About me

Too often we settle for 'good enough' because, although we suspect there's a grander vision for our life, we're not really sure what it is...

My moment of clarity came on a trip to Bali. “It’s yoga”. I quit my PhD, resigned from my job and gave myself over to a path I had no blueprint for.

Today I think of it as a leap of faith. At the time it felt like a tumble into an abyss.

It was the best decision I ever made.

Karina looking at us smiling

It’s the seed, ideal or archetypal form of each of us and the first inking anything has of its uniqueness. Importantly, it teaches that we each have a unique role to play in the unfoldment of the universe. That feeling - that there’s a grander vision for your life - that’s mahad. Your job is not to determine its worth. Your job is to express it.

What I’ve now come to understand about traditional practice is that it’s both a science and an art. It’s a science because it contains within it verifiable techniques that will (if we commit to them) transform our lives, unearth our potential and lead us, ultimately, to freedom.

It’s an art because its ability to reveal life’s mysteries rests on our willingness to trust those practices and surrender to the journey. This is what opens us to an experience of life as sacred.

It’s in this spirit that I offer these teachings to you.

For many of us, the thing that stands in the way of where we are now and where we want to be is our conditioning internalised as self-defeating mental chatter. This was certainly the case for me. I was afraid of what others might think of my choice so I spent a lot of time living in what Ram Dass beautifully described as a too-tight shoe.

I was relieved to take it off.

The system of Samkhya philosophy (from which yoga takes its leave) contains within it a beautiful, and ultimately really empowering, principle - mahad:

'The grand idea of you.'

Karina walking in the water on the beach

If you live these teachings from the inside-out they will transform you. If you nurture them, they will nurture you. If you empower them through practice, they will empower you in return.

I’m here to support you on your journey.

Sandy toes and comfortable clothes

Qualifications and experience

  • E-RYT 500 (Yoga Alliance International)
  • YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
  • Initiate of the Sri Vidya tradition (a lineage which extends to Swami Rama and beyond) currently studying under Yogarupa Rod Stryker
  • You will regularly find me leading or co-facilitating 200h and 300h Yoga Teacher Training programs
  • I offer in-person and online classes, workshops, trainings and continuing education programs

client love

"Karina is my compass in this very confusing yoga world. I live on the other side of the world but she has always been there when I needed her. 

It is amazing to have a teacher who is so knowledgeable and also has an amazing way of sharing her knowledge. She never uses mystical language to create an illusion of ‘yogicness’. She is a genuine yogi, walking her path, continuously questioning and expanding. 

I am very proud to be trained by her and I am still seeking ways to learn from her."

ZEYNEP, TURKEY

"I’ve never experienced classes with more depth and wisdom. One of my favourite things about her teaching might be her gift to put sensations that are normally hard to describe into words. I used to call it Karina’s ability to “paint pictures with words“, which you can experience not only in her classes and lectures but also in written form online. 

I’m very grateful to call Karina my teacher. I highly recommend learning from her. It’ll help you to dig deeper not only in your personal practice or your own way of teaching, but to evolve as a person and in life itself.”

SARAH, GERMANY

"As a teacher, Karina’s attention to detail and intentional teaching style sets her apart, but it is her knowledge, experience, and way of communicating that makes her an incredible trainer and mentor. 

Karina is professional, down to earth, funny, and shares the tradition of yoga in a way that is tangible, digestible and relatable. I feel so honoured to learn from someone who demonstrates such integrity as a teacher and as a human being.

Karina embodies the teachings of yoga, which I believe is a true reflection of her own dedication and commitment to practice.  

 

BECS, CANADA

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