about me

I was born in Seoul and I was called Sungmin. Then when I moved to the States at 5 years old, my mom gave me an American name – one that never resonated with me: Joyce. At 38, when I found my path as a Kundalini Yoga teacher, I was given my spiritual name, Savitree Kaur, and I immediately felt like I came home.

It was just like that: I was home as Sungmin, and home as Savitree. All those years as Joyce, I felt like I was from a different planet, like I didn’t belong here. Those 33 years were difficult for me, and I made choices in my life based on something outside of me. I didn’t know who I was except that I was rebellious, guarded, lost, angry, and afraid.

My spiritual journey began in ’99 (I was 31), and those 7 years culminated into me becoming Savitree Kaur, launching me to become my own most trusted partner, lover and friend. While I’m not claiming to be even close to done with this work, I have learned to love and trust myself, to be more comfortable in my own skin, and to have a more authentic relationship with myself so I may be more authentic and intimate with the world around me.

I am a kundalini yoga and meditation instructor, spiritual teacher, and trainer. I am co-founder of Urban Yoga Chicago. More importantly, 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 so 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 will challenge you. 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. It’s a delicious way to walk this Earth. It’s a delicious way to be with others. And most importantly, it’s a delicious way to be with your Self.

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