Hello, yogi!

Hello, yogi!

I’m Karina. Nice to meet you. I am a certified yoga instructor, and I help busy moms feel better and stronger with yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques.

Yoga has provided me with the tools I need to balance everyday life, motherhood, and entrepreneurship. So, my mission is to share what I have learned with others, helping them to accomplish the same.

About

About Me

People often get my country of origin wrong. No, worries, I’ll tell you. I was born and raised in Latvia, a small country in Northeast Europe.

 

Up until the age of 23, I did what was expected of me – graduate, get a well-paying job, an apartment, a car, and a relationship. On the surface, I had it all together. Yet, I was exhausted, overworked, and struggling with depression and anxiety.

 

Fed up with everything, I decided to start a completely new chapter in my life. I packed my belongings into two suitcases and got on a one-way flight to Spain. Since then, I’ve lived and worked in different corners of the globe.

 

I was an au-pair for two hyperactive boys in Spain, volunteered at a community center in Spain working with troubled youth and at a Buddhist boarding school in Northern India, taught English in quite a few places, backpacked around Southeast Asia for months with barely any plans, worked in China for three years, changed careers, and co-founded two businesses. I am very grateful for all these experiences because they helped me grow as a person and become who I am today.

 

Now, I’m a certified yoga instructor and marketing professional. I am married to my best friend and business partner and live in the south of Spain.

My Yoga Journey

My yoga journey began in my mid-twenties. It was my first month living and working as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain, when my colleague asked me to join a class with her.

 

I’d never done yoga before and didn’t think it would be something I’d enjoy. Instagram wasn’t a thing yet, and I thought that yoga was just mild stretching and meditation. I was more into weights, gym, jogging, and getting a good sweat. Yoga? I have better things to spend my money on…

 

Luckily though, I didn’t want to be rude and reluctantly agreed. I was instantly in love with what I later discovered to be Vinyasa Yoga. It combined strength, flexibility, balance, and flow that I liked about athletics, weightlifting, and dance.

 

Initially, my practice was purely physical. However, I gradually started noticing how it was doing wonders for the stress, anxiety, and depression that I’d been dealing with for years. Yoga encouraged me to make healthier food choices and take better care of myself, helping me become happier and more fulfilled.

 

When I met my future husband Mike, our entrepreneurial ventures pushed me to wrap up my career as an international English teacher and fully dive into pursuing my passion for yoga.

 

I decided to go to the birthplace of yoga – India – and completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in sunny Goa.

 

While the training served as a starting point, it only scratched the surface. I realized just how little I actually knew. Moreover, much of the information on yoga available out there didn’t feel right or didn’t make any sense to me. So, I dove into some serious self-studying to solidify my teaching style and ensure that my classes are safe, well-rounded, and beneficial.

My Why

I grew up with a single mom. She repeatedly stated that she wasn’t able to get back in shape after she’d had me. She fell victim to any new fad diet, took minimal care of herself, and didn’t exercise. Without a healthy example, I developed unhealthy food habits and thought that self-care was selfish and a waste of time.

 

Now, I’m a mom myself. Motherhood has been challenging, especially while building two businesses at once. However, it’s also been one of the most rewarding and transformational experiences in my life. My little humans observe and soak up everything I do. So, I realized that if I wanted them to develop healthy habits, I had to be that example to them.

 

Over the years, yoga has helped me stay in shape, gain confidence, and improve my mental well-being. I firmly believe that yoga can be beneficial for everyone. However, working with women during their pregnancy and beyond brings the most joy to me.

 

My mission is to help busy moms establish a consistent yoga and mindfulness practice to be better role models for their little ones and better show up for those they love. I aim to accomplish this by translating ancient yoga wisdom into relatable and straightforward everyday terms and making physical yoga practice safe, fun, well-rounded, and accessible.

 

Does it sound like we share values and would get along? Then, connect with me on Instagram or Facebook, and check out how you can practice with me.

My Teaching Style

Though my personal practice and teaching style are constantly evolving, they are based on the Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga systems.

 

I design creative and dynamic sequences that focus on improving flexibility, endurance, strength, and balance. They combine classic and attainable yoga poses with those that are more challenging and advanced. Most of my classes are suitable for all levels and have plenty of options and modifications.

 

To complement the active yang practice, I also teach Yin Yoga classes. They have a greater emphasis on relaxation and flexibility.

 

You won’t hear much Sanskrit. However, expect complete classes with meditation, breathwork, a good Savasana, plenty of Chaturangas, occasional drills, as well as a focus on anatomy and biomechanics.

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