Karina Eline Kibsgård
Karina Eline Kibsgaard has taught yoga since 2008 and offers classes at several yoga studios in Oslo. Her background is mainly in dance, Asthanga Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga. She was introduced to yoga through her studies at the Norwegian University College of Dance, 2003-2006. Today she is a 800- hour Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.
Karina's first encounter with Jivamukti Yoga was during the summer of 2010, when she traveled to New York for dance, inspiration and 'the big city experience'. In June 2012 she traveled to Blue Spirit - Costa Rica, for her 300+ Jivamukti Yoga teacher training and in 2014 she moved to NYC, to complete a 800- hour apprentice-ship program at the Jivamukti Yoga School New York. At least twice a year, she travels back to deepen her own practice with her main teachers David Life, Sharon Gannon, Yogeswari Azahar, Cassandra Rigney and Jules Febre. She has also completed a 200- hour yoga teacher training with R.Alexander Medin, based on Ashtanga Yoga and yoga-philosophy (2009). Karina has extensive teaching experience from dance, fitness, personal training and over 10 years of teaching yoga. In addition to offering regular classes in Oslo she also travels and gives workshops and immersions. She has taught at the Norwegian Yoga Festival, Oslo Yoga Festival, Movement Arts Festival Oslo, Arctic Yoga Conference, Praque Spirit Festival, Yogaweekend (Norway) and Yogafusion (Sweden). She has given workshops for children in public schools, taught at the Norwegian College of Sports Science and offered yoga courses to children and families with ADHD, ADD. She has also contributed as a teacher for the project 'Back in the Ring', offering yoga to patients with substance abuse issues.
Karina holds a bachelors degree in 'Dance with Pedagogy’. Since the fall of 2018 she's also started working towards her masters degree in Educational Science, while continuing to teach yoga full time.
In her teaching, Karina emphasizes the holistic approach to yoga. The physical practice combined with the philosophical and mental perspective; devotion, consciousness and kindness. Her classes contains elements of chanting, music, playful, physically and challenging asana- sequences. She believes that it is not about performing or being "perfect" but rather be the best version of yourself, in every aspects of life. ON and OFF the mat.
My morning routine: Start my day by always reminding myself to be grateful for all that life has given and is constantly giving me.
The world needs more of: That we as humans live in harmony with ourselves, everything and everyone around us.
I believe in: Love and caring for each other. I think that behind every "facade" there is good in people.
Love is: All-encompassing, tolerant and non-judgmental. "It's all love. We come from love, we were born out of love, we will go back to love. Love is the nature of God, love is our true nature "- David Life
I can't get enough of: Life!
Yoga is: Yoga is a physical and mental practice that helps us find balance, balance between body and mind. It teaches us to know our physical possibilities and boundaries, to know our mental pattern and to see the consequences of the actions we do, the choices we make and the life we live. Helps us to be the best version of ourselves.
My mantra: "Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu" Come to a Jivamukti Yoga class so I can tell you what this means :)