About Risa

Many people practice Yoga as a physical practice, often in aim to fix something whether that is recovering from an injury, losing weight, relieving stress, anxiety or insomnia.

I started Yoga from a broken place.

I wasn’t enjoying my job and I was in the middle of an abusive relationship.

The stress and anxiety of these led me to neglect my health – smoking and drinking even more to relieve stress and remove the sense of emptiness. It led to a really bad eczema flare-up and my self-esteem hit rock bottom.

This pattern repeated in another abusive relationship a year later. This time, it wasn’t just eczema flare-up, but it also appeared as a form of a knee pain. I also suffered from thinning hair…which led me to completely lose my self-confidence.

Yoga class was where I could escape, be myself, let everything go and recharge.

If you are reading this, you may relate to these feelings.

What started as a physical practice as an escape to make me feel better about myself, led me to completing my first 200 hours Yoga teacher training in 2014 and then 100 hours Ayurveda and Yoga teacher training in March 2019.

I know how much yoga has helped me and I want to share the healing process with others.

I am passionate about helping people integrate the Eat Live Yoga Approach into their daily lives so that they can become empowered and committed self-healers.

The Eat Live Yoga Approach was born because I truly believe that when you have a consistent routine that supports you in eating well, living well and practicing Yoga regularly, you can become fully connected to your true nature and you can start to live your Dharma – your life purpose.

Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto

Hi, I’m Risa!

I’m a passionate Yoga teacher, Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach and the creator of the Eat Live Yoga Approach.

I’m also the creator of the Aligned & Balanced an online course designed to help you create lasting change in your life by aligning what you eat, your daily routine and your Yoga practice with the rhythm of nature and your unique Dosha and feel energized & purposeful everyday.

I was born and grew up in Japan until the age of 9 when my parents decided to send me to boarding school in the UK. I was sent to a well known alternative school called Summerhill School. A place where lessons are non-compulsory and both adults and children have equal status.

“The school’s philosophy is to allow freedom for the individual – each child being able to take their own path in life, and following their own interests to develop into the person that they personally feel that they are meant to be.”

– Zoe Readhead, Principle of Summerhill

Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto
Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto
Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto

I didn’t speak English at all and living in a small community in a small town in Suffolk far far away from home was frightening. I was regularly homesick in my first year, but learnt to adapt to a new environment and embraced the freedom during my 7 years at school.

When I graduated from school at 16, I moved to London alone and enrolled onto a Media and Photography course at college. I wanted to be a photojournalist back in those days, dreaming of traveling the world and photographing important moments.

But the reality really hit me after completing college. I couldn’t afford to go to the university to further my education! I decided to look for a full-time job so I could save money.

I worked hard and changed jobs several times in my 20s aiming for better jobs and salary. At one point, I was working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms and studying towards an accounting qualification, but I never felt enjoyment in the jobs and constantly felt something was lacking in my life.

As I got promoted and took on more responsibilities, I was working longer hours with spending most weekends studying for my qualification. I was stressed out, exhausted and feeling miserable from my unfulfilling job and abusive relationship.

I filled my sense of emptiness with cigarettes and alcohol hoping this would relieve my stress.

When I finally left the Big 4 and started working in a smaller company it gave me more free time to focus on my life. I was in another abusive relationship at the time and emotionally and physically I was in the dark place. But this time I was living on my own.

I started practicing Yoga regularly in my local studio and started learning about Yoga philosophy in my spare time.

Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto
Yoga and Ayurveda Eat Live Yoga Risa Kawamoto

From student to teacher

In 2014, I enrolled onto a 200 hours Yoga teacher training course with the Yoga People and everything changed.

After completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course, I received my certification from the Yoga People. I was officially a qualified Yoga teacher. But this was just the start.

Little did I know at the time that it meant much more than just becoming a teacher and instead, I was embarking on the long journey to finding my true-self and my true life purpose.

Through regular Yoga practice, I brought back balance to my body and mind. As I develop my yoga practice, both physically and spiritually, my other area of life started to shift.

The biggest accomplishment after completing my Yoga teacher training was to quit smoking. I’d been a heavy smoker since a teenager and continued to smoke to relieve stress and remove the sense of emptiness throughout my 20s.

Yoga really helped me look at my life from a different perspective and showed me that I didn’t need to rely on cigarettes to feel happier in my life.

In March 2019, I travelled to Rishikesh, India to further study Yoga and its relationship with Ayurveda I completed an advanced 100 hour Yoga teacher training course called Ayurveda and Conscious Living at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, I was blessed to learn from Yogrishi Vishkvketu, Himalayan Yoga Master and the founder of the Akhanda Yoga approach and Stéfanie (AtmaShakti) Lolivret, an Ayurveda teacher.

I’m excited to bring Yoga & Ayurveda together in my teaching and share how you can integrate Yoga & Ayurveda in your life and discover your true-self to ultimately live a healthier, happier life!

Risa xxx

Qualifications

2014: 200 Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga People

2019: 100 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Ayurveda and Conscious Living from Yogrishi Vishkvketu, Himalayan Yoga Master and the founder of the Akhanda Yoga approach and Ayurveda from Stéfanie (AtmaShakti) Lolivret. I’m trained to teach Akhanda Yoga.

2020: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga.Psyche.Soul – Yoga Psychology with Ashley Turner.

2021: Currently studying 75 hour Vedic Astrology with Vish Chatterji at Akhanda Yoga and Integral Vedic Counseling with the American Insttitute of Vedic Studies.

Hi, I’m Risa!

I’m a passionate Yoga teacher, Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach and the creator of the Eat Live Yoga Approach.

I’m also the creator of the Aligned & Balanced an online course designed to help you create lasting change in your life by aligning what you eat, your daily routine and your Yoga practice with the rhythm of nature and your unique Dosha and feel energized & purposeful everyday.

I was born and grew up in Japan until the age of 9 when my parents decided to send me to boarding school in the UK. I was sent to a well known alternative school called Summerhill School. A place where lessons are non-compulsory and both adults and children have equal status.

“The school’s philosophy is to allow freedom for the individual – each child being able to take their own path in life, and following their own interests to develop into the person that they personally feel that they are meant to be.”

– Zoe Readhead, Principle of Summerhill

I didn’t speak English at all and living in a small community in a small town in Suffolk far far away from home was frightening. I was regularly homesick in my first year, but learnt to adapt to a new environment and embraced the freedom during my 7 years at school.

When I graduated from school at 16, I moved to London alone and enrolled onto a Media and Photography course at college. I wanted to be a photojournalist back in those days, dreaming of traveling the world and photographing important moments.

But the reality really hit me after completing college. I couldn’t afford to go to the university to further my education! I decided to look for a full-time job so I could save money.

I worked hard and changed jobs several times in my 20s aiming for better jobs and salary. At one point, I was working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms and studying towards an accounting qualification, but I never felt enjoyment in the jobs and constantly felt something was lacking in my life.

As I got promoted and took on more responsibilities, I was working longer hours with spending most weekends studying for my qualification. I was stressed out, exhausted and feeling miserable from my unfulfilling job and abusive relationship.

I filled my sense of emptiness with cigarettes and alcohol hoping this would relieve my stress.

When I finally left the Big 4 and started working in a smaller company it gave me more free time to focus on my life. I was in another abusive relationship at the time and emotionally and physically I was in the dark place. But this time I was living on my own.

I started practicing Yoga regularly in my local studio and started learning about Yoga philosophy in my spare time.

From student to teacher

In 2014, I enrolled onto a 200 hours Yoga teacher training course with the Yoga People and everything changed.

After completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course, I received my certification from the Yoga People. I was officially a qualified Yoga teacher. But this was just the start.

Little did I know at the time that it meant much more than just becoming a teacher and instead, I was embarking on the long journey to finding my true-self and my true life purpose.

Through regular Yoga practice, I brought back balance to my body and mind. As I develop my yoga practice, both physically and spiritually, my other area of life started to shift.

The biggest accomplishment after completing my Yoga teacher training was to quit smoking. I’d been a heavy smoker since a teenager and continued to smoke to relieve stress and remove the sense of emptiness throughout my 20s.

Yoga really helped me look at my life from a different perspective and showed me that I didn’t need to rely on cigarettes to feel happier in my life.

In March 2019, I travelled to Rishikesh, India to further study Yoga and its relationship with Ayurveda I completed an advanced 100 hour Yoga teacher training course called Ayurveda and Conscious Living at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, I was blessed to learn from Yogrishi Vishkvketu, Himalayan Yoga Master and the founder of the Akhanda Yoga approach and Stéfanie (AtmaShakti) Lolivret, an Ayurveda teacher.

I’m excited to bring Yoga & Ayurveda together in my teaching and share how you can integrate Yoga & Ayurveda in your life and discover your true-self to ultimately live a healthier, happier life!

Risa xxx

Qualifications

2014: 200 Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga People

2019: 100 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Ayurveda and Conscious Living from Yogrishi Vishkvketu, Himalayan Yoga Master and the founder of the Akhanda Yoga approach and Ayurveda from Stéfanie (AtmaShakti) Lolivret. I’m trained to teach Akhanda Yoga.

2020: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga.Psyche.Soul – Yoga Psychology with Ashley Turner.

2021: Currently studying 75 hour Vedic Astrology with Vish Chatterji at Akhanda Yoga and Integral Vedic Counseling with the American Insttitute of Vedic Studies.

 

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My Online Course

Aligned & Balanced

Aligned & Balanced is a content-packed 6 week online course where you will learn how you can integrate Yoga & Ayurveda into your daily life by creating a healthy daily routine that is aligned with natural rhythms and your ‘true nature’.

Get ready for…

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A body tuned to natures circadian rhythm and lasting healthy habits

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Feelings of energy & purpose throughout the day – by establishing your own unique daily routine and Sadhana practice

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Uncontrollable urges to prepare tasty nutritious meals, according to your unique mind-body type, Dosha. This habitual behaviour could also have the further effect of reducing cravings for “junk food” and unhealthy snacks

learn with Risa

My Online Course

Aligned & Balanced

Aligned & Balanced is a content-packed 6 week online course where you will learn how you can integrate Yoga & Ayurveda into your daily life by creating a healthy daily routine that is aligned with natural rhythms and your ‘true nature’.

Get ready for…

9

A body tuned to natures circadian rhythm and lasting healthy habits

9

Feelings of energy & purpose throughout the day – by establishing your own unique daily routine and Sadhana practice

9

Uncontrollable urges to prepare tasty nutritious meals, according to your unique mind-body type, Dosha. This habitual behaviour could also have the further effect of reducing cravings for “junk food” and unhealthy snacks

Discover Your
Mind-Body Type – Dosha!

Struggling to make better food and lifestyle choices and curious to know what Yoga style to practice for your unique mind-body type? The first step is to take my Dosha quiz and discover your Ayurvedic mind-body type!

Discover Your
Mind-Body Type – Dosha!

Struggling to make better food and lifestyle choices and curious to know what Yoga style to practice for your unique mind-body type? The first step is to take my Dosha quiz and discover your Ayurvedic mind-body type!

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