Chiharu ‘Jyotiatma’ Kitai

Hare aum.  I am on a journey called yoga: I practice my sadhana (daily yoga discipline) made by my guru every-day. I enjoy my in-depth study of yoga through literature, and instructing yoga classes to share my appreciation of yoga.

Since a young age, I have been interested in both the physical and unseen world.  I have toured Europe as a member of Japan’s national General Gymnastic team and completed a master’s degree in Sport and Physical Education, as well as experienced Zazen (Zen Meditation), practiced Qigong (life energy cultivation), and learned Nine Star Ki, (a Japanese fortune-telling). 

When I suffered from anxiety and depression due to various life stresses in my adult life, I started to practice yoga seriously with the hope for recovery. This is when my yoga journey truly started.  My passion for yoga grew as I practiced, which lead me to complete a yoga teacher training course (RYS 200HR) with Ashram Yoga, Auckland in February 2012. 

That training course gave me tremendous awareness about the practice of yoga and myself.  As my suppressed complex emotions started to release through my practice, my mental health started to gradually heal. At the end of the course, the senior teacher Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, who has lived the life of a traditional yogi in India for many years, gave me my sadhana and spiritual name “Jyotiatma (soul of light)” with mantra (words for meditation). 

I have further developed myself as a yogini, attending other traditional yoga classes by Akashagiri, whom has practiced yoga in Himalayan Mountains, and also at IARP founded by Dr Hiroshi Motoyama: a man selected one of the world’s leading parapsychologists by UNESCO.  As my yoga journey continued, I found the connection to my interests from young age: physical body and unseen world. 

My style of yoga, Integral, has an “old-school” approach that is suitable for everyone.  This includes a full range of ancient practices including: asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), dhyana (meditation) and nidra vidya (guided relaxation).  My classes include a variety of still and moving postures and always finish with nidra vidya or dhyana: I emphasise the need to connect the mind, breath and body to get the best results. 

I consider yoga an art and a science: both enjoyable and practical. Yoga is not a belief system, rather it is a system of mental and physical practices that yield reliable results.  Yoga is an invitation to explore your mind and body to create health and well-being.  So my journey continues…. Hare aum tat sat: the seen and the unseen are both one.


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