Thursday, May 18, 2017

Off the Mat with Carina



Get to know Carina, Zuna Yoga assistant trainer and ERYT200

Describe yourself in one word. 
Magical 

What is your astrological sign?
Sagittarius 

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I once drank so much turmeric water that my skin turned yellow

What are your three top travel tips? 
Favorite places to go:
  • The Beachhouse in Fiji, a small resort at the coral coast with great surf and beautiful nature.
  • Bhagsu, a little village in Dharamsala, India. It's calm and peaceful but also has some funky Goa vibes and great people.
  • Austria, for everything. Vienna is a cool city that truly blossomed after total WW2 destruction. The amazing mountains, both in summer and winter, and our Great Lakes Region.
What book are you reading right now? 
I'm always reading more than one book on any given day. Currently, at different times of the day:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 
Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley (some Zuna Yoga required reading)
The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga by Sir John Woodroffe

Three songs on your playlist right now? 
"Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money
"Ong namo" by Snatam Kaur 
"I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen 

One thing you're really good at: 
Changing someone's mood from stressed to relaxed

One thing you're epically bad at: 
Computers

What do you do for fun? 
All kind of water sports; painting in bright colors on everything that I can find; hiking and walking; dancing in nature; playing card games; reading

What's your biggest pet peeve? 
Sand in the bed

How did you make your first dollar (or Schilling)? 
In my mom's shop in Vienna selling old Christmas ornaments

What are the three qualities that got you where you are today? 
Cheerfulness, self-discipline and a sense of humor

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Don't worry, it will all work out for the best. Eventually, you'll come to realize that every "bad" moment was a great turning point in your life.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
"Attitude is everything" by Everett Newell.

What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
Leaving Vienna and my old habits behind and going to India for my first yoga teacher training

If you had a superhero power, what would it be?
I'm actually pretty happy with the powers I already have

What's your favorite thing about being a yoga teacher?  
Oh, there are so many. If I have to pick, constantly meeting amazing people, sharing something that has so positively changed my life and not having to wear shoes.

What's your favorite yoga pose, and why?
Twisted lotus. It feels amazing. Every single muscle in my body get stretched and released, and I can really be still and connect with my breath.  

What's your favorite quote?
"Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside of you" from Rumi 

What's on your bucket list?
I want to rent a glass house in Greenland and watch the northern lights. One week of just watching the sky, practicing yoga and drinking hot chocolate. 

Carina is based in Fiji and Vienna and is assisting Zuna Yoga's 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings. Learn more about our staff here!

1 comment:

  1. Would you have an energy healer and chokoate lower join you for that Glass house in Green land? Or come to Finland and watch them in our outdoor deck at our summer house by the lake😊 namaste!

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