~Yoga Alliance Certified + Experienced Yoga Instructor (E-RYT)
~Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
~Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC)
~Professional Member: National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)
~Essential Oil Educator / doTERRA Platinum Leader
~Traditional Thai Yoga Therapist
~Natural Health Practitioner
~Traveling Yogini, Keeper of Sacred Rituals
~Co-Author & Model of the Book:
RADIANCE: Particles of Silence
~Creatrix of the Yoga + Ayurveda + Aromatherapy Mobile Spa!
~Aromatherapist in training!
I started my Yogic journey through books as a way to find relief from the severe depression I suffered as child into early adulthood. I was so deeply depressed that thoughts of suicide brought me feelings of relief. After practicing from books for about a year, I decided I should go to a Yoga class to make sure I was doing things correctly. I found an instructor, Ela, whom I resonated with and took every class she could from her. Ela encouraged me to privately study with her for 6 months in a personalized Yoga Teacher Training. I had absolutely no intention of teaching! I just wanted more knowledge because the practice was shifting my life perspective dramatically and I was finally feeling happy again! One day Ela called me and asked for a favor. How could I refuse my beloved teacher? But when she asked me to sub her Yoga class later that afternoon, I panicked and used every excuse not to teach! She was able to persuade me, and after that first teaching experience, I wanted more!
So I started learning everything I could about the vast subject of Yoga. Through my Yoga practice, nutrition, and therapy, I have managed my depression to the point where I very rarely ever feel that way anymore! I was asked to speak on the topic of Yoga + Depression for Om Zone radio show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2011. To the left here, is a recording you can listen to.
I have been formally trained in Ashtanga and Anusara Yoga, by such humble, knowledgeable, dedicated teachers, and have been passionately teaching and developing Yoga mastery for over two decades. In 2010, I completed the Prison Yoga Project Teacher Training with James Fox. (This is a major story in itself! hahaha). I'm blessed to have been one of the first 6 Yoga Instructors to train with Connected Warriors program to start a Yoga program for combat war veterans in Rhode Island.
I've travelled the world, feeding my passion for exploration and adventure, seeking wisdom, deepening my personal sadhana (practice) and finding fulfillment in ritual, teaching international retreats, sharing the practice of Yoga, and it's sister science of health and well being through Ayurveda. Now, I enjoy leading retreats in sacred places in nature around the world. I think it is so very important to connect with our environment.
When I lived in Mysore, India, I studied pranayama, meditation, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting and Advaita Vedanta, and under the guidance of Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Jois family, I deepened my understanding and practice of Ashtanga Yogasana. “One of my most memorable life experiences was living in an ashram on the Ganges River in India. It changed my life on a profound level because I then realized how everything I did had a subtle effect on me. This revelation changed the way I viewed the world, what I ate, and how I live. It planted seeds within me that are watered and nurtured daily through my own practice.”
I owned and directed a Yoga studio in Bend, Oregon and later held the position of Senior Yoga Instructor in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I taught weekly classes and workshops. I have certifications in Ashtanga, Anusara, Pre/Post Natal Yoga and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga and am Yoga Alliance certified at the experienced level. I enjoy teaching people in private sessions and retreats because this allows me to customize the practice for individual needs, on a case by case basis and connect with people on a more intimate level.
This is one of the many reasons why she was drawn to study Ayurveda. I studied in Albuquerque at the Ayurvedic Institute and am certified to give Ayurvedic Spa/Bliss Treatments. And I graduated from the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program at Sacred Stone Academy for Massage and Ayurveda (SAMA) in Newport, Rhode Island, my home state.
I specialize in diverse teaching environments and working with wide demographic groups of people from around the world. For example, I have worked with people who have suffered severe disabilities and those with terminal illnesses, to the professional dancers of the Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, the Outside Magazine staff and in large corporations. With an active interest in living wellness, I have designed Corporate Wellness Programs, teacher trainings, lead workshops, retreats and Yogic adventures nationally and internationally.
I continue to diversify and refine my teaching and practice, by continuing my studies and delving into the ocean of Tantra. I combine my love of Yoga + Ayurveda + Aromatherapy to offer students an applicable, comprehensive approach to their own health and wellness so they can learn to live life to its fullest potential.
“I am devoted to being a living example of how transformative sadhana can be. The mysteries and benefits of Yoga + Ayurveda unfold for me on a daily basis. I have continued my studies throughout the years by attending trainings and workshops worldwide as part of my commitment to deepening my understanding of this multifaceted practice. I am humbled on a daily basis and grateful for these gifts of my gurus.”
When I was living in Bend, Oregon, I was first asked to model various Yoga postures for an organic clothing company. Since then, I have been enjoying being a model for various Yoga-related ads and projects. I've authored 2 Yoga books, being the featured Yoga model in both of them. Radiance Particles of Silence is my 1st (self) published book available on amazon.com.
My classes are taught in a classical manner with a lightness and joy that is infused into each and every class. I pay particular attention to the fine details of alignment and am skilled with verbal cues which aide each student more deeply into each pose, while weaving Yogic philosophy into each class theme.
“I am grateful to all of my teachers who have blessed my path with their guidance and inspiration. I am driven by a deep and sincere desire to share what I have learned and what I love with others who wish to participate in this spiritual journey."
I AM inspired by:
I enjoy my family, laughing out loud with friends until my belly and cheeks hurt, dancing on the beach, under the stars, to an awesome dj, until the sun comes up, travel, life, love, loving, nature and everything green, photography, treating myself like a Goddess, living the life I love, staying at home when it rains, curling up with a good read, alone time, doTerra's essential oils, dark chocolate, sfogliatelles, Mediterranean living, European men, gardening, cooking, hosting dinner parties, snowboarding, hiking in the mountains, the beach, the ocean, watching the sun and moon rise and set, sustainable and organic practices for healthy living and nutrition, using food as medicine, making herbal remedies and of course, anything relating to Yoga (which is everything)!
I had a fortune cookie that said "You will meet people that will radically change your life!" The very next day I met 2 people that have radically changed my life! They have become my doTERRA mentors, friends, family. My journey with doTERRA began in April of 2014. I am a Platinum rank leader in doTERRA and am an enthusiastic essential oil educator and an inspirational leader and mentor to my business partners.
(I AM actively building this business with an incredible group of people. If you are curious about how to serve others and create a residual stream of income or want to work with me in this regard,
please contact, me, Karuna. )
“I express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to be able to carry on the centuries old traditions of wellness and healing throughout my lifetime. I bow down to all my teachers, those living and those passed, and to you lovers, the fringe walkers, you wild ecstatic dancers of this celebratory life, we walk together!”
Om Shree Maha Maya Ki Jai
“LET THE BEAUTY OF WHAT YOU LOVE BE WHAT YOU DO”