about me

I was born in Seoul, and my Korean name is Sungmin. When I moved to the States at the age of 5, my mom gave me an American name: Joyce. At 38, after I found my path as a Kundalini Yoga teacher, I was given a spiritual name, Savitree Kaur; I immediately felt like I was home.

During my years as Joyce, I didn’t feel aligned with anything, like I was on the wrong planet. I made choices based on external points of reference. I didn’t know who I was except that I was rebellious, guarded, and angry.

I found yoga in ’99 and when I received my spiritual name, this 7-year journey brought me to my most trusted partner and friend: myself. While I don’t claim to be close to being done with my personal work, I have learned to be more comfortable in my own skin and to have a more authentic relationship with myself so that I may be more comfortable and authentic with the world around me.

I am a yoga & meditation instructor, spiritual teacher, and co-founder of Urban Yoga Chicago. I am a life-long student. I surround myself with people who aren’t afraid to tell me the difficult things I need to hear, and with mentors and teachers that will both challenge and nurture me. I get so much out of working with clients and being witness to their journey, and I feel grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of their lives. I’m not always the easiest person to work with because I challenge. I make it worth your while. I’m very passionate about helping you tune into your inner navigation system so that you may start breaking through your blindspots and into your sweet, rich essence.

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