions. In her classes expect fun, creative, flowing yoga sequences where she creates plenty of time for students to slow down, ground down, and breathe. Her goal is to help people feel good about themselves and provide a safe space for healing and self-discovery.
Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr
Bavarian girl. Journalist. Ski fanatic. Yoga enthusiast. Intense. Free. Full of colours. Sweaty vinyasa flow lover. Food addict. In love with life. Enjoying the chaos. Loving to meet new people. Extending my own boarders. Needing to discover the world. Moving to different countries and cultures. Life is a dance. Enjoy every moment of it!
Personal Trainer, Mat & Reformer Pilates Instructor
I originally started in the fitness industry as a personal trainer 10 years ago in Australia. I soon completed my teacher training in mat and reformer Pilates. I worked one on one with clients and taught group classes until I moved to London. In London I continued to work as a personal trainer and further specialized in Pilates rehab, pre and post natal and trigger point release therapy. After 4 years I returned home to Melbourne to complete my university studies in Psychology and continued to teach Pilates mat and reformer until arriving in Niseko. I love all things health, fitness and mind and body. My Pilates classes focus on strength alignment, posture, and correcting imbalances within the body. A strong workout that still leaves you feeling relaxed and centered.
Master Personal Trainer
I was introduced to skiing by my father at a little over 2 years old, and that first experience of sliding on snow led to the full-blown snow addiction I have today. I’ve now been super-passionate about Alpine Skiing for longer than I care to count and it's steered my life in all kinds of interesting and fun directions! During the summer seasons I’m a keen surfer and passionate kitesurfer, spending my time in the Canary Islands off west Africa, where I also run a luxury bed and breakfast, alongside teaching kitesurfing. As I've grown older (but not necessarily more sensible!), these passions of mine led me to become aware of my increasing need to remain in shape. I’d heard it said that if you make a career out of your passions, you’ll never work a day in your life. So - no longer fulfilled by my ‘proper job’ - I decided to retrain as a Personal Trainer and help other like-minded people squeeze as much as they can from their sports. Now, as Head Ski Trainer for Niseko Black, I’m also a Master Personal Trainer, specialising in action sports conditioning…so I guess I haven’t ‘worked’ for quite a while!!! Personally, I find that there’s no better way to prepare for the sports I love than with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), combined with an effective flexibility regime. So, when I’m not skiing, surfing or kitesurfing, you can generally find me working as an online Action Sports Conditioning Pro, delivering app-based fitness and nutrition programs to people around the world. I’m super-stoked to be able to work this season with the Powder Yoga crew and offer a taste of my preferred method of fitness to the Niseko community!
Bachelor's in Sports Medicine, Personal Trainer License, Strength Coach & Functional Trainer
I have a soul for water in every shape. Figure Skating, Sailing and Skiing is my three biggest passions in life. I work as both a skipper and figure skating coach, skiing I do for fun. Today I'm a happy full-time traveler and a former gym manager who studied a bachelor in sport medicine, physiology and psychology to understand the complex of our bodies better. Movements come naturally, but keeping them takes effort. I love challenging myself and others, pushing people forward to achieve their goals and obstacles, and most of all: to create a body for life. To smile, to love, to live within. My classes are built on our body’s natural movements, and a bunch of happiness - as cheeky as it sounds. I’m a life-lover and a smile giver, during my class I hope to inspire you as much as people form different worlds inspires me.
Training Certifications: RYT 200-hr
Hawaii is home but traveling has been Ani’s way of life for the last couple of years. This is not only her first season living in Niseko, but her first season living in the snow. Her yoga journey began in the form of hot yoga and she immediately fell in love with it as it brought a physical and mental stability into her spontaneous lifestyle. Ani then went on to complete her 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow teacher training in Rishikesh, India. She loves an energizing, quick-paced flow as much as a deep, self-centering practice, so you can expect a bit of variety in her classes. Ani is incredibly grateful for all the instruction and guidance she’s received on the mat and off, and hopes to return the favor to her students as she continues to pursue the path of true yoga, wherever and whatever it may be.
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.
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.
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.