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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