Karin Michelle Sang
Karin is a proud Kiwi (New Zealander) who recently returned home to "Middle Earth" after living and working in Europe for 23 years.
She was first introduced to yoga in 1999 while living in Berlin, Germany. She rocked up to the closest studio in the neighbourhood knowing nothing about yoga and immediately fell in love with it. Little did she know that she had fallen in love with what she now refers to as “the ballet of yoga” – Iyengar yoga with its discipline, alignment and accuracy that completely grooved with her professional dance background.
After years of practicing Iyengar yoga and attending workshops with renowned teachers such as Manju Jois (Ashtanga), Rita Keller (Iyengar), Clive Sheridan (Hatha), Mark Whitwell (Heart yoga), David Lurey (Vinyasa), Lance Schuler ( Inspya), Patricia Thieleman (Spirit) she attended a 3 day workshop with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest that transformed and liberated her yoga practice. She finally understood the deeper spiritual aspect of yoga, which was the reason she had started practicing yoga in the first place. Shortly after, she completed a 350 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training with Bryan Kest in Maya Tulum and began teaching at Power Yoga Germany in Hamburg.
The following year in search of yoga anatomy knowledge she completed a further teacher training with Yin Yoga & anatomy "guru" Paul Grilley who rounded out her yoga practice. Since then, she has completed several further Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Paul and Suzee Grilley, an intensive Yin/Yang and Mindfulness teacher training with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers and a Restorative Yoga teacher training with Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal. Karin is passionate about the potency of yin practices and she believes they are the perfect and vital complement to not only yang forms of yoga but also to the fast paced yang lives of our modern western society.
Karin’s style of teaching is authentic, calming and personal, creating a nurturing and safe space for the students to surrender into themselves. Her classes focus on the mindfulness aspect of yoga through melding the breath with the asanas with a strong emphasis on respecting and honouring the unique anatomical, emotional and physical states of the student.
She practices Vipassana meditation and is a trained traditional Thai masseur.
In her "previous life", prior to becoming a yoga teacher, she performed professionally for 16 years on musical theatre stages in the West End, London and throughout Germany in such shows as "Miss Saigon", "Joseph", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Cats" (where she met Markus!). She also worked for 6 years as a casting associate for Stage Entertainment Germany.
She is thankful to her family and friends and all her yoga teachers and students who have assisted her on her yoga journey, and most of all, she is grateful to her son Kahanu for fast tracking her yoga practice off the mat and into “real life”…every minute of every day!