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Yvonne Papanek

Yvonne (Siva Kami) Papanek teaches Hatha, Restorative and Yoga Nidra at Yogi Civilian Studio,LA. An Integral Yoga instructor with an extensive background in Dance, she began teaching Hatha Yoga in 1996, was twice in the residency program at Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia. There, she had disciplined studies in meditation, philosophy, asana and pranayama. Following the lineage of Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj, Swami Satchidananda instilled in her a deep respect and practice for the integration of all branches of yoga and especially, the spoken word. An Integral Yoga, BSR Wellness -tailored classes designed for veterans, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Dr. Dean Ornish Reversal of Heart Disease Certified Instructor, she also holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Yvonne has performed and led numerous workshops in the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Bali and Belize. A former dancer with Oguri and Body Weather Laboratory, she joined Min Tanaka's BWL in 1991 and has made extensive practice and study of mind-body communication using imagery, visualization and kinesiology. Yvonne was the Wellness Group Facilitator at the Canyon at Peace, a dual-disorder recovery center in Malibu, CA where she presented a diverse array of mind-body therapies in yoga, deep relaxation (stress reduction) and experiential exercises for addiction and rehabilitation. A VA volunteer instructor and works part-time at Surya Spa,LA. Her teaching is rooted in the holistic nature of yoga and community.  Her expertise and yogic intuition informs her instruction with health education and love for life and the sustainability of our planet. In addition, she has a broad base of experience including but, not limited to, trainings with Kundalini, Iyengar, Yoga Therapy, long form Shiatsu, Marma Therapy and Macrobiotics.

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