Yumi Shimabukuro, Ph.D., RYT-500, hails from academia where a stiff neck, slouching, hunched shoulders, and anxiety are ubiquitous. She offers both Hatha and Vinyasa classes that prioritize the promotion of balance, health, and harmony. They also emphasize inclusivity, accommodating beginners and advanced, the young and old, and different body sizes and shapes. Her goals are to create more space in the body, mind, and heart in order to embrace the imperfections and discomforts of life and flourish on a self-discovered path. Off the mat Yumi is a professor of social policy at Columbia University, teaching and writing about the pressing socio-economic issues of our time.
About her experience teaching therapeutic yoga for Kula to veterans at Jericho Project, Yumi writes:
“My students at Jericho know me as a yoga teacher who tries to find more space in their bodies, minds, and spirits. What they don’t know is that they are my teachers. They teach me how to rebuild my path when everything in life has derailed or destroyed it. They remind me how to be committed by showing up to every single practice, rain or shine. They confirm that trying is more important than achieving. Our Jericho warriors try new elements—whether it be a pose or meditation sequence—with humor and grace because that’s the only way to move forward. They continue giving that special “light" to others even when they are undergoing really tough personal battles. They have my utmost respect and admiration for being our relentless warriors. Thank you deeply.”