Get to know Carina, Zuna Yoga assistant trainer and ERYT200
Describe yourself in one word.
What is your astrological sign?
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.
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:
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.