Bruno Prager was born in New Orleans in 1974 and lived there until moving to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. During college, he experienced major depression and anxiety that kicked him into a deep search for solutions. Studying abroad in Australia, he came across Eastern systems of thought, 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. Three years after his first yoga class, he traveled to India to explore yoga further. During his nine months there, he met and studied with three yogis, including K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga.
Upon return to the U.S., he found Richard Freeman, a master of the art and rare teacher, in Boulder, CO. 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 multiple meditation retreats, and an in-depth exploration of Iyengar yoga, he came across an unusual method of yoga that was brought to Colorado by a teacher named Francisco Kaiut, a teacher who later became a pivotal figure in his life.
In 2009, Bruno experienced another severe depression. With great fortune he found Francisco who was traveling in the U.S. at the time. Francisco invited him to Brasil to work with him personally in the hope of beginning a deep, perhaps slow, healing process.
Under Francisco's 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 and all those he has been blessed to know over the last 25 years.
KAIUT YOGA METHOD:
6 months intensive training under Fransisco Kaiut (Curitiba, Brasil, 2010)
teacher training and workshops throughout the last 14 years (U.S., Brasil)
continuing studies (U.S.)
200 hours of formal studies of hatha yoga with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Rishikesh, India)
700 hours of intensives with senior Iyengar teachers (U.S., Australia, India)
30 days with K. Patthabi Jois (Mysore, India)
800 hours of teacher intensives with Richard Freeman (Boulder, CO)
200 hours of advanced studies with Richard (Boulder, CO)
ten-day retreat (Ladakh, India)
11 retreats under S.N. Goenka in tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Kin (worldwide)
4 months of volunteer service at mediation centers (worldwide)