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bruno prager



 —  Yoga Journey


​Bruno Prager was born in New Orleans in 1974 and lived there until moving to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. During college, he experienced periods of major depression and anxiety that kicked him into a deep search for solutions. Studying abroad in Australia, he was exposed to Eastern philosophies, glimpses of what would become a lifelong passion.


He had his first practical experience of yoga in 1997. Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga woke up a deep sense of connection with the discipline and a fire was lit. He traveled to India to explore yoga further. During his nine months there, he practiced under several accomplished yoga practitioners  including K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga, and Swami Vivekananda Saraswati in Rishikesh. 

In India he was directed to Richard Freeman in Boulder, CO as a teacher he might deeply connect with. That was the case and Bruno became a close student of Richard, eventually assisting his classes and workshops, including the Yoga Journal Conference. 

During these early intensive years of training, including meditation retreats, and an in-depth exploration of Iyengar yoga, he came across an unusual method of yoga that was brought to the U.S. by a man named Francisco Kaiut, a teacher who later became a pivotal figure in his life.

In 2009, Bruno experienced a severe depression. With great fortune he found Francisco who was traveling in the U.S. at the time. Francisco invited him to Brazil to work with him personally in the hope of beginning a deeper healing process.


​Under Francisco's close guidance, he practiced several hours a day for the next six months. He returned to the U.S. grounded in a robust state of health. The work in Brazil had created a new baseline and balance of mind that he has enjoyed since.  

​He has maintained a close connection with Francisco over the years and on a return visit to Brazil in 2014 he met another passionate student of Francisco, a woman who was studying closely with him and running a full-time studio dedicated to the Kaiut Method. Her name was Alessandra Grando.

In 2016 they opened SATI Yoga New Orleans to offer the tools that have brought so much benefit to them.

​Bruno goes forward with profound gratitude to his family, Alessandra, his partner in life and yoga, Francisco Kaiut, Richard Freeman, S.N. Goenka, Nancy Stechert and all those he has been blessed to know over the last 25 years. 

— Yoga Bio —


  • 6 month intensive under Fransisco Kaiut (Curitiba, Brasil,  2010)

  • teacher training and workshops (U.S., Brazil 2006-2020)


Ashtanga Yoga

  • one month intensive with K. Patthabi Jois (Mysore, India)

  • 800 hours of teacher intensives with Richard Freeman (Boulder, CO)

  • 200 hours of advanced studies with Richard Freeman (Boulder, CO)

​Iyengar Yoga:

  • 700 hours of intensives with Nancy Stechert and various senior Iyengar teachers (U.S., Australia, India)

Agama Yoga:

  • 200 hours of traditional hatha yoga yoga with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Rishikesh, India)  

Vipassana Meditation:

  • ten-day retreat (Ladakh, India)

  • multiple retreats with S.N. Goenka's assistant teachers

  • 4 months of volunteer service at Vipassana meditation centers (worldwide)

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