Yoga Instruction

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To Kari, Yoga is so much more than physical exercise. (Though it certainly is a powerful way to bring health and vitality to our bodies!) To her, yoga is an embodied prayer.

Yoga āsana-s (postures) are a tool through which we can experience ourselves as the peaceful, centered, divine beings that we are.

Kari is 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500 ERYT), the highest designated certification through Yoga Alliance. She has thousands of hours of experience teaching group classes, in private sessions, and in her own personal practice.

In all of Kari’s classes and one-on-one sessions, she emphasizes that yoga does not change or fix us because there is nothing that we need to change or fix. Instead, yoga is simply the process of releasing everything that isn’t us — the worries, the fears, the doubts, the labels, the expectations. And in this process of cleansing and purification, we reveal our truth, our essence — and as result, we are able to express ourselves more fully in the world.

Kari is experienced in many styles and lineages of physical yoga, including Aṣṭaṅga Vinyāsa, Vinyāsa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Restorative. In addition, Kari loves incorporating complimentary practices into her teaching — including breath work, qi gong, tai chi, somatic movement, dance, and sound — creating dynamic and powerful energetic practices.

She views each individual as a fully embodied psycho-spiritual-social-emotional being. This holistic perspective, in combination with the wide net of healing technologies from which she draws, allows Kari to creatively weave together practices to most benefit clients on all levels.

Yin Yoga — A deeply meditative style of yoga, where postures are held in a relaxed state while seated or laying down for several minutes at a time. This method penetrates beneath the musculature layer of the body and directly accesses the connective tissues, joints, deep layers of fascia, and the meridian system of chi (energy).

RestorativeYoga — Fully restore body, heart, and mind, with total relaxation. This style of yoga uses yoga props to support the body in long held poses, allowing the nervous system to enter a state of complete rest. Here, the body passively opens and aligns, while releasing deep layers of physical and emotional tension. 

Vinyāsa Yoga — Translating as, “to move in an artful way,” Vinyāsa Yoga is an active and invigorating style, where poses are fluidly linked together with mindful breath and movement. This style builds strength, endurance, flexibility, mental focus, and increases our capacity for prana, or life force energy.

Aṣṭaṅga Vinyāsa Yoga — In this style, sometimes called “Yoga Cikitsa,” or Healing Yoga, practitioners are guided through a set sequence of active poses that progressively access deeper and deeper layers of the physical and energetic body. Poses are added one at a time as the practitioner progresses.This style is ideal for those looking to develop an active and consistent home practice.

For Phoenix area yogis and yoginīs, you can catch Kari at one of her weekly class offerings, here.  Or, if you would like to schedule a private session to focus on individual goals and intentions, please reach out at kariannlevine@gmail.com.

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