About Karli Yoga
Hi, I’m Karli and I teach weekly yoga classes, workshops and private body centred therapy sessions around the Penzance and west Cornwall area.
I work with a broad range of people including sports enthusiasts, people suffering with physical ailments such as; tension, pain, general wear and tear, injury and mis-alignment, as well as mental Imbalances; anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, trauma… Yoga Therapy is an integrative practice that can help aid the healing process for both mind (Cognitive) & body (Somatic) in a profound way.
As well as weekly classes and occasional workshops I often work privately from my home studio with clients on a 1.2.1 or small group basis. This is a great entrance into yoga as therapy. Especially if you are a beginner, or maybe a little apprehensive about attending a class setting. It’s also a much more personal experience where we are able to explore together, in a safe environment, any body-mind imbalances. Many of us continue to carry traumatic experiences in our body, (The Body Keeps The Score) which has a detrimental affect on our minds health as well as our physical wellbeing. Trauma has many characters; Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Physical Pain, Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Depression… Our nervous system grasps onto all of the above. In my work I invite my clients to gently learn the art of embodiment and Interoception (Learning to sense and understand what is going on inside their body) as a way of gradually ‘thawing’ the held trauma memory (Peter Levine – Somatic Experiencing).
I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 18. My first few years where spent dipping in and out of a weekly class, however, it has been the past 17 years that my practice has become regular, more a way of life. After suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in both of my knees as a teenager; I was unable to walk unassisted for several months.
Seeking relief from my ailment, I was introduced to the physical benefits of yoga. Yoga helped strengthen and improve flexibility around my knee joints, as well as other joints of the body. Practising yoga allowed my body to embark on a repair process that has restored me to full health.
I firmly believe that I am arthritis free today because of yoga. Over 25 years on the disease hasn’t returned.
The doctor’s prognosis was that the arthritis could come back when pregnant (bearing weight) or as I matured. Since my recovery, I’ve gone on to have two gorgeous sons and I’m getting older every day – my knees feel stronger than ever.
On a more mental, emotional and spiritual level, my commitment to yoga over the years has allowed me to embark on a profound self healing adventure. It’s not all been ponies and rainbows! Yoga has chewed me up and spat me out on many occasions. It’s been a process of self discovery. We all have the light self and the shadow self and in my humble experience, until we begin to invite and acknowledge all parts of ourself we will never truly know our true potential. My yoga practice has taught me how to live in the present moment, to worry much less, listen more and be open to what is.
My teaching method is a combination of sharing the knowledge and tools I have acquired, through trainings; CPD’s, Teacher Trainings etc, as well as my self practice and the teaching of groups and private sessions over the years (You can find my qualifications listed below). I tend to mainly work intuititively – as no one client, or group, is ever the same. We are a unique bunch of souls who individually benefit from a unique, holistic approach. I am particularly passionate about guiding my ‘yoga friends’ towards their true potential, their ‘healthy edge’.
Each karliyoga session offers a variety of:
- Breath Awareness Exercises – As well as encouraging healthy respiration, a calmer mind and a steadier nervous system. Mindfulness of breath is what brings our yoga practice to life and connects us to our true sense of self. Without the breath there is no yoga, or life for that matter!
- 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 alignment and where our 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 pose much of the magic and wisdom can get lost and buried.
I look forward to sharing my love and passion of yoga with some of you in the future. In the meantime, what are you waiting for?
Go out and find a yoga teacher whose style, personality and approach resonates with you. There is honestly a teacher and a style of yoga out there for everyone. You wont regret it…if you do, I will give you your money back.
Light. love and laughter Kx
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
* 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 9 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”.