Swami Karma Karuna

Swami Karma Karuna

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, writer and IAYT certified Yoga Therapst with more than 25 years of experience. She is also certified by Yoga Alliance and is a senior teacher of Yoga Australia/New Zealand.

Swami Karma Karuna is a co-founder and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand and also travels throughout the world, leading workshops, training yoga teachers, presenting at international events, guiding spiritual sadhana retreats and offering therapeutic one to one yoga sessions.

She is passionate about sharing an authentic and down to earth approach, weaving together the ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science aimed at motivating people to live their yoga here and now.


Sessions Details

Title (Session 1) - Yoga and the Inner Fire –Digestive Health & Vitality


The digestive system is at the core of the body, the inner fire, which digests food and life experiences, as well as distributes nutrients and vitality. In many cultures, including the traditional yogic view, the solar plexus area is important for awakening higher experiences and it is also thought of as the centre of health, influencing all other body systems.

Gut health is a current and emerging hot topic with modern research linking emotions, mind and the gut together. The gut has been labeled as our second brain showing it’s importance. Some studies connect anxiety, depression and other mental imbalances with the gut health. Stress response, incorrect breathing patterns and modern society all influences the digestive health and thus the mind and emotions and vise versa.

Yoga asana for the core, restorative practices and breathing techniques can play a vital role in supporting those who suffer from gut health challenges as well as be a key in prevention help. Learn about the importance of the relaxation response, conscious breathing and the relationship between yoga, the mind, emotions and your gut.

Experience simple yoga practices and attitudes to support strong digestive powers, enhance the relaxation response and balance the body systems. Get tools to support yourself and your yoga students in the context of a general class or in yoga therapy sessions.

Learning Outcome

- Learn about the traditional yogic view of the solar plexus area and it’s importance for health, vitality and well-being
- Explore the link between the emotions, mind and the gut, called our second brain.
- Find out how the stress response and incorrect breathing patterns influence the digestive health and levels of vitality
- Get knowledge on the importance of the relaxation response and conscious breathing for gut health and the important role yoga plays in this
- Practice and learn yoga poses, restorative practices and breathing techniques to support gut health and energy levels
- Get tools to support yourself and your yoga students in the context of a general class or in individual sessions.

Title (Session 2) - Yoga, Mudras, Body Language and Your Health


Body language accounts for up to 55% of our overall message in communicating with each other. How one holds the body, face and hands also has a direct influence on the brain and the physiology through the nervous system, thus either supporting health and well-being or contributing to imbalance.

In this master class explore yoga posture groups in relation to states of mind, body and health. Use different posture groups; forward, backward, twisting, inversion, balancing and the more subtle science of mudras or gestures as a means to create or change particular physical, emotional, mental or energetic states. Feel the potential to use these practices as preventative and curative tools of health management.

Be inspired with ideas to create your own sadhana for self-healing and new ways to support your students.

Learning Outcome

- Experience the connection of body language through yoga and mudra and its influence on the brain, energy and states of health.
- Discover mudras, conscious gestures, using the hands, face, body or base area and feel their subtle influence on mental, physical and emotional states.
- Explore different groups of asanas; forward, backward, twisting, inversions and balancing and their influence on the body, mind and emotions.
- Investigate asanas categories and mudras in relation to health management.
- Receive ideas for your own practice and take away inspiration to share with students and clients.