By utilizing her intensive studies in the traditions of Kripalu and Hatha yoga, Prana Flow and Yin, and combining those with her knowledge accumulated from world-wide participation in numerous meditation retreats, workshops, and teacher training seminars, Harumi began to teach in studios in Arizona and Massachusetts in 2002. To date, she has amassed over 5,000 hours of teaching experience.
After many years of leading practices in other studios, Harumi decided to expand her passion for the power of yoga and its related healing arts by opening her own studio, Harumi Yoga + Holistic Healing House, in North Scottsdale, in January 2013. Along with an incredibly diversified staff, a unique variety of classes, bodywork, workshop and retreat offerings, as well as beautiful calming displays supporting the works of local artists, Harumi creates an atmosphere like no other, clearly reflecting her philosophy of inclusiveness, opportunity, connectivity, compassion and healing. Offering much more than yoga basics, her studio is truly an oasis of acceptance and peace, reflecting her belief that, regardless of age or level, any and all are welcome to enter, to learn, to grow and to heal.
Dividing her time between Arizona and Japan, where her family resides, she continues to teach, lead retreats, mentor future PRYT instructors in Japan and USA, while simultaneously maintaining her personal daily practice in mindfulness and administration of her studio. Her instruction, and indeed the talents of her entire staff, reflect the synthesis of all she has learned and believes in so fervently.
When not teaching, traveling, encouraging others or performing administrative duties, Harumi enjoys hiking, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging, in which she has attained her Master Title “Sensho”), and is also a beginning student on the drums (yes, like the sets that rock bands use!) Additionally, Harumi is very active in the non-profit organization, Japanese Culture Club of Arizona in Phoenix, which she co-founded in 2008, and where she has served as both president and treasurer.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Harumi has followed a unique path of personal discovery throughout her life. She received a degree in Child Education in Japan, and then attended Boston University as an exchange student. Afterward, she began a 15 year tenure at the Diplomatic Office of the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. However, the high pressure of her job responsibilities compelled her to begin a search for methods to combat mental and physical stress, leading her to her first yoga classes. The physical practice of yoga soon led to further inquiry into its mental and spiritual applications, and it was this wider view of yoga's ability to address the "whole person" - that of the relationship between body, mind and spirit - that sparked her decision to pursue training as an instructor. Eventually, this holistic viewpoint would evolve into the cornerstone of her philosophy, her mission for her studio, and the reasons underpinning each of the offerings currently found at Harumi Yoga+.
Initially succeeding in attaining the highest proficiency level granted by Yoga Alliance, E-500 RYT (Experienced Register Yoga Teacher, teaching hours more than 2,000 hours), Harumi then obtained her title as a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner, followed next by advanced training as a PRYT Group Facilitator in 2015. Her passion to learn about the complete offerings of yoga resulted in her travel to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and much of Europe.