About Rie Katagiri

I have been working as an intuitive and skilled massage therapist for 18 years. I have extensive training in deep tissue, shiatsu and cranio-sacral therapy as well as  leading deep and transformative yoga classes in Los Angeles since 2002.  My primary yoga mentor is Ana Forrest, who believed in me immediately and gave me my first teaching position at the original Forrest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica, CA.

I started my yoga practice in 1996 after an injury that left me hospitalized for many days.  The lack of compassion and care I experienced in the hospital was so depressing it lit up something inside of me that said, 'People who need healing, deserve better than this".  Dealing with my injury, I realized I had no idea what my body was actually capable of but had a gut feeling that it must have a built-in healing and regenerative intelligence.  This traumatic experience set me on the path of healing and educating myself about conscious healthy living.  Through my own life changes I became passionate about sharing what I experienced and learned with others.   

One of the greatest gifts of my professional life is empowering my students and clients to feel and realize how amazing their bodies are.  Self care through proper nutrition, cleansing, exercising and effective ways to deal with stress are all topics I am pleased to cover during a private session.  

I am also a certified  Yoga Tune Up® instructor.  The work I am doing with the YTU Therapy Balls are becoming a favorite part of my student's week.  Check out my weekly classes to experience it for yourself.

Currently, I am also having so much fun as a choreographer, movement coach, dancer and instructor at Erotic Movement Arts ®.

 In 2004, in a pole dancing class, I discovered what was missing in my life.  In this intimate room full of women, I found that my inner dancer and sensual femaleness had been in a deep sleep.  This new found love affair with my sensuality + pole dancing  led me to fully dive into the dance classes at  S Factor in Los Angeles and began tending to another layer of self discovery and healing.  At the urging of my instructor, in 2006 I became a teacher as well as a national teacher trainer; developing their anatomy curriculum.  After many years of supporting  someone else's vision, I followed my own heart to start my own movement called Erotic Movement Arts ® (formerly knowns as Erotic Discovery).  

Erotic Movement Arts ®is a multi sensory, pleasure based, conscious movement and fitness experience for women.  Part sacred temple, part boudoir - through pole and the many layers of erotic dance, EMA offers a space for embodied creativity and is a gentle yet powerful gathering space for women.  

My weekly classes bring women from all over southern California together to explore through dance, dialog, ritual, play and witnessing women in their authentic self.