About Maggie Fukuda
Hans Bos, an admirer of contemporary dance, said: “While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.”
I have always had a love of dancing and physical movement but never found herself able to focus on one style. After navigating a circuitous journey through multiple dance forms, I found Yoga through the gym in effort to sweat out the stress and anxiety, become stronger, and restore some balance to my life. There I stumbled upon a rigorous, challenging, yet deeply inspirational Vinyasa Yoga class, a flowing form of Yoga linking breath to movement. I was amazed how those few regular classes transformed not just my body but also my mind. With regular practice I discovered not only more physical strength, but also greater emotional and mental strength, peace of mind and the inner fortitude to live an inspired life.
Through the practice of Yoga, I have learned how to honor the power of the present in order to expand our beliefs and thoughts and transform them into our ambitions and dreams. In my classes, I encourage focusing on the here and now and utilizing breath to release what does not serve us in present while still aiming for our best in every moment. My classes bring attention to structural physical alignment of the body in asana postures, self-awareness, and personal inspiration.
I completed my 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Certificate under the mentorship of Angie Poon at Just Breathe Yoga in Rivermark, Santa Clara, CA where she also learned Yin style Yoga (long held passive postures with the support of props), Meditation and an introduction to Thai Massage. I use my experience and intuition of gentle Yoga at her weekly senior classes at Eden Housing. I also received a 200 Hour Certificate for Power Yoga from CorePower Yoga, where I currently teach once a week. I followed up CorePower Yoga's 200 Hour Certificate training with CorePower Yoga's Extensions program where I studied CorePower's signature C1 class in depth and went beyond the initial 200 Hour Certificate teaching skills coached by Sophie Bluhm and Raissa Lerner. From there I continued to enhance my teaching skills and education with the Art of Assisting Workshop with Pete Guinosso of Yoga Tree and an intensive Art of Teaching workshop, guided by Alexandria Crow of YogaWorks and Giselle Mari an advanced teacher of Jivamukti Yoga (a hybrid style involving the incorporation of spiritual and physical). I continue to stay committed to my education and deeper understanding of the art and practice regularly. I've recently completed a 20 Hour Yin Certification with YACEP Lisa Jang at Just Breathe studio as well as Core Power's own Core Restore at Berkeley West. I love teaching Yin style Yoga at Ume Yoga Oakland and Core Restore, to bring a slower passive balance to our Yang vinyasa style lives.
I focus on use the use of breath with graceful and expressive dance inspired movements to release tension in our bodies, minds, and hearts and open ourselves up to what's possible for us in every moment. By learning to surrender to the power of breath and the present moment, we can heal, restore, explore our mobility and build strength. This movement of yoga, this moment of breath, offers a space in which we as practitioners can always choose to emerge anew, empowered and energized.
“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole."
Come find your dance, discover your strength and energize your life.