Madoka (@circleyogini) she/her, mixed-race/Japanese-French. Raised mostly in Japan and Europe, Madoka remembers feeling like she didn’t “belong” anywhere as a youth. Madoka’s entire life was (and still is!) a series of internal negotiations and perpetual identity questions/revelations that come with the experience of being mixed-race and “ethnically ambiguous.” Yoga and mindfulness gives Madoka a home-base, where she can always come back to herself whole-heartedly, no matter what her internal landscape looks like. Fueled by the passion to diversify the face of yoga, Madoka worked as a high school yoga teacher in local Bay Area schools for the past 4 years. She currently teaches trauma-informed practices through yin, hatha, and restorative yoga. Madoka‘s relationship to yoga is complicated, because the process of decolonizing a heavily commodified Western yoga practice requires internal work, humility and relentless dedication to challenge the status quo. Yoga continues to teach Madoka how to show up fully, and hold space for all of our fluctuations: good, bad, and within every spectrum that challenges our comfort. After completing her initial 200HR teacher training, she pursued additional trauma-informed yoga training through The Prison Yoga Project, the Niroga Institute, and RISE Yoga for Youth. In Madoka‘s classes, students are invited to be inquisitive as they travel through familiar and unfamiliar terrains of their body and mind. Madoka‘s practice is rooted in injury-prevention, chronic pain management, and the calming of our central nervous system. She hopes to create a space where yoga can meet yourself exactly where you are, and learn to adapt your practice to fit your personal needs for optimal health and well-being.
BEYOND THE MAT
Raised mostly in Japan and parts of Europe, Madoka is a mixed-race Yogini fueled by her love for travel, music, color-mixing, yoga and animals. Nature is her most admired friend and mentor – when she is not teaching, she works as a gardener, tending to beautiful gardens in Berkeley and Oakland. She enjoys tree climbing, surfing, swing riding, painting, dancing, snowboarding and watching ocean sunsets. On the weekends you will find Madoka surfing with her brown mermaid sisters from Brown Girl Surf .