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Katarina Svabcikova
e-RYT200 & RYT500

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I am originally from Slovakia, however I have lived in the US for over 16 years now. I practice yoga for over 10 years and teach consistently for almost 5. I have been involved as an assistant and/or a guest lead trainer in 3 Yoga Teacher Trainings so far.


Quite frankly, Yoga saved my life. It is through my own experience of trauma that I have been led to passionately study the topic of healing, trauma, PTSD, vagus nerve regulation, neuroscience as well as practices to deepen my trust, compassion, forgiveness and grace as a way of healing myself.


This process of healing has been my most important work and I am humbled and honored to be able to offer my knowledge, experience and understanding, as well as my own healing, as an offering to you.

Longer story...

At 20 years old when I first moved to the United States from Slovakia, life seemed to flow so effortlessly. I just followed my heart and lived my joy. I landed a great corporate job with an amazing company and moved to Denmark at 26, then came back to the US two years later.


After experiencing a traumatic event in 2015, my life has completely changed and I started to look for effective ways to manage my "life after".  


In 2017 my heart demanded to deepen my practice, and I willfully obliged. I finished my Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching ever since. I was honored with an assisting position at my teacher's side, assisting with Teacher Training one year after I graduated. I have been a guest teacher in various 200h Teacher Trainings in 2020, 2021 and most recently in 2022.

2018 saw the creation of my passion project: The Yoga Essence Project. With this vehicle I would set out to help others discover their essence through yoga. I had the visions of inspiring the people I love and those I'll never meet with the same, genuine passion. In a collaborative effort with the local yoga community, the Yoga Essence Project crafted a book featuring normal people in stunning asanas and it turned out even better than expected. 


Co-Leading  the main class at the Monumental Yoga 2019

evidence-based practices that support the  regulation of the nervous system and somatic movements like Wall Yin focused on releasing stress and tension from the body.

Most recently, in July 2022, I have joined Indiana University Health's Center for Mindful Practice as a Yoga Teacher and a Wellness Consultant, focusing on nurses and doctors in evidence-based practices that support the  regulation of the nervous system and somatic movements like Wall Yin focused on releasing stress and tension from the body.

My personal yoga practice is the practice of my heart because yoga allows me to be who I truly am. To me, yoga is a path to deeper understanding. It is a tool to connect body, mind and spirit. It is a tool to cultivating courage, strength, compassion, kindness and love that are all so inherent to all of us. For me, Yoga is a daily practice of tuning in to myselves, it is a practice of connecting to my heart so that I can be reminded over and over again about the inherent qualities that reside within us – courage, compassion, kindness and love. 


My journey over the past few years has been a beautiful confirmation of how dedication and consistent focus can bear the fruits of our grandest dreams. Such an elegant example of what can happen when our faith is bigger than our fear. 


My love of Yoga is my offering to the community. 

If you've actually read this whole thing, thank you. I welcome you to connect with me via email or you can follow me on social media. 


Learn to heal, balance and love others and yourself.

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