Karin has been called a Minnesota Master teacher, a teacher's teacher, and a revolutionary. Her teaching spans the gap between traditional insight and modern day lives, cutting through yoga hype and getting into personal change. This is a path of heart, a path of embodiment, and a path of depth. Karin's passion is taking students into a deeper expression of yoga, both in drop in classes and intensive learning platforms. The stuff you don't get in class. The stuff you don't get in training. The questions you want to ask and the experience you need to find. A little bit punk rock, a little bit crooked saint, a lot of passion and real.
Years Practicing Yoga: 11
Years Teaching Yoga: 11
Karin started as a Bikramite, spent a few years studying Iyengar and Ashtanga because she wanted 'real yoga', taught hot yoga, vinyasa, and a mix of restoratives. But there was a disconnect: in studios, 'alignment' and 'advancing' created a kind of delusional culture, while her advocacy work, her training in trauma and outreach, her work with diverse communities, proved that yoga had nothing to do with 'advanced' postures or spa like settings. These days, she's deconstructing yoga. The obsession with 'alignment', on top of our cultural bias toward performance and perfectionism, makes yoga injurious and mistaught. She's obsessed with the way the human body IS yoga philosophy, and teaches from principal and experience, rather than 'rules'. That is, the experience of yoga is available to all bodies that breathe. We generally have to unlearn our habits to let transformation occur. Show up willing, and transformation can't be stopped.
EYRT 500. More important to me, and to my teaching, is the work with social justice and modern psychology. And who I have studied with. This is a tradition of mentorship and relationship; my teaching comes directly from what I have been taught of Krishnamacharya's lineage.
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
Love, and advocacy. There are thousands of asana teachers out there, I neither want nor need to compete with that. I speak to the parts of our experience that love, that are confused, that cry out and sing loud. I teach yoga as a personal and social revolution.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
There is a need for deeper teaching in the world, there is a craving in studios and living rooms around the world for a deeper practice, but it can be hard to find the deeper teachings or a context to answer the questions raised by our bodies, minds, and hearts along the way. We start to wonder how to go deeper into our yoga experience, and how to really enter our own lives. I want to work on those deeper levels with students and as a community.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
the silly belief that it'd be over in an hour.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
The best things I have done in this world, the greatest gifts I've given, have come about through my role as yoga teacher. I can't say no to that. I can't not teach. I sometimes want to leave the yoga industry, work retail, wait tables, go back to slinging my hips along a bar rail. But the moment my mouth opens, yoga sounds. It's in the way that I move, the flick of my eyes. I don't think I have a choice any longer. My practice is in being more alive, more myself, and that's all I've got on offer. My teaching isn't anything more or different than my own practice. My practice is asking questions: how can we bridge the gap between ancient teachings and modern lives? How do we experience personal change, and practice personal change? How do these practices unfurl in our relationships? What's real in the body, the mind, what is it we're doing? How can we do this more powerfully?