Apoyo Lodge is thrilled to announce that Karalyn Gonzalez has joined the Apoyo team as full-time administradora + yoga and meditation guide. Karalyn is a Michigan native who has deep family roots in Nicaragua and has decided to make this country her home. Karalyn has been with us for just over a month and she is such a shining, positive radiant light we are so fortunate to have among us.
1. Can you remember the first yoga class you ever took? If so, describe the experience.
The first yoga class I ever took was about 15 years ago while on holiday in California. The class was filled wall to wall, all sorts of people and lots of sweat. I didn’t understand what yoga was all about and why all these people were crammed into one space to sweat together. What I do remember is that I was very emotional, trying to fight back tears, just doing a child’s pose and could not understand why. In time, I figured it out.
2. What made you want to pursue the practice of teaching yoga to others?
After experiencing first-hand how yoga has changed my life, how could I not share this joy and happiness with others? Helping others and seeing them experience personal growth and enlightenment makes me happy. I started out just teaching friends and family one at a time and then realised that this is a part of my life.
3. What did you learn/take away from your first teacher training?
I learned how to let my guard down and find space to let others in and allow them to give and receive love. I also learned that in order for this to happen, I must first love and accept myself.
4. How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga has become a spiritual practice for me and has transformed my mind. Through yoga and meditation, I have learned to take time to slow down and try to control what I am thinking and to be present with how I feel. Finding acceptance in the moment with whatever feeling arises, taking that and moving onward with life.
5. What motivates you and inspires your teaching practice?
Learning new things and teaching new things inspires me. The connection made between two souls motivates me.
6. Describe your teaching style. What is your favourite style(s) to practice?
My teaching style is a gentle spiritual practice. Finding a connection through mind, body and spirit; bringing concentration to the breath and focusing the mind to the task at hand, to the body, in moving or holding asanas.
7. If you play music during your classes, what is your favourite song to play currently?
I love to chant and sing at the beginning or end of class using whatever instruments are at hand. Favorite right now is the Devi Prayer song by Craig Pruess and Ananda. It is a 20 minute long song and is as soothing as can be.
8. Are there any other trainings or courses you're passionate about pursuing in the future?
I would love to learn more about Kundalini, Raja (meditation), & Bhakti (chanting) yoga.
9. List your 10 "must dos" on your Bucket list.
10. Where do you envision yourself in five years?
Simple. In a happy place.
11. Favourite quote?
“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”
“May all beings be happy and free. May my thoughts, words, and actions contribute to the happiness of others”.