Izumi van Berkel
Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Soul Focused Psychotherapist
Izumi is passionate about assisting people to be empowered and discover their higher potentials and wellbeing. She is a qualified Yoga Meditation teacher and Psychotherapist, who has practiced Qi gong Mindfulness, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative yoga for over 20 years with compassion and joy.
Services Izumi Offers
Restore (Relaxation) Yoga
Replenish, rehabilitate and restore your mind and body with this very gentle yoga experience.
Restore (Relaxation) Yoga class uses a combination of very gentle poses, which are held for longer periods with a guided meditation throughout to lead you towards your calm, centred and relaxed Self.
Fantastic for people who require a space to slow down, nurture self, lower anxiety levels, take a breath and RELAX.
Beginners (Foundation) yoga
Suitable for first-timers of all ages and flexibility levels.
This class offers a structured introduction to a range of yoga postures with props, breathing exercises and relaxation methods and runs on a 7-week cycle.
You can begin at any week in the cycle and stay for as long or as little as you like at this level before progressing on to other classes.
I recommend those new to the mat attend 7-10 weeks of foundation classes before entering other classes.
General Hatha Yoga
Open to all levels, this is a classic Hatha Yoga style incorporating sun salutations, standing and sitting postures.
These classes place an emphasis on correct alignment in order to develop a solid foundation for practice. Practice and progress at your level.
The general classes require the awareness and techniques developed in the foundation level classes.
For Private Yoga
For Soul Focused Psychotherapy
Skype/Zoom/Facebook Live session
Work Place & Corporate
Sporting & School Events
Yoga in Japanese
Yoga in English
“I really enjoyed Izumi's class today.
The way that she explains certain moves brings a really enjoyable flavor to her lessons. And her big smile shows that she has a real heart connection with her students and her own love of yoga.
Today was the first time in a class that the teacher has told us that yoga is not a competition, it's not a battle with yourself or anyone else.
"Just witness your body, your movement, your reactions and responses to the movements...".
She even suggested that we close our eyes, because we can help focus on our own journey.
For a guy, I found this really reassuring. I'm looking forward to my next class.
Thanks Izumi. My wife Miho and I really enjoyed your class.”
“ Hi Izumi, Ellie and I had a great time. I especially wanted to thank you for encouraging me to stretch further in the side and forward stretches near the end: I didn’t know I could go so far, and not only was I excited afterwards, but during shavasana I felt like my hips were floating! It was magical. “
“Izumi you guides me to be the most present I have ever felt in a class. My mind usually wanders, but thanks to her direction I was so in the moment and at peace. I have never felt anything like it.”
Thank you for a great class. See you next week! “
“Izumi's yoga meditation was a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on inner strength. I haven't done a yoga class in years so was not sure what I would be able to do but Izumi showed a whole range of modified exercises for all abilities with the focus on individual journeys. I'm looking forward to next time I'm in Torquay to visit another of Izumi's classes.”
“Hi Izumi, Thank you so much for your classes on Sunday morning.
You give so much to us and I want you to know how much it is appreciated!!
Love from Lisa. “
Izumi fell in love with Yoga in her native Japan way back in 2000.
Her yoga journey has continued and deepened since moving to Torquay in 2010, where she completed the Diploma of Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Louise Yoga Studio.
Izumi's passion is all about assisting clients to live up to their higher potentials through a joyful practice of yoga, meditation, Qigong, as well as through psychotherapy sessions.
“I especially love to share the joy through Yoga with “Zen – Beginner’s Mind”, assisting my students with mindful breathing, developing foundation, core strength, through my individually customised service.
I am deeply grateful for being able to witness my clients’ transformation, as they fully receiving benefits of Yoga and the other therapies that I offer. It’s my joy to guide people on the path to be revitalised, nourished, fully balanced both in their inner and the outer world.“
Master Yoga Teacher
Diploma of Hatha Yoga
Advanced Diploma of Hatha Yoga
Certificate of Hatha Yin Yoga
- Sally Louise Yoga
Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness
Reiki Level 1 and 2
Diploma of Soul Focused Psychotherapy
-College of Soul Focused Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Economics -majoring in business administration and marketing
- Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Diploma in Computer Graphics, Web Design and Mac Professional
- Digital Hollywood in Yokohama, Japan.