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Monday, April 26, 2010

Yoga Swami

Last night had the most amazing yoga class ever @ Yoga Swami's.

Yoga Swami is a donation-based yoga studio in downtown Encinitas, CA, on the historic 101 coastal highway.

912 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
Tel: (760) 840-1189

Yoga Swami is a donation-based yoga studio in downtown Encinitas, CA, on the historic 101 coastal highway. It was founded to inspire a different way of being in the world by providing a place of nonexclusive community involvement and consistent practices that inspire its sustainability and the preservation of land. Yoga Swami is certified by the Green Yoga Association, a network of businesses, teachers and individuals who practice non-violence to the Earth through business and yoga, as an eco yoga studio.

Yoga Swami sits on land certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a part of its worldwide network of mini refuges. The certification recognizes the center’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, which allows for wildlife to find quality habitat-food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young. Built in the early 1940s, Yoga Swami is an integral part of the heritage and history of Encinitas.

Yoga classes are held inside a yurt, a circular structure that provides beauty, comfort, and durability. With its circular design and spacious interior, the architecture of the yurt encourages both an active yoga practice as well as quiet contemplation. What makes this space so special is that students practice together in a “kula” – community – setting: mats are facing toward the center, symbolic of both the inner center and the coming together of community.

The teacher that I had last night was amazing, Katie Brauer. I can't wait to take more of her classes in the upcoming week.

Originally from Sydney Australia, Katie teaches Kripalu/Vinyasa Flow Yoga and is a practitioner of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

Known for her inspirational teaching style and ability to create a safe and sacred space, her classes are blend of Kripalu/Vinyasa Flow Yoga infused with yoga philosophy, technical alignment and her heart felt humor she draws on her own life experiences, her many teachers and her numerous adventures around the globe to bring you a truly multi-dimensional practice and experience.

Katie is a Certified Teacher of Kripalu Yoga, Shiva Rea Vinyasa/Prana Flow, Pre/post natal Yoga, Journey Dance and Yoga Trance Dance. A Certified Practitioner of Bio-Dynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Massage Therapy. She has studied Reiki Level I & II, Reflexology, Chi Nei Tsang, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu in China. She is also Certified in Classical Pilates and studied Anatomy and Physiology at the University in Sydney. Katie teaches and leads workshops Internationally and throughout the USA.

*If you live around this area, or ever find yourself passing through - CHECK OUT YOGA SWAMI.

Liberation comes when you drown yourself in the nectar of who you are -Chris Tompkins

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