Marika Ashtanga Yoga, Niseko Japan

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Updated: Sep 27, 2019

2 Week Ashtanga Yoga Immersion

Dates: September 30 - October 11


I want to give you the opportunity to experience regular classes, and in the way it would be taught traditionally - where Ashtanga is practiced (eventually) from memory allowing the teacher to give each student assistance on their individual practice. This style of class is called a ‘Mysore’ style class - named after the city of Mysore in India where this practice was first taught to westerners and I will be running a two week program from Sept 30th - Oct 11th. 

I can understand students might be intimidated by Mysore style classes but it's a misunderstanding that you have to be ‘advanced’ to attend and once you get over the initial apprehension I think it is the best way to own your own practice and explore the deeper elements of the Ashtanga yoga tradition.

For beginners you do not have to completely know the sequence before you come. A regular practice is a great way to commit the sequence to memory, with prompts more than instruction for the sequence, and with the repetition of daily classes over the two weeks you'll find yourself learning much faster than you might in a led class.

Experienced students will benefit from being able to further your practice with assistance on an individual level throughout the immersion, and give you the opportunity to experience and establish a more regular practice (if you don’t have one already)

For all students, it's a great way to give yourself a yoga boost before winter :)

Please note the length of the class will vary by person according to their own practice.

Sign up!

Please note I will only run the course if enough people sign up so let me know if you are interested as soon as you can.


All classes are at the Gentemstick Gallery Space.


Unlimited for the whole immersion period:10,000

8x class - 8,800 

6 x class: 7,200

4 x class: 5,200

(Add on classes are available at the price per class at which you purchased your ticket)


Email me please! With the sessions you would like to attend.



Morning Class: 10:30am start Week 1: Mon (月) 30 Tue (火) 1 Wed (水) 2 Thurs (木) 3 Fri (金) 4 Week 2: Mon (月) 7 Tues (火) 8 Wed (水) 9 Thurs (木) 10 Fri (金) 11 ----- Evening Class: 6:30pm start Week 1: Mon (月) 30 Tue (火) 1 Wed (水) 2 Thurs (木) 3 Sat (金) 5 Week 2: Mon (月) 7 Tues (火) 8 Wed (水) 9 Thurs (木) 10 Fri (金) 11

This May we had the privilege of hosting Nancy Gilgoff for a 3 day workshop in Niseko.

My deepest gratitude to my teacher Nancy who's commitment, compassion and grace forever inspires. And to her amazing assistants Keiko Armstrong, Tsutomu Yonashiro and Vanessa Gilgoff.

THANK YOU to Iku Sasahara for organising, and to Niseko Central, Explore Niseko and Hirafu 188, for your support for this event.

And of course all the lovely participants from near and far xxx

A few pics from Nancy's workshop! Thank you everyone for coming. I hope you had as much fun as I did :)

Day 2 Discussions Q&A and Breath exercise

Day 1: Mysore Class

Day 2: Led Primary. Under the watchful gaze of Mount Yotei

The reality :D

See you next year!

We are so excited to announce Nancy's Schedule for her weekend Workshop in Niseko 10-12th May 2019

Nancy is one of the longest established practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga yoga in the west being the first western women to learn and practice the Ashtanga yoga method with her Guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. We are so honoured to have her come teach in Niseko during her Japan tour for the 3rd time.

Nancy will be assisted by Keiko Armstrong, Tsutomu Yonashiro and her daughter Vanessa (tbc).

For more information on Nancy please see her website

Dates: 10th May - 12th May

Venue: Hirafu 188 5F event space


Fri 10th May 9:30 - 11:30 Mysore Practice

Sat 11th May 9:30 - 15:00 Led Primary + Discussion (1.5 hr lunchbreak)

Sun 12th May 9:30 - 11:30 Mysore Practice

Price: JPY 26,000 (booking before 15th April - JPY 24,500)

Booking: email Iku

See you there!