About Kim Schwartz
Kim's precise and original teaching style originates from a deep personal knowledge and life-long yoga practice; he began studying yoga in 1971, started teaching in 1985, and instructing teacher training programs in 1987. With rare attention to detail, Kim continues to learn, discover and pass on new insights, finding the right words to help students explore the organization of their bodies and minds. Kim's approach to teaching is towards the “liberation of the practitioner” so students can continue their personal exploration of the practice in and out of class.
In his classes, Kim gently yet meticulously challenges us to learn about ourselves by moving deeply into our bodies and perceptions, compassionately taking us where we need to go. With a rare and keen insight to the nuances of poses, accompanied by his quirky sense of humor, Kim safely encourages us to go to new places inside of ourselves and find our edges in the practice. Above all, Kim teaches us through his example of self-examination and kindness both on and off the mat.
Kim's students respect him not only for his gifts in teaching asana, but also for his knowledge of yoga philosophy. He was raised with eastern mysticism, ordained as a swami in the Kriya lineage in 1986 and continues to be guided by the philosophy of yoga in his life and teaching. He incorporates this knowledge in his classes experientially, allowing students to discover the subtle magic of yoga through their own practice. Kim has considerable depth in conversing about the esoteric or mystical teachings of yoga, but with the insight to distill and share from the teachings what is useful and practical right now.
In addition to studying and teaching yoga in Albuquerque, Kim stays busy leading two teacher training programs and traveling as a guest teacher throughout the US and Canada. Some of his other talents and interests include building custom guitars and his alter ego activity, driving sports cars.
Some quotes from Kim's students:
“Kim has a lack of agenda and lack of ego, he knows when not to take himself too seriously and that is refreshing.”
“I had not incarnated into my body until I met Kim....."
“Kim has a prismatic way of seeing the poses, dissecting and building them in so many new ways.....he is a yoga architect.”
“By helping me find such depth in the poses, Kim helped me open my heart and begin the path of healing and transformation”
“Kim teaches you how to be your own teacher. I trust him as a guide on 'the path'.”