RIO OTOYA

The breath is like a wayfinder that can lead us to our inner balance.

My work is about guiding people to find their way back home. My approach is transpersonal: we are mind body and spirit.  

I believe that by integrating conversation with a body practice we can find mental, emotional, and physical harmony. 

I see the breath as the main instrument across Yoga, Meditation, breathwork, or energy work. 

I rely both on science and intuition and my training is both modern and traditional. 

Please see my work below. You may book a class or schedule a free 30min exploration call for personal or corporate sessions. 

About

Rio guides Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork practices. He formerly worked at Google Launchpad leading startup programs and with their Mindfulness Initiative, gPause. He has experience as a visual artist, community builder and facilitator of creative collaborations. Rio uniquely combines his facilitator experience with modern-scientific and traditional-spiritual practices, to create a safe space for people to find inner balance.

He certified as a Yoga teacher in 2011 and progressed to advanced courses and Yoga therapy studies in India (2018-2019) where he completed over 1000 hours of formal training. He learned from Rishi Vishuas Malik at Yoga Vidya Gurukul (under the lineage of Swami Satyananda Sraswati),  recently awarded by the Prime Minister of India for his achievements if Yoga.

Rio took a keen interest in the healing power of the breath through Yogic Pranayama (expansion vital energy through the breath) and went on to train as a Healing Breathwork facilitator with Erin Telford and David Elliot’s approach to the practice.

 

As part of his toolkit Rio is trained in Reiki (Japanese and Yogic) and Huna (Polinesian Healing practice) 

 

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What people say

It was really important to have someone like Rio as guidance and to hold the space making me feel safe to open up and go deeper into my inner-work during the session. I would defiantly recommend this breathwork if you are looking to healing your emotions!

ELEONORA - ART DIRECTOR

Private Healing Breathwork 

My class with Rio was impeccable. In 2  hours with him I learned the tools to start my journey into meditation and to find my breath, which is to meet the light that moves and maintains my balance in life. Rio knows how to transmit what he's learned spiritually in a genuine and sincere way.

RODRIGO - CREATIVE DIRECTOR 

Private Breathing & Meditation Class

Rio's Yoga Therapy session played a huge role in my recovery from injury. Already a fan of his breathworks and  meditations, I reached out to Rio to help heal two slipped disks in my lower back. My body immediately responded in relief after our session. 

PRISCILLA - CHEF 

Yoga Therapy Session

Training

  • 2020-2010 Accredited Diploma in Transformational Life Coaching with Aminas School of Coaching, London 100+ hours

  • 2019-2000 60+ hours of Breathwork Healer Training with Erin Telford (Level 1) & David Elliot (Level 1-5).

  • 2011-2019 1000+ hours of Yoga, Pranayama, & Meditation including Yoga Teacher Training, Advanced Yoga Course, Yogic Therapy Diploma, and Yoga Psychology, at Yoga Vydia Gurukyl Ashram in India

  • 2017-2018 Search Inside Yourself - a 2-day Science-Based Mindfulness Training by gPause at Google UK  + Internal Mindfulness training for Meditation Guides at Google (16 hours) 

  • 2016-2018 30+ hours of Huna Shamanic Healing Online courses by Serge Kahili King 

  • 2017 iDiscover Core, 5 days/40-hour Coaching and personal development course, London

  • 2017 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Course in Suan Monk Buddist Hermitage, Thailand

  • 2016 Usui Reiki Training Levels 1 & 2 with The Wellbeing Workshop by Jo Gilles, London

  • 2011 MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths University, London.

My full industry experience and education are available on LinkedIn.