Interview with Tomoko Kubota, Yoga instructor with Bali Yoga Canti
Twice now I have been to Bali and organised my own private in-villa yoga retreat. It goes something like this – rise and shine with early morning walk on the beach, have Tomoko visit for private in villa yoga, eat healthy breakfast, shop or relax by day, then at 5 pm get dressed to attend a gorgeous Bali restaurant, eat too much, drink too much, sleep, repeat repeat repeat.
One day I would like to go to Bali and just stick with the first half – early morning walks on the beach, yoga, meditation, healthy fresh and organic foods and early to bed. Perhaps next trip this will eventuate as I’m sure I am stopping short of an incredible experience. So while I do not put into practice all that Tomoko could teach me, I have been fascinated not only by her beautiful approach to yoga, but her peaceful energy and wonderful lifestyle. I knew she had to be one of the first posts on our blog and I hope to interview her more in the future. She clearly has so much she can teach us. Read on…..
What was it about yoga that attracted you to pursue it for yourself and as a career?
Yoga is my life. Yoga allows me to connect to my inner self by living in the present moment. We live in this world and experience various things every day and every moment….. joyfulness, sadness, pain and greatness. Yoga has taught me how to notice these moments, accept them for what they are and ‘let go’ as an observer. I can then expand my inner self.
What styles of yoga do you teach? Which is your favourite?
Meditative Hatha flow, however I like all styles of yoga!
What is your faith or spiritual philosophy? Do you believe yoga has something to offer people of any faith?
We are all servants of the universe, and we each have a special purpose for living in this world. By following the heart, you may follow the amazing universal plan by connecting to inner self (through Yoga and meditation). Yoga was created for human beings to make life better, happier and more peaceful – it goes beyond religion, culture and the colour of one’s skin. Yoga leads us to make our body, mind and spirit unite as one, and reach to our inner self.
You continually tell us to breath and relax throughout yoga. Tell me how important breath is to yoga practice.
Humans can live several days without water or food. However, it leads to death in a few minutes if you do not breath. Proper breathing is called pranayama, which is a Sanskrit word that means Prana or “life energy”, Yama means “control”. To control breathing is the same thing as to control the body and mind. Thus it is so important to flow the energy to connect the body, mind and soul.
Tomoko, I come from the hectic business world in Australia and when I visit Bali and do yoga with you, I see you as very peaceful and calm soul, doing something you love each day and helping people better themselves. How true is my perspective? Tell me about your lifestyle.
My life is slow and flowing! I meditate every early morning before sunrise and do regular yoga practice at home. I teach private yoga in the mornings and may have lunch with friends at a beachside cafe or Japanese restaurant. At sunset, I go to the beach to ‘reset’ with my son and husband. Sometimes I go to a fullmoon or newmoon workshop at a resort near Seminyak. I really feel blessed to share yoga with people and to connect with beautiful people all over the world.
You have such a wonderful energy about you. Were you born like this or have you become this way over time?
… thank you. I feel more cleansed and purified with my energy after years of yoga practice. I believe everyone has a wonderful soul, what is needed is polish! Yoga is one of the ways to polish one’s soul.
Tell me about the potential for Bali as a place where health and happiness can be pursued. What does it offer that a Western lifestyle does not?
Balinese have an amazing and beautiful concept for their basic life, called ‘TRIHITAKARANA’ – which means ‘only after harmony and respect between humans, between God and man, and between man and nature, are we are able to obtain the wellbeing of human’. Bali reminds us we are not the only human beings in this world. It reminds us that we should appreciate without words.
What is your general health and wellbeing philosophy?
What you eat and how you eat is what you are. So pick the freshest and most energized foods and eat full of appreciation, without any other thought! Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, our actions become habit. Habits become character, character creates ourselves. Always use positive thinking! All is well!
Burn & Learn’s themes are “food, fitness and fulfillment . Please share with our reader’s your 3 best Bali tips for these themes.
- coconut water : amazing taste, natural and full of nutrition
- ‘jamu’ : traditional spice blend healthy juice
- tropical fruits
- Nature rice field walking
- spa, balinese massage
- healing: Balinese healing, karma purification, crystal stone chakra healing.
If there was one thing you could recommend people do to improve themselves, what would it be?
Practice yoga and meditation. It will allow you to live in a present moment and give you more strength and flexibility.
Who has been the most significant or influential mentor in your life?
My husband…! he is my life partner who allowed me to dive into yoga, showing me how amazing it is to connect to our inner self. He is the most influential mentor for me.
If you had one wish that could come true, what would it be ?……
To share yoga to all over the world, and become a ‘bridge’ to introduce yoga in Bali! Tomoko owns Bali Yoga Canti with her husband Putu, and is available for private villa or beach yoga. Contact Tomoko through www.baliyogacanti.com