Professional Bio

Founder & Owner of Maha Yoga and Wellness Center

RYS 200 (Owner/Director - Registered Yoga School 200hr - Maha Yoga)

YACEP - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

E-RYT 500  (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500hr)

CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist - National Academy Sports Medicine)

CPT (Certified Personal Trainer - National Academy Sports Medicine)

Karin passionately shares Yoga as a lifestyle that values health, personal development, community, partnership, sustainable living practices and environmental stewardship. She sees herself as a catalyst for change, educating, inspiring and empowering people to live healthy, happy lives, filled with purpose, passion and joy.

Karin has been teaching yoga full time since 2004 and has owned and managed Yoga studios and fitness centers in both South Africa and on Maui.

Karin moved to Maui in 2007 where she offers public classes, Yoga Teacher Trainings and continuing education classes from her studio, Maha Yoga, in Paia, on Maui's famous North Shore.

With additional certifications in Personal Training and Corrective Exercise, her teaching methodology draws strongly from her training in functional anatomy and human movement as well as her deep appreciation for the wisdom teachings of yoga to support the sacred journey of personal awakening and transformation.

Teaching, rather than merely instructing, she offers precise verbal instruction, gentle adjustments and instruction on the use of props, to guide students to master variations and suitable progressions so that they can take ownership of their personal practice and progress safely at their own pace.

She finds inspiration through her yoga practice, student’s stories, nature, art, music and travelling and shares her passionate understanding of all aspects of the practice, physical, energetic and spiritual, with grace and humor. She believes in creating a class environment that supports a balance between serious studentship as well as lots of hugs and laughter.



1995 - National Diploma in Sales and Marketing, Cape Town, South Africa

2004 - 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Ananda Kutir Ashrama - Cape Town, South Africa

2006 - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) - ETA/Sports Science Institute of South Africa

2013 -Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) - National Academy Sports Medicine ,USA

2014 -Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) - National Academy Sports Medicine, USA

2015 - 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Maui Yoga Shala – Maui, Hawaii

2015 - 300Hr Yoga Teacher Training - Maya Yoga Shala – Maui Hawaii


2016 - Julie Gudmestad - Creating Shoulder Strength and Flexibility (2 part course - Yoga U online)

2016 - Liat Philipson - The Power of Sequencing - 5 ways to create unique sequences (Yoga Alliance CE online)

2016 - Crystal Moore - Practical Tools for Sharing Yoga Philosophy (Yoga Alliance CE online)

2016 - Become a Successful Yoga Teacher (3 part series - Yoga U online) 

2016 - Deborah Williamson - Blissful Business: Tap into your Passion (Yoga Alliance CE online)

2016 - Amy Ippoliti - 8 Steps to a fuller Yoga class (Yoga Alliance CE online)

2015 - Julie Gudmestad - Freeing the Body  (3 part Yoga Anatomy bonanza - Yoga U online) 

2014 - Tom Meyers - Anatomy Trains and Functional Anatomy Yoga (2 part course - Yoga U online)

2014 - Nicki Doane (Maya Yoga) - 3 day intensive

2014 - Judith Hason Lasater: The Art of teaching mixed level classes (2 part course - Yoga U online)

2014 - Natasha Rizopoulos: Yoga Asana and the Art of Sequencing (2 part course - Yoga U online)

2013 - Maty Ezraty - 3 day intensive (Maui Yoga Shala, Hawaii)

2013 - Tara Judelle - Arm balancing & Backbending workshop (Maui Yoga Shala Hawaii)

2012 - Upcountry Fitness OPT Personal Training Intensive- core & stability  (Maui, Hawaii)

2010 - Noah Maze - Restorative and pranayama workshop (Studio Maui, Hawaii)

2010 - Saul David Raye (Studio Maui, Hawaii)

2010 - Arun Deva and Margo Gal - Ayurvedic Pitta Pacifying workshop (Studio Maui, Hawaii)

2010 - Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. 3 day workshop (Maui Yoga Shala - Maui Hawaii)

2010 - Mirka Kraftsow - Viniyoga workshop: The Chakras (Studio Maui, Hawaii)

2009 - Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty - 3 day workshop (Maui Yoga Shala)

2009 - John Friend - 2 day mixed level workshop (Studio Maui Hawaii)

2009 - Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty - 3 day workshop (Maui Yoga Shala)

2009 - Leigh Milner - 2 day (12 hrs) Anatomy and Yogasana (Maui Yoga Shala Hawaii)

2009 - Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty - 3 day workshops (Maui Yoga Shala)

2006 - Danny Paradise - 2 day workshop (South Africa)