My Yoga Bio

Misako Matsuoka, E-RYT500  is a lifelong student of yoga, holds degrees in Biology and Engineering and is a certified yoga instructor registered at the experienced 500hr level with the Yoga Alliance.  With now over 1000 hours of training in yoga,  Misako currently teaches Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga,  Yin/Yang yoga, Vinyasa flow yoga and Therapeutic Yoga.  Misako teaches from the heart, creating a warm supportive environment in which to practice yoga.

Misako’s first 200 hour Teacher Training certification came from Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto. Misako has since completed advanced immersions in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley, the world’s leading expert in Yin; has been certified in Restorative Yoga with the founder of and best-known specialist in Restorative Yoga,: Judith Hanson Lasater and studies Shadow yoga with Scott Blossom. Her vinyasa/yang style is influenced by Max Strom and Janet Stone, with a strong emphasis on the breath while  keeping the flow playful with varied sequencing. Misako completed her 500hr RYT training with Joy of Yoga at Breathe Studio Los Gatos.  Misako enjoys working privately with students, especially those recovering from injuries. Through her knowledge of alignment based Anusara yoga and Yin yoga therapy she feels gratified to see students reclaim their health.

Misako has trained in Thai Massage and Shiatsu massage, and brings this healing sensitivity to her yoga students. Misako hopes to share her belief with her students that yoga can offer opportunities to discover the healing and vitality of the body and to open the heart and mind.

Partial List of Certifications/Trainings:

Yoga Alliance E-RYT500


Yoga for Chronic Pain Teacher Training with Kimberly and Jim Carson

Taoist Yoga Level 2 Training with Paulie Zink

Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training with Kimberly Carson

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 and Level2 with Paul and Suzee Grilley

Shadow Yoga Intensive with Scott Blossom

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater

Yoga for Back Care with Jill Miller

Alignment Based Yoga Teacher Training (Anusara Yoga) with Chrissy Graham, Sianna Sherman and Kenny Graham

Teacher Training at Avalon Art and Yoga, Palo Alto