​​​​​​​​​Kara is one of the most steadfast and passionate teachers of authentic traditions of Yoga I know. 

When the popularity of yoga in the modern world, turned yoga into a mere consumer product, that reduced it to physical practices seemingly removed from its roots, context and meaning, Kara stood up and vowed to stand by the most relevant and inner dimensional teachings of authentic Yoga. 

​She had years of practice and teaching of the more physical forms of yogasana, which slowly dissolved when she encountered the expansive, contemplative, and, carefully choreographed Vinyasakrama teachings of S T Krishnamacharya, here she found her passion and became devoted to this far-reaching and systematic Nata practice that strengthens and inspires pranayama while including the applications of movement, mudra, and bandha.

Studying with Kara you will get detailed, unyielding and trustworthy instruction of all things Yoga, it will change your life.

Pam Johnson


Founder/Artistic Director Breath the Pulse of the Universe


Founder/Heights School of Yoga


​​​​​Pranic LifeVedic & Healing Arts



Yogic mind-body wellness and fitness as a lifestyle, and the higher pursuits of yoga began thousands of years ago, and the secrets were tightly held by the masters of the Nath Sampradaya.  Vedic knowledge and lifestyle integration is the oldest living wisdom tradition that guides us how to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature and through self discovery reach our highest potential.

Kara has been studying the vedic and healing arts for 27 years.  As a dedicated student of self inquiry and mind-body-spirit integration and healing, she has been blessed to study with Indian Masters and other experts including realized Nath Yoga Masters, Vedic Scholars & Ayurvedic Doctors.  She has been practicing bodywork since 1996 and teaching yoga and meditation since 2003.

​​Kara is a devotee, student and initiate of His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, a highly ordained Himalayan Vedic monk and Sanskrit scholar,  who is a Kriyāyogi and a Meditation Master from the combined heritage of Rishi Sages and Nath Yogis.  His Holiness founded the nonprofit Self Enquiry Life Fellowship (Hansavedas) in the west, which is overseen by a monastic council of ordained erudite vedic monks - to preserve and disseminate indigenous Sanskrit wisdom.  Kara began tutelage with His Holiness in 2012 after many years of study with another Himalayan Yogi.   

Under the guidance and transmission of His Holiness, Kara has been initiated into a siddha practice in the Himalayan Nath Tradition of advanced pranayama and surya kriya meditation practices and receives sanskrit wisdom teachings including:

  • Yogic/Vedic philosophy in the Shruti method 
  • Ayurvedic Wellness and High Pranic living based on the soli-lunar calendar
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga Vinyasa Krama
  • Himalayan Pranayama
  • Mantra
  • Vedantic and Yogic Meditation  


Kara's in-depth Vinyasa Krama studies also include Krishnamacharya's Himalayan lineage with Pam Johnson  (yoga educator, one of Srivatsa Ramaswami's first american students) and Srivatsa Ramaswami (yogic-vedic scholar, disciple of Krishnamacharya for over 33 years).  She was authorized to teach (Krishnamacharya's) Vinyasa Krama by Pam in 2014 and received certification with Srivatsa Ramaswami in Core Vinyasa Krama and Yoga for the Internal Organs in 2015 and has been mentored by Pam with precise detail in vinyasa krama nuances for several years.   Kara has taken her deep studies of this vinyasa and pranayama system, a practice that leads to neuromuscular fitness, enhanced concentration and stillness, with heartfelt sincerity to deliver this rare science to the modern yoga student.  

​​Kara is presently pursuing an ayurvedic certification program through the American Institute of Vedic Studies (Dr. David Frawley) and marma therapy with Anisha Durve.  

Other training and background (with significant Masters and teachers):

  • Beginning Sanskrit with Swami Adhyatmananda Giri
  • Yoga Nidra Certification with Dr Marc Halperin (California College of Ayurveda)
  • Trauma Informed Yoga with Uprising Yoga
  • Worked as a back office assistant to Dr. Helen Thomas (Ayurveda, NAET, Chiropractic) 2004-2005, soaking up her knowledge of Ayurveda and working hands on with herbs.  Dr. Helen trained Kara in Shirodhara
  • Shirodhara Certification with Dr. Narendra Pendse  2004
  • ​​Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training Certification with Clayton Horton (Greenpath Yoga)​ 2003
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Studies: Ann Austin, It's Yoga Calistoga, Greenpath Yoga SF, workshops with John Smith, Bhavani Maki, Pattabhi Jois
  • Asana Anatomy training with Tias Little
  • Yogic Study under the tutelage of Himalayan Master Yogiraj Siddhanath (2000-2012) - Kundalini Kriya Yoga (initiate), Surya Yoga, and Hamsa Yoga meditation, yogic healing practices, pranayama, mantra, yogic wisdom  
  • Kriya Yoga initiation with Swami Sarveswaranada
  • Self Realization Fellowship Home Study 
  • Devotee/Student of Satya Sai Baba - Bhakti Yoga, Bhajans, Namasmarana, Meditation, Seva, study at San Francisco and other bay area Sai Baba Centers.  Resided in his ashrams in Puttaparthi and Whitefield for 2 months in 1998
  • Ayurvedic Yoga with Dr. Rao's Yoga and Ayurvedic Center in Puttaparthi, India 1998
  • Resided at Anand Ashram in Kerala practicing Nama, Dhyana Sadhana under the guidance of Swami Satchidananda 1998
  • San Francisco Royal Acadamy of Belly Dance Troupe Member
  • ​Baptiste Method Yoga (Magaña and Walt) certification 1998
  • Magaña Baptiste Method of Danse Orientale certification 1998 
  • Middle Eastern Dance Studies, Spiritual Movement: Magaña Baptiste, Devi Ananda Baptiste, Lorna Zilba, workshops with Wendy Buenaventura, Dr. Mo Geddawi and Asia 

​Kara attended Alive and Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork in 1995 for her initial bodywork education and received additional training at Lifestream Massage School, World School of Massage and Thai Healing Massage Academy.   She received her Reiki Master training with Suzanne Louise.  

​Her teaching approach is grounded in the directive that  "yoga is a superscience - it shouldn't be practiced casually".  She remains dedicated to traditional yogic/vedic teachings, self study, upholding the integrity of yoga and lifelong studies in consciousness and healing systems and modalities.  Knowing the importance of maintaining a personal daily yogic regimen, Kara's goal is to guide, give the tools needed and empower students to build a home practice alongside studying with her.  Students who are looking for something deeper than a workout and ready to commit to a regular practice will resonate with this profound art and science.  Having been trained extensively with Himalayan yoga adepts in ancient esoteric disciplines using the breath as the guide for transformation and self empowerment, Kara is devoted to emphasizing the importance and power of the breath.  Her gentle sensitivity and deep spiritual training makes her especially talented at supporting her students into a deeper understanding of healthy lifestyles and a holistic approach to well being.​