Gary Karten

About The Teacher

Gary Karten E-RYT-500 Certified Yoga InstructorI began my yoga journey in 1990 while studying martial arts. Yoga brought me to understand the power of healing after some serious injuries from competition in Tae Kwon Do. This journey opened my eyes to what I was searching for - I realized that yoga was the direction I needed to go full time to heal all the injuries that impacted my body. In 2007 I began my true yoga journey and realized the huge benefits of yoga. It saved my life. Drugs and alcohol had taken a toll on me. It was then, that a friend, suggested taking a Forrest Yoga workshop. …….With the proper teaching guidance, anyone is capable of healing through yoga practice. I began teaching immediately in 2007. A few years into my teaching, in 2010, Yoga Master and teacher, Ana Forrest approached me and offered me a position to assist & manage all trainings worldwide. After this experience I returned home to RI to reunite with my family and friends. Now home, I can share all these wonderful gifts that I have learned. Now, feeling very grounded and strong - my journey still continues to grow, 23 years later, change continues ……..,I have refined my teaching of Forrest Yoga foundational techniques to communicate to all types of practitioners; Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Forrest Yoga, all styles are welcome. Come work with me to consciously strengthen and deepen your own practice in order to unveil layers of emotional shielding and stagnant energies through expansive breath work, muscular and skeletal alignment, and deepened poses. Students learn to heal and rebalance their body safely in carefully sequenced classes that will strengthen the core and allow for self exploration and release.I challenge my students to awaken their senses and to connect to their whole being, Students learn to practice struggle free by working at their own level. A heated environment allows for the release of toxins, as I compassionately encourage them to safely find release in exchange for renewal and rejuvenation. In my classes you will grow, evolve and transform, reenergizing and honoring your inner environment .My teaching expertise is attributed to my experience assisting world wide, at Teacher Trainings, Advanced Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education Trainings, Workshops, Yoga Journal Conferences, Wanderlust Festivals, multiple international Yoga Intensives, thousands of hours as an assistant to Ana Forrest. I have also taken Workshops with Baron Baptiste, Brian Kest and Tias Little. With my background in Martial Arts, I have the discipline and practice to provide you with tools to practice safe yoga, strengthen your core, and process life experiences in a whole new way. Learn to practice yoga in a way that you can heal your body safely and completely. Gary

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