Stephanie Fukui

Yoga Credentials

  • Teaching Iyengar Yoga. Teach classes at home studio in Yoyogi, Tokyo-Japan from 2013 and at the Tokyo American Club from PastedGraphic-12014.
  • Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification. Passed the Level I exam to receive teacher certification from the B.K.S. Iyengar Association of Japan in June 2013.
  • Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. Currently studying for higher Iyengar Yoga certification level under Level 3 Instructor Elena Kogure.
  • Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. Under the tutelage of master teacher Naoko Yagyu, finished the preliminary course of the Iyengar Yoga Teaching Method. Learned how to teach with props to avoid injury, studied the therapeutic benefits of the poses and the philosophy behind the 2000 year-old writings of yoga by Patanjali. Learned to demonstrate the poses. Ability to teach in English or Japanese. January 2011 to June 2013.
  • Intensive Training.
  • Attended an intensive one-month training at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. November 1-29, 2019.
  • Attended an eight-day intensive workshop by Geeta Iyengar (daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar) Yoganushasanam on Iyengar Yoga and Pranayama in Pune, India. December 2015.
  • Attended an intensive one-month training at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. Had the privilege of being taught by the son, daughter and granddaughter of B.K.S. Iyengar who was present in all classes giving advice at 93 years old. February 2012.
  • Assistant Teaching. Worked as an assistant for master teacher Naoko Yagyu. June to November 2012.
  • Workshops. Practiced Iyengar Yoga with master teachers from Japan, Chicago, Australia and India. 2002 to Present.


  • Service to the Community. Founded and continues to participate as a director on the Board of Directors of SIDS Family Association Japan, a nation-wide, non-profit group with 500 bereaved families and professional members that supports parents who have lost a baby to SIDS or to any other cause, including stillbirth. Organized the SIDS International Conference in 2006. 1991 to Present.
  • Won the Maternal and Child Health Achievement Award from the Japan Mother’s and Children’s Health and Welfare Association and was invited to the palace to be congratulated by the Emperor and Empress. November 1999.
  • Software Development. Worked at two companies, Weidner Inc. and Datalogics in Chicago developing software for translation into foreign languages. 1982 to 1988.


  • M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. August 1982.
  • B.A. in French from Northern Illinois University. August 1980.


  • Stephanie Fukui grew up in Chicago where she met and married her Japanese husband. After university she started her career as a translator. Then, after losing her first daughter Ema to stillbirth in 1986, she moved to Japan. She raised two boys in Japan, her finest accomplishments.


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