"Accepting our own limited capacity and keeping in mind that everyone else, just like ourselves, are doing the best they can in any given situation, will help us cultivate feelings of compassion and forgiveness, which will propel us towards enlightenment."
- Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga
"If yoga dosen't make you a better person, you're not doing it right"
- Jules Febre, Senior Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
"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, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga
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 apprenticeship 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, physical and
challenging asana- sequences. She believes it's not about performing or being "perfect" but rather trying to do our best in any given situation. Letting our practice cultivate this ability and prepare us for life's challenges.