The Art of Yoga, with Srivatsa Ramaswami

Srivatsa Ramaswami 

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

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. 

Centered City Yoga “Crown” studio in Salt Lake City Yoga where Sri will teach 

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. Please register here. 

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

BREATHWORK with Rebecca Kordecki

May 6th ~ 8:15-9:30pm in Crown Studio at Centered City Yoga! Join Rebecca Kordecki for THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BREATHWORK & SELF FORGIVENESS WORKSHOP

Breathwork is a tool that can take you out of your head (monkey mind) and connect you to your emotional, spiritual being. Using circular open-mouth breathing technique, similar to Holotropic Breathwork, you will go deep inside. This style of breathing gets to the core of it. You will not leave the same as when you walked in.

Breathwork has a way of supporting and encouraging people to release locked away feelings and emotions. Many people say one session of Breathwork is like 10 years of therapy—only clearer and deeper!

What To Expect: After a brief introduction about Breathwork and a few group exercises, we will then go into the active breathing portion of class, which will last roughly 30 minutes. During the active breathing, the music will play above regular meditation style volume. The volume of the music is a bit louder than normal volume to help release of any stuck emotions, pains, or trauma. Rebecca will support you in shutting off your brain banter so you can focus on opening your heart and spirit to see what comes up and ultimately find more clarity.

Breathwork transformations happen most often when students commit fully to the process of using their breath as a healing tool and it’s in those sessions where some very big emotional releases happen.

Please come with an open heart and mind and be ready to shift. But whether you have a dramatic emotional release or a more subtle experience—it’s still a win! You will leave feeling lighter, freer, more aware and create more space for being a kinder, gentler version of yourself.

What to Bring:

A picture of yourself at 2,3,4 years old; this can be on your phone or a printed version. If you have an eye mask please bring it. Also a blanket if you tend to get cold.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Kordecki has studied the work of Dan Brulé, the world’s foremost expert and renowned pioneer in the field of Breathwork.  She has trained with Jon Paul Crimi one of the top Breathwork coaches in Los Angeles and Stan Grof, the founder of Holotropic Breathwork. She has developed her own style of coaching that is geared towards supporting students to release stored emotions to clear space for living joyfully and with a renewed sense of clarity. In addition, Rebecca has enjoyed a robust 22-year career as a Celebrity Trainer and Wellness Expert working with Fortune 500 executives, professional athletes & celebrities.She has appeared on The Today Show, EXTRA and has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, InStyle, Glamour and Shape magazine.

Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at The Den Meditation Studio in both Hollywood and Studio City, California. To learn more about Rebecca please visit

Investment for this practice is only $30   


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Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight— Sarah Elizabeth Levitt

Centered City Yoga Teacher Highlight— Sarah Elizabeth Levitt

With the completion of 2017, merging into the beginning of 2018, I am delighted to share a teacher highlight of Sarah Elizabeth Levitt. Sarah has been with Centered City Yoga for well over a decade! She is dedicated and lovely. Her teaching and soul radiates a shining a light of a truthful authentic yogic heart. We are blessed and so very fortunate to have Sarah Elizabeth with us.

Sarah Elizabeth has been a student of yoga since 1994. She began teaching the practice in 2007. She continues to teach beyond the walls of the studio to this moment. She is one of very few certified yoga therapists in Utah through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Sarah, like many of our teachers holds wisdom, education and experience in myriad of fields and disciplines, which adds deep value to her teaching. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and specializes in Yoga in Healthcare. And is also an amazing Qigong and meditation teacher and practitioner.

Sarah Elizabeth believes fully in living what she teaches. She practices yoga and mediation daily with the intention of living yoga in every moment. Her beautiful family also shares not only in practicing, but in teaching yoga as well! Both her son,  Perry Lane Decker, and husband, Olin Levitt, are yoga teachers! They are also certified yoga therapists, and excellent yoga teachers at our beautiful Centered City Yoga Studio. They each exude the beauty, strength and grace a dedicated and disciplined yoga practice can manifest in humans.

Sarah Elizabeth with her husband, Olin Levitt

Perry teaches at Centered City Yoga, Mindful Power on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm. Oli teaches our Intro to Yoga class on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am, as well as the Saturday 7:30-8:45am Stiffer Bodies class. Oli and Sarah Elizabeth co-teach Qigong on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm. Oli is also about to lead Yoga 101, a beautiful workshop for new yogis, and experienced practitioners looking to set a deep foundation of yoga. Learn more about this workshop on January 6th, here.

Sarah Elizabeth with her son, Perry Lane Decker

Back to Sarah Elizabeth! As part of her excellence, in striving to make a big positive difference in society, she and fellow teacher Erin Meyer, Ph.D., created an amazing yoga workshop intensive which can either be taken as a stand alone workshop, details HERE, or included in Centered City Yoga’s Yoga Soul teacher training 300 hour program beginning January 26. The workshop is called, Yoga as a Path to Social Justice. It is designed to educate its students on the deep intelligence of ancient yoga philosophy and practice, and pave a flowing path to solving issues in our communities and societies on all levels. It is a thoughtful impactful way to think and act, while sharing a powerful and light-centered way to change our World positively. It is not to be missed. Sarah Elizebeth and Erin are passionate social justice and health equity advocates. This workshop is a beautiful culmination of much of their lifes’ work.

Sarah Elizabeth at the IAYT Conference

Sarah Elizabeth is a published author. One of her pinnacle pieces is here. She works as the Associate Director, University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition (UUCCN), and the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology in the College of Health. Always wishing to consciously and continuously learn, she is currently a Social Work student at the U of U, with an emphasis Social Enterprise Administration. Sarah Elizabeth is committed to the elimination of health disparities, and the prevention of disease and integrative health. Learn more about Sarah Elizabeth on her LinkedIn page.

Sarah Elizabeth teaches Yoga and Medical Qigong for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, for Primary Children’s Hospital and for Intermountain Healthcare,specializing in yoga for cancer patients, care providers and healthcare staff. She is a strong advocate for accessible yoga that can benefit people of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities.

I love having Sarah Elizabeth as a dedicated and fantastic human, and teacher at Centered City Yoga. She is witty, fun and very wonderful to speak to and learn from. Do attend her Qigong class, and the Yoga as a Path to Social Justice workshop. She will change how you see the world in very light giving, highly vibrational ways. She will help you find beautiful intelligent ways to move through your life.