I'm half Chinese and half American, but I was born and raised in Japan.
I moved to the US when I was 17 and have been living here ever since.
I've been making art from as early as I can remember.
Art-making is many things for me:
Art is part of my self-care. It is a cornerstone of my well-being and mental health.
Art is part of my spiritual practice: it connects me to something larger than myself.
Art is how I explore and investigate the interplay of my inner and outer worlds.
Making art is how I process the mystery of consciousness and life.
Why I started Coaching
My coaching practice grew from my experience of teaching yoga for 9 years. Something they tell us a lot in the yoga world is that "yoga" means "union." The root word for "yoga" comes from the word meaning to "yoke" or "connect." I started yoga because I wanted to more deeply connect with my inner self and spirituality.
Gradually, over the years, I became interested in going beyond physical yoga postures, and using art, expression, movement, and dreams as a means to connect with different inner states and realms.
In doing so, I've found that there are abundant messages and deep states of knowing, waiting to be received and integrated, flowing around and through us all the time.
The reason I believe in working with images, symbols, unconscious movement and dreams, is that they bypass our everyday, logical, thinking mind.
When we work with their messages, we can be led beyond the limitations and boundaries of what we believe we are capable of and who we think we are, into a deeper awakening and knowing of our selves and our capabilities.
This work has shown me that the universe is always conspiring to help us grow and flow toward aligning with our true inner nature. My ultimate goal for my clients is for them to experience, know and trust this greater force in their own lives.
Some other things about me
I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have a BA in painting and drawing.
I studied psychology at DePaul University before attending my master's in Art Therapy at SAIC. But, I left the program because I wasn't interested in billing insurance companies for the rest of my life.
I've been practicing yoga and meditation since I was 18, and taught yoga and meditation for 9 years.
I'm bilingual in English and Japanese and used to work as a simultaneous interpreter for Japanese businesses and Medical companies in the US.
Some of my favorite books are: Awareness by Anthony de Mello, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, and Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.
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