Ryoko started Hatha Yoga in 2009 and she completed her training in India in 2018. Ryoko has a passion for inspiring students by incorporating Yoga philosophy into her Ashtanga Yoga practice. She is grateful to assist with the growth of the Ashtanga Yoga community at Yoga Territory. Outside of Yoga Ryoko loves swimming, traditional Japanese dance as well as Brazilian Samba which she has been performing publicly for more than 7 years.

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My Story

Ryoko Jones grew up amidst the towering skyscrapers and bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Once a Cheerleader for Japan’s top professional American football team. Ryoko dreamed of one day joining the elite Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad and ventured to Australia from Japan in 2001 to improve her English.

She enrolled at RMIT University in Melbourne for a course in International Studies and taught Ballroom dancing at an Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio before moving to Darwin.

Ryoko was Inspired by several highly successful female lawyers in Darwin, some of whom had gone to university after they had children, Ryoko decided to embark on a career as a teacher and at 35, enrolled at Charles Darwin University for a Graduate Diploma in Teaching to back up her degree from RMIT University and a Diploma in Early Childhood gained in Japan.

In 2013 to 2014, Ryoko lived and worked in a small township 320km south-west of Darwin called Peppimenarti. She taught children from transition to Year 2 at the local school before moving back to Darwin to teach Japanese Language and Culture at Darwin Middle School.

In 2019, Darwin Middle School gave Ryoko a unique opportunity to teach a brand new subject ‘MindFit’ which she created and designed around Australian curriculum. MindFit was Australia’s first subject to incorporate Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation, Ballroom dancing and Cheerleading. The subject became hugely popular with both students and parents alike.

In Nov 2021, Ryoko resigned from teaching to focus on her passion Ashtanga Yoga.