HEALTH + WELLNESS coach
I’ve been guiding people out of their comfort zones and into wild new places for almost two decades. I was a whitewater rafting guide for many years before getting into yoga, health, and wellness. For twelve years I was in charge of taking people out into the wilderness, and training them on how to navigate down challenging and remote rivers all over Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Uganda, and the USA.
a little more
I actually didn’t start teaching yoga until my late twenties, but have been a dedicated practitioner since the age of eighteen. After many shoulder injuries from my rafting and kayaking days, I had to transition out of outdoor guiding completely to save my body.
That’s when I started to focus solely on yoga, health, and wellness.
Eleven years ago I taught my first yoga class in the ski town Niseko in northern Japan and called it Powder Yoga. Now Powder Yoga is a busy yoga studio which I recently sold so I could to move my life to Southern Mexico where I currently live with my husband and three dogs.
My background in outdoor adventure guiding greatly influenced the style of yoga I like to teach, and I am always looking for ways to push students out of their comfort zones on and off their yoga mats. I encourage students to stay lighthearted and have fun, and I LOVE creating unusual combinations with yoga, activities & subject matter.
SKILLS + EXPERIENCE
ERYT- 500 Certified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
Lead Trainer 200hour YTT (Yoga Alliance)
Founder Powder Yoga Niseko Studio
Mat Pilates Instructor (60 hours)
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage (60 hours)
Diet & Nutritional Advisor Diploma (150 hours)
Natalie Rousseau Advanced YTT (35 hours)
Wilderness First Aid 1st Responder + CPR certified
Bass Coast Festival Workshop Instructor (2017-19)
I’m an E-RYT 500 hour Certified Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and just opened up my first Registered Yoga School. I will be teaching a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course in Niseko this March/April, and in Southern Mexico in July/August. I’m also a Mat Pilates Instructor, a Traditional Thai Masseuse, the lead teacher of my yoga school, and a Diet and Nutritional Advisor.
“Yoga keeps me strong, focused, and flexible so I can play the sports I love, wanderlust around the globe, and make a living along the way. Sharing my love for yoga, health, wellness, travel, pilates, sport, and the great outdoors is my ultimate passion. Will you come and join me?”
“Working with Kanami on personalized yoga and Pilates videos was the best investment I made all year. She made sure to create a workout and practice that worked with my body and fit into my personal goals. I can’t recommend Kanami or this process enough—treat yourself and your body to some custom routines!”
– JACKI STRENIO
“I was a regular student at Kanami’s yoga studio in Japan, and I decided to take her Intensive Spring Course: it was a truly transformative experience. Always cheerful, welcoming and wise – that’s Kanami as a teacher. I highly recommend signing up for all classes, programs and courses run by her.”
– PIOTREK BODERA
“I did Kanami’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Intensive this past summer in Mexico, and all my expectations were met and were exceeded. The amount of knowledge I received on the first day alone was worth the investment, and I would love to do another one as soon as possible!”
– JENIKA DOHERTY
“Everything was well organized and I felt really well taken care of during Kanami’s Mexico Retreat. I liked that she was flexible but still made the twice daily yoga classes challenging for me: I loved working into Peak Poses! The food was delicious, the location was perfect, and Puerto Escondido has such a good vibe. I wish I was still there.”
– ANEESA BLAKE