Karina Ayn Mirsky, BBA, MA, ERYT
Karina is a Yoga & Meditation Educator, Best Selling Author and Founder of Yoga Mindset Coaching™. She specializes in training yoga teachers and supporting individuals to thrive through life's many challenges and transitions.
Karina has been teaching yoga since 1998 and training yoga teachers since 2004. She runs popular training programs in Kalamazoo, MI and guest teaches in a number of training programs across the US and abroad. Karina has served as a faculty member of the Himalayan Institute and Antioch University’s IMA Program. She has also produced content for Yoga International and Insight Timer.
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. In 1999, Karina began legally officiating wedding ceremonies in the state of Michigan.
First introduced to yoga by her grandmother at age five, Karina began teaching in 1998, shortly before meeting master teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She served as Rod's teaching assistant from 2001-2005, and was one of the first certified teachers of Rod Stryker's Para Yoga. In 2006, Rod gave Karina the spiritual name, Devidas, servant of the divine mother.
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.
Karina opened Sangha Yoga in downtown Kalamazoo in 2003. In 2009, she completed a Masters degree in East-West Psychology through Antioch University. Her unique style of coaching blends yogic wisdom with "Parts Work," a process based on Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. Karina is a favorite guest lecturer in WMU's Holistic Health Department. She regularly presents concepts from the Yoga Sutra to 1000 college students each semester.
Karina has been interviewed for and featured in numerous publications, including the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal and one of 21 Top Famous American Yoga Teachers shaping the future of yoga in America, (click feature below).