Nahoko Nakayama: Yoga Has Changed Her Life

 

The Adult 50+ 2017 and 2018 champions are preparing to travel to Beijing, China to compete in the World Championship of Yoga Sports, December 1-2. This series of blog posts will explore their journey.

Nahoko Nakayama won the Bronze Medal for Adult 50+ Women in Madison, WI. She is a truly inspiring athlete, having also won the Gold Medal for the 2018 Mid-West Regionals held in Arlington, VA at age 63. Here’s a look at her journey to Beijing.

1) Why are you competing in Internationals? What drives you to make this journey?

I have received wonderful benefits from my daily practice of yoga; it has truly changed my life! This is my second year competing and I feel lucky to be moving on to Internationals. Each competition has allowed me to discover my strengths and weakness. I believe Internationals will give me another set of challenges and goals.

2) How are you preparing for the International Competition? Include types of practice, diet, meditation, etc.

I practice hot yoga six days a week: five regular 90-minute classes and a 120-minute advanced class. Additionally, I incorporate a 30-minute strength training session into my weekly regimen with Kelly Matthews at Body Shop Fitness by Design LLC.

3) What are you most excited about?

I am excited to meet yogis from all over the world.

4) Will any friends/family travel with you? Who?

My mother and sister will travel from Japan to cheer me on.

5) How long have you been practicing?

I’ve been practicing hot yoga for 13 years.

6) What is your profession?

I am a 1st-grade teacher in Reston, VA.

7) Where do you regularly practice/are you a yoga teacher (name the studio, including city and state)?

I practice regularly at Bikram Yoga Reston located in Reston Virginia, one of the best studios in the world!

8) Any other info you want us to know.

By participating in competitions, I have made so many friends and enjoy spending time with fellow yoginis. A special thanks to my wonderful coach, Jean Agress. I have learned from her regarding not only yoga but also life in its entirety.

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