My Story

Yoga found me in 1994 while I was studying theater in Orlando Florida. Three years later, I traveled to India to study Iyengar yoga and found my life’s calling. I have studied with some truly amazing instructors over the years including David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch and Jason Crandall. I began teaching yoga in 1997 in a small art studio in Olympia Washington. I am experienced in Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga; I have a keen eye for postural details while my heart soars for a good strong flow.

Well versed in anatomy and physiology, I am a hands on instructor and truly enjoy helping people improve their practice. I strive to teach a thoughtful and dynamic class, with emphasis not only on the tangible elements of the practice but also the ways yoga affects and develops our inner and higher selves. I practice yoga to experience both freedom and union in my body and my mind.

I first experienced the wonder of Thai Massage as a backpacker in Thailand in 1996. I was amazed at the fluidity and depth of the work and the many parallels with yoga postures. I became a licensed massage therapist in 2002 and have been studying and practicing Thai massage exclusively since 2010. For me, giving Thai massage is an expression of “metta” or loving kindness; it is a moving breathing synergistic experience that is profoundly healing for both the giver and receiver.  

I am reminded daily how fortunate I am to do the kind of work that I do. I regularly interact on a profound level with people of all backgrounds; I have come to understand that we as human beings are inherently good and we are all in search of the same thing: connection. I don’t consider myself a healer-instead I feel I am a teacher, a helper, and a good listener. I am humbled and honored that people continue to knock on my door. I am also a mother to a beautiful son-this role is perhaps my most rewarding and challenging and has shaped me more than anything else. We live a beautiful life on a far flung peninsula shaped like a dragon’s head with views in every direction of mountains, ocean, islands and trees. I am very grateful for this life.

(360) 301-2211 •  karyn@stillwellyoga.com  •  LIC. #60219694