We recently joined our fellow Yofima Providers in conversation about some questions we had for them about how they got into the business of healthy living. Here is the first of a new series we wish to share to hopefully shed some light on the subject and introduce you to the great people and coaches that make Yofima what it is today.

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Introducing Kari Cowell
Yofima Yoga Instructor

What does Yoga mean to you? 

“Yoga for me is a chance to escape the daily grind. I move at 100 miles per hour and it’s difficult for me to slow down. Taking 60-75 minutes on my mat is the best reminder that everything gets done on its own time. As the great Lao Tzu said, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

Why did you choose to be a Yoga Teacher, Massage Instructor or Personal Trainer?

“Honestly, becoming a yoga teacher was always part of my 5 year plan. I started out as an actor and I needed something that was flexible and sustainable enough to pay my bills while I was starting my acting career. Little did I know teaching yoga would take over my life! Watching students grow in strength and flexibility (both mentally and physically) is more fulfilling and rewarding than I ever imagined. Funnily enough, I was recently reading through old journals from acting school, and 5 years ago, in 2012, I wrote, “What would I do if I quit acting school? I would move to India, become a yoga teacher, and teach fitness for the rest of my life!”

What do you believe are the top 3 benefits of having a Yoga, Fitness or Massage session?

“Yoga calls for both strength and flexibility. Since yoga works on both of these aspects, you leave a session feeling strong and like you accomplished something, as well as feeling open and relaxed. Additionally, the word yoga, a Sanskrit word, means “union” in English, speaking to the union of breath to movement. Each posture is linked to an inhale or exhale, and this link creates a greater self awareness of your breath, which eventually transfers to a greater self awareness of your body, your actions, and your true authentic self.”