Kazuo Keishin Kimura is the founder of Japan Yoga Niketan, president of the Japan Yoga Therapy Society, and an executive director of the Society for Integrative Medicine Japan.
Kimura is an expert in both yoga theory and practice and trains more than one thousand yoga therapists in Japan. He has developed yoga therapy based on traditional yoga, benefiting many people with stress disorders, addictions, and trauma, as well as survivors of nuclear and natural disasters. He believes in yoga's utility in treating various illnesses and promotes yoga therapy research internationally.
Kimura studied yoga under guru Swami Yogeshwarananda Saraswati. With in-depth knowledge of yoga scriptures, asana, pranayama and meditation, he received the name Jnana Yogi as a Raja Yoga Acharya from his guru in 1982.
Kimura received his bachelor's degree from Tokyo University of Education in 1969. He established yoga therapy instructor and therapist courses that are now taught throughout Japan.