Karin Collinsworth

Seattle, WA
United States

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I began studying yoga to support physical and mental health. when first diagnosed with scoliosis at age eleven and then with blood sugar issues (type 1 diabetes) at seventeen. Accepting that one with chronic diseases has to go the extra mile to stay alive and well, and wanting to live every day to the fullest, and (of course) yoga practices called to me.

Rumi wrote: When I was eleven I was clever and wanted to change the world. And now I am wiser and want to change myself.

Even at 11, I knew I'd need to do all I could to support my health. Even now,I want to change the world - with yogic insights.

As my studies and practices evolve, I have noticed that a consistent moving meditation practice (tai chi, chi gung, yoga) has a profound and positive effect on the quality of life.

Now that I have practiced so long and consistently, my back is straightish and my health much better than they would have been without these practices.

I've studied with many international teachers including Kripalu's Thakor Patel and Seattle's Bob Smith, Kathleen Hunt, Lisa Black, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, Greta Hill, Sianna Sherman +. Lineages include Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Tantric.

I combine my practice yoga with an understanding of techniques to help with everything from posture to the subtle body -- and everything in between. I techniques including nutrition, kriya, breathwork, mantra, meditation to stimulate your energy (kundalini, chi, ki, prana) and postures and other techniques to stimulate the body. My teachings are designed to promote mindful and playful action to align and strengthen an awakened state of posture, breath, body, heart, and mind.

Since April 2009, I have led yoga classes twice a week in Seattle King County to people in my workplace, privately, as well as to occasionally to school children at my son's schools.

I'm ready to branch out and share the skills to help folks, non-stop, around-the-clock to be strong inside and out, to build a layer of armor to manage the personality changes that accompany health challenges. And, also, to share how diabetes and yoga has taught me compassion for others. I offer my practice and teaching in gratitude and service so that others may have the good fortune in not having any complications throughout their lives.

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