About me

Aki Yoshida, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie
Aki Yoshida, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie

My name is Aki Yoshida.

I am a certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie based in Tokyo, Japan.

I fell in love with The Work after so many years of search for freedom.

As a child who grew up in a family with full of victim stories, I learned life to be tough and unkind.
I learned that I cannot trust anybody.
I learned that I am not good enough to be loved, to be happy, and to even exist.
I learned the only way I’m allowed to exist is to be useful.

So, I tried very hard to save my family.  Their happiness was my first priority.
I studied to learn why people suffer.  I studied how to save them.

Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.
― Byron Katie

While I was busy saving others, nobody came to save me.
And, one day The Work came.

After so many years of my misunderstanding; my happiness depends on other people’s love, appreciation, and approval, I found a savior I have been waiting for, me.

What I have mainly worked on were my self stigma, self doubt, self hate after so many years of hearing our family mantra, “You are ugly”, “You can’t do that”, “Nobody likes you”, “You are so selfish”, “You are so stubborn!”

I have 8 years of experience of anorexia and bulimia.
I miscarried a child at the week of 8, and right after that my husband had affairs, and our marriage ended.

Yet, with the practice of The Work, now I can say that I found peace right here at this moment.

I am open to share anything I can offer to you to support you find your own freedom.

I am here to serve you.


Marcela Greer
 You are a true gem! Thank you Aki for your calm and perceptive presence during your facilitations. You provided a safe harbor for me where all my fears were met with compassion. You held me gently with steadiness through the process of my inquiry allowing me to find how to end my hell of “Not good enough.” Your warmth and understanding carried me through the rough waters of my emotions. You patiently facilitated me until I clearly saw new perspectives on how to live fully. You are a true gem! 
Natalie Wen
 I admire Aki’s dedication and diligence in practicing The Work. I experience her as thorough, open, and supportive. As a facilitator, she holds an open space and follows her client closely. She offers good insight from her extensive personal experience of doing The Work. As a Certified Facilitator, Aki continues deepening her practice by supporting a wide variety of The Work events, and training Certification candidates. I whole heartedly recommend Aki to anyone who wishes to learn about The Work. 
Brandy Montague
 I absolutely love working with Aki. She listens more intently than anyone I have ever met. She’s calm, patient, and she makes me feel understood. I know that she genuinely cares about how I’m feeling, and she genuinely helps me find ways to feel more joy in my life. My favorite part of working with Aki is that she deeply understands so many different modalities, and she helps me with whatever seems to fit at the time it’s needed.  
Alicia Segreste
 I have been working with Aki the last 2 years on a regular basis. I can find in Aki a lovely, caring, compassionate facilitator who has given me the support to inquiry my deepest judgments and always be held by her lovely heart. Gracias Aki