Approach 

Masayo provides a variety of yoga sessions based on the client’s individual needs. For those interested in the practice of yoga, Raja Yoga is offered.  For those looking to heal or improve their health, yoga therapy practices are offered that focus on the goals and needs of each person.

What is Raja Yoga?

The practice of Raja Yoga, also known as the path of meditation, is the oldest system of yoga spanning over 5,000 years of wisdom and tradition from Himalayan yogis. Raja Yoga emphasizes unity of mind-body-spirit and was popularized by Swami Vivekananda in the 19th century. In essence, Raja Yoga teaches eight steps that enable us to achieve complete liberation and oneness in this life. With a focus on awareness, self-assurance, and independence, Raja Yoga brings you to a deeper understanding of introspection and silence. All of these qualities bring you to liberation.

At the Bija Yoga Room focus is placed on the authentic wisdom and practices of these teachings, especially Asana (postures), Pranayama (cultivating energy through breathing), deep relaxation, and meditation. Masayo’s connection to these traditions comes from her teacher, Keishin Kimura, who trained in the Himalayas with his guru Swami Yogeshwaranand Saraswati.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Since many people are simply interested in improving their physical and mental condition, or looking to heal an injury in a way that gently works with their own body, yoga therapy is offered.

Yoga therapy is a modern style of yoga based on scientific research. It is used to work with and heal our physical, mental, and emotional bodies. This holistic approach considers the whole person, including emotional, physical, spiritual, and energetic parts of our being. Yoga therapy sessions include personalized assessments before each session to determine the best practices for you, and a review after each session to see if the practices and techniques are working for you.

There is no wisdom equal to self-realization, there is no power equal to yoga. – Mahabharata Shanti-Parva