Have you ever found yourself in need of a therapy session holding tension in your body until you get to it?
Walking the path to free ourselves from suffering, we met Marie who changed our perception towards our body's natural ability to heal itself.
Marie invited us to a private workshop in Japan and we fell in love immediately! It was obvious that our journey together has just begun.
Marie was born into a family of yoga teachers at the only yoga ashram in Japan, but despite her heritage, she wasn't always a yoga instructor or even a practitioner.
In her twenties, Marie was a designer and director of Performing Arts in New York City and London and found herself getting sucked into the fast pace of city life.
Struggling with the stress of life, Marie found her way back home, to the practice of yoga.
Inspired by the benefits of the practice, she started to share the joy and wisdom with her friends and family. She came to realized that her life's mission was to continue her father’s work and to share the practice of Jiriki Seitai.
Her father, Yu Yagami, was an acupuncture practitioner, chiropractor, and yoga instructor. He noticed that most of us are so depended on our doctors, therapists, healers or shamans that we refrain from creating significant change in our own lifestyle.
Jiriki Seitai is a healing movement practice that's about reconnecting with our bodies so we can scan it to discover potential discomforts, imbalances, misalignments, and tensions.
Combining yoga practice with acupressure techniques, Jiriki aims to teach practitioners to apply techniques similar to the ones used by therapists to their own bodies, in order to treat chronic disorders without outside help.
Marie continues her father's work by spreading the method and hosting retreats and workshops around the world.
In October 2019, Marie visited Israel and hosted a workshop at our next door yoga studio. Our team came out of the workshop relaxed and at peace. It was a unique experience where you get to be both the patient and the therapist, massaging yourself in a way that does not require the effort of the muscles.
It is a beautiful combination of the flexibility and strength that comes from yoga practice with the unwinding sensation of getting a massage.
We are thrilled to dive deeper into the practice of yoga and self-healing, and can't wait for Marie's next visit to Israel next summer.