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HI! I’m Kimberly Ann Johnson- international yoga teacher trainer, Rolfer, women’s health care advocate and doula. In June, I moved from Rio de Janeiro back to my native home in Southern California with my daughter Cecilia.

I have been practicing yoga for 21 years and teaching for the past 15- the path of yoga now so intricately woven into my identity, that I no longer teach much overt philosophy, preferring to guide people through the wondrous somatic journey of self-discovery and self-expression with precision.  I have studied with the three main masters of the Krishnamacharya lineage- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, and Desikachar.  I have made several pilgrimages to India, the most potent of which was a stay at the Ramana Maharshi ashram where I worked one-on-one with my guru for three months, in a period of intense meditation and chanting. Most recently I have been working with Francisco and Luciana Kaiut of the Yoga Studio in Curitiba. I am strongly influenced by the brilliance of Moshe Feldenkrais and my recent training in Somatic Experiencing.

Seven years ago, Brazil captured my heart, ushering me generously into motherhood and womanhood.  I lead retreats in my favorite, and I believe most powerful places, here in Brazil to share the open expression and heart qualities that the Brazilian people and the Brazilian land have to offer.

My practice and outlook on yoga and life have changed radically since I became a mother.  A difficult post-partum recovery, including pelvic floor tearing and a scary diagnosis about repair, led me on a search to heal myself. I traveled to Thailand and Malaysia, spoke to hundreds of mothers, found gifted healers, and opened to the idea of dramatically changing my approach to yoga. As a result of this path, understanding the challenges of birthing in another country and wanting to support pregnant women and new moms, I trained as a birth doula to offer humane care for ex-pat moms trying to navigate and translate the Brazil obstretric maze! I also extended my Rolfing practice to include pelvic floor health care, scar tissue remediation, and post-partum recovery.

I teach virtual yoga privates and mentor new moms struggling with overwhelming post-partum pain + isolation via webcam, helping them reclaim their physical strength, sensuality + divine intuition.

When I am not immersed in the yoga-verse, you can find me hanging with my 7 year old daughter, Cecilia, reading up on the latest birth and pelvic floor research, and dancing to MPB.

Enjoy your time in my virtual home, I hope you discover a retreat, class or program that calls to your heart.

If you are yearning to make sense of what’s happened to your body, mind and soul through birth and motherhood, join me over at Magamama.

Kimberly Johnson, is an American woman in love with Brazil.

Yogini nomad, international yoga teacher trainer, and post-partum care revolutionary.

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