Swami Karma Karuna

Registered Senior Teacher


Registered Senior Teacher

Member No: 5237


Swami Karma Karuna Saraswatiis 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, weavingtogether the ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science aimed at motivating people to live their yoga here and now.

Several guided practice MP3 tracks including Hatha Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra and Meditation techniques are available through Anahata Yoga Retreat web-site and articles on a variety of subjects can be read in the Australian Yoga Life Magazine.

Anahata Yoga Retreat

+61 02 1819 109
727 Birds Road, Takaka, Golden Bay, 7183

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Victor E Frankl

what people are saying about Swami Karma Karuna

Janine Taylor-UK

I have stayed at Anahata and in the ashrams in India a number of times and have gotten to know Swami Karma Karuna well. I value her presence in my life greatly and have always felt supported by her, even from afar. Her asana classes in particular are a real treat. There is usually a theme to her classes and she encourages and inspires her students to engage with the practices in new ways and to take their sadhana to a deeper level.

Trish Corner-New Zealand

I avail myself of Swami Karma Karuna's teaching because of her depth of knowledge and wisdom borne of her own experience and practice of yoga. She excels at both presenting what I might call the theory and concepts behind yoga practices and guiding students through these practices. I think it is important to add that the practices are not just yoga asana but include the breadth of practices that yoga is so rich in (breathing, hatha yoga cleansing practices, meditation, kirtan, and selfless service). In addition to benefitting from her teaching, I have gained immensely from her nurturing. She seems to have a sixth sense about what is going on for people when they are at Anahata or with her at one of her workshops and gently provides that extra touch, extra bit of support that is needed. Also, she has challenged me in my practice of karma yoga which was an important step for me in my yoga journey.

Carrie Nelson- USA

I was impressed by her integrity and deep knowledge of the psychology, philosophy and the science of yoga. We continued our journey to her retreat center, Anahata. Here, the energy is palpable. I was intrigued by her knowledge of horticulture and sustainability. She was teaching the deeper aspects of yoga, which included karma yoga, the yoga of service, along with bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, jnana yoga, the yoga of knowledge. She also taught asana, pranayama and meditation, including yoga nidra.

Jenn Burn-Cananda

I met Swami Karma Karuna in 2005 when she came to Awareness Yoga to teach a weekend retreat at my studio. She is an inspiring and supportive teacher and mentor with over 20 years of experience. She moves the students beyond asana, by introducing, mantra, havan, kirtan and yogic lifestyle. Over the past 11 she has returned to Awareness Yoga to lead workshops and offer insight on the deeper aspects of Yoga and living a yogic life. Many of our students have joined in retreats and studies abroad in India and at her centre in New Zealand. I myself have felt that my time spent as an assistant to her programs and teachings to be the greatest training and experiences. It was under her guidance and support that led me to open my own centre. In a time where teachers can often alienate one another it is Sw. Kk that I turn to for inspiration and guidance.

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