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The foundation of my yogic practice has been focused on the Iyengar tradition, which emphasizes breath and alignment as the principal aspects. I discovered this practice while earning my BA at UCLA in the World Arts and cultures Dept in 2000. Immediately after graduation I trained as a Yoga teacher through Yoga Works under the direction of founders Lisa Walford and Many Ezraty.  It was then that Urban Yogini was born and I began teaching Gentle Yoga classes. After several years of practicing and teaching, I desired a more comprehensive knowledge of the mind, recognizing the strong connection between the yoga practice and mental/emotional well-being. I began my graduate studies in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, where I earned my Master’s Degree in 2005.  These combination of studies created the strong foundation for creating my Life Skills Yoga program. The processes contained in the program offer a pathway for anyone to access their own personal and individual healing.   It was at this point I began working at various hospitals in cancer centers around the city to include White Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist, City of Hope, UCLA Sylmar and WeSpark Cancer Support Center.                                                             Additionally, in 2006, I began a powerful and dedicated Kundalini Yoga practice.  The opportunities have led me to experience life more openly, authentically and with greater joy, compassion, and acceptance for myself and others and have since obtained my yoga teacher training in Kundalini from Yoga West LA, completing in June 2017.
From these experiences I was inspired to produce/direct a documentary highlighting research projects on Yoga therapy to date and am currently showing in a variety of venues, with an emphasis currently on film festivals and yoga studios.


Awards and Affiliations

Honorary Mention-Awareness Film Festival 2017 @ LA LIVE

Yoga Alliance (YA RYT-e200)

International Association of Yoga Therapists (c-IAYT)

Causes and Organizations

WeSpark Cancer Support Center

Elisa Sweigart

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