88 Orchard Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

Kara Unal: From Breath to Movement to Strength and Stability

Kara has been practicing yoga since 2000. Originally a classically trained violinist, she turned to yoga to relieve stress and anxiety associated with performing. She attended law school and practiced as an attorney for four years, but realized she was most at peace on the mat. She received her 200 hour teacher training through All About Yoga in Las Vegas, NV in May 2014. Kara moved to Los Angeles to pursue further yoga training, and completed her 300 hour teacher training with YogaWorks, mentoring with Alexandria Crow, in July 2015.

Kara teaches yoga as a tool for students to notice patterns of movement and behavior in their bodies and minds. She incorporates alignment principles and safe sequencing into her classes, and seeks to help students find a practice that benefits them outside of the yoga classroom.

Who should come to your yoga class? 

Anyone who is interested in exploring breath and movement.  Expect different
variations on classical yoga poses, and be ready to move in  new and different ways!

What are you focusing on right now in your yoga practice?

In my personal practice, I am focusing on building strength and stability.  I am still recovering from a shoulder injury I sustained about a year ago, and to prevent repetitive stress injuries, I incorporate many different movement modalities into my practice.  Even if I do nothing else, I spend time each day in restorative poses as they have been crucial to injury recovery and reducing chronic pain.

As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?

I hope students leave my class feeling empowered in their bodies, excited about movement and curious to learn more.  Movement, and yoga, should be enjoyable, and I strive to create an environment where students can ask questions and explore.  Yoga has opened me up to a world of possibility, and I want to create the same for my students.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I’ve practiced yoga since high school, when I took a class at the local community center.  I fell in love with the practice, and continued to practice through college, law school and a career as an attorney.  I finally decided to take my first teacher training when I realized the best part of my day was on my mat.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

I love educating and empowering students. Every day, and every student, is different, and I enjoy that there is always something new to learn.  For me, being a teacher means being a life-long student.

Who are your greatest influences? 

My Alexander Technique teacher, Diane Young Sussman, greatly influences my teaching and practice.  I have been fortunate to learn from so many strong, intelligent women, including Maty Ezraty, Jasmine Lieb, Jennifer Pierotti, and Alexandria Crow.  And of course my students!

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

I have so many favorites, but I practice legs up the chair almost every day.  I love this variation of legs up the wall as it relieves lower back tension and provides a very gentle inversion.

Try out one of Kara’s classes:

Flow (Moderate)

Mondays, 7:30 to 8:45 pm
Fridays, 4:15 to 5:30 pm (Community Class – By Donation)

Medium pace, designed to get you moving.

 What to expect:
These classes emphasize linking breath with movement. Teachers guide students into mindfully moving from one pose to the next. There are more weight-bearing poses taught (such as planks) in Flow class vs . Hatha class, and the pace is typically faster in flow class vs. Hatha class. Moderate-challenging poses are taught and an exploration of arm balances and inversions are often offered.
Is this class right for you?
Some experience is recommended; however, variations and modifications are offered so that each student is both accommodated and challenged.