Karina Ayn Mirsky

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Devidas Karina Ayn Mirsky, MA, ERYT

Karina is a Yoga & Meditation Educator, Retreat & Seminar Leader, and Transformation Coach. She specializes in training yoga teachers and coaching cancer patients.

Karina has been training yoga teachers since 2003. She runs one of the most popular training programs in Michigan. Karina is a faculty member of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She produces a wide range of video content for Yoga International. She also serves as an adjunct professor in Antioch University’s Yoga Studies Program.

Karina grew up singing and dancing in Ludington, MI. In 1998 she completed a BBA in Management from Western Michigan University (WMU). From 1999-2007 she practiced massage therapy, specializing in disabilities management. For nearly a decade Karina learned much from her clients whose disabilities ranged from paraplegia, cerebral palsy, fibro-myalgia to those with undiagnosed chronic pain.

Karina's desire to support peoples physical bodies is matched by her desire to serve their hearts, minds and spiritual lives. Since 1999 Karina has been compiling and legally officiating non-traditional wedding ceremonies in the state of Michigan.

First introduced to yoga by her grandmother at age five, Karina began teaching yoga in 1998, shortly before meeting master teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She served as his primary teaching assistant from 2011-2005, and became one of the first certified teachers of Rod Stryker's Para Yoga.

In January of 2003 Karina was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. Yoga and meditation played key roles in both the discovery and recovery from her illness. She now draws from this experience to aid others facing similar life challenges. In October 2003, Karina opened Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo and began traveling to host workshops, retreats and trainings.

In July 2009 Karina completed MA in "East / West Psychology" through Antioch University Midwest. She now has a unique coaching practice blending yogic wisdom with Internal Family Systems (IFS) style therapy called "Parts Work." Karina wholeheartedly believes in the power of presence, compassion and deep listening. She aims to hold a safe space for her clients to heal and transform. In 2006 Rod named Karina "Devidas" (Servant of the Divine Mother).

Karina's gift for reaching college students has made her a favorite guest lecturer in WMU's Holistic Health Department. She regularly presents concepts from the Yoga Sutra to over 200 college students at a time. She is an adjuct professor at Antioch, has taught yoga for Kalamazoo College, and lectured in KVCC Meditation classes.

Always a student herself, Karina continues her studies in the Himalayan Tradition with Rod, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik and the staff of the Himalayan Institute. Karina is also deeply honored to be the mentee of spiritual psychologist, Tom Holmes PhD in Kalamazoo.

Karina's teachings reflect her understanding of yoga as both a modern therapeutic science and an ancient spiritual system, as well as, a catalyst for personal transformation. Her life story and service work has inspired thousands of others to live with passion and purpose.

In the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal , Karina was featured as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 who are shaping the future of yoga in America. She also graced the cover of the Winter 2012 issue of Yoga International magazine. See more credits.



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Meet Karina & Study with Her

National Teaching Calendar

Karina's Events at Sangha

Private Sessions & Coaching

200 Hour Teacher Training

Booking & Contact

500 Hour Teacher Training


Media, Credits & Honors

Aug 2005 Fit Yoga - interview on Tantric asana
Feb 2008 Kalamazoo Gazette: Be Healthy - interview/photos
March 2008 Yoga Journal - 21 under 40 feature
Sept 2009 Yoga+ Joyful Living - photo spread)
Nov 2009 Yoga Journal - interview on retreats
Dec 2009 Encore - 6 page biography
Fall 2010 Yoga International - hanuamanasana photo spread
Fall 2011 Yoga International - article on Moon Salutation
Winter 2012 Yoga International - cover model & photo spread
Dec 2012 Huffington Post - Yoga How We Serve" w/ Rod Schware


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Radio: "Where's My Guru": Setting and keeping intentions and resolutions
Television: "Yoga Sessions" Kalamazoo Public Access Television
CD: "Calling the Divine" w/ Rod Stryker
CD"Kalamazoo Community Rhythm Project"

Faculty & Staff Positions
Director of Sangha Yoga & SY Teacher Training School.
Teaching Faculty Member of the Himalayan Institute/ Yoga International
Adjunct Professor, Antioch University McGregor
Affiliated lecturer, WMU Holistic Health Dept.


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Karina Ayn Mirsky was featured in Yoga Journal as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 shaping the future of yoga in America. Learn more below:

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Seva means "service with selfless intention." Below are just some of the organizations that Sangha Yoga has raised funds for or offered services to:

Himalayan Institute
Ministry with Community
Toys for Tots
West Michigan Cancer Center
American Red Cross
World Yoga Fund
Youth Aids
The Red Tent
Pretty Lake Camp
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Yoga Asana

Yoga for Wellness,
by Gary Krafstow

Classical Texts

1.Yoga Sutras
2. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
3. Bhagavad Gita  

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