About Karma Russell
Hatha Yoga and yoga therapy
I am passionate about sharing my love of yoga with others, and am inspired by how yoga can transform people. Observing the positive changes in people through a regular yoga practice constantly reveals to me just what a healing tool yoga is.
I started practicing yoga about 15 years ago and still clearly remember the energy and joy of my first class. I began practising the dynamic Ashtanga style for several years and loved the physicality and mental discipline of that 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 Ashram settings and Teacher Training courses.
Yoga has helped me through some challenging times in my life, and as mother to two young boys, it not only helps me feel more grounded and balanced in daily life, but also gives me a sense of positivity and clarity. Through yoga I 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. In my classes I encourage students to develop awareness of their body, breath and mind through a combination of flowing and held asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and deep relaxation. The season and the time of the day also influences the pace and practices taught in each class.
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.
Earlier this year I started a Diploma of Yoga Therapy with Dr Ganesh Mohan at Svastha Yoga and have completed Yoga Therapy for Depression & Addiction & Yoga Therapy Relaxation Practices for Anxiety, Stress and Trauma. Improving the mental wellbeing of those in our community who face the challenges of mental illness is an area of particular interest to me.