Exploring Personal Development, Zenfully
Mariko Hirakawa is an internationally known Yoga expert and founder of Visionary Yoga, a personal development company dedicated to accelerating the growth of motivated individuals and companies through the wisdom of Yoga. She’s a teacher of teachers, presenting at Yoga Festivals and conferences around the world.
Mariko has had two defining moments. One was when she was a professional ballet dancer at age 19 in NYC, going through a “purpose-crisis”. The moment Mariko started to question what the purpose of her spending 8-10 hours in a dance studio was, why she danced, everything started to fall apart. Mariko then realized dance, the one thing she had dedicated herself to, was not her real purpose.
From that moment Mariko has been seeking to first realize and live into that dimension for herself on a more constant basis, and second, to spread the message and the EXPERIENCE of the depth dimension of Yoga – the message of Yoga as the doorway to your most expanded, most resourceful state, around the world.
The second was when I had been teaching for about 4 years, she started to attract many clients who were terminally ill. One time Mariko was out of town, she received news that one of her clients had passed away. Mariko sought all kinds of healing modalities – shiatsu, energy medicine, Chinese medicine, but when she came across Ayurveda, she knew it was something she needed to pursue deeper. Today, Mariko uses Ayurveda to serve her clients in connecting to their strengths and to use self-knowledge as a tool for healing and growth.
Questions you’ll hear on the podcast today
- What is Yoga and how can it help me grow my business? How can it help me become a better leader?
- How can Yoga help me to be in my Peak Performance state?
- What are the takeaways from the Inner Teachings of Yoga that I can implement in my work and life?
- What can I do to create more balance and well-being in my life?
- What are some tools & techniques I can use to access my most resourceful state in the midst of stressful situations?