Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kary Sinkule. Kary is the CEO & Founder of Yoga’s Arc and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Kary below.
Hi Kary, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Thank you! I have dedicated the last 30 years of my life to health, wellness, and education, and I have been teaching and practicing yoga for over 25 years. I spent 20 years in Public Education, which I have since retired from to follow my passion for sharing yoga through my Yoga Delivery Company, Yoga’s Arc, LLC. As Founder and CEO, I love to share the vision of Yoga’s Arc by “Providing Yoga for Everyone, Anywhere, Anytime”.
My new passion is to mentor new Yoga Teachers while they begin their journey in their yoga teaching careers. Stay tuned as I am working on starting our Yoga’s Arc Teacher Training School in the Fall.
I will always have the passion to teach yoga even though she has taken a back seat, giving all of our Yoga’s Arc Instructors a chance to shine. I will always encourage my students and have the ability to work with a variety of levels in a variety of classes. I truly care and it shows in my ability to help my students and teachers feel comfortable in their yoga journeys while being challenged at the same time
What communities do you serve with Yoga’s Arc?
We were born out of a passion for outreach. After practicing yoga for the last 25+ years, I began wondering how we could bring yoga to those who need it most- the overworked, the unable, and the under-served. To reach these people, convenience was the name of the game. The movement had to be fueled by flexibility and a willingness to join people in every step of the journey. So we thought outside the four walls of our studio and created Yoga’s Arc where we bring yoga directly to people to meet them where they are at.
Today, we’re even more energized to keep changing the mindset of what yoga can look like. We are delivering yoga to coworkers live and virtually. We are helping people practice in their own living room through our Facebook Live Classes for donations only. We are serving recovery groups at the local hospital and teachers at the local schools. Yoga looks exactly how you envision it. With more than 40+ instructors across the Valley, we’re growing fast, and we’re excited to meet people wherever they are in their yoga journey.
Yoga can be very intimidating for most people, but Yoga Arc is known for working with folks at all levels. Can you talk to us about that and how you’ve managed to make yoga so accessible?
Everyone has a right to feel their best in mind and body. Yoga isn’t about self-improvement, it’s about self-love. As a team of certified instructors, we believe it is our responsibility to share the love and power of the practice by bringing unique classes to you. We teach to stretch minds and we teach to stretch bodies. This is yoga on your terms. Yoga’s Arc is dedicated to overcoming barriers to accessible yoga by bringing the practice to those who need it most. We don’t teach yoga to grow a following, we teach it to grow you. You pick the style that is best for you, and we tailor the practice to meet your needs, every time. No need to go to a studio, we bring it to you environment so you feel comfortable practicing.
What kind of services do you provide for yoga outreach?
There is nothing that we cannot do. We are currently providing free yoga classes on our Social Media Pages, especially Facebook since it is accessible by most. We have yoga in parks at Farmers Markets that are outdoors and donation-based so that everyone can participate. We provide private and semi-private virtual classes and classes in person for affordable costs. We provide approximately 25 styles of yoga and we tailor the requested style to meet the needs of the individual or group we are servicing. We are currently providing yoga for schools, medical communities, recovery centers, and community living and office spaces. We also partner with businesses that like to bring yoga to their locations to create a community. We have partnered with spas, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and juice bars. We do in-home private sessions for families and couples as well!
Tell us about your Hospital Outreach Program?
We have been serving guests of hospitals and recovery centers since we began, and the guests of the centers and our instructors both get so much out of the sessions that we decided to start visiting other hospitals and community centers. We have instructors that are visiting centers all over the valley to let them know all we can provide their guests and patients, as well as their staff! We are also starting a non-profit called Yoga’s Arc Foundation so we can do our part for those that cannot afford our services. We also created a variety of free services on our social media pages for these centers to access, even in Spanish! If you know of a community in need of stress relief and breathing techniques for easier coping skills, we are here for you!
Can you tell us about your special mentoring program that you have for brand new yoga instructors that don’t know where to begin?
We are finding more and more yoga instructors that have just graduated from a variety of yoga teacher trainings around the valley, and they cannot find a job, or because they have no experience they cannot get a job. When I was a student teacher in college, we were given so many opportunities to practice teaching in our student teaching and practicum opportunities and this is a missing piece in yoga teacher training today. We should feel obligated to help our teachers get started and get more experience teaching to real people. Because we saw a need, we have created mentoring programs within our community yoga partnerships so that new teachers can practice reading announcements to find their voice, demonstrate in front of people, and even by teaching 10-minute segments to get some teaching time. We support and encourage new teachers and help them spread their wings and find their gifts. At Yoga’s Arc, we have so many styles and communities that we serve that we find a place for all instructors as long as they are humble and kind.
Rumor has it you will be starting your own teacher training – can you confirm and share details?
We have applied to Yoga Alliance that have raised their standards since COVID-19. We turned in our application on March 31, and they said we will hear back by May 26th. Keep your fingers crossed and pray for us!
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
You can follow us on all social media platforms: @YogasArc and Yoga’s Arc. We have several free classes on YouTube, and you can visit our website at: https://www.yogasarc.com
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