Indira Kate Kalmbach
Founder, Director of Yoga Teacher Trainings, E-RYT 500
Indira Kate Kalmbach understands yoga as a physical, mental, and emotional discipline with the potential to transform human being-ness. Her yoga teaching embodies an ecological sense of the world-community which includes all of nature, exiling nothing.
Through a seamless weaving of physical alignment, emotional attuning, and a deep understanding of the human psyche, Indira creates inspiring yoga classes that invite students to practice radical self-acceptance and to leave class feeling fully present, grounded and awakened. Indira's classes inspire mindful presence with respect for real, bare-bones experience.
Indira has been practicing yoga since childhood: her mother was a yoga student and follower of Ram Dass in the 1960s and transmitted her passion for mindfulness and yoga to Indira at an early age. It was in the 90’s in college that Indira began studying and practicing in earnest; she was first certified to teach in 2004 through the Nosara Yoga Institute under the expert guidance of her teachers Don and Amba Stapleton. She went on to work extensively on faculty with Don and Amba for their Interdisciplinary yoga teacher training programs for many years before founding PYC. Indira is an ERYT-500 Registered Yoga Alliance teacher and is the founding director of all 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs at Pavones Yoga Center.
Indira approaches the practice of yoga as a lifelong student. She continues to expand her understanding of yoga through daily practice and by annually attending yoga workshops in physical anatomy, physical therapy, yoga philosophy, and the healing arts. To date Indira has undertaken thousands of hours in yoga training including with Elise Browning Miller (Yoga For Scoliosis), Colleen Gallagher of the Iyengar Tradition, Neurokinetic Therapy, Restorative Yoga Therapeutics with Jillian Pransky, and Bandha Yoga Anatomy with Ray Long, MD, to name a few. She is greatly influenced by her time studying metta meditation with Stephen Cope, open awareness practice with Ram Dass, and contemplative studies through the lens of Zen Buddhism with Roshi Joan Halifax. Indira is also endlessly grateful for formative time spent at Tekishinjuku Kyoto Kokusai Zendo in rural Japan.
Indira brings her background in Philosophy and English Literature into her classes by writing her own myths of the asanas based on multiple translations of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. She often she weaves these and other relevant life-stories into her yoga classes. In addition to writing the yoga teacher training manual Teaching Multidimensional Yoga: A Guide For Students and Teachers (only available as part of the 200-hour yoga teacher training program), Indira has published work in Origin magazine, Mantra magazine, and Elephant Journal. When not immersed in yoga teacher trainings, Indira is most passionate about her one-on-one yoga teaching. With the expert guidance of Olympic athlete Ron Davidson she has developed a unique visualization practice for professional surfers (with whom she works). She teaches private sessions for teenagers and adults with scoliosis and, with professional surfer Leilani McGonagle, has developed a sequence for S-curve scoliosis based on the Scroth method. Indira also teaches public yoga classes for students of all levels and from all traditions.
Of all her teachers, Indira most grateful to her father, Mike Kalmbach, for teaching her life's deepest, most enduring life lessons.