Category Archives: Yoga / Qi Gong


  • It’s hard to put into words my experience on the island. There is a magical
    energy there and Shima Healing is a beautiful complement to that energy. I
    learned so much and left refreshed. I personally witnessed the healing
    power of the Bowls: My wrist injury healed completely during the course!
    Thank you, Shima Healing! I will be back.
    Emmeline, Reiki healer and actor, USA
  • For whatever reason, I was expecting that this course would be mostly for
    using the sound of the Bowls during meditation. However, the lessons on
    how to use the Bowls on and around the body was much more interesting.
    It was a beautiful journey. Akiko inspires you to go even further and to
    continue learning more. You learn enough in a week to keep practicing for a
    long time, even with just one Bowl, but surely after this course, you will
    want to learn more! Additionally, I would recommend that you try to stay a
    few days after the course on the Island to incorporate Singing Bowls with
    other healing modalities and to absorb what you have learned.Ήταν ένα υπέροχο ταξίδι! Η Ακίκο είναι πολυ γλυκιά και ταλαντούχος
    δασκάλα. Το βάθος της γνώσης της για την ιστορία , τη φιλοσοφία , τον
    πολιτισμό και την πνευματικότητα της γιόγκα, της ενέργειας και των
    singing bowls σε εμπνέει να θέλεις να συνεχίσεις να έρχεσαι και να
    μαθαίνεις κι άλλα. Σε μια βδομάδα μαθαίνεις αρκετά ώστε να μπορείς να
    εξασκείσαι για αρκετό καιρό έστω και με ένα bowl αλλά μετά από αυτή τη
    σειρά μαθημάτων σίγουρα θέλεις να αποκτήσεις όλο το σετ.                                   Maria, CFO, Greece
  • Shima Healing is a wonderful place that attracts beautiful individuals who
    are on the path to spiritual growth and development. Knowledge is shared
    from the heart. Akiko pulls insights from various ancient traditions and
    teachings. The atmosphere is filled with wisdom, kindness, and joy.                            Shima Healing je predivno mesto koje okuplja zanimljive osobe koje
    koracaju putem duhovnog rasta I samorazvoja. Akiko poseduje pregrst
    znanja iz razlicitih antickih tradicija. Atmosfera je topla I iskrena I potstice
    mudrost, razumevanje I radost.
    Svetlana, Yoga teacher and reiki practitioner, Serbia
  • My experience at Shima Healing was without a doubt life changing. I first
    met Akiko five years ago on Koh Yao Noi, and she administered a Singing
    Bowl Therapy Session for me. I found it to be deep, gentle, and
    transformative. Years later, we reconnected, and I was lucky enough to be
    among the first class to study with her at Shima. The course is unlike any
    other I have ever experienced, and this unique approach to healing has
    been so beneficial in my life and the lives of my clients. In addition to the
    coursework, Akiko is a gifted healer, a generous soul, and it is an honor to
    call her a teacher and a friend. Learning from her and working alongside her
    is a blessing for which I am beyond grateful.
    Rae, Yoga teacher and massage therapist, Vietnam
  • Taking Akiko’s Singing Bowl Level 1 Course has opened up a deeper
    understanding about how the Bowls work. She has structured the course in
    an accessible way: Concise yet informative. The copious amount of handson
    practice allowed one to have a multi‐sensory experience, and I
    benefitted from understanding how to be the healer and also receiving
    healing in the process. Akiko is really patient and her gentle yet affirmative
    demeanour allows one to feel very welcomed at Shima Healing. I am very
    much looking forward to the next level!
    Amanda Ling, Yoga teacher and DJ, Singapore
  • Having taken the Energy Work Course with the Singing Bowl Course will
    help provide clients with a new approach to the healing process. I am really
    grateful to have taken this workshop, and I highly recommend it to all the
    healers out there.
    Thaly, Reiki Master and reflexologist, Canada

Akiko Igarashi

Akiko Igarashi is a distinguished teacher of healing. She is a Reiki Instructor, a Qigong practitioner, a Yoga teacher, and a Tibetan Singing Bowl Master. Above all else, Akiko is a dedicated student of life.

The practice of inner stillness and focus began at a young age with Akiko. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, she was raised in the Eastern tradition of mindful living and the knowing of the interconnectedness of all beings in our existence.

For many years, even though Akiko chose a corporate life path, the practice of cultivating inner wisdom was never far from her heart, or her mind. Whilst many who worked in the same field holidayed in cities or on the beach with a cocktail in hand, Akiko walked the pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago Compostela three times, volunteered in orphanages, and studied healing with teachers in far-off places of Nepal, India and Japan.

Through her own journeys, Akiko embodies the understanding that to heal others we must heal ourselves. This healing of the self comes from a willingness to see, feel and listen to the messages within. And from that point of bliss, greater joy is experienced by giving, and receiving in return. This is the gift Akiko wishes to share with the world through the Shima Healing Institute and its associated projects.

Akiko can be found at the Shima Healing Institute in Thailand facilitating courses, or conducting workshops in Asian countries and Europe in the summer. When she is not teaching, practicing or traveling, Akiko is rock climbing, composing children’s science fantasy literature, writing calligraphy works, and creating new projects that uplifts communities. And of course, she makes sure there is always time to just do nothing, and be.


Yoga and Meditation

2005 Yoga Teacher Training in India. (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham, India.
2005 Initiated in TM (Transcendental Meditation) technique, Mumbai, India.
2006 Yoga Therapy (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham in Nashik, India.
2006 Vipassana 10-day silent meditation in Kyoto, Japan.  

2010 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2011 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2012 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.
2017 Meditation Phuket Meditation Center, Thailand.

Therapy Training

2003 Usui Reiki Masterby Chikako Uehara , Japan.
2010 Usui Reiki Teacher Training at Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.
2010 Ancient Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy by Kathmandu Center of Healing, Nepal.


  • Seven Chakra Bowls

“Only in stillness can we receive the gifts life has in store for us.”

SHIMA means ‘Island’ in Japanese, ‘Love’ in Sanskrit and ‘Mother’ in Navajo, Native American.

Shima Healing Institute is a training centre of traditional healing arts on the beautiful and enchanting island of Koh Yao Noi, southern Thailand. The instruction at Shima Healing is focused on imparting unadulterated ancient practices, and empowering students to cultivate and embody the true essence of healing.

The path of a healer is a lifelong one. Completing a course at the Shima Healing Institute is only the start of a rewarding journey of dedication and commitment to living in authenticity.

The modalities taught at Shima include: Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy, Reiki, and Flow in Stillness.