I have been teaching yoga and body based therapies for over 10 years. I am insured and registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. I mainly works with groups in a class or workshop setting as well as with privates clients from my home studio.
My one to one yoga sessions can help you to develop a personal practice that works more deeply than if you were to join a class. I structure it specifically for your personal needs. I get to closely recognise, talk to and understand the anatomy, movement and postural habits and patterns of each individual. I work relationally, holistically and intuitively to begin the process of unravelling and resetting old pattern with-in the body, especially focusing on the ones that aren’t serving my client well . I always love witnessing the integration process that begins with movement and breath awareness.
My work reaches out to a broad range of people including people suffering with physical ailments such as; physical tension, pain, general wear and tear, injury and mis-alignment, as well as working alongside clients suffering with mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, trauma… My therapeutic approach integrates many tools and resources which help aid the healing process for both the mind (Cognitive) & body (Somatic) in a profound way.
Many people carry traumatic experiences in their body which can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life and wellbeing. Trauma has many characteristics; anxiety, stress, anger, physical pain, insomnia, panic attacks, depression and other physical and mental depilating illnesses. I teach the art of embodiment and Interoceptive awareness to help create a new map, a new experience for her clients – releasing old patterns that may be getting in the way of them having a “better life”. Think of it as a ‘new life map’!
I started practicing yoga when I was around 19 years old, so many moons ago! I first came to the practice after spending several months, whilst living in Holland, unable to walk unassisted due to what was eventually diagnosed as Reactive Arthritis. I was told at this tender young age there was a chance I’d never walk without assistance again. Which was a very difficult pill to swallow.
Luckily this wasn’t to be the case for me. After several months recovering I was able to walk on my own two feet again which lead me to, enthusiastically, head off on my adventures exploring the world. It was during these times that I found yoga really useful for helping me re-build my physical and mental strength.
I spent the next few years dipping in and out of, mainly, Iyengar classes. It was Iyengar that I was primarily drawn to for many years. I loved the precision and time spent on figuring out where my body was in space – proprioception. The use of all the props was like learning a totally new body-language. I recall is feeling REALLY good, and it still does!
After years attending and practicing the Iyengar method, with so many amazingly talented teachers, I stumbled upon an Ashtanga yoga weekly class at my local gym. My curious mind got the better of me so off I went to try it out. I fell madly in love with the flow, pace, dance, togetherness and ujjayi breath of the ashtanga method. which led me to head down that road of yogic exploration for a while. Once again, I had the good fortune of practicing and learning from some of the best ashtanga teachers during this period.
I loved, and still love, so much about the two very different approaches to yoga, I couldn’t choose one over the other to study so instead decided to do a teacher training where I wouldn’t have to make that difficult decision.
My first teacher training was with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2008, where I completed a foundation training before then deciding to do my full 500hr diploma with ‘The Devon School of Yoga’. Here I was encouraged to continue my practices of Iyengar and Ashtanga whilst also honouring the schools own ethos of yoga as a holistic practice.
It was a wonderful journey of self exploration and integration, an experience that paved the way for the rich learnings and teachings that followed. I have been teaching, and studying yoga full time for over 10 years now. I have completed several yoga teacher trainings as well as many continual professional development courses over the years. I’m committed to continual learning as a way of keeping my work fresh and safe .
Today I’ve had to move my work online due to the Covid Pandemic. I miss the presence of body energy in the room but I am getting used to it and am of the thinking that at least we have this platform to regularly connect with one another. That is cool.
I am currently half way through my post graduate training to become a Pesso Boyden Psychotherapist alongside my yoga teachings. I feel the two models of work will compliment each other very nicely. Bessel Van Der Kolk talks highly of the PB psychotherapy method in his wonderful book ‘The Body Keeps The Score’. It’s a talking therapy that very much includes the body as part of the healing process. It’s a fantastic method and I look very much forward to weaving it into more and more of my work with clients.
I’m also starting to work more with clients who are recovering from post viral Long Covid. I myself have been in recovery for 12 months as I was hit hard with the virus back in April 2020. Yoga is a huge part of my complex recovery and I look forward to sharing my first hand knowledge and experience with others who are sadly suffering. It really is a debilitating illness and one that needs to be properly understood in order to help the healing process. I can confidently say that I’ve got the t -shirt and am qualified for the job!
Each karliyoga session offers a variety of:
- Breath Awareness – As well as encouraging healthy respiration, a calmer mind and a steadier nervous system. Mindfulness of breath is what brings our life alive and connects us to our true sense of self. Without the breath there isn’t much else, so it’s always a great place to begin.
- Mindful Meditation – Checking in to that all important ‘inner environment’ switching off from the outer chaos for a moment. Let’s call it ‘Switching Off Whilst Switching On’.
- Postural Awareness with a little flow – Vinyasa is a contemporary approach to the ancient discipline of yoga. With continual emphasis and respect for the breath quality, bodily alignment and physical differences, the focus is on synchronized movement and breath, which encourages a smooth flow of postures (a moving meditation). In my vinyasa sessions expect to occasionally stop and start to check our all important physical organisation of alignment as well as where our mental focus is at. These yoga postures are not a flowing dance, and if we continue to flow from one to the next without truly allowing time within a posture much of the magic and wisdom can get lost and buried.
- 2008 – ‘The British Wheel of Yoga’ Foundation Diploma
- 2009 – 2 year (500 RYT) diploma Duncan Hulin ‘The Devon School of Yoga’.
- UK TeenYoga diploma to teach yoga and mindfulness to schools, children and young adults.
- HotYoga Teacher Training diploma at CamYoga in Cambridge
- Norman Blair (Yin Yoga TT) & Doug Keller (Yoga As Therapy CPD) Yoga Campus, London
- Matthew Sanford (Adaptive Yoga CPD) Tri Yoga, Soho.
- Clive Sheridan (Advaita & Tantra) Intensive , Seville, Spain
- Aki Amori CPD – Somatic Yoga, B.M.C & Authentic Movement – Focusing on Trauma Therapy
- Restorative Yoga TT with Amanda Brown – Falmouth Yoga Space
- Body-Listening Therapy CPD with Tim Brown-Brighton (Body Based Psychotherapy)
- Trauma Informed Teacher Training (100 RYT) @ArttoHealing – Nepal
- Crisis & Trauma Counselling Diploma (BSY)
- VTCT Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology Diploma level 3
- VTCT Sports/Deep Tissue Massage Diploma – Indian Head Massage
- AQAL2 Psychology
- * Karli has also embarked on intensive workshops with Glenn Ceresoli (Iyengar Yoga) John Scott & Lucy Crawford (Ashtanga Yoga) & Debbie Mills (Vinyasa Krama)
- * Other inspirational teachers include Judy Van Dopp (Iyengar), who she tries to visit here in Cornwall as often as she can.
- * Her biggest teachers however, are of course her students who continue to keep Karli on her humble yoga toes.
- “I adore all of them” she says. “Teaching Yoga as Therapy has been my full time job for over 10 years now and I enjoy teaching and sharing more and more each day. I get to meet some amazing people, experience some beautiful transformations. I’m inspired every single day”.