Karen: Dancing Through Tokyo
Samurai Sports would not happen without the men and women who keep fit and challenge themselves! In Snapshots, we ask a few questions to those who excel and explore outside their comfort zones, in Japan and abroad.
How would you introduce yourself?
My name is Karen Kim and I’m a suburban girl from Pennsylvania turned urbanite mostly from New York City. From 2009 to 2010, I had the privilege of working in Japan at Disneyland as a dancer. This time around, I work as a fitness instructor and yoga teacher. My most popular class is my barre/Pilates/yoga combo class which I teach at Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Gotanda and privately throughout Tokyo.
How do you pursue an active lifestyle?
Most days I wake up pretty groggy, but unlike most people, I am often expected to debut as my best self quite early in the day for classes. I make sure to do a few yoga stretches before classes when I teach, and if I’m extra groggy I make it a point to go upside down! A simple 15 minutes can change your entire day. My clients inspire me to pull out my mat on my own and plan the best classes possible each week.
Tell us about a fitness or sports-related item/gear/equipment that you love.
TUNE UP BALLS! While it seems tedious to roll out your entire body, if you just focus on the feet/legs or arms/back it makes an immediate difference. Tune Up Balls are vital for clients searching for more space in the body or increased flexibility.
Follow Karen on her Japan adventures.
Whether it’s in the studio, on the road, or at the pool, we know you’re working hard to log those training hours - and we want to learn more about you! Give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured next - or better yet, email us with how you would answer the questions above.