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Hello, welcome to Sattva Fitness Yoga Center. My name is Rached Maalouf. I was born in Lebanon and moved to Boston, Massachussetts in 1976 at the age of 12. I moved to San Diego in 1990 and now live in Escondido, with my wife and 2 children. I completed 3 yoga teacher trainings; Indra Devi Hatha yoga in March 1999, Synergy yoga in August 2000 and Ashtanga yoga in June 2003. My yoga teaching career began in 1999 and I have taught approximately 10,000 classes since then. Yoga is my passion and my way of life.

I opened Sattva Fitness Yoga Center in January 2002; I teach full time and run the business. While teaching and assisting in local ongoing teacher training programs I have witnessed physical and mental transformations of many students. Reading or interpreting a student's body in a pose, making modifications and skillfully using hands on adjustments are my strengths. I live a simple life, eat organic and vegetarian food, and live to serve my family and yoga students.

I am grateful to my teacher Ranjani Cobo M. D. MPH. HHP. and all my teachers and students. I thank God for letting me survive my heart attack and bypass surgery in July 2002 and allowing me to teach more yoga, from the heart, for many more years. Enjoy your precious time on the yoga mat and I look forward to meeting you in my class.

Here are a few other interesting points about my path so far:

  • 3 years contract with Marine Corps Community Services teaching yoga at Camp Pendleton
  • 13 years of Martial Arts experience
  • Eskrima full contact stick fighting, Grappling, Muy Thai Boxing
  • Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate 1991
  • Formerly certified personal trainer with specialty on the Swiss Ball
  • TRX Suspension Training Certification (June 27, 2010)
  • HKC, Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (November 13, 2010)
  • RKC Certified Instructor, Russian Kettlebell Challenge (August 21, 2011)
  • Enjoy sport motorcycling and sport touring
  • Fluent in Arabic

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