Welcome!

Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. Yoga By Karina is a yoga lifestyle blog for modern moms, new moms, and moms-to-be. But pretty much anyone and everyone who’s interested in yoga practice, philosophy, fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, parenting, and other related topics is welcome to join!

About

Meet Karina

I was born and raised in the Latvian countryside. Yet, my urge to explore the world lead me to travel and live in a number of countries. Something that I am very grateful for because it helped me grow as a person.

 

I’m a certified yoga instructor; I married and am a mom of 2.

 

There are lots of plants in my diet, but I’m not vegan. I drink both smoothies and coffee, eat gluten and dairy, won’t say no to a raw chocolate avocado cake, and with equally as much of enthusiasm will indulge in a good quality burger or pizza every once in a while. Don’t hate. Yoga is for everyone and there is more to it than just the choice of food.

 

I love cycling, hiking, and mountain climbing, and, in addition to my yoga practice, I also do HIIT and weightlifting. What else? I am a dog person, and I like both the beach and the mountains. I also read a lot, primarily nonfiction.

Karina and Yoga

My yoga journey began in my mid-twenties, while I lived and worked as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. A friend and former colleague of mine asked me to join a yoga class with her.

 

I reluctantly agreed. Despite the initial hesitation to go to what I thought would be a class of mild stretching. 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. But I gradually started noticing how it was doing wonders to 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. It also made me a happier, more compassionate, and caring person.

 

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 source and birthplace of yoga – India – and completed my Yoga Teacher Training at Kranti Yoga in sunny Goa.

About YBK

Over the years, yoga has helped me to stay in shape, gain confidence, deal with stress, depression, and anxiety. I became kinder, more caring, grounded, and exponentially more positive. It has also been something that I can do together with my little ones.

 

Therefore, I’m sharing my knowledge and experience so that you too to reap the benefits of this ancient discipline.

 

My goal is to translate the ancient yoga wisdom in simple and relatable everyday terms. So that you can establish a successful practice with accessible and easy-to-follow classes that you can take from the comfort of your home (backyard, office, or hotel room). No matter what your level, experience, or amount of free time is.

Teaching Style

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

 

I design creative, dynamic, and safe sequences that consist of classic and attainable postures. Then, I gradually build up toward more challenging and advanced poses, while providing options for modifications along the way.

 

Through my classes, I focus on improving flexibility, endurance, strength, and balance. I also incorporate guided meditation and breathing exercises to help my students turn their practice inwards and develop body awareness.

 

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

 

Taking into consideration the specifics of the female body, I also create classes for pregnant women and moms. Ones that they can do on their own as well as together with their babies. These aim to stabilize the pelvic floor, rebuild core strength, and help new moms to bond with their babies.

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