Mariko completed her RYT 200 at Shakti in 2014 and went on to complete Shakti's Teacher Mentorship Program working with Zak Endicott and Nicole Tsong. In 2016 she completed "Life of a Yogi" 500 hour training, which included training in advanced pranayama and mediation techniques, in New York with her beloved teacher Dharma Mittra. Mariko is also a certified holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer with specializations in corrective exercise, performance enhancement.
Practicing yoga has changed Nan's life for the better. As she worked to deepen her yoga practice, she found that yoga healed her physical body, stabilized her emotions, and strengthened her connection to others. She received her first 200 hour training with Lisa Black at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in 2014, and followed that with the Teacher Mentorship program at Shakti in 2015. Nan was fired-up after her first yoga teacher training because she learned to question her own limiting beliefs and realized that she was ready to go after her goals, no matter how scary or far off they seemed. She applied to the University of Washington where she studied Consciousness, and the science behind meditation, yoga, energy healing, dreams, animal and plant consciousness, and universal connection. She earned her BA in 2016, and aspiring to know more about yoga, Nan went on to complete Levels I, II, and Art of Assisting at the Baptiste Institute. In addition to having a strong vinyasa background, she completed Hot Hatha training at Firehouse Hot Yoga in 2016, and a Trauma Informed Yoga Behind Bars Training in 2017. She teaches yoga because she loves this work and she knows first hand how magical it is to get present and access new possibilities through yoga practice. When she is with you in the yoga room there is nowhere else she'd rather be.