59903070_10161770277150123_384331806998003712_oMichelle Margaret Fajkus

I’m a yoga teacher and a freelance writer. I fell in love with yoga at age 12, became a yoga instructor in Austin and found the Buddha in the Bay area in my early twenties. I have lived in Guatemala since 2009 and have called Lake Atitlan home since 2012.

I lead group and personal retreats at Villa Sumaya and other locations in this amazing country full of colorful Mayan culture and brilliant natural beauty.

My yoga style is SLOW FLOW and incorporates hatha, vinyasa, yin yoga, pranayama (breathwork), dharma (Buddhist teachings), meditation, mindfulness, writing practice (a la Natalie Goldberg/Writing Down the Bones) and laughter. Here are a few links to learn more about me:

Mission & Vision

My intention is to inspire myself and my readers and fellow yogis to live from the heart and be of benefit to Mother Earth and all beings.

The Yoga Freedom Philosophy

Yoga isn’t a lifestyle; it’s life! Yoga is everywhere, all the time.

Yoga is the connection to our breath, bodies and heart-minds.

Yoga helps us cultivate gratitude just because. Every day is a good day — even bad days, even the “worst” days — because each moment is a new chance to be here and love and grow and hold on and let go.

“Truth is a pathless land.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

“My religion is kindness.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“You are the sky. Everything else, it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chodron

“Smile, breathe, go slowly.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


A Brief History of Yoga Freedom

Established: Early 2002 in Austin
Palo Alto, California: 2003-04
Austin, Texas: 2004-09
Guatemala City: 2009-12
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: 2012-present




2 thoughts on “About”

  1. I believe in one God. I believe He created everything and everyone in the world including Yoga and the Mayans. People are given free will to choose how they live their lives. Mayans are not given a choice since they probably do not know about other religions and places. They are not as fortunate as you who have been throughout your entire life given many, many opportunities in life. Maybe too many? Someone who is Christian and knows there is one God has the choice to reject God and the Truth.To take part in paganism is like taking a million steps backward. Early cultures had many gods but they are no longer around. These Mayan folks can believe there are many gods and have interesting rituals and calendars or whatever and that’s fine. NEWS FLASH You are not Mayan. You are a Christian. So start acting like one. Stop offending Our Lord Jesus Christ who died for you and all of us including the Mayans. They share their religion with you and it is new and interesting.Why not share your Christianity with them? Do not forget who you are and where you came from and most of all do not forget the One who gave you your life. He will never forget you Michelle and He loves you more than anyone in the world could ever love you. He is merciful and always wants His lost ones to come back home.I hope you eventually choose the one true God who is Love.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Mom. Actually, sadly, most modern day Mayans are Christians — either Catholic or Evangelical — due to the Spanish colonization that began five hundred years ago in which their ancient “pagan” ways were stamped out through fear mongering and genocide. I do not think I am Mayan. I happen to live in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala and have made it my home, hence have begun to study some of the Mayan calendar. I am neither Christian nor Catholic. Just because my parents are and chose to have me baptized as an infant does not make me so. As soon as I was old enough [ten years old!] to decide, I chose not to participate in organized religion. It intuitively felt wrong to me. I am not Buddhist either, though I have studied Buddhist teachings and meditation techniques because they resonate with me, as does yoga. You are free to believe what you want to believe, and I’m glad that you feel so comforted and happy with your faith. I believe that the Bible was written by humans, the church was created to control and collect money from its followers, God is beyond our understanding, and Jesus was a Jew and a great prophet. I do not believe that there is only one way to love, truth and light.

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