Yoga Offerings


Practice with Michelle

Michelle offers yoga and writing classes, workshops, personal retreats, weekend retreats and group retreats by appointment. Just one catch — you’ll have to meet her in paradise (Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)!

Weekly Classes

Weekend Retreats

Her style incorporates hatha, vinyasa, yin yoga, pranayama (breathwork), dharma (Buddhist teachings), meditation, mindfulness, writing practice (a la Natalie Goldberg/Writing Down the Bones) and laughter.

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
Panajachel, Guatemala: 2012-15
San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala: 2015-present

Michelle Margaret Fajkus

I’m a yoga teacher and a freelance writer. I fell in love with yoga at age 12, found the Buddha in California at 23 and moved from Austin to Guatemala at 29. Now nearing my forties, I live on the most beautiful lake in the world {Lake Atitlan in the Mayan Highlands} with my partner, daughter and fur family. My dynamic career has included advertising copywriting, school teaching, yoga teaching and retreat center management. Hope to practice with you soon!

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