​​​​​​​​​​​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

http://www.pamjohnsonyoga.com

Founder/Artistic Director Breath the Pulse of the Universe

http://www.breaththepulseoftheuniverse.com

Founder/Heights School of Yoga

http://heightsschoolofyoga.com

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​Kara has been studying the vedic and healing arts for 28 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 realized and 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 studies a holistic curriculum of Vedic Philosophy and Himalayan Siddha Yoga.  She has been initiated into a siddha practice of advanced pranayama and surya kriya meditation practices within the Himalayan Nath Kriya System of Meditation. She receives Sanskrit Wisdom Teachings, Yoga/Sankhya/Vedanta philosophy in the Shruti method, Ayurvedic Wellness and High Pranic living based on the soli-lunar calendar, Mindfulness, Yoga Vinyasa Krama, Himalayan Pranayama, Mantra and Vedantic & Yogic Meditation.  

From 2000-2012 Kara was under the tutelage of Master Yogiraj Siddhanath and was initiated into Kundalini Kriya Yoga, Surya Yoga, and Hamsa Yoga meditation, yogic healing practices, and studied pranayama, mantra, yogic wisdom and was authorized by Yogiraj to teach.  Her introduction to Kriya Yoga was through "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda which ignited her yearning to learn this ancient practice and study with the Himalayan mystics.  She began her endeavor with the Self Realization Fellowship's preparatory home study lessons.

Kara has studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage since 2000.  She began her Ashtanga Vinyasa studies in Sonoma County with Ann Austin and workshops with John Smith.  She explored other teachers throughout the SF bay area and had the opportunity to practice with Patttabhi Jois for a few days during one of his tours in San Francisco.  She took an anatomy training with Iyengar and Ashtanga based trainer, Tias Little.  After dedicated study and establishing a discipline personal Ashtanga practice for three years - in 2003 she pursued her Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training at Greenpath Yoga with Clayton Horton.  She also explored modern vinyasa for a phase but internally felt conflicted about it's disconnection the principles of yoga.   In 2012 she discovered the Vinyasa Krama system firstly through the lineage of Swami Vidyadhishananda  - and was awed by her first experience - it was the first practice of yogasana that felt related to her pranic meditation practices.  She was referred to the Krishnamacharya lineage of Vinyasa Krama as taught by Yoga Master and Vedic Scholar, Srivatsa Ramaswami, who studied one on one with Sri Krishnamacharya for over 33 years.  She soon began studying and mentoring with Pam Johnson (yoga educator, one of Srivatsa Ramaswami's first american students) and in 2014 Pam authorized Kara to teach VK.  In 2015 Kara attended a certification program with Srivatsa Ramaswami in Core Vinyasa Krama and Yoga for the Internal Organs and has also taken online workshops with him.  She 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.  

Before committing to Ashtanga she had explored Bikram, Iyengar, Sivananda and other practices in the SF bay area.  In 1996 she began studies with Magaña, Walt and Devi Baptiste in yoga and dance.  Magaña was one of Kara's mentors, transmitting the spiritual dimensions of yoga and dance.  The San Francisco Baptiste Center was truly a magical haven on Kara's spiritual journey.  She was a member of Magaña's San Francisco Royal Acadamy of Belly Dance Troupe and received certification in the Baptiste Method of Yoga & Magaña Baptiste Method of Danse Orientale in 1998.  

She practiced yoga nidra for several years realizing it's importance in a holistic approach to yoga especially beneficial for our stressful modern lifestyles.  To become more comfortable guiding sessions, she attended a Yoga Nidra Certification at the SF Sivananda Center with Dr. Marc Halperin (founder of California College of Ayurveda) in 2017.  In 2016 she attended a Trauma Informed Yoga training with Uprising Yoga that focuses on teaching to the incarcerated, at-risk youth and underserved communities.

Kara has been studying ayurveda alongside yoga and had the opportunity to work as a back office assistant to Dr. Helen Thomas (Ayurveda, NAET, Chiropractic) in 2004-2005, soaking up Dr. Helen's knowledge of Ayurveda and working hands on with herbs.  Kara was trained in Shirodhara by Dr. Helen and received Shirodhara Certification with Dr. Narendra Pendse in 2004.  ​​She is certified in an in-depth marma therapy program through the Marma Institute of Ayurvedic Acupressure with Anisha Durve and is pursuing an Ayurvedic Certification program through the American Institute of Vedic Studies (Dr. David Frawley). 

Kara's first spiritual teacher was Sai Baba, immersing herself into Bhakti Yoga, Bhajans, Namasmarana, Seva, and study at San Francisco and other bay area Sai Baba Centers.  She traveled to India in 1998 and resided in his ashrams in Puttaparthi and Whitefield for 2 months. She practiced Ayurvedic Yoga with Dr. Rao's Yoga and Ayurvedic Center while in Puttaparthi.  She also spent time at the Anand Ashram in Kerala practicing Nama, Dhyana Sadhana under the guidance of Swami Satchidananda. 

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 studied wellness coaching through Wellcoaches and 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 teachings, self study, upholding the integrity of yoga and lifelong studies in consciousness and healing.  Knowing the importance of maintaining a personal daily yogic/ayurvedic regimen, Kara's goal is to guide, give the tools needed and empower students to build sustainable home practices of yoga and wellness.  Students who are looking for something authentic and deeper than a workout or a new trend, and ready to commit to a regular practice, will resonate with her traditional approach.  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.​​

Her bodywork sessions are nurturing, intuitive, detailed, catered to the individual and influenced by her several decades of practice.  She also advises clients on lifestyle and self care practices to address their stress, tension and discomforts.




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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.  A Deep Bow to the unbroken lineages that have kept this tradition alive.