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“The sweetness of Yoga brings light to ones heart and opens it up for a deep journey of self-discovery to uncover our innate gifts which were placed in our hearts at birth.”

Karen ROSE 2016Karen Petersen Sainas

Karen is a spirited advocate of inspiring all beings to create an Extraordinary Whole Being Self~Care Practice and lifestyle that honours Ones Sacred Temple on levels ~ physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually and spiritually.  She is a Pioneer of New Possibilities and a Divine Feminine Spiritual Mentor.  She offers events, workshops and private sessions in her beautiful temple space Urban Mystics Retreat location in Edgemont Village North Vancouver as well as in beautiful Garibaldi Highlands Squamish BC.

Karen’s studies and certifications include: Energy Therapy Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Restorative Therapeutics Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Teacher, Sacred Contract and Archetypal Consulting, Celebrating the Goddess Facilitator, Sacred Union & Sacred Sexuality Coach, Womb Healing Facilitator, Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage Practitioner and Off the Mat into the World Mentor.

“We are all seeking deep heart-centered sacred relationship within ourself in union with the Divine and Mother Earth. From here we can be in sacred relationship with our intimate partner, family, children, friends and in business relationships.  This is the new paradigm of sacred humanity. It all begins within as we learn to honour our sacred temple which is our soul in this physical human body and heal & harmonize the divine feminine & masculine principles within.  Our Yin/Yang ~ Doing/Being ~ Giving/Receiving ~ Sthira/Sukham .  We are in a state of adrenal burnout within and as a collective. Our nervous systems are overloaded which is causing great imbalances within our other systems creating illness and disease. It’s time to shift the chaos of masculine “doing” energy. It’s vital to bring fourth the feminine “being” energy so both energies are in harmony within each one of us and as a collective within the world.” ~ Karen Petersen Sainas

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“I took who I am and blended it with what I love to discover my purpose so I can fully show up in my blessed life and be of service in the world.”

Karen is deeply devoted to the mystical teachings of Divine Love, Sacred texts and the journeys of all our beloved Mystics.  Her wild curiosity opens doors to exploring the healing arts, spiritual teachings which include the principles of Yoga, restorative yoga therapeutics, anatomy of the spirit, chakra system, sacred feminine yoga, meditation, pranayama, Tantra ~ the skillful use of energy management, Bhagavad Gita, Tibetan Buddhism, Shamanism, sacred sexuality, sacred union and all the manifestations of divine relationship. As well as conscious uncoupling, child-centred divorce parenting, the language of archetypes, medical intuition, the power of prayer, womb wisdom, sacred contracts, transpersonal psychology, Vedic astrology, Ayurveda Nutrition and Aromatherapy and the beauty & power of the Goddess.  In 2015 Karen completed her Sacred Sexual Union Coach program which includes; Sacred Sexuality, Womb Wisdom, Sacred Union with our Beloved, Divine Feminine/Masculine Harmonization, Wounds of Love Healing, Sexual Healing, Ancestral Healing, Kundalini Yoga and cultivating Divine Relationships with the lovely Anaiya Sophia.  Karen is a passionate student blessed with many beautiful teachers which includes all the teachings of  Caroline Myss.  Karen is a devoted CMED student and has had the honour and privilege to be a student of the Sacred Contracts & Archetypal Consulting program.  She is a Certified Practitioner of Bio-Energy Healing with Michael D’Alton.  As well as a CP of Reiki from the Westcoast Reiki Centre and has had the pleasure of studying Christic Reiki with the lovely Maite Pardo Sol from Spain.  She is honoured to be a Facilitator for Celebrating the Goddess & Sacred Feminine Yoga Teacher with Dr. Alexina Mehta.   Karen is a long time student of the ancient teachings of Vedic Astrology with the lovely Paddi Moore.  Karen was guided to the healing power of Restorative Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine after her awakening through the experience of Thoracic Open back surgery in 2008.  Her Restorative Therapeutics and Yoga Therapy teachers are the lovely Tianne Allan ,Maggie Reagh and Pain Care Therapist Neil Pearson .  Karen has studied the healing practice of Yoga Nidra with Michele Denis and Yoga Therapy with beloved Manju Jois, Ashtanga Yoga Guru of Mysore, South India.  Her journey continues to lead her to study and practice with Yoga Teachers, Spiritual Teachers, Healers  and Sacred Activists. It’s been a wonderful & wild ride!  Life is indeed about the journey ~ not the destination. Karen has had the pleasure of studying with Katharine Krueger, Founder of Journey of Young Women, and completed the program as a Mentor to Young Girls to guide them to embrace their physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. As well as Marianne Williamson and the teachings of A Course in Miracles has been profound in Karen’s life and she has been in many of Marianne’s classrooms and most recently as a student in Aphrodite & Athena Training and Romantic Mysteries.

Conscious Uncoupling and Child-Centered Divorce Conscious Parenting Practices

In 2016 Karen completed the Sacred process of Conscious Uncoupling of a 22 year relationship and has received great wisdom, tools and guidance to share with others regarding this natural Divine shift in relationship. She has completed the Happily Even After Course and Evolving Love with Katherine Woodward Thomas and she is in the midst of the Conscious Uncoupling Coach Certified Course with Katherine so Karen may be a guide for others during a very challenging time in ones life. This process is devoted to a Child-Centered Divorce Parenting Process.   Karen graduates in March 2018 and is accepting practicum clients starting in September 2017.  There is an art to conscious completion and this process truly honours all involved. Katherine is a Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Yoga Teacher and NY times best seller Author.  This process is possible even if you are in a relationship with a partner who isn’t ready for a conscious process. You can do this for YOU and the wellbeing of your children. In fact, 90% go through this heart healing transformational process without their partner.  This process offers you deep inner peace, greater purpose and co-parenting with harmony so you may move forward on the path of Love and cultivate the life you truly wish to live, embody and share with others. We can not change another human being.  We can only do our own inner work, embody this wisdom, love and consciousness and share it with those who are called to living a life of pure honour and sacredness.  There is a vast beautiful community of people who have completed this process all around the world. A community that is here to support, mentor and guide you.

“Dedicated to the evolution and advancement of loving and harmonious relations between all living beings. A Conscious Uncoupling process creates a way to transform your pain into true peace, and your heartbreak into deep, long-lasting happiness and relational health moving forward.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas

 

India Karen Door 2016 Monastery

Pneuma Institute International

Karen continues to study with her sangha at Inkarri US Cultural Association with her beloved teacher Juan Ruiz Naupari in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and the Pneuma System.  These teachings offer three jewels of wisdom, love and consciousness ~ Transcending Ego, Sacred Sexuality and Service to God.   The Buddha Maitreya Project in India is part of Inkarri’s service work in the world. Karen has twice traveled to experience the life path of the Tibetan Monks at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Buddhist Gaden Shartse Monastery and then a few months later hosted one of the Monks and a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine for a month in Vancouver where numerous Tibetan Buddhism teachings were offered to our community.  Karen returned to the Monastery in March 2017 with her teen daughters for more Bodhisattva teachings.  This is a lineage of teachings we are to honour, support and share with the world for the wellbeing of our planet and all living beings residing on it.

Yoga Therapy

“Teach what is appropriate for each individual” ~ Krishnamacharya

Karen is delving deeper into the healing power of Yoga and is currently in the midst of a two year Yoga Therapy Diploma Program with Yoga Therapy International which takes place in Vancouver and India. This program is connected to the Krishnamacharya lineage.  This is an exciting time to be a Yoga Therapist and to be working in collaboration in the field of Integrative Medicine.

“Yoga is about embodying Sthira Sukham Asanam ~ Effort and Ease. A warrior of gentle sweetness. A balance of strength and softness.  Yoga Therapy heals the Nervous System so all other systems may function to their highest potential but it first starts with the wellbeing of the nervous system.  Yoga Therapy offers deep healing and profound awareness on all levels of our being.”  ~ Karen

Yoga is….

The practice of congruency is what brings us deep inner peace, wholeness,  joy, love & truth within our hearts and within the relationships in our life.  When our mind and our heart are congruent we can then make decisions for our highest good, be in alignment with our true divine essence and be who we were born to be.  The practice of Yoga offers us this opportunity to be whole versus fragmented.  In the practice of Yoga we learn to identify our fragmented parts of self and fill these parts of us with Gold ~ the alchemy of Grace.  We can not truly experience inner-peace or be fully healed if our mind, heart and sexual centres exist as separate fragmented forces.  They must operate as one congruent system.  We can achieve this through the practice of self observation which guides us with the light of consciousness to be a sacred witness to our 84,000 egos and through the eyes of the Sacred Virtues we can shift our deeply rooted behavioural patterns, source fracture stories and traumas that no longer serve our journey to inner peace and transformation.  Karen is a devoted student of all that she teaches and she feels blessed and deeply humbled to study with and have the mentorship & guidance of so many awe~somely inspiring teachers and the support of her beloved Sangha.  Humans are meant to live in community ~ Sangha ~ and guide one another on the path of light to wholeness and an abundance of Joy.

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Off the Mat, into the World Organization

Karen has spent many years in collaboration with  Off the Mat, into the World Organization and its Founders Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khouri.  She has trained intensively with OTM in areas of personal & social change, shadow/light consciousness, somatic therapy practices, Yoga & social justice and Yoga for Trauma.  Karen has been a Mentor and Facilitator with OTM since 2011.  She loves sharing the beauty of Yoga, inspiring people to connect to their hearts and inspire real within and great change in the world that is based on love, kindness, truth, compassion, SEVA and sacred activism on a personal & global level.

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 Celebrating the Goddess ~ Feminine Grace

After many years of enjoying being a participant of Celebrating the Goddess, Karen was ecstatic to study with the Founder/Creatress Dr. Alexina Mehta to be a CTG Facilitator and Sacred Feminine Yoga Teacher; which supports the highest expression of a woman embodied. Celebrating the Goddess is a space for women to come together in community and be inspired, authentic and connected in a community of like-minded women.  Each event is based around a relevant and engaging topic for the modern woman.  More information is found here on Karen’s Website.

 

“Listening to your inner voice will help you discover your true purpose and design a life that supports your every dream coming true.”

Taking Yoga off the mat and into the world ~ Shanti Uganda Society

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Karen is a birth partner, supporter and volunteer with Shanti Uganda Society which is a Canadian Non-Profit and Ugandan NGO.  Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  In addition,  Shanti Uganda offers a Teen Girls Health & Wellness Program which combines education, prevention & empowerment and works towards reducing teen pregnancy, improving maternal health and keeping young girls in school.  It’s an extraordinary Birth House in a small village in Uganda. Karen has had the honour of spending time there volunteering and teaching Yoga in  2013 as well as 2014 with her daughters and continues to volunteer at the home base in Vancouver. IMG_6612

Karen is a devoted Humanitarian whose heart is full of compassionate Love for all the children.  She is committed to inspiring our Global Family to look within & beyond our beautiful, privileged and blessed life and open our eyes & hearts to what is possible.  Kindness & SEVA is possible in every breath.

IMG_6613Karen is delighted to share her essence, knowledge, wisdom and grace with her Global Family and is open to walking with and supporting those on their own spiritual journey.

“A life full of beautiful and deeply challenging experiences has led me to discover who I am, why I am here and how I am to be of service in the world.  I have learned that my wise inner being guides me through my journey and that within my heart and womb there is deep strength, courage, consciousness, love, light and wisdom.  I now know that the power that created my body also heals my body and that same power is within each and everyone of us.  The power of the Divine ~ our higher power is what guides if we choose to surrender to this guidance.  We are all the Light of Love.  I am honored, humbled, delighted and wildly passionate to be of service to others in this capacity.” ~ Karen

Uganda 2013 & 2014 with my daughters teaching Yoga at the Birth Center

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“My wish for you is to live and breathe your bliss and inspire others to do the same” ~ Karen

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 India 2013 with Off the Mat into the World Organization

India 2015 ~ H.H. Dalai Lama, Gaden Shartse Monastery
Studying the Parallel teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Egypt 2016
Studying Isis and Osiris ~ The Myth of Osiris


Khajuraho India 2017
with my Beloved with our Inkarri Sangha in studies of Sacred Sexuality.


India ~ Gaden Shartse Monastery March 2017 with my Teen Girls in studies about the vow of a Bodhisattva and studying Advice from Atisha’s Heart 

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