Bio

updated June 15th, 2013.

I began my study of Iyengar style hatha and ashtanga yoga in 1983 with Julie Kimball at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The last 3 of six years I assisted her in her classes.

“How did you get into yoga? Why Citta Chats?” a a more personal story with Erin Kennedy, from a teacher training program In which I taught.

ONE thing. TWO names? TWO Things? NOT TWO? …. whewww.

I still teach private asana lessons at my home. I teach a rigorous style of action in postures, vinyasa, or flow, restorative yoga, and Deep Dharana, or Presence in Asana: more than just moving through the pose mechanically without a chance to be in the body, nor to develop mind-body awareness.

We explore sustained explorations of action in poses as it affects alignment, breath, energy, thought and emotion. Each class is heavily influenced by years of study of ayurvedic & yogic physiology and sciences. Understanding prana, or energy, understanding breath as the bridge between mind and body, between thought and action between thought and emotion, and manifesting this understanding in the practice is at the root of what I teach. Classes are intense, challenging while staying playful, full of a spirit, of adventure.

I studied and apprenticed for many years mostly with Ramanand Patel, who I initially met when in Julie’s class in Santa Cruz, then in San Francisco when I moved here in 1989.I have studied and apprenticed with Ramanand for many years, assisting in his classes whenever I get the chance. I have also apprenticed with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Evlaleah Howard; and taken frequent workshops from Judith Lasater, Patricia Walden, Francois Raoult, Roger Cole, Manouso Manos, and Ramanand Patel, Shandor Remete (“Shadow” Yoga), Eric Schiffman, and others.. And many thanks to the teachers of The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco where I did the two year 500 hour teacher training program as well as the many teachers from many methods that I have explored through the years…

I went to India for the first time in February 1996 to study with BKS Iyengar at Rishikesh in Northern India. Then again I went in 2000 with Ramananda and Mukesh to Swami Dayananda’s ashram.

In 1997 I began studying Vedanta with Swami Dayananda Saraswati, thanks to Ramanand and once set foot in the stream of the sampradaya, the lineage of oral tradition between teacher and student; I have bathed in it every day.

Every year I have either gone to Swami Dayananda’s in PA, and once in Rishikesh. While readings are great, the knowledge and joy is not imparted like the workshops with Swami Dayananda. I continue study of Vedanta and use Swamiji’s materials when teaching courses on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Since then I continue to study ongoing with others in the Arsha Vivya Gurukulam community: Swami Tattvavidananda, Swami Viditatmanananda, Carol Radha Whitfield (a special thanks) and others.

Karl’s Heath, Cancer update July 2013:
Diagnosed with metastasized testicular cancer in 2010, Karl has been unable to work at teaching yoga asana or his day job as internet strategist he has been and continues to be in treatment. 2013 is now the fourth Summer of wrestling this stubborn bug, I am in chemo two weeks on, one week off, and have been since July 2012, when I had abdominal surgery to try to slow it down. I underwent three rounds of radiation to the brain recently in June as chemo does not reach the brain.

For now, I am in a good patch. A strong Phoenix Cycle, so I am making the best of it with these offerings in thanks to all of you gave so much to help met me this far.

I have taught for over 20 years in this town, glorious amazing years with all of you.
Thank you San Francisco, thank you all.

Karl has shifted his teaching from asana or posture practice, to svadyaya self-study, through ongoing weekly small group study and meditation, now online, creating Citta Chats™ Ashram without walls: traditional spirit in relevant contemporary forms.

People have given to so much; through this site I am trying to give back.


Any donations given for Citta Chats Live, Archives, meditation downloads or yogaNexus Art on Zazzle.com go toward my basic care needs and keeping yogaNexus up.The work, the dharma. You’re looking at what I’m up to these days.


Karl’s original Art and “Desire to Inquire” Art with Amy Curkendall on T-Shirts, mugs…

- Woman Handstand Brush Art
- Man Tree Pose Brush Art
by Karl Erb

- Clay Pot, yogaNexus Logo, “You can Call me Clay”
- Mockingbird “Know every song is your own.”
Concept, lyrics Karl Erb
Art Amy Curkendall.


See other gifts available on Zazzle.

And keeping up the work. ~ Thanks, Karl.

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