I respectfully acknowledge that I live my human experience on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) First Nations.



My name is Kelli Kanashiro (Japa, as friends call me), and I am the founder of JapaYoga Healing Therapies. I am a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Shamanic Reiki Master, YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) + E-RYT 200 + RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Registered Experienced Yoga teacher.

I have been engaged in an in-depth study and practice of yoga and its philosophy for many years, and what started as a personal discipline became my life's purpose.

I had been immersed in the corporate world for two decades, playing leadership roles in projects and people management. After years of witnessing partners and colleagues - including myself -compromising physical, mental, and emotional health due to work pressure and demands, I strove to find alternatives to managing stress and leading a more balanced life.

Today, I am committed to aiding people in the path of self-knowledge and exploration of their potential in every way.

I offer therapeutic yoga techniques and energy healing practices to assist those who seek a more balanced life beyond work and daily demands. For those with curious minds and brave hearts, I dedicate my learning and teachings as guidance to a contemplative inquiry about our divine and human nature and the self-healing power gifted to all of us.

My purpose in life, and what brings me great satisfaction, is to support YOU through the journey of unravelling the best version of yourself.

There are many ways to experience yoga, and you might find the one which best serves you. Come join me in my sessions, and let's walk this path together!

  • Rolf Gates
    “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.”
    Rolf Gates
  • Joel Kramer
    “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”
    Joel Kramer
  •  Paramahansa Yogananda
    “By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.”
    Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Sogyal Rinpoche
    “The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.”
    Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Rumi
    “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”
  • Paramahansa Yogananda
    “Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world.”
    Paramahansa Yogananda
  • B.K.S Iyengar
    “Yoga do not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees it.”
    B.K.S Iyengar
  • Kathryn Budig
    “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.”
    Kathryn Budig
  •  Max Strom
    “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go, what does matter is who you are when you get there.”
    Max Strom
  • Rumi
    “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
  • Rumi
    “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
  • Isabela M.
    I am in love with this therapy. Kelly explains very well, very dedicated and I had never done yoga in my life.
    Isabela M.
  • Linda Sparrowe
    “Yoga begins where I am, not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.”
    Linda Sparrowe
  • Anaïs Nin
    “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.”
    Anaïs Nin
  • B.K.S. Iyengar
    “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”
    B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Gurmukh kaur Khalsa
    “Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.”
    Gurmukh kaur Khalsa
  • Jason Crandell
    “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”
    Jason Crandell
  • Rumi
    “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”
  • Paramahansa Yogananda
    “Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world”
    Paramahansa Yogananda

Therapeutic Yoga Journey

Are you searching for a new way of perceiving life, feeling inspired and having more motivation? Want to learn to look at yourself with tolerance and acceptance? Rest easy, because I HEAR YOU. And you don't have to look further because this is where the journey to unravel the best version of yourself begins.

No matter if you have never practiced yoga before, or you think that yoga is not for you, be prepared to be surprised. Keep in mind that yoga is not only about poses (asanas). There are numerous tools offered to boost the immune system and soothe the mind. Of course, the poses are very cool, yet from the yoga perspective, it is on the journey where we should place our hearts.

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Japa Collections (Best-Sellers)

Japa Collection was developed to meet where you are in your life. It is a combination of two or three different signature offerings in 6-pack sessions with the best cost/benefit. Whatever your intention is, a personalized session is the best tool for you to get to know yourself better, boost your confidence, and optimize the use of your strengths to develop the best strategy to achieve your objectives.

Individual yoga offerings combine in-person physical assessment, self-assessment questionnaires, and yoga variations specially developed for your current mental state and body. I will design a unique and customized practice to bridge any gap between your patterns and your goals.

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What people are saying about JapaYoga offerings

  • Daniela T.
    Doing Yoga Therapy with Kelli allowed me to reconnect with my body and a very deep and comfortable way. It’s a new beginning that has positively affected my mental health and well-being. Kelli is a wonderful human being able to guide you through this journey with such kindness. I highly recommend doing yoga Therapy with Kelli to reconnect with your true self.
    Daniela T.
  • Luana S.
    My experience was extremely important at this moment of my life! I suffered from panic attacks and after this practice I can control myself not to panic anymore! It was wonderful!!!
    Luana S.
  • Mariana F.
    Kelli is very tuned and sensitive to the needs of the client and I could see significant improvement in my well being. I love the work that treats body and mind as a whole.
    Mariana F.
  • Taissa V.
    As a person that was already doing conventional therapy for over an year (with one of the main focus being immigration-related issues), yoga therapy was able to amplify therapeutic benefits by allowing me to gain the skills to understand and provide what my body and mind needs. I felt like my progress with conventional therapy was stagnated and yoga helped me realize that safety is the number one “problem” in my life. Through the yoga therapy sessions Kelli provided, I was able to establish safety as a key aspect of my continuous healing process, as well as learning healthy coping mechanisms (breathing exercises, affirmations, the science behind body & mid connection) to help me deal with this delicate and stressful situation that is immigration. That way, I’m able to regulate my body (and anxiety) while I tap into other triggers and traumas through conventional therapy, optimizing all aspects.
    Taissa V.
  • Bruna S.
    Kelli is a blessing! It's impossible not to get better after a session with Kelli. Breathing exercises and movements that move your body and rest your mind! I've been doing yoga with her for a while and I can't thank her enough for such a great change in my life. After a while, you see that she does not make only your day better, but your weeks and months! Your life improves incredibly!
    Bruna S.
  • Roberta M.
    Kelli is absolutely passionate about yoga as therapy. She’s not just a traditional yoga teacher, she uses every yoga and meditation tool to deeply bring you back into your soul and mind, holistically. I've had wonderful experiences with Kelli’s guidance that reflect positively into my daily routine and life. I definitely recommend it!
    Roberta M.
  • Fernanda F.
    2020 was a challenge apart, and I don’t know how I could get through without Kelli. She is a blessing in my life! I was struggling with my feelings, passing through a very difficult time with my family plus a risky pregnancy... all at once was like a bomb for me, but Kelli with all her knowledge and gift could guide me to find my way to get out of my crisis and not only that, to find my safe zone so I could always come back when a future difficulty shows up. This therapy mixed with yoga philosophy and exercises was the balance I needed to cure myself, to better understand people around me, to be grateful even when things go wrong, to love myself and be proud of how brave I am... even when I was in fear... during our process, I was able to live a true miracle! I have no doubt that if it wasn’t for her teachings I could not have enriched my faith enough to be able to receive that bless. Thank you so much, Kelli ❤️🙏
    Fernanda F.
  • Hillary M.
    "I have had the opportunity to take both private and group yoga and meditation classes with Kelli. I struggle with anxiety and being in the present moment; however, Kelli is always able to help me relax and tune out the stress and noise around me. After taking a class with Kelli I always leave feeling calmer, more at ease, and ready to handle whatever comes my way. From the moment you walk into one of Kelli's classes, you feel her warm and loving personality. She creates a safe, calm, and caring environment, and her passion for sharing her knowledge of yoga and meditation shines through in every class."
    Hillary M.
  • Cecilia C.
    “I’ve been working with Kelli for some months so far. I was not sure what to expect when we began this incredible journey together. She told me she would give me tools to use on the process of self-healing, but it was so much more! I have discovered a new philosophy that opened my eyes and heart to see the world and myself in a different way. And yes, she gave me tools. Now, I can notice the triggers and properly choose how to respond instead of reacting to them. I know myself better, and I am learning that every experience is worthy. Now I know that I am safe, I am divine, and we all are experiencing a human journey. Thank you, Kelli.”
    Cecilia C.
  • Lisa F.
    "Kelli inspires me, motivates me, supports me, and helps keep me focused. She has shown me a new way to look at life; with more energy, strength and beauty to my body, mind and soul."
    Lisa F.
  • Fernanda M.
    "Kelli's yoga class is one of the most powerful I have ever done. It is always difficult for me to completely embrace the class and keep my mind focused...but Kelli guides me with her energy, with so much nurturing and love that I literally can feel it. It enables me to connect with my inner self truly. It is magical; I don't feel time passing, and in the end, the reward to my mind and body is priceless. Thank you, Kelli, for letting me understand what Yoga can really do to my life! Namaste."
    Fernanda M.
  • Chris P.
    "Had a wonderful surprise with Hatha class today with teacher Kelli! Such a strong and energetic class. For the 1st time I’ve felt myself 100% connected. I also loved the Sanskrit terms that took it to another level. Keep coming for her classes"
    Chris P.
  • Luciana C.
    I've been doing weekly sessions with Kelli for a few months. I must say that her work is incredible. Learning to apply the tools and philosophy of yoga in my life has been transformative. It helped me a lot during difficult times, and it also continues to help me daily. Now, I observe and understand events through a different, much richer perspective. I am extremely grateful for Kelli's work, and I highly recommend it to everyone looking for self-knowledge and personal development.
    Luciana C.
  • Franciele E.
    I started yoga therapy more than a month ago and am loving the results. I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and at this point in my life that I am living postpartum, the psychological and physical results achieved with yoga have been fantastic. Thank you Kelli for your dedication to "reading me", understanding my needs and directing classes towards a more balanced life.
    Franciele E.
  • Lis L.
    Kelli is the best yoga teacher ever! I have done Yoga in the past and nothing compares to Kelli’s classes. The therapeutic yoga has drastically improved my mind, soul and body. Kelli is an exceptional person, very careful with every little detail. I would recommend her to everyone!!! I will always be grateful for having her in my life!
    Lis L.
  • Adam S.
    “I’ve had a beautiful experience the first time I tried Yoga Therapy with Kelli. She’s very knowledgeable and she really takes time to look at everything properly and with care. Very effective practices and homework given. I feel nurtured every time we have worked together and have something new that I can add to my practice.”
    Adam S.
  • Sam A.
    Kelli is a fantastic yoga instructor! She is so passionate and encouraging about her practice. Highly recommend!
    Sam A.
  • Bruna S.
    Kelly is the best yoga instructor ever! I’ve never seen any other professional so passionate and caring as her. The sessions are great and meaningful, I’ve been doing it two times a week and I always feel better after practicing with her. Yoga with Kelly is the best exercise for the body and mind! I highly recommend it
    Bruna S.
  • Hilary C.
    I found myself not being able to fully experience the benefits of yoga from group classes (taken elsewhere) and thought that it would be beneficial to do some 1:1 classes - that was when I found Kelli! A few sessions in, I found myself learning to approach and accept life in a much healthier way. She has taught me so much about my body in ways that I would have never thought of. With my usual go-go-go mindset, my mind runs a million miles per hour and truthfully, I had doubts that I would be able to meditate. One day, she sat me down and said "I know we did not plan for it but today is the day Hilary, and it will be good" - oh boy was she kidding. I had the time of my life! Keep up the amazing work that you do Kelli!
    Hilary C.
  • Leanne L.
    Recommended by a friend, it came at the perfect time when I was looking for something to help myself refocus and find balance. After my first 6 sessions with Kelli, I am super pleased and will be continuing my practice with her. I have gained so much from Kelli’s guided mediation, therapeutic yoga and the value of having that personal 1:1 has opened a whole new perspective on what it means to practice yoga.
    Leanne L.

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