Nirmal was trained in Raja yoga in Nepal as of age nine, practiced Ayurveda as of eleven and is fluent in Japanese. We recommend you meditating with him, or his private Ayurvedic Counseling or Pranyama class (Thursday nights) at Nirmal Yoga. Meditation is available Tuesdays at 12.00 noon. Contact Nirmal Gyawali Yoga Studio (Shirokanedai) firstname.lastname@example.org to create a new group of meditators or to practice one on one or for for individual ayurvedic counseling. Nirmal also has a teacher training course.
For those interested, we recommend Zen at Senkakuji Temple with Chudo Yamamoto (Japanese/English). Many other temples in Japan have Za-zen, you need to call and find out when it is available to the public. Most in Japanese! Zen is a full life-style that includes the way you walk, sleep, eat, so if you think by sitting one or two hours a day will be enough for a full transformation, you need to re-think your whole lifestyle.
YOGA TREE (Hiroo, Japan). We recommend for hatha yoga Michael Glenn’s studio (English/Japanese) at Yoga Tree in Hiroo, Tokyo. There is something about Michael’s intensity and focus that makes practicing there an incredible experience that harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. The Japanese teachers are excellent too. Michael also organizes many great teachers to come to Japan and teach in his studio. It is an exceptional place with great Japanese teachers too.
We recommend Qigong with Shu Seika (Chinese/Japanese) Friday mornings at 8am in Arisugawa park (near the statue on the side of Library) Hiroo. Mr. Zhou or Shu Seika began his training at age 9 and has helped people with cancer and other illnesses in Japan for many years. He has given workshops that rejuvenate health at the cellular level and treats individuals. Speaks Japanese and Chinese fluently. Tel: 0363289606.
http://www.kikou-kyoushitsu.net/ (Japanese and Chinese only)
ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES (AYP)
Yogani, a yogi who preferred to remain anonymous has groups practicing deep meditation and samyama around the world. I have tested some of the AYP practices and they are indeed profound and particularly suited to those who have little time and who may not be open to practices that may be more culturally affiliated.
While these techniques are not new (all yoga has existed for a long time), the sequencing is extremely effective, simply described and suited for our time and for people who work and live “normal lives.” In 20 or so minutes, twice a day, you can build up an effective practice. Yogani has also introduced the practices in a manner that they are not bound culturally which makes them particularly effective I believe in countries like Japan and France where Indian or Tibetain culture may seem “foreign” to some.
In Japan, the contact for AYP is Gaku-san. You can contact him on the AYP site link as well as find other groups in other countries. For those who practice yoga and who wish to help translate the AYP in Japanese please contact the Japan contact for AYP (see below link) as this would be a great service to many in Japan.
Please let us on the contact form if you you practice AYP in Japan as we are building a community of practioners there.
The Contact Page of AYP in Different Countries including AYP in Japan
200 Hour AYP Teacher Training Asanas, Meditation & Pranyama