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Meet Harumi Maejima of Harumi Yoga + Holistic Healing House and Meditation Center in North Scottsdala

Today we’d like to introduce you to Harumi Maejima.

Harumi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Born and grow up in Japan. I followed a unique path of personal discovery throughout my life. I graduated with a Child Education degree in Fukuoka, Japan, and then I became an exchange student in the United States and studied and lived in Boston, Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Afterward, I began a 15-years tenure at the diplomatic office of the Japanese Consulate in Boston. It was during these work years there that high pressure of job responsibilities compelled me to begin searching for methods to combat mind and physical stress leading to take my first yoga class in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The physical practice of yoga soon led to further inquiry into its mind, emotion, and spiritual aspect, and I saw a wider view of yoga’s ability to address the wellness, feel like a whole person – it inspired me to pursue yoga teacher’s training.

Eventually, this holistic, “whole person” viewpoint would evolve into my passion and as well as the mission for the studio. Yoga helped me to stay healthy and young, I will be 61 years old on this Sunday, Jan 20, 2019, and I am proud of it!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In truth, it has not been such a smooth road since I opened the studio eight years ago. Making many mistakes and learning on the way. Coming from Japan, with a different culture and background there were challenges also going through the divorce after 26 years of marriage, and in having my own business for the first time in my life.

Gaining trust as a business owner and as well as a yoga teacher took a long time as there are so many wonderful yoga studios yoga teachers and around this area.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Specialties: The studio offers a unique variety of yoga classes, lectures & workshops as well as ancient holistic approach modalities, like Chi Nei Tsang, Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Chinee and Japanese herbals and various style of meditation.

Pride: Supporting local artists in the studio lobby since I opened the door eight years ago. We are hosting receptions to introduce the artists and their work to our community. Our studio also collaborates with our neighboring Farmer’s Markets with synergies for healthful lifestyle living.

Sets us apart: Focusing on creating a strong, healthy community, from cooking class and group hiking and retreats in a different part of the world. We create an atmosphere like no other, much of reflecting my passion and philosophy of inclusiveness.

Offering much more than yoga classes, the studio is truly a place of “healing house” of acceptance and peace, reflecting our belief that regardless of age, body type or level, stay are welcome to come, to learn, to grow and to heal.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My biggest supporters and cheerleaders are my clients. They became our community. Without them, I am not here. Our community stayed and stick with me and they are the wonderful advertising!

Pricing:

  • Group Yoga Class $20 drop in
  • Private yoga and yoga therapy session with Harumi
  • Offer class package and also senior discount

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Emily Black, Kerrick James, Kazu Okutomi

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