Mondays 9:15-10:30 am HST/
11:15-12:15 PST/ 2:15-3:15 pm EST
Kara’s classes are inspired by over 15 years of intensive Yoga study and practice. Although she leads a challenging class, she warmly welcomes practitioners of any level to join her in this style of movement and self study. Kara infuses the class with the light of her understanding of yoga philosophy, encouraging you to bring a bright focus to your own awareness, on the mat and into your life.
Based on the teachings of Shiva Rea, Mandala Flow Yoga is a fairly brisk yet steady, safe vinyasa flow that encompasses the entire yoga mat. You move in a circular pattern (hence the name Mandala), including side-to-side as well as front-back movement, and you experience pulsations and waves in the body. These full body movements build strength in the core and hips, ring out the spine, and help to tone the legs. This is a sequence-heavy class, meaning that many postures will be linked together. The class ends with deep floor postures, breath work and meditation. You will leave feeling lighter, supported and uplifted.
Committed to the practices of Yoga as a lifestyle and path, Kara deeply cares about her students and clients and this authentic love and support is evident in her teaching. She believes Yoga is a vehicle for personal development and growth, thus is committed to holding a safe and sacred space for her students. When you attend a class with her in Oahu, you can expect classical education and instruction in yoga philosophy and breathwork coupled with dynamic sequencing in a fluid, powerful flow style called Mandala.
Kara is a 500 hour certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga teacher trainer who has taught in Hawaii for almost 10 years as well as internationally. She holds annual Yoga Empowerment / Service retreats in Kosrae, Micronesia, and is currently building a Yoga Empowerment project for Pacific Islander women in the islands she works on.
Throughout Kara’s life she has spent time living and working in Fiji, Indonesia, St. John USVI, Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall islands. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Biology and a Masters of Science in Marine resource and environmental management from the University of Hawaii, where she resides full time. She has worked in international fisheries management and policy, marine education and training, and capacity building on small Pacific Islands for the last 10 years. Her affinity for Pacific island culture and nuances is strong, and she is very passionate about working alongside and supporting the people of this region.