Ai Kubo, PhD

Ai is a yoga teacher, scientist, and mother of two girls. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she devotes her yoga practice to helping busy people find balance, improve wellness, and live their lives to the fullest potential.

Her classes create challenges, expand boundaries and open up new possibilities as a way for students to experience and learn about themselves. Each class is carefully sequenced so students are prepared to enter more complex poses safely and deepen their physical experience. Students will gain strength, flexibility, and physical endurance, all the while feeling empowered to live their lives with authenticity.

She enjoys spending her time with her daughters, gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, and being in nature. She loves the idea of being a ‘locavore’- she grows many types of vegetables in her backyard so she can feed her family freshly grown, local food. Her daughters are her best yoga teachers, constantly reminding her to live in the present moment and fully enjoy life.

Ai received a PhD in cancer epidemiology from Columbia University, and has nearly 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her research is focused on examining the effect of mindfulness for cancer patients and their families in reducing stress and depression, and has several ongoing studies. She is also investigating the causes of early puberty in adolescents. She works as a full-time research scientist at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research.

  • “Ai’s calm energy, presence, and unique personal style fill up the room in a way that radiates purpose, confidence, spirituality, and playfulness into the practice.”
    — K.B., San Francisco
  • “One of the coolest things Ai taught me is that yoga is not about competing; it's about self-acceptance, personal growth, humility, being in the moment, and having a lot of fun.”
    — P.L., Berkeley
  • “She's always fully present and connected both to herself and everyone in the room in a very personal and supportive way.”
    — L.S., Oakland
  • “Whether you need to get your chatarangas on, or to intersperse you poses with plenty of childs pose, you'll be happy, stronger and more grounded after taking one of her classes.”
    — J.W., Oakland

Ai's Weekly Yoga Schedule


4:30 – 5:45 pm

All Level Vinyasa


9:30 – 10:50 am

All Level Vinyasa

Online Classes

If you're unable to attend the public classes that Ai offers in the Bay Area, or if you're going out of town and want to continue practicing with her, this is a great solution!

There are 35 classes of different levels, focus, and duration. Most classes are short, but you'll get a comprehensive practice that's suitable for busy people who need a quick, satisfying home practice.

Get one month free! Select the Monthly Class Pass option and use code aikubo1month

Yogaland with Andrea Ferretti

Episode 105: Epidemiologist Ai Kubo on How Mindfulness and Nutrition Benefit Cancer Patients