Mariko Hirakawa, E-RYT, , , is a Yoga-Ayurveda Expert with over 20 years of teaching experience. A former professional dancer as well as an Ayurvedic physician trained in India, she combines scientific knowledge with an intuitive understanding of the body.
Mariko is the innovator of Tridoshic Yoga™, a dynamic synthesis of Yoga and Ayurveda. Based on the original teachings of the Himalayn Sages, Tridoshic Yoga™ offers an intelligent practice which serves both the fitness and therapeutic needs of the practitioner.
Mariko has been travelling to India every year since 1999 to study Yoga, Ayurveda and allied disciplines with renowned masters in their field.
In 2003, the experience of working with numerous terminally ill patients caused her to apply for and win a full scholarship to study Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing science in one of the top Ayurvedic universities in India.
Proficient in Hindi and Sanskrit, she is one of the very few in the West to have completed the rigorous 5 ½ year (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree program at an internationally recognized Ayurvedic university in India.
As a Yoga instructor, Mariko’s teaching style is a blend of Classical Hatha and Vinyasa, with strong influences from the Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Anusara styles. Drawing on her extensive studies in the West as well as in India, she offers an approach to the practice which honors the depth of its spiritual context while maintaining a strong emphasis on correct physical alignment.
Mariko is based in New York City and conducts retreats, workshops and classes around the world, and runs a private Ayurvedic practice in New York.
She is the author of the forthcoming book Rejuvenate: The Yoga-Ayurveda Book of Anti-Aging Secrets. Please visit to learn more about her work.