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Ayumi Yahara

Zumba

Hometown: Fukui/Kyoto, Japan

Favorite Place in Seattle: Metropolitan Market & University Village

Favorite Workout Music: Latin and R&B

Fitness Philosophy: Do what you love and enjoy. My Zumba is exercise in disguise. My belief is to keep it simple and clear. Continue it on a regular basis. It is a great stress reliever.

What’s a class with Ayumi like?: I include both Zumba 1 - Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Cumbia as well as Zumba 2 – Flamenco, Tango, Samba, Belly dancing. I also do variations on Hip Hop, Contemporary, Dancehall, Charlston, Bollywood, Hawaian etc. with world beats music.

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When did you start your yoga practice? I started practicing yoga when I was 18. I used to work at a restaurant and worked out 5 days a week. It was then I developed a terrible nerve pain in my back... read more

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