Welcome to Kamala Yoga with Karma Russell
Your place for Hatha Yoga in West Auckland
I am passionate about sharing my love of yoga with others, and am always amazed at how yoga transforms people. Seeing the change in people's faces from the start to the end of a class reveals to me again and again just how healing yoga is. I feel honoured to share this with others and to witness how yoga reveals people's true selves.
Yoga allows people to let go and relax into who they really are, and to just BE. That to me is the true gift of yoga.
I began my yoga journey over 15 years ago and still clearly remember the energy and joy of my first class. I started out practising Ashtanga for several years in NZ, the UK and India. I loved the physicality and mental discipline of the practice. I later went on to explore other Hatha traditions, focusing mostly on the Satyananda and Sivananada styles in both India and New Zealand in my teacher trainings.
Yoga has helped me through some challenging times in my life, and as a mother of two young boys, it not only keeps me feeling grounded and balanced, but gives me energy and is a place to replenish and connect to myself.
My teaching and own practice is now mostly influenced by the teachings of the Satyananda tradition, and a love of meditative flowing vinyasa practices which require constant breath awareness.
I am also very inspired and influeneced by the yogis and activists, Suzanne Sterling, Seanne Corne, Kerri Kelly and Shiva Rea.
In my classes I encourage practitioners to develop awareness of their body, breath and mind through practice that includes both flowing and held asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and deep relaxation. The season and the time of the day also informs the pace and practices taught in each class.
I currently teach adults, teenage girls and children, all requiring very different approaches which helps to keep my teaching style fresh and versatile.
I have a Diploma of Yoga from Wellpark College, Auckland (2003) and completed the level 2 teacher training at Ashram Yoga Auckland (2007). Both of these are Yoga Alliance registered.
In 2016 I took part in the first Aerial yoga teacher training in NZ with Raw Yoga and Connie Causa, and look forward to sharing this beautiful practice with my students in the near future.
In 2017 I plan to begin training towards a Diploma in Yoga Therapy with yoga therapist and physician, Ganesh Mohan. I am especialy interested in learning how yoga can help those dealing with mental illness in our community, and in taking yoga out into the wider community to people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga.
benefits of a regular yoga practice
- cultivates present moment awareness
- calms the mind
- lifts mood & increases energy
- reduces stress - lowers cortisol levels
- improves concentration
- improves posture