Ayano Masty, C-IAYT
PSYCHEDELIC GUIDE, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST, MSc DEGREE CANDIDATE, COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY PRACTITIONER
Originally from Japan, Ayano is a bilingual (Japanese/English) Psychedelic Guide who has completed advanced training and certification in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy with the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness. Ayano is a yoga therapist certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapy and by Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy. She is also a yoga teacher, trained through Kripalu and Phoenix Rising, with experience in Yin Yoga. In 2020, Ayano was certified as a practitioner of Compassionate Inquiry, a trauma-informed psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in the Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology programme through Alef Trust, accredited by Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, where she explores possibilities of healing in the holotropic state of consciousness.
Ayano is passionate about facilitating space for people to explore their inner wisdom and truth through embodied awareness. She trusts that our bodies carry deep insights about ourselves and the world and that healing (as in movement toward wholeness) is available for everyone.
Ayano’s own healing journey started in her twenties when she realized how her own body and mind were significantly disconnected. Through the approaches of yoga and yoga therapy, Ayano realized how much she had been ignoring the voices of her body and different parts of herself, which inspired her to start exploring ways to heal her emotional and spiritual parts. Psychedelic work offered her another layer of insights and healing, which she is deeply appreciative of.
Ayano identifies herself as an ally of marginalized people including the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ population. In her free time, Ayano enjoys being out in nature (rock climbing, hiking, SUP), engaging in her creativity (painting, spinning yarn), and spending time with her family (singing, playing music, and just enjoying each other’s company).
I am deeply convinced that each one of us possesses the innate ability to move toward wholeness. Through my practice of yoga and yoga therapy, I have come to understand that this journey is closely linked to the cultivation of stillness in the mind and the realization of our true nature. With a lifelong dedication to the study of consciousness and spirituality, I believe that all of our experiences are intimately connected, reflecting and shaping one another, much like the concept of Indra’s net in Buddhism. My Japanese background with animistic influence of Shintoism and my love of world’s mythologies constantly remind me of the mystery and the beauty of the world we experience.
I believe that accessing states of holotropic consciousness, through both traditional methods and the use of psychedelic medicines, offers us valuable opportunities to uncover and reconnect with truths within and supports us in aligning with our wholeness and authentic selves. I perceive that we are not only vessels but also pathways of life itself, and it is crucial for me to engage in daily spiritual practices such as meditation, movement, and art to clear any obstacles that may block me from the movement towards wholeness. I am honored and humbled to have opportunities to hold space for and support clients who seek to explore themselves in such processes.
I feel particularly called to support:
- Those who seek to reconnect with their body
- Those who wish to explore how past (childhood) experiences are affecting them as adults and transform core beliefs that no longer serve them using body-centered healing modalities
- Those who feel “in-between,” who have roots in two or more cultures/races/countries/languages and do not necessarily feel they “belong” to one place or group
- Those who identify as spiritual seekers or who feel called to the spiritual path
- Marginalized people, immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, religious or spiritual refugees
Areas of specialization:
- Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
- Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
- Somatic approaches: yoga, body-mind connection, embodied awareness
- Compassionate Inquiry
- Preparation & Integration Support for Journeying