Atsuko was born and brought up in Japan. She studied yoga extensively in London in 1990's. Her teachers include John Scott, Godfrey Devereux, Kisen and David Swenson.
She mainly studied Ashtanga yoga and Iyenger yoga, but she also studied with other teachers with different backgrounds.
She started teaching in 1995 in London in health clubs and adult education and has been continuously teaching since. She moved to Bideford, North Devon in 1996 and began teaching in many settings and to private students and companies. This year (2019) she is celebrating her 25th year of continuous teaching.
Atsuko’s passion is Ashtanga yoga but in her weekly classes she combines different elements of various styles to create truly full practice suitable to everyone. Dynamic elements of Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa flow, the precise alignments from Iyenger yoga, Hatha yoga practices and her own mindfulness practice are blended together for strong yet accommodating and accessible practice for all. The emphases are on correct alignments, correct breathing and breath/movement coordination leading to meditaion and deep relaxation. They are suitable for any age and ability.
Currently there are 6 weekly classes in Bideford, 4 in Barnstaple, two monthly Ashtanga yoga workshops and one Mindfulness Workshop in Bideford. Private classes can be also arranged either at Atsuko's home at EX39 or your home, office or holiday accomodation.
Atsuko continues to be a fully committed yoga student and practitioner of mindfulness and pracitses regularly with others and on her own. She is widely read in yoga and spirituality and currently studying Yoga Philosophy at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies