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July 31, 2013

In Memorium: Karl Erb, Yogi and Teacher

karl-erbKarl Erb died peacefully in his sleep yesterday. Karl was a long-time part of the yoga community in San Francisco and taught Iyengar Yoga at Yoga Garden SF for several years and recently was a philosophy teacher in our yoga teacher training program.

Karl navigated life with illness for many years and embodied the greatest benefit of yoga practice and study: insight into living each moment fully and consciously, even at the end.

A memorial service will be held according to Karl’s wishes in September. Donations in memory of Karl can be made to Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute of Vedanta & Sanskrit

Om shanti shanti shanti

By David Nelson

Posted in Articles, People News | 6 COMMENTS |

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  1. Thank you David for this message. Karl is a great teacher and a wonderful presence, I will miss him. My heart is broken.

    Comment by Brian Devine — August 1, 2013

  2. Karl was my first San Francisco yoga instructor when i arrived here a dozen years ago….i have rarely found someone with whom to study regularly , ie someone i trusted enough …
    Just last week, i ask another member of the Yoga community if she had heard how he was doing..for i did not know; i had not been in touch for 3 or more years..
    Somehow , i must have known …
    i am saddened by the loss; he was unique in so many ways…; we give so much without knowing it; our lives are so inextricably intertwined.

    Much love to all who knew him and will miss him.

    Comment by Anne — August 1, 2013

  3. Dear friend and mentor, your teachings will always be so alive! I hold our memories close to the heart. “It has truly been a blessing to have you come my way, or to find myself in your path.” Right back at you, Karl. Love you.

    Comment by Cait — August 11, 2013

  4. Sending my condolences to the Yoga Garden Community.

    Comment by Stephanie — August 12, 2013

  5. I have not been in the area for some time. I am saddened he is not here shining his light, but know that he inspired and helped guide others to find their own light to shine. May his journey continue with grace. I will miss him.

    Comment by thea — July 2, 2014

  6. I just found out that Karl has passed away. I knew him since I was a teenager at UC Santa Cruz, and we were also roommates in San Francisco together. Karl actually showed me my first yoga asana, a simple shoulder opener – and I remember not understanding what the point was, while also seeing Karl felt he was really onto something. Of course, he was right, but it would be a few years before I changed enough in myself to realize that and begin classes. I also worked with Karl and was with him the day he found out his mother suddenly died. So he and I had a lifelong connection.

    Karl contacted me before he died; he was struggling with altered states deeply connected with his spiritual awakening process, and I did my best to offer some support. My sense was he was discovering the divine in his own way, and I wondered how it had all emerged for him.

    He was a kind and pure hearted man, and I’m glad he found his way to becoming a teacher. He truly did have a gift to offer the world. It was very sad when I learned that he had died; I am moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area soon and had imagined meeting up with him to see about reconnecting. I’ll miss him.

    — Will Hall

    Comment by Will Hall — October 27, 2014

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