Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Anri moved to UK to study classical ballet at The Royal Ballet School, which led her to a professional career with Hong Kong Ballet. In 2003 she found yoga, or yoga found her, whilst she was seeking ways to heal injuries, as well as to help reduce stress from a life in performing arts. Since taking her first teacher training course with Patrick Creelman in 2007, she has taught over 10,000 hours of yoga in Hong Kong, Japan and Mainland China.
Beside teaching Alignment Based Hatha and Vinyasa class, becoming a mum of two young children has led her to become certified Pre/Postnatal, and Children’s Yoga teacher. She is currently deep in a life long study called "motherhood!". Anri is grateful to all her teachers, students and two children, who have helped shape her into who she is today!
Besides her role as a yoga teacher, Anri has experience in managing multiple yoga studios, including Pure Yoga and currently Yoga Lane in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, and in the process, has mentored many teachers with whom she has worked with. Anri's other roles include being Community Manager for an active wear brand for community building, and is a proud ambassador for Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org - a charity organisation that empowers women and children in India.
Yoga and Bodywork Certifications
2007: RYT 200-Hour TTC with Patrick Creelman
CET Seat of the Teacher Training with Patrick Creelman and Stephen Thomas
2009: 200-Hour Santosha TTC with Sunny Richards, and Peter Clifford
30-Hour Foundation Level Thai Yoga Therapy Training with Jonas Westring
2010: 5-Hour Senior Chair Yoga Teacher Training with Tomoko Okabe
2011: 20-Hour Jitsuden Reiki Level1 with Kenichi Nakamura
2014: 20-Hour Cranio-Sacral Foundations Training with Joyce Thom
2015: 85-Hour Pre/Postpartum TTC with Arielle Nash-Degagne
2016: 6-Hour Yoga for Littlies TTC (Age 2-5) with Karen Wrightman
25-Hour Yoga for Children TTC (Age 5-8) with Karen Wrightman
25-Hour Yoga for Children TTC (Age 9-12) with Karen Wrightman
2017: 25-Hour Yoga for Children (Age 13-18) with Karen Wrightman
17-Hour Anatomy of True North CET with Trish Corley
25-Hour Yoga Bou TTC with Michiko Minegishi
2018: 25-Hour Shoulder Blade Yoga TTC with Michiko Minegishi
2019: 16-Hour The Roll Method Training Module1 with Kyoko Jasper
2022: 16-Hour Polestar Mat Pilates Basic Training with Isofit Hong Kong
"Anri is a great instructor! Her instructions are clear, and her energy so positive, I feel great physically and emotionally after her class!"
"Anri’s energy is magnetic: she is a gentle and warm person. Her classes have the right balance of being challenging yet satisfying and energy infusing. I always look forward to taking my next class with her. "
"It’s my pleasure to recommend Anri’s yoga classes. She’s an amazing experienced yoga teacher, proposing well designed sequence and giving explicit instruction. What you will appreciate the most is how she can create a peaceful atmosphere, be sincere with you during the practice and sharing her smile and excellent mood all the time. Practicing with Anri is like taking a deep breath in your heart, mind and body, in and out of the class! "
“Anri fills the class with calmness, stillness and optimism through her warm smiles, gentle patience and expertise in yoga.”