Karla’s heartfelt mission is to spread the message of Self-care and Self-love through Yoga, Meditation and Reiki. Karla began to practice at her local yoga studio at a time when she was healing from a physical injury, navigating motherhood to two sons, being a support system for her family as a navy spouse while her husband frequently deployed overseas. She was at a crossroads, seeking more fulfillment out of life, to live a life of purpose and meaning. Being across the country, away from family in NY, she felt alone and stressed out. The traditional resources offered through the military were not the best fit for an introvert like herself. She felt like she was on alert and in survival mode all of the time.
That changed when Karla began to dedicate time to self-care on and off her mat over a decade ago. She already knew that she was strong but yoga helped her tap into her vulnerabilities, grace and ease and she completed her initial 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with her first teachers at Chula Vista Yoga Center. A new purpose was born, to share her experience of self-care and self-love with others.
Over the years, Karla has completed additional specialized trainings such as: Happy Back-Yoga for Spinal Health, Trauma-Conscious Yoga for Military populations through Warriors at Ease and Connected Warriors, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra and is a Reiki Master.
In the last few years, Karla’s passion for teaching has extended into teacher training. She has assisted and led 200-Hour Yoga teacher trainings and enjoys mentoring promising, new yoga teachers. In addition, she has led part of a Workplace Yoga Certification Program for yoga professionals through an ongoing partnership.
She serves the military community, providing yoga through the Naval Medical Center's Mind Body Medicine program and UCSD’s Active Duty Military Chronic Low Back Pain study.
Karla continues to serve Connected Warriors 501 (c)(3), with the mission to empower Service members, Veterans and their Families worldwide through Trauma-Conscious Yoga. Karla has accepted a new role as Ambassador and Teacher Trainer, establishing new CW classes in San Diego and providing Connected Warriors Trauma-Conscious Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Yoga con Karla has expanded and offers Workplace Yoga at the Chula Vista Police Department and City Hall. She has partnered with Stretchtopia, a workplace yoga company, offering Workplace Yoga Teacher Trainings.