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
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
"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
"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
"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
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