Meet the Makers | Karina Gusalova | Jivamukti Yoga
Karina is an 800 hr Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and Thai massage Therapist. She was born in Latvia but lived in USA, France, UK and can call Barcelona her home. She studied in Mandiram Yoga Dinamico in Barcelona to begin with and continued her training in Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. She is dedicated to Jivamukti yoga method since 2012 because it “adapts ancient teachings to the modern urban lifestyle”. In her classes Karina opens a space for self-understanding and growth, her experience in Thai Massage helps her understand the energy body and assist the students toward more focused and elevated practice.
"Yoga and Meditation practice is my compass in life, principles that I always rely on. I do my best to create a space that would facilitate each practitioner to move inwards, meet themselves as they are, to hold space for whatever is real and true in that moment of their lives, heal what needs to be healed, grow what needs blossom.
More than anything I desire for each yoga student that I come across to see their unlimited potential and realize themselves. With this purpose each Jivamukti yoga class I teach I intend to be not only a dynamic practice, but also a self inquiry workshop and observer’s laboratory, journey to a place beyond personality. "
About the Founders of Jivamukti Yoga
The founders of the jivamukti yoga method are sharon gannon and david life. They met in 1983 in new york city and in 1984 created jivamukti yoga.
In 1986 they traveled to India and met their first guru, Swami Nirmalananda. On subsequent trips, they met their guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and later in upstate New York, they met their guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. Each of their gurus guided them further on their individual spiritual paths, and the teachings of their gurus helped shape the development of Jivamukti Yoga.
The role of the guru is to expose the seeker’s misperceptions and guide the seeker toward self-knowledge. Resting on this tradition but operating on a world stage, Sharon and David have illuminated the deeper, esoteric truths of yoga, linked them to present-day culture and lifestyle, and encouraged practitioners to let go of what they think they know and embrace the path to liberation in this lifetime. Through the innovations of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon and David have brought the ancient teachings alive, going to the root of their wisdom and making it relevant to the contemporary world. They are pioneers in teaching yoga as spiritual activism/activation, demonstrating that yoga is a living tradition, a complete system for accessing the lasting happiness that is available to all beings. They incorporate their profound talents and experiences as artists, performers and musicians into their teaching styles, making their teachings compelling, exciting and empowering.
“Beyond rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field, I’ll meet you there”