Yoga was the first thing I felt passionate about. Even though I had already chosen a profession which I enjoyed and felt happy with my life, yoga gave me a life purpose, a true meaning of feeling unique and with a humble mission to myself and those around me.
What attracts you to lead a retreat in Bali?
Bali is known for being a natural paradise, a place where people learnt how to live respecting nature and making it a priority in their development. I believe nature makes you forget about our possessions and material world, and connect us again with what is real and important – helping to see what is inside you more easily.
Who should join your retreat?
Everyone who is interested in investing time in their inner peace and live the experience of taking care of their body, mind and soul, abandon their routine and renew their energy.
What are your tips to beginner yogis?
The practice of hatha yoga is just the beginning of a self-transformation path. Forget about how the asana looks, instead focus and feel. Go back to calm breathing. Relax the muscles of your face. Find the pleasure in every asana and enjoy the practice just as it is. Make sure you challenge yourself but safety always comes first. Accept your body as it is, love it and take care of it.
Karina Chávez Galnares is a certified yoga instructor with 700 hours of yoga training. She started her regular practice in 2007 and decided to become a full time instructor when she moved to Dubai. She also majored in Organisational Psychology and is a Certified Business and Life coach. In 2010 she had her first Hatha Yoga training in Mexico and completed her second training in (Ashtanga Vinyasa) in Thailand in 2014. She will be leading her Recharge Your Batteries retreat next year on 7-12 May 2017.