Karrie is everything you could ever ask for in a Yoga teacher. She is kind, loving, straightforward and real. She has a sense of humour, and radiates joy in a background of calm, no matter how tricky things appear. She knows her Yoga and just keeps on learning more, so that never ever will she stay in one place, but move and flow like the practice itself, changing with the times, and still holding firm to the ancestral teachings.
Kate Potter, Host & Writer of Namaste Yoga, Discovery Channel
I didn’t begin doing any kind of exercising until my 40′s; and that consisted of aerobic classes, walking and riding my bike. When I first walked into Yoga Bala at 56, I wasn’t sure I could do it – especially after seeing Karrie’s beautiful, fit body. But Karrie suggested I try an “easy class” and I was instantly hooked! It took me about a month to get up the courage to come to an intermediate class. Karrie says I’m the only student she actually suggested to not come so often, but I couldn’t help myself. I have been going to Yoga Bala every week day for the past 3.5 years unless something out of my control keeps me away. Yoga Bala has become my lifeline, my religion, and the necessary right start to each new day. I’m facing 60 in a few months and I’m still going strong! Believe me, this is something anyone can do and more importantly should do as they age. I even took Karrie’s Yoga Teacher Training course this past year and am now a certified Yoga Teacher! Now that speaks volumes of Karrie as a teacher, and her wonderful studio. If anyone is hesitant to try yoga at a later stage in life, believe me, it’s the best thing you could do for yourself!
I was hesitant about trying a new studio but it was honestly one of the greatest things I could have done for myself. I made great friends, discovered a beautiful studio and met my mentor for life. I decided to do the teacher training because I wanted to teach yoga and in the process I not only gained knowledge on different techniques and methods throughout the training, but I gained a family. At Yoga Bala, Karrie makes you feel like family and the yogis that attend the studio are trying to attain the same purpose as you in one way or another. I am truly lucky to have been able to experience this for myself and I recommend this studio to anyone who loves yoga and wants to be around positive and loving people.
“Today I walked the Granada Bridge. For my out of state friends we don’t have hills so we use the bridge. Two years ago the doctor told me no more walking for exercise and no walking at an elevation like on my treadmill. I started thinking about hip replacement. Then six months ago, Karrie AuBuchon convinced me even at my age of 64 I could do Ashtanga yoga. And I did. Ashtanga is all about the hips and it was painful and still is but not as bad. I knew I was getting better. And today I walked the bridge for the first time in two years. I felt like I had climbed Mt. Everest. I don’t know how I will feel tomorrow but today I did it. The body is truly a miracle.”
These are the lovely words of Ho Tsai recent Graduate of Yoga Bala 200 hour Teacher Training who joined the training to further her practice. In order to save the king’s brother Hanuman took a giant leap from india to the mountains of Himalayas… I took a giant leap along with 9 beautiful yoga devotees into a mysterious yoga journey 6 months ago. It was a humbling experience that I had never encountered in my life. I learned to surrender, to make peace with what I can’t do, to enjoy my very own “perfect pose” and to leave my ignorance and ego, which are the root of all afflictions, behind. And with devotion, the impossible is made possible. Hanumanasana was my first,only, and last teaching theme… I dedicate this “leap of faith” pose to Karrie AuBuchon for taking me to where I am. You are the best!! And the journey does not stop here, more leaping and bending are coming!!
OM… AUM…NAMASTE!! Ho Tsai
A cute note from RenaTalbott, a graduate of Yoga Bala teacher training, recently relocate to Colorado.
“Oh Karrie you have inspired a lot of people (myself included)to be dedicated Yogi’s. I’m headed to practice in the snow storm instead of curling up by the fire all nice and toasty at home.