On my journey through life, like many, I’ve had battles with my weight and, as a result, I’ve struggled with confidence and self esteem. In February 2003, I was overweight, overeating, depressed, and recently dumped by a former boyfriend. I looked at myself in the mirror one day and said out loud “Kari, what have you done to yourself?” I decided to take back my body. The next day, I joined Weight Watchers weighing in at 209 lbs. I started with their simple system of counting points and daily walks. Over the next six months, I lost over 40 pounds and then found a personal trainer.
Health and fitness came into my life exactly when I needed it most. I continued to grow in ways I could never have imagined, eventually finding Bikram Yoga and changing my life forever. It made my limbs suddenly feel stronger and more toned. And then it started to change my mind. I became more aware of habits, both good and bad. I started to listen more, not just to the people around me, but to myself, my body, my intuition. It gave me will power I never knew I had. It gave me fortitude, strength, perseverance, courage, SELF LOVE.
I have been teaching at Bikram Yoga Marina del Rey since I graduated from training in Spring 2013. I am the creator of a local after school yoga program, Practice not Perfect, which is coming up on its fourth year! I am a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200RYT. I am always searching and striving to learn more, so I can be the most effective teacher possible.
My love of yoga allowed me to see people through a different lens. I've learned that we are really all the same. Yes, we look different, with various beliefs on religion, politics, social structure and a multitude of other things. Yet, at the core, we are all beings, breathing life and energy into the people and things around us. Stepping on to your mat is a safe, healing space. A truth seeking space where you acknowledge some very uncomfortable realities about yourself, ultimately, learning to forgive. We are here to share this space and be each other’s sources of strength. This is the gift of union, the gift of Yoga.
Sharing yoga with others has really been the best gift of all.