My name is Uta, a founder of mog&yoga in Southern California. I am a mom of two children and a mindfulness based yoga teacher for the local community and worldwide.

This is my core belief and the root of “why” I do.

 Happy me, happy world. 

I believe that the purpose of yoga is to get self-reminded that peace exists in our aligned body, mind, and spirit.

The peaceful state impacts beyond.

World peace starts from within.

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Uta Ando

Being an 10+ year practitioner of yoga herself, Uta has 4-years of teaching experience serving over 1,000 students in bilingual Japanese-English communities in California.

Uta shares mindfulness based hatha yoga and meditative practice to all levels.



Uta’s Origin Story: 

In the early years of my life, I struggled with an endless spiral of self-doubt, pessimism, and unknown agitation.

Society’s expectations and limitations felt crippling.

I was at lost with the purpose of my life.

My life then changed when I first moved to the United States from Japan at the age of 17.

All around me, I noticed people expressing themselves more freely.

FREE EXPRESSION is what I felt with a deep ease-of-mind.

Finally I found an anchor that grounded me.

Another life-changing stage was the early years of parenthood when I did not have a good balance of work, family, and self-care.

Before I knew it, I lost my health and peace-of-mind.

That is when I encountered yoga.

Initially, I only did yoga for fitness and to recover my body.

I soon realized that I was also gaining inner calmness and stability.

As my mind became peaceful, there was more self-acceptance and openness to others.

Physical health and emotional health are inseparable and intertwined.

My mission is to support from young to adult, the exploration of their peace through a journey of yoga & mindfulness practice.

They are then ready to take-off to the world to express themselves and impact others.


Trainings & Certifications

  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 60-hours certified, Shanti Yoga, Hiroshima Japan (2017)
  • Yoga Alliance Teacher Training 200-hours certified, yogaMOQ, Redondo Beach, USA (2018)
  • MiniYogis Kids Yoga Workshop, Santa Monica, USA (2018)
  • Aroma for Yoga Course 8-hours, radhika yoga, Japan (2020)
  • Yo Re Mi Children’s Yoga Teacher Training 30-hours certified, USA (2022)
  • Chakra Workshop, Yun Mizutani, Japan (2022)
  • Kids Mindful Moments Workshop, Kira Willey, USA (2022)