Karuna Erickson

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About The Teacher

Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means compassion. The style of yoga that I teach is grounded in and flows from the compassionate heart—compassion and kindness towards ourselves, each other, and our world. In 1970, I journeyed into the wilderness near the Yukon Territory for one year with my partner, Paul, and a life-changing book called Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar. Since then I’ve practiced yoga almost every day, and keep falling deeper and deeper in love with this ancient wisdom tradition.

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  • Jen Metta Smith   January 15, 2019

      The lamps are different, but the Light is the same

    Karuna was my first exposure to the mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafiz, whose wisdom continues to permeate my path. She has a gift for weaving poetry and yoga together. She is a skillful yoga guide, and holds impeccable space. One quality I particularly appreciate about her is her consistency in guiding me back to the innate teachings of my own heart - rather than advice giving. I took a yoga teacher training with her, and also participated in several 'Yoga Tipi Camps' facilitated by her and her husband - special experiences that I shared with my mom and dad.

  • Robin Flynn   November 26, 2015

      Andrew Harvey

    "I have had the great good fortune of working with a true genius of yoga, Karuna Erickson, in developing a new system called Heart Yoga." - Andrew Harvey

  • Darcy Kopas   November 19, 2015

      Ripple effect to the world

    "Your inspiring, motivating, caring, thought provoking, fun, very knowledgable and energetic approach to Yoga brings a ripple effect to the world. I know that I am a much more grounded and positive person because of Yoga..."

  • Norah Burford   November 14, 2015

      Bali Yoga Retreat

    "This retreat has been the best thing that I could have done for myself.You are truly the soul of compassion and a poet of heart. The inspiration that you have provided was exactly what I was hoping for. It is the best possible gift that anyone can give themself. Thank you."---Sarah

  • Anie Boudreau   July 23, 2014

      Heart Community

    Karuna offers more than a Yoga practice, she offers a sense of community. Whether at a local class, a workshop, or retreat, practicing with Karuna feels like being home with family. I absolutely love Karuna's teachings and the compassionate space she offers. <3

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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