Karen Pasquel

"Yoga practice is powerful. It has the ability to transform you at multiple levels: body, thoughts, emotions. I myself have experienced this, and have seen it in many people".

When I began practicing yoga in 2012, I had never imaged that I was so weak physically, mentally and emotionally. Given that since childhood I had been a sporty girl – I used to play volleyball, basketball, and also run – naturally I had expected I would be much stronger, more flexible and have more balance. And yet my first yoga class was really hard for me, I even could not do a downward-facing dog.

I kept going again and again to yoga classes for two reasons:

It was really challenging, and I like a challenge

It brought my mind to the present moment, I was more aware of my body, more connected to it

I had grown up in a very competitive environment, as part of my school team in volleyball, basketball and football. Therefore I felt I constantly had to compete.

Yoga taught me not to compare myself with others, competition is not the point, the yoga practice is individual practice, is working on myself on various levels, we all have different bodies and thus have different abilities.

My biggest passion is today to share the gift of Yoga. My main form of practice and the lineage from which I come is Hatha – Vinyasa yoga, a dynamic flow which gives the freedom to creatively express oneself. This is what I consider the essence of Yoga, linking Breath and Movement with Intention.

I see Yoga as a way of life — something to practice both on and off the mat. Yoga allows us to become more present and free of stress, to reconnect with our spirit and the truth of who we are.

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