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Honoring Lineage

We take to heart the teachings that have been handed to us and express our gratitude to our teachers and traditions.

Why the History of Yoga Matters: Learning where we fall within the history of yoga makes us want to practice it more often. We encourage students to try out different styles of yoga, different teachers and even different yoga studios to experience which style, teacher or studio resonates with them the best.

Can you trace your lineage? How many degrees of separation exist between the yoga studio and these great masters?

Your yoga practice is very personal. When selecting a yoga studio, teacher or YTT program, ask yourself these questions:

What or who are their main influences?

What tradition or lineage are they a part of?

Does this teacher, program, or studio resonate with me?

At Hot Yoga University, we have many different influences from a variety of lineages. Our teaching could only take place as a result of the devoted masters and practitioners who proceeded us. Like beads on a mala necklace, our classes are linked to a long history of Hatha Yoga, Raja yoga, Kundalini yoga and meditative practices.

We are proud to celebrate the traditions that have inspired us and have provided us the opportunity to grow, evolve, and to align to enlighten our path.

Bikram and Karin
Karin Bikram YTT 2004

Karin is grateful for her experience to learn more about herself as she studied directly under the “Founder of Hot Yoga” Bikram Choudhury, Indian born, American Yogi in 2004.

Of the various forms of yoga available today, it has the most direct roots to the physical culture and yoga therapy movements of early-mid 20th century Calcutta, India.

Bikram Choudhury’s Guru was Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of “Autobiography of a Yogi” and founder of the “Self Realization Fellowship” in Los Angeles. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document yoga’s ability to heal the body.

Karin honors this direct line of lineage to Hot Yoga and the link to Self Realization with Paramahansa Yogananda.

Gurudev Amrit Desai and Karin

Karin has incorporated other lineages into her teachings from her time studying with Gurudev Amrit Desai, one of the earliest pioneers of yoga in the West.

Amrit Desai’s Guru Swami Shri Kripalvanandji -Kripalu know as Bapuji. He received his initiation into the mysteries of yoga from Lord Lakulish -Dadaji, considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Amrit Desai founded the Kripalu Center and Amrit Yoga.

Karin and Kamini Desai PhD

Karin studied directly under GuruDev in 2015, at his Ashram in the Ocala National forest in Salt Springs Florida and with his daughter Kamini Desai, during her Yoga Nidra and Master Yoga Nidra facilitator training’s in 2014 and 2015.

Karin and Lead Aquarian Age Teacher Jaap Kaur Khalsa
Sangeet Kaur Khalsa and Karin

Karin is grateful for the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, also an Indian born American Yogi, who introduced Kundalini yoga to the West. In 2018, she graduated from the Kundalini Research Institute 220 Hour Aquarian Yoga Teacher training. Karin studies under teachers, Jaap Kaur Khalsa, Sangeet Kaur Khalsa, Sevak Singh and others who knew, studied and worked with Yogi Bhajan.

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Yogi Bhajan