Kara Parsons

A Steadfast Student

After her first class in 2015, Kara became devoted to the practice of yoga asana; she realized that it helped her manifest energy, creativity, and clarity in her life. Working as a special education teacher by day, she enjoyed taking as many yoga classes as she could in her spare time. In 2017, she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Three Rivers Yoga Institute, and in 2018, Kara started taking weekly classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Pittsburgh under the guidance of Sara Azarius Eichmiller and Christina Sible. The Iyengar style of teaching helped Kara to deepen her asana practice through precise alignment cues and attention to detail.

Journey to Teach

In 2019 and early 2020, Kara took several teacher training workshops at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Pittsburgh, and planned to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher within five years. When Kara found out she was pregnant with her first child in 2020, her yoga practice shifted. She paused her yoga teacher training and focused on giving birth, caring for her baby girl, and re-discovering herself in the postpartum season. In 2022, she returned to the Iyengar Yoga Institute as an assistant and substitute teacher. Currently, Kara is teaching a Level I class as she works toward Iyengar Yoga Certification. In her personal practice, Kara challenges herself to learn new backbends, arm balances, and inversions; she enjoys finding the balance between strength, endurance, and flexibility.