Noriko Spencer was born and brought up in Japan in central Tokyo. She has been studying and practicing Yoga for over 15 years and is a qualified Ashtanga Yoga Instructor at the International Yoga Centre in Tokyo. She moved to the Cirencester area in 2012 from Tokyo with her family and she continues to study and teach Yoga. A keen sportswoman from an early age she has enjoyed the many benefits that Yoga brings to a wide range of sports and to daily life: including deep concentration, increased flexibility, balance, and strength. She founded Ashtanga Yoga Connection to share the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga and to promote the importance of Yoga along with a balanced natural diet and regular exercise in a healthy lifestyle.