The Art of Yoga, with Srivatsa Ramaswami

Srivatsa Ramaswami 

Enrich Your Yoga Practice, and Life Through The Art of Yoga, with Srivatsa Ramaswami.

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Yoga for me has become a decades long practice of love, and learning about myself, and humanity. Through the years, the more I spent time breathing, opening, contemplating, and learning all I can about the practice, and the impact it can have on humanity. I began to yearn for deeper teachings of yoga to help me understand the greater depths of this ancient, yet timeless practice. I have indeed been blessed to learn from several wonderful teachers over the years. They have helped me to evolve my practice in mind, body and soul, in beautiful ways. 

The last few years inquiries about the practice, and what it means to me, and how I could share it with all I touch were becoming ever greater in my heart. How do I teach authentic yoga to all people? And how to I ensure I honor this beautiful timeless practice? 

For many years, I was very poor, and could not afford financially, or from a time perspective to take lessons, or to travel much. Life, as it does, listened to my soul calls, and the last few years, my life has changed dramatically to allow the finances and timing to come together to learn from Srivatsa Ramaswami. As soon as I learned of him, I knew in my heart I was supposed to be a student, and learn as much as I can from him. 

Rachel Cieslewicz receiving 100-hour advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Srivatsa Ramaswami, with assistant, Ryan Lier, of One Yoga Victoria, B.C.

Last summer, that time came. My dear husband, Eric, and I traveled to Victoria, B.C., where Sri was a guest teacher at One Yoga Victoria for a 16 day, 100 hour advanced yoga teacher training. 

From the first magnificent day of learning from Sri, I hoped in my heart, he would some day be willing to teach at Centered City Yoga, and bless our students from near and far with his wisdom of yoga. Each day I was present learning Asana, Vinyasa Krama, Pranayama, Dharana, Sanskrit, philosophy of the Yoga Sutras, and more, I fell deeper in love with yoga, and with my wish to have Sri share his wisdom in Utah. He helped me experience greater love with humanity, possibility, and the ability to use yoga as an inspiring path to self-realization. 

Sri assisting a fellow student at One Yoga Victoria

My wish has come true. Srivatsa Ramaswami will come to Utah, for his first time teaching here, October 20th-26th, 2019. I hope you will join us. I know it will transform your life and practice forever. In the most profound and beautiful ways. Young or old, and no matter your experience of yoga so far. You will be changed in good ways of your practice, and overall experience of life.

Each day from October 20-26th, we will experience in the mornings, direct teachings Sri learned from his teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Together we will learn and practice, Vinyasa Krama, Asana, Pranayama, and Dhara. After lunch we will study from the beautiful text of Samkhya Karika. 

Srivatsa Ramaswami, now 80 years young, is the longest standing student of the legendary Shri T. Krishnamacharya, outside of the teacher’s immediate family. He was blessed to be a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for over 30 years. He studied Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Krama, chanting of several chapters of the Yajur Veda, and Sanskrit philosophical texts like the Upanishad Vidyas from Taittiriya, Mandukya, Mundaka, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka and others including Yoga Sutras and Samkhya Karika.

 Sri teaching yoga philosophy 

He has published four books: Yoga for the Three Stages of Life; Yoga Beneath the Surface (with David Hurwitz); Basic Tenets of Patanjala Yoga; and The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga.

In addition he has published more than 100 yoga related articles, released through “Sangeetha” about 30 CD’s on Sanskrit chants including Yoga Sutras, Surya Namaskara. Has uploaded about 60 videos on chants, Vinyasa Krama talks on YouTube. Has been teaching for the last 30 years—approximately 20 years at Kalakshetra in India. And for over 10 years teaching a 200-hour Vinyasakrama Teacher Training Summer Program at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, apart from several shorter programs in the United States, UK, Canada, Mexico, and India. Please learn more about this incredible human on his web page, Vinyasa Krama.

I look forward to seeing you, and experiencing the blessings as your fellow student, of yoga as taught by Sri. 

Love, Rachel

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Presented by D’ana Baptiste

An evening with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Presented by D’ana Baptiste

Sunday November 11, 7-9pm
Preparation, Practicum, Power, Potential: Questioning Patanjali

Investment is only $20

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There is much more to yoga than poses, and much more to learn about yoga than how to wrap your leg around your head. If you are seeking more than just the next “advanced pose,” this weekend is for you, but don’t expect it to be about posing.

The Sutras are a record of some of the simplest, yet more profound revelations and practices for exploring human potential. I’ve been studying them personally and teaching from them professionally for over 25 years. Each time I revisit them, I learn something new, or get curious about something I’ve disregarded in the past, or understand myself in a whole new way. This is a layered and multifaceted body of work, one that has always been a source of questions rather than answers. The sutras are a record of scientific findings rather than a list of commandments; a book about potentiality and possibility, rather than morality and sin. Less a text that tells me I have no right to interpret them, and more a body of work that says one can (and should) apply these principles to their lives and be better for it. It is in this spirit that I will present this evening discussion. I guarantee it is a fresh perspective, a new way to look at the Sutras and the possibilities therein.

D’ana Baptiste, the founder of Centered City Yoga and InBody Yoga Academy (that was eventually sold to Aron Stein) (Centered City Yoga has its own Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in house), has written and presented curriculum specifically on this topic for 22 years, and has studied over 200 translations in the past 26 years. She is a credible, respected, esteemed veteran of yoga whose reputation is consistently that of a teacher who makes sense of the powerful information, without taking away from the true message.

D’ana has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1988, and has trained thousands of the best yoga therapists in the business since then. She has set the standard for yoga in Utah, opening Alpine Yoga in 1999, founding Centered City Yoga in 2003, and co-founding the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in 1995. Her yoga teaching and meditation can be found on where she is currently a live-streamed and top grossing “coach,” or on her website at

Crossing Over with Guruprasad Singh

A Special Kundalini Workshop on Dying Consciously. 

This practice will be 9:00pm, Saturday, November 3, until just after midnight. 

Cost: $30 if you pre-register, $40 at the door. 
This class features a powerful meditation given to us by our master, Yogi Bhajan, before he left his body. The meditation is called “Crossing the Hour” and he specified that this meditation must be done as one crosses the hour of midnight. 

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Winter Workshops with Jacoby Ballard

Join Jacoby Ballard for one, or all of his winter workshop offerings, deeply rooted in yoga authenticity.

Investment only $25 per workshop, or just $80 if you sign up for all of Jacoby’s four winter offerings

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The Basics of Trauma and Why Yoga Teachers Should Know

Date: 10/27/2018 From: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

What is trauma? Is it necessarily in our classrooms, even if we’re teaching general population classes? How does trauma manifest in the body? If a trigger arises in class, what tools are available to us as teachers, and how do we attend to the whole class while caring for the needs of the person experiencing a trigger?

Come to this workshop for a primer on trauma, providing the most basic and essential information and providing resources on where to learn more or seek training. This workshop is taught by Jacoby Ballard, who has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, having taught in prisons, schools, recovery centers, worked with survivors of sexual violence, care providers experiencing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, and queer and trans communities.

Metta on the Mat: Tools for Approaching the Holidays with Loving kindness

Date: 11/10/2018 From: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Metta on the Mat: Tools for Approaching the Holidays with Loving kindness

This is a lovingkindness yoga practice to tune-up your loving! Beginning with a reading of the Metta Sutra, this workshop will involve Metta meditation, asana, discussion, and journaling.

We will examine the incessant thought-patterns that diminish and demean ourselves and others, and consider whether these patterns are working for us. We will discuss the hindrances to practicing lovingkindness, or what comes up when we do (loving is hard work!).

We will explore what it means to put lovingkindness into practice in our yoga postures, learning how to create ease and grace with each movement and in each moment of stillness. And we will sit with the full contents of our hearts, and learn how to hold our relationships and ourselves with softness and openness.

Post Thanksgiving Gratitude Class with Jacoby Ballard

Date: 11/24/2018 From: 1:00- 4:00 pm

After the feast, amidst the weekend, join for a yogic practice of giving thanks.

This is a practice that honors who we are, the blessings that have been bestowed upon us, and connecting us with all of life around us, without separation. To begin class, we will honor the first people of this land, acknowledging the complicated history that underlies Thanksgiving. We will confront jealousy with the warm practice of gratitude, creating a sense this afternoon that we all are, and we all have, enough.

Come to this Thanksgiving Weekend class to connect with yourself and your deepest wisdom, joining with others on the path. This open-level class will involve asana, meditation, and breath work for yogis of all ages, all capacities.

Come and give thanks.

Proceeds go to Utah Diné Bikeyah.

New Year’s Transition, Clearing and Growth

January 5, 2019, 1-4:00pm

Come to this yoga workshop that will involve vinyasa yoga practice, meditation, journaling, herbal tea to cleanse and nourish, and discussion. Take this time to think about your last year, how you have lived in alignment with who you want to be in the world. We will also take time to recognize and speak to the times when we each haven’t been in alignment with our truth, with compassion, patience, forgiveness, and other elements of our practice. We will sweat out the last year through asana and make space for the year to come through reflection, discussion, and meditation.

Please bring a journal and a mug for tea.

Investment only $25, or $80 for all four of Jacoby’s winter offerings

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Biography: Jacoby Ballard is a white trans queer person recently relocated to Salt Lake City after two decades on the East Coast. He is a long-time yoga teacher, with the highest level of training, having taught since 1999. His style is playful and deep, fun and challenging, and always rooted in the wisdom teachings of yoga and Buddhism. For 12 years, Jacoby has been teaching Queer and Trans Yoga as a weekly drop in class, first in New York City, then in Rochester and Amherst, MA, and now in Salt Lake City, working to support the health, community, and resilience of LGBTQ folks. He is a co-founder of the worker-owned cooperative Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn where he coordinated the yoga and Buddhist Studies programs for 6 years. He is also a co-founder of Bending Towards Justice, an organization that leads anti-oppression workshops and consultations for yoga communities, and was a leading teacher at Adhikara Yoga School in Western Massachusetts, where he led two cycles of yoga teacher training. He is trained in trauma informed yoga by Hala Khouri, and has attended the trainings of Street Yoga, Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, the Lineage Project, Little Flower Yoga Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training, and Off the Mat, Into the World. Jacoby has served on the Advisory Council of the Yoga Service Council for the past 6 years, which brings together yogis teaching in diverse settings such as prisons, schools, recovery centers, trauma centers, hospitals, working with cancer survivors, and more, coming together annually to network and refine skills and tools necessary to this service. Currently, Jacoby is consulting with Lululemon in their Here To Be program, and with Yoga Alliance as they rewrite their policies and practices to greater serve a wider array of yoga teachers nationally and internationally. Jacoby comes from a social justice organizing background, and works to support and nourish local and national social change work through yogic and Buddhist practices, herbalism, and political education, as well as educating and organizing embodied and contemplative communities in social justice practices and participation in movement building. Jacoby speaks on college and high school campuses, leading collective care, transformative leadership, and resilience workshops for campus activists, leaders, and queer communities and consults with organizations looking to either build more justice or more spiritual practice into their organization. Jacoby is also a writer whose work can be found in Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, and Yoga Rising. He is nearly complete with his first book. Find more at


Thanksgiving Day Flow with Parinaz Samimi!

Thanksgiving Day Flow with Parinaz Samimi!

Set your holiday season off to a beautiful start with a Thanksgiving morning practice at Centered City Yoga.

When: Thursday, November 22

Time: 9am

Duration: 75 min

Cost: $20/Early Bird $17 (sign up before November 8)

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A 75 minute music power vinyasa flow trickled with gratitude and soul to help you burn and earn your Thanksgiving feast. Parinaz will guide you through a Baptiste inspired power sequence, creating energy through breath and movement. You will leave feeling empowered, inspired and connected to your community.

Parinaz Samimi has been teaching yoga since 2012, having completed level one and two of Baptiste Power Yoga Training, as well as Art of Assisting. She is passionate about fitness and wellness, having experienced different styles of training, like Muay Thai kickboxing, functional cross training, and ballroom dancing among others. Her relationship with yoga has evolved tremendously. What was once perceived to be a physical practice has transformed into practice of mindfulness and mental endurance. With a heavy emphasis on breath, she will guide you through even the most challenging of practices and leave you in awe of what is possible when you remain present, find stillness, and breathe. As said in her own words:

“My mission is to empower my students to achieve things they didn’t think possible. My greatest passion is teaching, creating connection, and providing a space where people can show up most authentically and leave as a greater version of themselves. I set the bar high and create an environment that allows people to thrive, overcome self-imposed limitations, and rise to any challenge. I believe in people and strive to provide a positive experience for anyone who crosses my path.”

Parinaz also won Best Yoga Instructor through City Weekly’s Best of 2018! She is amazing!


Mah Bound Lotus Workshop | Experience to Merge

Date: October 13

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Cost: $25
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Mah Bound Lotus Workshop | Experience to Merge
With live music by Amanjot Kaur & Karta Purkh Singh!

Bound Lotus, also know as psychic union pose, has it’s root in Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Hatha Yoga. Bound lotus is a restorative posture that engages the entire body by binding it into the symbol of infinity. Like many yogic postures held for an extended period of time, Bound Lotus allows our body & mind to merge into the spirit realm — where all healing becomes possible.

“Mah Bound Lotus makes a person strong like iron on the inside & radiant like the sun on the outside. When a person masters Bound Lotus, they have the capacity to change a person and their environments.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

No previous experience necessary. Suitable for beginners & long time yoga practitioners alike. Will show many ways to modify the posture so you can get the benefits of the Mah Bound Lotus.

Benefits of Bound Lotus include:

  • Enhances physical flexibility – ankles, knees, legs & spine gain increased mobility.
  • Open the shoulders & hips.
  • Improves digestion – internal organs are in fetal position of rest, allowing the rejuvenation of the digestive system.
  • Strengthens the nervous and immune systems.
  • Clears & opens the Chakras.
  • Releases karmic obstacles, negative tendencies & emotions.
  • Develops the state of Shuniya, the divine state of stillness; Anand, supreme bliss; and Samadhi, awakened consciousness.

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CBD Yoga Workshop

Join Sloan Reed and Lauren Sanders for an evening of education, relaxation, and good vibes for their CBD Yoga Workshop and Sound Healing

This workshop will take place Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm in our beautiful Crown studio!

The first workshop was an incredible success! Due to popular demand, we are bring this back again!  It will be held in Centered City Yoga’s beautiful and inspiring Crown Studio.

Sip on CBD-infused herbal tea while Sloan shares her in-depth knowledge of CBD – or cannabidiol – and find out what it is, how to use it, and how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system.

After, let your stress melt away as Lauren guides the group through restorative yoga and sound healing – two deeply relaxing, healing modalities that calm our central nervous system and mind. This type of yoga is good for all ages and abilities – beginners all the way up to advanced practitioners.

This workshop will be sponsored by Plant People, creating formulations of organic, non-GMO, full-spectrum Cannabidol (CBD), 
and other activating herbal ingredients promote health, balance and healing 
of mind and body.

Bring your yoga mats and dress comfortably. 18+ only.

Investment is only $30 per student!

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Meet Lauren! My name is Lauren, RYT and sound-healing enthusiast.

Yoga, sound healing, and meditation have played an immense role in my life. I’ve experienced chronic insomnia and pain, and both have acted as a strong reminder to carve out plenty of time for self-care and rest.

These challenging and ongoing experiences sparked a desire for me to go deeper within myself, and ultimately, led me to getting certified in yoga and different healing modalities.

I like to help others experience these deep states of relaxation so that they can feel more connected to their body, mind, and spirit, and access that inner peace that’s always available to each of us.

I’d love you to follow me on Instagram @cannayoga


Meet Sloan! Practicing yoga and meditation has been a lifetime journey for me. Starting at a young age, I have been healing and going deeper within each practice. Being able to connect with my body through yoga has helped me with self discovery.

Along with my love for yoga, I have also found a passion for holistic and herbal healing.
I was first introduced to herbal medicine as a kid while watching my father heal his cancer with CBD (cannabidiol). After experiencing how CBD gave my father a better quality of life, I was able to work with the plant and grow the medicine for others.
Since yoga and herbal healing have been such influential aspects of my life I have learned to intertwine CBD into my yoga practices. I love to share and educate others on the benefits of this sacred plant and how to incorporate herbal healing into the daily life and yoga practices.
Please follow me on Instagram @sloanreed

Postpartum Preparation Workshop, Preparation for the 4th Trimester

Postpartum Preparation Workshop, Preparation for the 4th Trimester
October 6th, 11:00am-3:00pm
12-1 PM  “ALIGN”
Investment: $100 full day or $25 per session 
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Destiny S. Olsen CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), RYT, RPYT
Destiny S. Olsen is the proud owner of SHAUNTEA, a company focused on individualized health and wellness. She has taught Somatics since 2005 through yoga, dance and meditation. As a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula she believes developing mental and physical health throughout the childbearing year is essential to creating well-balanced children, happier parents and a overall healthier lifestyle.

Destiny S. Olsen will help you look within to find your inner strength through a balanced Prenatal Yoga practice. Tune into your breath, focus your mind and move your body in a empowering, intentional way as you prepare for baby’s debut. Together, you will create a plan that you can set in motion before baby’s arrival. Place down some foundational support to help ease the transition to adding a new family member to spend optimum time with your baby.

Susan McLaughlin, PT

Susan McLaughlin is a physical therapist, a pelvic health specialist, and the owner of ALIGN. People usually come to ALIGN for pain relief, but what they really walk away with is a greater understanding of their body. Susan is passionate about educating clients to tune into their habitual daily activities that affect postural alignment, tissue function and movement. With awareness, clients can create new patterns to build healthier tissues for structural support and fluid movement. Ultimately, the goal of ALIGN is to help people learn self care strategies to get out of pain, improve function, and become more vital. Because when we have the tools to heal ourselves, that is when we thrive!

Susan will teach you how to sustain yourself through exercises that encourage healthy body postures and habits. Adapt new ways of moving to to gain strength during pregnancy and to heal you in postpartum.

Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC

Elizabeth Smith holds a masters degree in public health with an emphasis in maternal child health. She began working at the University Hospital in 2000 as an educator and quickly moved into the management position for the Department of Perinatal Education. In 2003 she was asked to be on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Steering Committee where she worked with a team to get University Hospital designated as thefirst Baby Friendly Hospital in Utah. She was asked to take the lead for Baby Friendly when the previous coordinator changed jobs. Since then she has worked to maintain that designation.Elizabeth is a certified childbirth educator and a board certified lactation consultant. In addition to her duties at the hospital she sits on numerous committees including the March of Dimes Advisory Board, Perinatal Bereavement Committee, Perinatal Professionals Conference, and the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a board member for International Childbirth Education Association, Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank and the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative.

Elizabeth will show you skills and tips to having success for any way you choose to feed your baby. Wether that’s breast or bottle feed this class will help you learn the basics of lactation and feeding your new little one.

Sarah Caldwell, CS, Maternal Mental Health Specialist

Sarah Caldwell is a mental health therapist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She was first introduced to the world of maternal mental health as a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Utah in 2015. Sarah had found her passion and from then on has devoted her career to working with moms and moms-to-be on their journeys to healing. She is especially interested in understanding and treating trauma resulting from pregnancy and childbirth. Sarah works with individuals, couples and groups, focusing specifically on maternal mental health and sex and intimacy. Her goal is that all women who experience pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder symptoms know that they are good moms, they are not to blame, and they can get better.

Sarah Caldwell can teach you how to allow yourself to rest easy knowing how to keep yourself balanced throughout pregnancy and beyond. Adapt healthy patterns and have resources at your fingertips for when you are needing extra support.

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Feel, Move, Do ~ An Eastwest Somatics Workshop with Sondra Fraleigh

Eastwest Somatics Institute Presents Shin Somatics Movement Arts.

  • Bringing together elements of yoga, dance and movement studies, we will explore:
  • Effective Communication
  • Developmental Yoga and Meditation
  • Flow Patterning
  • Somatic Bodywork
  • Come prepared with your mat, and journal in hand ~ take notes and reflect on new pathways of understanding your connectivity to yourself and others!

October 27th!


Investment: $75

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Learn more by contacting Kay Nelson at:
Phone: 435-467-3820

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About Sondra Fraleigh: Eastwest Institute features Shin Somatics® – an approach to healing and personal transformation developed by Sondra Horton Fraleigh through her teaching of dance and movement, integrative bodywork, philosophy and meditation. Her work is informed by her certification in the Feldenkrais® Method and CranioSacral Therapy – as also her study of Myofascial Release, Effective Communication, Japanese Butoh, Yoga, and Zen meditation.
For more than 30 years, Professor Sondra Fraleigh has been a leader in the study of movement and dance. She is professor emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where she chaired the Department of Dance. Her innovative choreography based in somatics and inspired by butoh has been seen on tour in America, Germany, India, the UK, and Japan. She served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance, and as a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, somatics, and developmental psychology. Sondra is also the author of seven books! Learn more about Sondra’s life work  here

“As an educator, somatic movement specialist, and author, Sondra outshines them all. Her workshops are infused with brilliance that cuts to the core of somatic integration.”
~Eastwest Graduate Catherine Schaeffer,
Professor of Dance and Somatics


Yoga for Social Justice Immersion


Friday, January 4th, 2019 (7:00pm–9:30pm)
Saturday, January 5th, 2019 (9:00am–4:00pm)


Yoga and meditation are instrumental in facilitating social change. Gandhi’s non-violent resistance movement, rooted in Yogic principals, later inspired Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. As yoga and meditation are socially transformative practices, this immersion provides practical skills and essential knowledge to yoga practitioners and teachers who want to translate their practices into social justice activism.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social justice issues
  • Be equipped to apply Yoga and meditation in various contexts for social change

This 8.5-hour immersion applies for Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education.


$199 per person

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Who Should Participate

This program is designed for Yoga teachers and practitioners of varied backgrounds and experience.

Taught By

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Sarah Elizabeth Levitt
AS, E-RYT, C-IAYT, CQI, YACEP[/block_grid_item]
[block_grid_item]Erin Meyer
Erin Meyer
PhD, E-RYT, C-IAYT, YACEP[/block_grid_item]

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