Daphne has been teaching yoga since 2004 after completing a foundational teacher training in Venice, California. She has taught yoga to children and students of all ages. She is inspired by her friend and co-creator, Ellen Watson, with whom she has birthed SpiritDance SoulSong, a combination of ecstatic dance, sound, singing, and touch. She embraces the teachings of Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, O.P. Tiwari and Ammachi in her daily practice.
Daphne brings her soulful teachings and music to IYF for the 3rd time with grace and joy for living life fully.
Setsuo Miyashita is a disciple of the world renowned santoor Maestro Padma Vibhusha Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. He is a santoor and hammer dulcimar player and music therapist. He has been studying santoor of Indian classical music from his Guru Pandit Shivkumar Sharma for 25 years. Setsuo organized multiple tours in Japan for Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma with Rahul Sharma. He established Indian classical music and dance center Sara Sojin Gifu in 1996 introducing and popularizing Indian classical music, dance, culture and spiritualism. He has performed santoor concerts around the world, including holy shrines and temples throughout Japan, the Dhrupad Mela and for the late Kaviraji Ashtosh Bhatacharia memorial concert in Varanasi. Setsuo received the Baiju Babra music festival award for contribution through playing santoor he is sending blissful and peaceful sound vibration to the all beings on the earth.
Gumi has been traveling to Varanasi since 2006 studying classical Indian music and bansuri with Mr. Pt. Ajay Prasanna and Mr. Carlos Guerra. He has also collaborated with Mr. Pt. Debasisi Day (Indian classical vocal teacher) and Mr. Sri Dhrvanath Mishra (sitarist). Gumi tours extensively in Japan and has been working on widening the range of his music performance with classical and contemporary musicians from around the world. Earlier this year he co-released the album, Just So, with jazz musician and producer, Ryohei Kishimoto. www.gumi-bansuri.com
Keigo Tanaka is a music producer and DJ from Tokyo, Japan. His music debuted on the hit album, Chill Out Cafe, released by IRMA Records in 2001. As a premier producer for Incense and L,D & K records he created and remixed music featuring Joao Gilberto, Risa Ono, Asako Toki and many global artists. After years of making music in the commercial music industry, Keigo decided to leave this high pressure, stressful life and break out on his own and create music as a healing modality. In 2013, he met a well-known yoga teacher in Japan that changed the course of his music production. He began to produce music for yoga featuring world-renowned musician, Setsuo Miyashita and together they created Crystal Nada (healing celestial soundscape music blending classical Indian ragas with rare Japanese mantras). Keigo’s music label, Niceness music, has released seven albums and he is currently the top yoga music producer in Japan. www.niceness-music.com
Ryohei Kishimoto began learning classical piano at age seven. He was first introduced to Jazz at Ritsumeikan University through the university Jazz club, studying under the guidance of Mr. Osamu Ichikawa and Mr. Fuji Sada Yasushi. For the past two years he has established himself as the house pianist at “Selected Repos,” a prestigious Jazz Club in Kyoto hosting international musicians. Ryohei’s passion for music has lead him to collaborating and producing diverse genres including Indian classical music and mantra music. He produced the albums, Just So, with Gumi and Arigato with Daphne Tse in Japan in 2017. www.ryoheikishimoto.com
Momoko Nagano is an actress, model, musician and yogini from Tokyo. She debuted as model in 2004 for the Tokyo collection, Loreal and renowned fashion designers in Japan. During her career as a model she also created the Electro-punk duo with Yoshimi Hishida touring internationally from 2008 – 2012. She discovered the power of mantra through the practices of nada, bhakti yoga which brought balance and peace to her busy life. She recently recorded with Crystal Nada as the featured vocalist on their second album, Awauta. Momoko is currently studying to be a yoga teacher and is passionate about sharing this healing practice.