I am YogaFit: Karen Stachiw
What is your job?
I’ve been a Paramedic for approximately 20 years but felt I needed a change so have recently moved to Edmonton and have enrolled in the Massage Therapy Program at Makami College.
Where do you live?
I live in Spruce Grove, approximately 20 mins west of Edmonton, since 10 days ago!
Morning Must Have’s?
Space and quiet….
What is your favourite YogaFit training?
Wow, that is a very difficult one to answer because I have received something special in every training, but if I had to pick only one, it would be the YogaFit for Warriors Intensive. It provided me with information that helped me realize I wasn’t “crazy”, I was only reacting to situations I couldn’t control and then it gave me the tools to help me manage those situations. A lot of “aha” moments!
What would be the title of your biography?
“What’s She Up To Now”…….lol!
What brought you to your mat?
As a Paramedic, I witnessed some pretty traumatic events and began to realize that those events were affecting me. I was impatient, frustrated and quick to anger on a daily basis. I didn’t like who I was becoming and knew that I needed to find a way to release the stress that was building up inside. I had read about Yoga and asked a friend of mine, who owned a gym, if there were Yoga classes. Unfortunately, there was no one to teach Yoga, but offered if I took the Level 1, YogaFit training coming up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, we could partner up, as I could teach Yoga at her gym in exchange for a free membership. Win - win!
Once I attended Level 1 with Terra Nicolle in Winnipeg, I was hooked. It not only taught me the basic understanding of Yoga but how to teach Yoga to others in a safe and positive way.
How did you discover YogaFit?
Through my friend, Jackie who informed me that it may be beneficial to me, sometimes teaching is also a way of healing, for myself and others.
Why was YogaFit For Warriors Intensive your favourite training?
It enabled me to take back my power. It not only helped me to take control of life, make sense of my past trauma, but gave me the tools, such as meditation, asanas and study to regain a more positive outlook on life. I am, I believe a better person for it. My three daughters agree, that I am a more “softer” version of myself.
What has been the impact of your yoga training in your life and in the lives of those you teach?
By the end of June 2017, I will have my 500 hrs and in all the YogaFit trainings that I have been blessed to attend, I have learned crucial information and obtainable intensions that have become useful in my everyday living. I pass this onto my class so that they too, can make their lives better. Yoga is for every body and the way YogaFit is styled, it does make that possible - it’s not just about the poses, it’s how those poses make you feel. YogaFit is created in a way that my class is a safe environment. This is very important to me.
What is your favourite YogaFit memory?
The friends I have met. I feel part of a huge tribe. I have been to many YogaFit trainings here, in Canada and United States and the feeling is always the same - a oneness.
When you look forward, what does your Yoga journey look like?
I have grown so much over the past couple of years, with YogaFit beside me all the way. After I graduate from the Massage Therapy Program, I want to incorporate the massage therapy with my Yoga practise and somehow help young adults through their trauma. Healing trauma is a difficult road and I want them to realize that they are not alone. There are positive, loving people who can help guide them through the process, like YogaFit has done for me.
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