Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan is an ordained Soto Zen priest, a yoga teacher, and most recently is
completing certification as a Health and Wellness Coach.
Shokuchi received priest ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2010 and trained for more
than a decade in residence at San Francisco Zen Center and from 2017-2020 served as Tanto
(Head of Practice) at Brooklyn Zen Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives.
Shokuchi’s yoga practice in the Iyengar tradition began at a Zen and Yoga retreat co-led by
Tenshin Reb Anderson and Donald Moyer at Green Gulch Farm in 1984, and was followed by
more than 8 years of study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco with Judith Lasater,
and 25 years of study with Donald Moyer at The Yoga Room. She completed The Advanced
Studies Progam at The Yoga Room in 1992, and taught yoga widely throughout the SF Bay Area
for more than 20 years. She founded and taught at her own studio, Studio 610, in San
Francisco, and was a member of the faculty of The Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga
In 2002, Shokuchi was invited to co-lead a Zen and Yoga retreat at Tassajara, which she
continued to do annually until 2020. Her Zen partner for most of the retreats has been Ingen
Breen. She has also co-led Zen and Yoga retreats, “Releasing the Habit of Fear” as the Zen
teacher with Alexander Technique and Yoga teacher, Kristen Davis. Since the beginning of the
pandemic, she has continued to teach yoga and to co-lead Zen and Yoga retreats online.
During the pandemic closedown, Shokuchi completed an online program with ADAPT Health
and Wellness Coaching and is currently finishing her certification and preparing for the National
Board of Health and Wellness Coaches’ certification exam.