Sawa was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. She is a professional saxophonist and a piano teacher. She moved to the U.S. when she was 18 to study at the Berklee College of Music. After graduating in 2014, she moved to New York.
Due to the heavy weight of her saxophone, Sawa struggled with shoulder pain that was caused by her instrument constantly hanging around her neck. To remedy this pain, she started taking hot yoga. Through these yoga classes she discovered her love for flowing, active movement. Her journey started with aerial yoga classes. After a year of practicing at a studio in Brooklyn, she was invited by Laura Taylor to experience classes at Om Factory.
She began to practice at Om Factory full time and as her knowledge of aerial arts grew, so did her desire to share it with others. In May 2019, she enrolled in Om Factory’s 50-Hour Aerial Yoga Teacher Training and continued on with OFSY’s 16-Hour Advanced Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. Eventually completing her Aerial Yoga Mentorship in November 2019.
Sawa realized that as much as she loved to fly, she was missing the very important feeling of being grounded. So she started practicing vinyasa yoga and went on to complete OFSY’s 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Kevin Bigger & Dee Holliday in November 2019.
Sawa is the saxophonist for the band “Changing Modes” along with OFSY instructor Grace Pulliam, performing regular concerts at venues throughout NYC. Her new endeavor is playing sax in the air, which combines her two favorite things: saxophone & silks. She is excited to continue growing as a performer while continuing to share her experiences with others.