Michael Gannon, The Yoga Dealer, coming to Salt Lake City!

For years now, my husband Eric, and often my son and I have made a pilgrimage to the Yucatan Peninsula to enjoy the healing ocean waters, take time to care and connect with each other, and the wonderful people of this beautiful land. We also go there to be students of yoga. 

Teaching and self-practice and study are so very important as a yogi. But I have found that if I cannot simply take the time to let go of my careful guidance of doing my best to lead our teachers and students at Centered City Yoga, I start to lose myself. Letting go for just a bit. This means one of two things. I run or cycle to the mountains, or go to the ocean and learn yoga from dear teachers who resonate with my heart. 

Michael Gannon is a teacher who brings a special magic to any practice he offers. I learn from him as often as time and space open.  He is sincere, lives what he speaks, and embodies decades of discipline, and experience he dedicates his life to sharing with all who will listen. When I practice yoga in his elegant yoga shala, Yoga Loft Playa Del Carmen, I am raw, able to be completely present, and come back feeling renewed. I am then able to do a much better job of teaching and nurturing our lovely Centered City Yoga studio. 

What a gift! Michael has agreed to come to teach his knowledge at Centered City Yoga! The dates will be February 22-24, 2019. He has never before taught a workshop in Utah. We are all so very blessed. All students of yoga, no matter where  you live, or what studio you call home, are beyond welcome to join in this special weekend of teaching. You are always welcome to share your light with CCY. Please refer to our workshops page for more details and to sign up!

In the late 90s, the practice of yoga lured Michael Gannon away from chaotic deal making in the American advertising and music industry. He subsequently spent 10 years studying in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009) learning the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Authorized directly by Jois in 2001 to teach, Gannon has taught in over 50 countries on five continents. 

Having trained over 500 teachers worldwide in Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga, his unique teaching style makes the transformational powers of yoga accessible to all with the desire to learn. 

His live teachings have been extended over the years via many DVDs, the first ever Ashtanga Yoga App on iPhone/Android, and his first book in 2018, Ashtanga Yoga Made Simple. 

On his home beach in Mexico, Gannon designed, built, and directs one of the most beautiful yoga schools on the planet, Yogaloft Playa del Carmen. When he’s not traveling, it is here that he spends time at the feet of his three most powerful gurus — his daughter and two sons.

His personal practice and that which comes from sharing with so many other people worldwide lead to the organic evolution of his own experience of Power Vinyasa Yoga. Weather in Ashtanga Vinyasa or Power Vinyasa, Michael’s unique teaching style makes Yoga’s transformational powers — physical, mental and spiritual — available to all. Learn more about Michael on his website. 

I hope you will make it. I will meet you on the mat as your fellow student. 

Love, Rachel 

A Weekend with Internationally Loved Teacher, Doug Swenson



Centered City Yoga is delighted to host internationally LOVED yoga teacher, Doug Swenson. He will be to Utah, June 28-30th, 2019! We are honored to host of the greatest yogis from our Western culture.

Doug began his study of yoga in 1969. He has had the wonderful fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Ramanand Patel, and others.

Doug is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. Over the years he has authored several books; Yoga Helps, The Diet That Loves You Most, Power Yoga for Dummies and Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow,  and most recently, Pioneering Vinyasa Yoga: The Adventure and Daily Practice. Be sure to look them up. They are very good yoga reads! Find links for Doug’s books, and videos on his website. You may also look for his 23 videos on Gaia! 

Doug is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with one of the worlds top instructors. Doug’s classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his students home with a smile on their face and a softness within their heart. All photos are courtesy of Doug Swenson!

During his time at Centered City Yoga, Doug will offer four, 2.5-hour workshops. We encourage you to get the most our of your weekend, and sign up for the entire time period. If you are not able to come the whole weekend, please come to at least a couple of the modules.

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Here is the plan for the June 28-30 weekend!

Friday, June 28th


  • Power to Yin / the Challenge – Leads to Bliss. In this class we create a balance, by splitting the class into two distinct opposing energies! Beginning the class with a challenging (Power-Vinyasa Yoga Sequence) – then moving gracefully into a blissful soft (Yin Yoga Practice) – as we melt into bliss and finish with pranayama and deep relaxation.

Saturday, June 29thMorning Session:


  • Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow (Beginner – Advanced).The main focus of this class is centered on fluid movements of vinyasa and how to expand this philosophy to create flow in your daily life – a variety of yoga postures – both easy and challenging will be used. Explanation will be made as to how the fluid energy lines of vinyasa in your yoga practice can affect your daily life in a positive way. A connection is made to help create awareness of the conscious flow in your daily life using the philosophy of vinyasa to relate to the energy in all aspects of your life.


  • Anatomy of Yoga / Whole Body Anatomy. This class gives the students a broader vision of anatomy – beyond the muscles and bones. A better understanding and respect for our internal world is established. Based on the Nine Anatomical Systems of the human body and the relation to yoga practice and healthy diet.

Saturday, June 29thAfternoon Session


  • Latest in Yoga Adjustments and Partner Yoga –(All Levels) Learn new and exciting ways to help each other with yoga practice, through hands on yoga adjustments and partner work. Class concludes with creation of a yoga dance, from techniques you have learned.


  • Doug and His Story.A little more about Doug, his history biography in regards to yoga, philosophy of yoga. Question and answer period to follow. It is important and fascinating to discover what it takes to live as a yogi in this contemporary time period.

Sunday, June 30th


  • Ashtanga with Extra Spice – (Intermediate – Advanced) This class will follow the order of asanas for 1st level Ashtanga, with the addition of some poses from 2nd and 3rdblended in at appropriate places in your routine. This class includes hands on adjustments and personal suggestions on how to enhance your practice. Class ends with pranayama, and deep relaxation.


  • Avoiding and Overcoming Injury- This is a very beneficial topic in today’s yoga society and will be addressed openly, giving suggestions and solutions for common problems.

I look forward to sharing this powerful weekend of education and community. 




Join Centered City Yoga & Epic One Adventures on Kauai!

Join Centered City Yoga & Epic One Adventures on Kauai! Have you dreamed of a wonderful Hawaii vacation, filled with, delightful community, expert guides, healthy activity– including twice a day yoga with Centered City Yoga owners, Rachel Cieslewicz and Eric Martin? We are thrilled to partner with Epic One Adventures for a trip of a life-time on the beautiful island of Hawaii.

Kauai is the 4th largest island of Hawaii and is considered the most beautiful. Being the oldest island of Hawaii, the tropical growth, pristine waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery must be experienced in this lifetime.

We believe fully that if you are new to a location, or simply want to ensure you enjoy a refreshing stress free vacation, filled with healthy food, adventures, and yoga, it is best to let someone who’s career it is, to create such experiences. Epic One Adventures does all of the planning and figuring out logistics. Eric and Rachel will teach you yoga, and if you like offer tips on living healthier lives, from a yogic perspective. This way you can truly be inspired, while renewing your soul and outlook on life.

Celebrate the renewal of spring. Join Rachel and Eric, and the Epic One Adventures team April 29-May 5, 2019. Bring dear friends or/and family, while meeting new life-long friends of the kindred soul. This magical island will change your life in a beautiful way.

You are invited to join Rachel, Eric and the Epic One Adventures Crew for an experience of a lifetime. You will find that filling your soul with sunshine, adventure and yoga, while also nurturing your call for community and connection, you will return to life with a new perspective.

Life is about journey. We can either choose our path, or be lived…..with no clear direction. Choose to join us on this journey of the heart of adventure and soul. While remembering the joy and happiness that life can be, and wants us to enjoy, you will also have space to let go, and feel freedom. Come back to your daily life recharged and filled with inspiration, with a deep love for life and adventure.

Email  go@epiconeadventures.com to sign up!

A few details:

Dates: April 29th-May 5th

Lodging: Koloa Landing Resort. They offer a 24-hour fitness center (although we are certain you will receive your fill of exercise in other ways!). The resort also features 3 lovely pools, jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor yoga studios, world class restaurants, and a day spa with private treatment rooms. They also offer the  island’s only Ofuro Japanese soaking tub.

Yoga: Two yoga sessions daily offered by Rachel or Eric! Sometimes at the beautiful Koloa Resort. There will also be beach sessions, a session at a Hindu Monastery and more!

Adventures: Some of your adventures include

  • Lots of hiking with views of the most spectacular scenery imaginable
  • Kayaking the Wailua River / Waterfalls
  • A visit to a Hindu Temple
  • Speeding along the Napali Coast in zodiac boats
  • Visit a national botanical garden
  • Stopping at remote beaches
  • Traditional luau dinner and ceremony


  • $4,950.00 Double occupancy
  • $5,750.00 Single occupancy

Meet your Kauai yoga and adventure team:

Rachel Cieslewicz- Owner of Centered City Yoga, in Salt Lake City. Rachel’s yoga journey started at the age of five. She dedicated herself as a student of yoga at the age of 18, while attending the University of Utah. Rachel’s main path is Ashtanga yoga. Her gurus are Manju Jois and Srivatsa Ramaswami. Her wish is to influence every student of yoga to manifest their own human potential and live a life of authentic truth. She enjoys being a mother, to her son and greatest teacher, Canyon. She integrates yogic philosophy and practices into her other life passions as an elite runner, cyclist and endurance coach.

Rachel is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour E-RYT, is a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and holds a B.S. in Exercise Sport Science from the University of Utah.

Eric Martin- An example of a highly successful businessman living a balanced yogic lifestyle. He holds a B.S. in computer science, with an MBA in finance. He has spent 25+ years assisting the turn-around of distressed businesses in many industries. In his off hours, Eric coaches clients for running and cycling, and assists his loving wife, Rachel, managing Centered City yoga. This highlights the truth that it is possible to have a family, run a business, and be a huge asset working an executive role with great health and inspiration due to his healthy lifestyle. Eric’s guru is Manju Jois. Eric teaches yoga with the spirit of Manju in his heart. He stays close to roots of lineage, with perfect adjustments and a humble, yet empowering voice. The opportunity to have Eric as your teacher is an experience to seek after.

Epic One Adventures: Epic One Adventures is a premiere guiding service. We create custom experiences for our clients with the goal of complete satisfaction. If you want adventure in your life, make it an Epic One. Built around the idea that there are people out there, like us, who want a more memorable, challenging and epic experience while exploring the world. This is an incredible way for you to thank your best clients or employees. And there may be no better way to reward yourself and family. You can choose from one of our itineraries, or we can create a custom trip for you. We play hard during the day, yet we want our guests to be pampered at night. We book only high-end accommodations, usually with resort style offerings on property.

*Price includes all lodging, guiding, yoga, permits, equipment, transportation, meals, trail snacks & drinks. Flights not included.

Cancelation Policy: 10% deposit required to secure booking, 50% due 60 days prior to start date. Cancel prior to 60 days and client will be issued a full refund. Cancel 30-60 days before start date, 50% refund policy applies. Cancel less than 30 days of start date, no refund will be issued.


Centered City Yoga, The Original Power Yoga Studio in Utah

Centered City Yoga, the original Salt Lake power yoga studio in Utah, is based in a beautiful glass front building in the popular 9th & 9th district in Salt Lake City. The studio was founded by D’ana Baptiste in 2003 as a Baptiste Power Yoga studio, created from the foundation of the yoga studios D’ana, and her ex-husband Baron Baptiste had originally created together. This is the first and only Baptiste Method power yoga studio in Utah, and continues to this day to be considered the best yoga studio, with the highest trained quality yoga teachers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and beyond.

As with everything intentional, Centered City Yoga expanded over the years to open space for all students of yoga, from myriad walks and paths of life. This meant of course offering the strong and powerful flow yoga classes the studio has always embodied, to over 15 years after its opening, continuing loving and blessing students with expansive education of yoga in meditation and pranayama, restorative, power, Ashtanga, Anusara, alignment-based, Kundalini, and more.

In January of 2017, D’ana sold Centered City Yoga to yogini, Rachel Cieslewicz, whom D’ana trusted would carry the studio forward with honor and integrity, and strength of heart and mind to deepen the roots of authentic yoga in Salt Lake City.

Rachel has dedicated herself to growing the studio with a full spectrum of light energy of compassion, peace and integrity, to shine fully the heart of yoga. Rachel’s mission with Centered City Yoga is to guide all students of yoga, even beyond the studio, to understand and embody the delicate, yet powerful practice of weaving yoga, and its teachings into each moment of life, bringing presence into all actions and circumstances.

Centered City Yoga also has a wonderful and highly regarded school of yoga for aspiring teachers, through the Yoga Soul School of yoga teacher trainings. The school specializes in helping new teachers to not only learn to expertly lead well-balanced classes, but to also bring yoga to all people.

Centered City Yoga will invigorate your mind, body and soul. Learn from our experienced professional teachers, in our clean and contemporary studio space. We offer over 90 classes each week, with almost 40 teachers. We love you and welcome you to your studio hOMe.

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 jacobyballard.com.


Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight ~ Emily Lamberty

Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight ~ Emily Lamberty. 

Part of the process of moving into the season of fall is letting go of fiery summer activities, and choosing to find a place of rhythm, with an air of steadiness. Beginning to sleep more as the darkness falls each evening a bit sooner, settling into school and work schedules, and practicing yoga regularly are great ways to help our bodies feel the steadiness of patterns. This in turn will calm our nervous systems, assist clear thinking, and allow space to breathe into the change of summer heat and activity, to crisp cool nights and refreshing energy.

Part of my shift back to steadiness is continuing with our Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlights. I LOVE to celebrate people. How perfect to celebrate our empowering teachers, while also giving our students a taste of their lives, and what fills them with passion!

This month I share with you a special biography of Emily Lamberty!  Sometimes I tell the story. This time Emily tells her own story of curiosity and adventure, wound into her journey on her path of life:

From Emily ~

Years ago, standing outside my office building at 902 Broadway in Manhattan, I can remember telling a colleague I would like my next endeavor to be teaching yoga. I wanted to do something more meaningful in a professional capacity. I had worked as a commercial photo assistant, a stylist, photographer, mixed media artist, I managed operations for a Pilates certification company, then I did A LOT of temping in offices in NYC until I became a Happy Accident in Hugh Hardy’s office at H3. He brought joy to my life everyday, and I was deeply immersed in the culture of New York. Although it was an extraordinary experience, I knew there was more to my professional life than being someone’s assistant, even if that someone was a gem. (Also, he was 81, I knew he wouldn’t be around forever).

It was 2013, I was nearing the end of my mentorship with William Spear, during which I studied Feng Shui, I Ching, Macrobiotics, Vital Design and Non-Violent Communication. I had started attending studio classes more regularly, and even used yoga in my healing process when I sprained my ankle. (It was described by the physical therapists as an extraordinary sprain, the worst they had in their office all year.) When I moved to Utah a couple of years ago to heal from different trauma and be near extended family, it seemed like the right time to pursue the yoga teacher dream. What I’ve found is that it compliments my feng shui practice perfectly, and I can even incorporate art and photography (my first career) into my practice and teaching. 

Things I love about Yoga and other areas of Life:

What I love most about yoga is its versatility and the space it provides for personal growth. I have always been more drawn to the spiritual and meditative aspects, than the physical aspects. (I do enjoy the milestones and benefits achieved physically, but I didn’t come to yoga for athletics. It is certainly a happy by-product.) We live on this amazing planet in these complex bodies, both are full of mystery, wonder, and surprises. I love looking at dualistic relationships to solve problems and gain insight. 

I also love the overlap I’ve found between yoga and my feng shui practice. Most people think feng shui is about the furniture in your living room; but, more accurately, it is a holistic approach to life. It taps in to the energetic world, as does yoga. For me, Yoga is another tool in the tool box of Feng Shui. Or, perhaps they are two tool boxes side by side with shared tools. I love that they both offer tools for coping with challenges and opportunities. 

Most of all, I love that we’re all connected here on this amazing planet. It brings me joy and mystery to explore. Approaching life as if there’s only one of us here warms my heart and gives me a greater capacity for kindness and compassion. 

Things I focus on as a teacher:

When I teach, I focus on creating a calm and safe space for students to practice. My goal is for people who attend my classes to have a positive experience, whether it’s going deeper into a practice or having a therapeutic effect. As a teacher, I do my best to curate a sequence that flows well from one pose to the next. I really like core work, mainly because it is something I work on in my personal practice, but also because of the opportunity it offers to focus on grounding and centeredness. I look at alignment in each pose. Inserting philosophy and wisdom to accompany the practice is important to me. I love to share what I’ve learned from my teachers! My biggest focus, though, is the breath. I think it’s the most important part of the whole process. 

This winter I’m offering a workshop, Mixed Media and Meditation. We’ll start with an hour of light asana and meditation, then we’ll spend two hours making an art piece you can take with you. You can read more details HERE

I love having Emily as a dear teacher at Centered City Yoga. She teaches a Breathe, Move and Meditate class on Tuesdays 7:15-8:30pm. She also loves to sub for our other teachers when they need help. She is a wonderful human, and yogini.



P.S. More lovely photographs of this Dear Soul, Emily Lamberty

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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Yoga & Live Music W/Kevin Paris & Rachel Cieslewicz

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Join Rachel Cieslewicz and Kevin Paris for an unforgettable Yoga & Live Music class at Centered City Yoga. Rachel will guide us through a soulful 90 minute all-levels vinyasa practice, while Kevin serenades us with live music & the healing power of sound.
Need an extra incentive?
Science has shown that yoga, music and human connection can shift our physiology in powerful ways:
  • restore harmony
  • reduce stress
  • stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system
  • boost endorphins and facilitate healing

It’s practically magic! All you have to do is show up. We can’t wait to see you for another amazing evening at Centered City Yoga!

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$20 early bird
$25 day off
About Kevin:
Kevin is a LA based singer-songwriter, hug dealer & yoga musician, Kevin tours the world performing his infectious, feel-good music. A pioneer in the realm of Yoga & Live Music, he has played for over 1,000 yoga classes with renowned yoga teachers at venues like Wanderlust Festival, Yoga Journal LIVE, GaiamTV, YogaGlo, and studios around the globe. More at www.kevinparismusic.com
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About Rachel:

Rachel is our wonderful studio’s owner! She continuously inspires others to learn what it truly means to live a fulfilling life of joy. Her greatest gift is her son Canyon, he inspires her own deepest love and strength. Her strong, yet lyrical and purposeful classes carry the intention for others to find their own inner beauty and strength, and to connect with their infinite potential. Her students develop the courage and love, on and off the mat, to manifest their dreams and live a beautiful life. This is all while becoming healthy and strong in body, mind and soul.

Rachel is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour E-RYT. She holds a B.S. in exercise sport science from the University of Utah. She integrates yogic philosophy into her other life passions as an elite runner, cyclist and endurance coach. She is a certified Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist.