It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I’m an artist, musician and yogi who believes that yoga is for everybody. I truly believe that finding balance in life, both on and off the mat, includes a sweaty session on the mat, one in the studio singing my heart out, a healthy nurturing meal as well as sweet potato fires, salty licorice and a glass of wine! I’m a mother of two wonderful and sometimes challenging kids, a wife to my life companion and the love of my life since 21 years.
Core Strength vinyasa yoga keeps me grounded and makes me fly at the same time!
Q. What is your work?
A. I’m a freelance musician and artist who loves cheese, wine and salt liquorish. Certified Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Master Teacher trained by the founder Sadie Nardini.
Creator of ”yoga for musicians” and the online course ”21 day yoga kickstart - CSV yoga in Swedish” Inspirational speaker and blogger.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I recently decided to shift fokus from serving others to serving myself. Shifting my energy towards my own project means investing in my own creativity. Someone recently asked me how much time I spend on my music project and the answer kind of chocked me. Hardly no time. I’ve been releasing a bunch of songs - yes! But the time spent is close to nothing and adds upp to only a few hours here and there. I realized that if I was to set aside one week with a 100 procent focus I would be able to create wonderful music and yoga for myself and at the same time have something really cool and amazing that I’m proud of to share with you. Therefor I’m setting aside 1 week for music and 1 week for yoga this fall and I’m super exited to see what I can accomplish when I work consistently and focused.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I challenge myself every time I step on to my yogamat. Teaching yoga is one of the scariest things I ever set out to do. You would think for me, who easily gets out on stage, teaching would be a no - brainer. It’s not. I’ve struggled with body issues my whole life and standing infront of students in tights and a tang top showing my body from all angles, moving on the mat was, and sometimes still is, intimidating and scary. In the beginning, before starting a class, I felt like I was about to throw up! Over time that changed and I realized that all my fears where an asset and people where drawn to my classes and the style I was teaching just because of those fears. Next year I’m about to launch the first EVER CSV TT (core strength Vinyasa teacher training) in Sweden and in Swedish! How’s that for a scary thing? Still I’m super exited and confident that it will be amazing for both me and the students who sign up. It’s an ongoing organic journey, constantly changing, and I learn something every time I teach from my students.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I’m doing what I love - yoga and music and my biggest challenge right now is clearing space, preserving and directing my energy so my creativity can flow like a strong river towards the ocean not branching out in different directions. Staying on track and giving myself permission to focus on me and where I’m going with out feeling guilty.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. LOL- So many things in life and love would have been much easier knowing what I know today. One of my returning life lessons is questioning being enough. Five years ago I sat down on my mat and said to myself: ”Karin - you are enough, you don’t have to do more. Just keep returning to the mat to find your yoga” I still finish and start every class with these worlds, every single time. It is reminder that every person I meet is fighting a battle of their own, sometimes struggling with being enough or doing enough. It is also a reminder to myself that yoga is a journey that never stops. Staying true to who you are, living from your core center, listening inwards and letting that inner connection support my decisions in life.
Also I wish I could have trusted back then that ”love will find you once you allow it and know that your are worthy of it” Don’t settle or let anyone convince you to change parts of you that you love or like, to better serve their idea of who they want you to be for them. You deserve to be loved for who you are. Knowing that, would have saved a few gallons of tears:)
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. "When you know better - you do better”
I have spent so much time beating myself up over things that figured I should have done differently. A while back I started asking myself in these situations, could I have done something different? If yes, I make a note to remind my self next time a similar situation occurs. If no, I tell my self ”ok - you did what you thought was best at the time - next time you’ll be able to take this experience to help tackle the situation even better”
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Music or any type of creative expression always come from inside. When it stops there is always some kind of blockage. Usually that blockage comes from not having enough ”me time”. To free myself I usually try to clear space to do something for me. Sitting down with a glass of wine, writing in my journal. I just write down the first word that comes to mind. If nothing comes I might end up just fiddling around with my pen, drawing something. I also make a point of getting outdoors. If only for
a coffee on my front stairs or I take a walk to the mailbox. I try to make this a part of my daily routine so I don’t get stuck or unbalanced.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Any kind of pose where I can surrender in a forward fold. I like pigeon. Starting out with waving the pigeon, connecting it to the breath and then finally surrendering forward. I also finally started to love Shivasana. I used to be the person who’d sneak out of the yoga room as soon as the teacher mentioned the word shivasana. I’d come up with all kind of excuses why I had to leave early. Being still has always been hard for me. Even as a kid if someone lifted me up to sit on their lap I would crawl back down to the floor as fast as I could. 2010 I was in Thailand for three months and one of my yoga teachers notice my behavior. He told me, as I was leaving pretty firmly ”- Karin you haven’t finished class yet! Come back and lay down!” And then he sat with me, class after class, during Shivasana, until I finally was able to relax and breath on my own.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Jan 2012 me and a friend sat on the beach of Koh Lipe in the south of Thailand leaning back on a thai pillow watching the sun set over the calm ocean. It’s not difficult feeling happy, satisfied and fulfilled at a time like that. The challenge is to find the same sense of fulfillment in our everyday life and we started taking about what we had to to shift to be able to cut loose from the musts in life? Everything felt very easy on that thai pillow especially as we where about to have our third mojito.
So what if we where to bring the pillow with us home? Will we feel the same sense of fulfillment in our Scandinavian homes when we lean back on the pillow, and will we find the time in our busy lives to actually sit down on that pillow?
Writing this I’m on my pillow in the living room. The pillow symbolizes everything we talked about on that beach and have continued to talk about since. How do we simplify our lives? How do we create a home with peace and harmony where we can enjoy good food and great conversation with family and friends. How can we get back to the basic values, live more more sustainably, explore more eco-friendly alternatives and most important how to release more time in our everyday life where we can allow us to create, think and recharge our batteries? Live a richer life, laugh and have more fun!
To live a life of abundance means to me, I notice and take time, to be grateful for little things everyday and to be able to do that took consciously clearing time for me and my family to actually be together. So often we set our every day life up to spend as much time apart as possible it seams. You take the kids, I’m off to work. I take the kids - you do dinner. I’m not in any way a super mom - I fail over and over but I had an idea and a vision to make a change in my life to be able to live more abundantly and that is an ongoing journey.
You can find Karin on instagram at @karinsyogaworld and @thyraofficial
You can find Karin's Music on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/1PsB5MlTLwu3fmb0QsDH9G