Michelle 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:
- Levitating Monkey Interview
- Student testimonials
- If you’d like to come on a personal retreat with me, let’s connect!
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