About Chetana Karla
Work honestly, meditate every day, meet people without fear, and play
- Baba Hari Dass
Chetana Karla Shakti
Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner
I am an Experienced Yoga Teacher who has trained and taught thousands of students over the last 20 years. Originally from Canada I have been living full time in Central America for the last 7 years between Mexico- Puerto Escondido, Isla Mujeres, Mazunte and Costa Rica- Dominical, Pavones, Montezuma including Nicaragua & Guatemala sharing my love and passion for Yoga and Ayurveda.
I have always been active in the outdoors thanks to my family and summers at the cottage in Nova Scotia. I've always been driven to an honest and loving, loyal, and fun community based around the values of Nature, Justice, Integrity, and Helping those less fortunate. I find that those traits are natural in those who play outside and are interested in all types of yoga and wellness and so I chose to create a Community where everyone feels welcome, accepted, nurtured, respected, and has the freedom to let their gifts shine and support Communities that do the same.
I owned a yoga studio and wellness centre in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua for 4 years, called Grateful Surf Yoga and Ayurveda and one in Whistler, BC before that, Mother of the Wind Retreats where we did many ceremonies and rituals. While I cherish the time I spent with friends in BC & Nicaragua I enjoy this Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica very much because it has a lot to offer community, food, and activity-wise. I love working with spiritual groups and people and support these community with all my heart.
An avid surfer, outdoor adventure guide (surf, raft, ski, kayak, climb, mountain bike, adaptive sports, and kids camps..) and mother, my journey in Wellness Therapies began over 25 years ago when I felt myself drawn to massage, physio, and yoga for well being. I began opening myself more and more to an alternative lifestyle to my super stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander, Operations Manager for the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program for Whistler Blackcomb, Employment Counsellor for People with Disabilities, retreat operator, and Director of a Birthing Centre.
While under the wing of many teachers, including Baba Hari Dass, Dr. Lad, Chief Darrel Bob, Malidoma Some, and many more I discovered that there was something to spirituality, something real to union with the Divine and connecting with the other worlds and bringing medicine into this Dimension. I discovered that yoga and Ayurveda help people be strong and clear helping them hear their inner guidance and to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses.
Within 2 months of a daily yoga practice I immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. I am so thankful to have been supported by amazing teachers and Community along the way and I feel fulfilled when I share these tools with Community. Using Yoga, Ayurveda, and Spirit Technologies I was able to clear chronic injuries and mental health issues that were left in my body past adventures and careers in the military, extreme sports and outdoor tourism. I even healed myself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain, by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. I believe yoga community and spirituality heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well being. I know how good it can make one feel on a daily basis; It gives people a firm platform on which to stand.
In my classes I encourage students to move inward and into the true self heightening intuition and inner guidance, leading to fulfillment and peace. I use the power of the medicine to walk with us and support us during the classes. I believe in the body's innate ability to heal with a positive mental outlook and our practices help you achieve long lasting peace. I am honoured to assist you and your group in any way I can.
Sessions with me are tailored to meet the clients unique Mind-body complex and needs and desires. I offer physical and hatha, flow, tantra, yin, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa, partner yoga, and massage and physical therapy in Uvita-Dominical, Costa Rica as well as virtually, to a host of private clients across the world.
A Yoga Session with Chetana Karla
will support you:
Heal your heart from stored trauma
Disconnect and release toxic relationships and connections
Achieve your health & wellness intentions
Find comfort and security within
Be inspired and explored your creative self
Enhance your sense of personal power
Strengthen your ability to express yourself
Connect with your intuitive self
Embrace your divine purpose
Feel relaxed, inspired, and physically healthy
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