Karina Ayn Mirsky, BBA, MA, ERYT
Karina is an international educator and best selling author. She founded Sangha Yoga in 2004 and Yoga Mindset Coaching in 2019. Karina specializes in training yoga teachers and coaches. She also provides personal coaching and professional development for organizations.
In 1998, Karina earned a Bachelors in Business Management from WMU. From 1999-2007 she practiced massage therapy, specializing in disabilities management. Karina has been legally officiating wedding ceremonies in Michigan since 1999.
First introduced to yoga by her grandmother at age five, Karina began teaching yoga and meditation in 1998 and training teachers in 2004. Karina has served as a faculty of the Himalayan Institute and an adjunct professor of Yoga Studies at two universities.
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 2009, she completed a Masters degree in East-West Psychology through Antioch University. Her unique style of of psychotherapy blends yogic wisdom with "Parts Work," a process based on Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. She published a book for yoga teachers on the subject in 2019 and launched Yoga Mindset Coaching™.
Karina is also committed to accessibility, inclusion and anit-racist work in the yoga industry. She's honored to serve people of many faiths and ethnicities, BIPOC, LGBTQAI, folks with disabilities, and practitioners of ENM.
In 2008, Yoga Journal named Karina as one of "21 Top Famous Yoga Teachers" shaping the future of yoga in America. In 2012, she graced the cover of Yoga International, (see left).
Karina has a media profile on Yoga International and free meditations on Insight Timer, aside teachers like Tara Brach, Ram Das, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzburg.
She presents in studios and conferences, and trains yoga teachers in the US and at Blue Osa in Costa Rica. Many travel with her annually for her international yoga and service retreats, (join her Retreat Facebook Group). Karina’s YouTube channel has some educational content and she is currently blogging on Instagram.