Yukari Miwa’s Bio

Yukari has dedicated a lifetime to her art of fitness in Tokyo, Japan. Starting at a young age Yukari trained for 10 years in Rhythmic Gymnastics and studied at Tokyo’s Women’s College of Physical Education. Graduating with a degree and teaching credentials in Health and Physical Education, she started to teach dance at the Technical College of Tokyo. Her passion in fitness then took her to Los Angeles where she searched to learn more about Yoga and Pilates. There she found Bikram Yoga and graduated from Bikram’s 2006 Spring Teacher Training. While teaching yoga in Tokyo, Yukari was chosen to be the first representative of Japan in the 2005 International Yoga Asana Championship and placed 4th internationally. Yukari continued representing Japan in the Championships placing in the top 5 regularly. With continued persistence, in 2011, Yukari placed 1st and is now the current female International Yoga Asana Champion. Apart from teaching Yoga and Pilates, Yukari works as a product development advisor with Quick Silver Japan and has been featured in Japanese magazines, radio, television program, and commercials. www.yukariptus.com