Los Angeles, California
- Yoga Teacher Training
- Ayurvedic Medicine
Serge Berliawsky has been practicing the Yogic arts of India & Tibet since his youth, and teaching Yoga for over 16 years. He holds a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South-Asian traditions, a certificate in Yoga Philosophy, a diploma in the study of Yoga & Ayurveda, an E-RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance, he reads/writes Sanskrit, and is currently enrolled in a Ngakpa (Tibetan Yoga) Seminary program.
Serge entered residential training in a tantric yoga school as a homeless 19-year-old, completing a 1000-hour yoga teacher training program in traditional lineage-based Hatha Yoga. There he further studied, practiced, and completed intensive retreats in Kundalini Yoga, Taoist Yoga, Tibetan Yoga, and Sufism. During this time, Serge began managing the school's local yoga center, teaching countless yoga classes each week and organizing retreats. Upon completing his training and being initiated as a teacher, Serge moved on to complete over 20 retreats with Pema Khandro Rinpoche, wisdom holder & Lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He further took refuge with and continues to honor/attend teachings with Lama Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche, and spent years studying and practicing Kundalini Tantra intensively with Umaa (Uma Inder), master kundalini tantrika & dedicated practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine.
While continuing to practice with his heart-teachers, Serge refined his studies in Sanskrit mantra with Vedic priest and pujari Shri Shiva Kumar. He deepened his knowledge of sacred texts studying with Srivatsa Ramaswami, longest-standing disciple of Sri T. Krisnamacharya (outside the guru's family). Serge studied Yin Yoga with it's founder, Paul Grilley, and completed residential training with Yogiraj Ganga White, founder of the original Center for Yoga in Los Angeles in 1967. He has undertaken in-depth studies with (Yogarupa) Rod Stryker, received certification in Vedic Yoga from Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda, and completed advanced residential Yoga training with friend and teacher Saul David Raye. In India, Serge was certified to teach traditional Tantric Asana practices by Shri Kali Ashram, and studied the system of Shri Vidya extensively in a remote complex of Goddess Temples. He has stayed in many Ashrams, received meditation instruction from many Swamis, learned classical Hatha Yoga directly from Nath and Kanpatha Yogis in the North, and received Puja & Homa instruction from a wide variety of priests, saddhus and tantric adepts throughout the Indian sub-continent.
His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula (yogic community), engaging in lengthy daily practice before the hours of dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, Serge blends his knowledge of traditional Yogic practice & philosophy with 1000's of hours of training in Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Rudra Yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism.
Diploma in the study of Yoga & Ayurveda, an E-RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance
BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South-Asian traditions
1000-hour yoga teacher training program in traditional lineage-based Hatha Yoga
Studies in Sanskrit mantra with Vedic priest and pujari Shri Shiva Kumar
Years In Practice