Kim Manfredi began studying yoga and meditation in 1988 to facilitate healing from a severe fall that resulted in four broken vertebrae. Although she found limited mobility in her spine and permanent damage to her right leg, the benefits of yoga were apparent to her even with her first class.
Louis Delmar, Kim’s first teacher, always encouraged her to seek more than asana from the practice. So, Kim began practicing meditation right from the start. The healing resulting from yoga and meditation was so miraculous that she became a teacher five years later to share the practice with others.
Kim has studied under many teachers in several traditions including Astanga with Patabhi Jois in Mysore, India: Kripalu Yoga; Pandit Rajmani Tinguait, Spiritual leader of the Himalayan Institute; Shiva Rea; Beryl Bender Birch; Baron Baptiste; Bikram; Doug Swenson; and Rod Stryker. Kim is an experienced breath practitioner and has examined and used breath as a therapeutic tool for enabling practitioners to live a radically alive life. Kim is committed to the eight limbs of yoga as a path to enlightenment.
Also a prolific and lauded painter, and with already a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Kim joined the Hoffberger School of Painting graduate program at MICA in the autumn of 2007, winning both the Hoffberger and Polovoy Merit Scholarships. Her abstract paintings, influenced by the Informel, Arte Povera and Zero traditions, can be found throughout our studios and at KimManfredi.com.
Kim teaches in her own unique and eclectic style at our Midtown studio on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm and at the Severna Park studio on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. She also holds multiple Teacher Training programs every year. Kim registered her yoga teacher training with Yoga Alliance, and the teachers are recognized by this governing organization as trained to the highest standards. This registration provides students trained at Charm City to teach in any venue and collect CEUs for workshops completed at the Center.
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