Misako Matsuoka hopes to share her belief that the practice of yoga can offer dynamic opportunities to discover the youthfulness of the body and to open the heart and mind. She strives to infuse her classes with playful challenges, attention to healthy alignment, and a deep connection to the breath. Misako completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto in 2005 and is currently a student of Chinese Medicine and Therapeutic Yoga. She studies Yin yoga with Paul Grilley and Restorative yoga with Judith Lasater. She immersed herself in Anusara yoga with Sianna Sherman, Samantha Shakti and Kenny Graham. She studies the Shadow Yoga style with Sharre Young. She has studied vinyasa with Janet Stone, and is profoundly thankful to Max Strom for his teachings. Through all these lineages of yoga she has created integral experience that seeks to balance the neuromuscular system of the physical body as well as the eternal nature of the spirit. Misako has degrees in Biology and Engineering, and is registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Misako Matsuoka instructs the following:
Yin and Yang are complementary and interdependent forces which comprise everything in our natural world. In yoga practice the associated areas of the body that are Yang in nature are the muscles and blood. The areas of the body that are Yin in nature are the connective tissues, fascia, joints and bones. In this class we will start with a short yang yoga practice which increases the heart rate, tones the muscles and warms the body. The Yang style movements are circular in style to increase range of movement in the hips and low back. The Yang practice will be followed by Yin yoga practice. In the Yin postures the muscles are relaxed allowing the Yin tissues to receive a gentle low load stress as well as allowing the muscles to stretch deeply. The class comprised of both yin and yang allow the student to feel energized and invigorated yet calm with clarity and stillness of mind.