Yoga Trainings & Retreats

Weekend Yoga Retreat

was a great success! Thank you to all who came out!  What a treat it was to spend time in your beautiful energies!!!  You were all a joy and have warmed my heart more than you know.  Until next time…

xo Karen


Yoga Retreat – A Weekend of Bliss in Brighton!

Click the link below for my newsletter!  Because of the format, I’m not able to post it here, but I sure can link it!!!  We are almost at capacity!!!

We will have a number of yoga asana classes, Akhanda Hatha style, some lecture and mantra. The delicious vegetarian meals are included, a salt water pool, walking trails and plenty of willow trees to melt your heart.  I am looking forward to this relaxing, re-energizing yoga retreat with you all!



200-hour Akhanda (holistic) Yoga® Teacher Training
in Toronto (Ontario) at Jaya Yoga Centre in North York

ytt 2013 summer

Both the Summer 2014 and Fall-Spring 2014-2014 Program details are listed below, including dates, times and scheduling.

For those who would like to deepen their insights into the science of yoga and Ayurveda, as well as pursue teaching certification in holistic yoga with a Yoga Alliance Registered School, this is an ideal opportunity. Imagine delving into an internationally acclaimed YTT with the convenience of being at an in-town yoga centre. Currently at Jaya, we are offering a Summer Intensive YTT program, and a Fall-Spring Weekend program. The centre offers a peaceful, inspiring setting, equipped for YTT, and is Toronto’s first studio affiliated with the Akhanda (holistic) Yoga® approach to yoga teaching. For more information on the Akhanda Approach, please view our About and Akhanda Yoga pages at About Akhanda Yoga
For more information about Jaya Yoga Centre, please visit

YTT 200 Program of Study:

Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and 2 kriyas (cleansing techniques)

  • Learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga: each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence, or a more dynamic feel, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher, and the students present in any given class
  • Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, introduction to prenatal yoga, etc.
  • Anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga
  • Subtle Yogic anatomy and the Chakras
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the Yogic diet
  • Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path)
  • Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices and contemplations, as well as their life-transforming benefits
  • Teaching practicum and feedback from the trainers and your peers

Summer Intensive Program Dates:

June 30 – July 27, 2014
Monday – Friday, 8:30-5:30
Plus one retreat weekend: Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27, 2014 at
Lotus Heart Centre


8:30-10 Yoga Class

10-10:30 Snack Time

10:30-12 Philosophy

12:00-1:30 Techniques

1:30-2:15 Lunch

2:15-3:45 Philosophy

4:00-5:30 Techniques

Fees: $3000 + HST (includes course, manual, retreat weekend and 10 class pass at the yoga centre)

Early bird discount – $2800 + HST before May 1st

Principal Teachers: Johar Singh and Karen (Padma) McKinnon

Specialty Teachers: Yogi Vishvketu and Julie (Rashmi) Groulx

Registration: Please request a registration form through


Fall-Spring Program Dates 2014-15:

October 4-5, October 18-19

November 1-2, 15-16 and 29-30

December 13-14

January 10-11, 24-25

February 7-8, 21-22

March 7-8, 28-29


9:30-11:00 – Yoga Class

11:00-11:30 – Time for a Light lunch

11:30-1:00 – Yoga Philosophy

1:15-2:45 – Techniques

3:00-4:30 – Theory

4:45-6:15 – Techniques

Fees: $3000 + HST (includes course, extensive manual, 10-class pass at the centre)

Principal Teachers: Johar Singh, Karen McKinnon

Specialty Teachers: Yogi Vishvketu and Julie (Rashmi) Groulx

Registration: Please register by requesting a registration form through


Soundscape Chakra Flow Poster CYOGA image

200 Hour Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training Program – Summer Intensive
Click picture for details. 🙂


Health Care Professionals helping other HCP’s.

I was at Earl Haig on Feb 15th to speak on and facilitate a yoga class for Stress Relief for various HCP’s.

It’s always so refreshing to sit and practice with people who are genuinely curious as to what they can add to their tool box for stress management.

I felt so alive and in my element, sharing inspiring and practical yogic ideas.  To see a noticeable shift in their demeanor and energy from when we began the session was so rewarding for them and myself!  I look forward to my next speaking/teaching endeavor.

If you are interested in bringing simple yoga to your workplace, I’d love to help.

~In light and love, Karen.


January Newsletter – What if it was easier than you thought to live the life you’ve been feeling in your heart? 

What if the spiritual practices, self talk, motivational inspirational quotes were practical to apply to your life?  What if they were very tangible, sensible, down to earth and functional?  I think they are.  It’s part of my passion to share what I’ve learned about internal awakening and be part of others internal awakening and potential.  Do you think you or other people hold you back?  If you feel like you are stuck, look within.  It’s MUCH more helpful than faulting others.

Start living the life you dream;  what else would you be doing?

Start living the life you dream; what else would you be doing?


Pop-Up Party at Lululemon Yorkdale!  Come on out for some in store yoga demonstrations and snacks to celebrate the opening of the new Lulu location within the mall.  I`ll be introducing Restorative Yoga at 12pm.  There will be some yoga passes given out while supplies last. Sleep well and dream big!

*Promotional Private Reiki and Yoga Rates – $80.00

Promotional package of 3 to 5 – $65.00 per session
[same rate for students and non-students, purchased between October 15th and December 15, 2012]

Lululemon Ambassador! 

I am happy to be an Ambassador for Lululemon!  We have just finished the photo shoot and pictures will be displayed in their new store soon!  I’m excited to nurture our relationship for the love of yoga and community.

I will be teaching a free yoga class on Sunday November 25th for 9:30am.  Will keep you posted for the nature of the class.

~ Karen  🙂

Summer Yoga Teacher Training Program!

Yes we are taking registrations already!  For my summer Yoga Teacher Training Program, I had to prepare for a few months to budget and be able to take a month off of work, and I’m so glad I did!  Click on the link below.  I wasn’t able to upload the poster this time…. am workin’ on it.


August Yoga Update!

I love teaching Yin, and will be doing so a few times this month at Iyashi Bedrock Spa.

Wednesday August 15th from 8pm-9pm and                                                                          Saturday August 18th from 10:30am-11:30am.

Here they use volcanic rock from Japan, which emits heat and negative ions, and infrared rays to move deeply but gently into the body.

I can’t wait to cleanse with yall!

Also, the Intensive Akhanda YTT has completed.  It was such a beautiful journey and I’m so grateful for being able to share and learn the yogic tradition and to connect at a heart level which just nourishes our souls.  There is a fall Yoga Teacher Training Program coming up.  You can find more information here.

xo Karen.

Join me for a FREE yoga class at Lululemon in the Yorkdale Mall!                             Thursday June 21st at 9am                                                                                       We will use accessible yoga based postures to enjoy moving our body, to feel freer and lighter!


More yoga on TV!  This time, with more movement expression to explore!

I’ll be filming this Tuesday for more episodes of a Brand New Day, yoga with Leo!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the show dates and times.  I’m so grateful! xo


2nd TV appearance!  A Brand New Day, Yoga with Leo!

Catch myself on Leonor Mowry’s yoga show tomorrow, Wednesday May 23rd and Friday May 25th at 6:30am and 2:00pm, for some gentle yet effective yoga posture and wonderful energy!

Also scroll below for my upcoming Mindful Yoga Movement Workshop!!!  Looking forward to connecting with you.  xo


Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training Intensive!

July 2012.  Join myself, Parvati Angela Lytle, Yogi Vishvketu, and Julie Groulx for an internationally renowned training right here in Toronto!!!  Earlybird discount until May 1st.

I’m so excited and honoured to be facilitating! There is so much to share and learn!

To Register:

 I’m often thinking back to my own teacher training and how life changing it was for me.  I’m beyond grateful to watch this journey come full circle again.   Please feel free to ask questions, as I know I asked plenty before I said yes, and what big yes it was!

~Love Karen


What's Fab Magazine

A very talented and creative Freelance Writer and my good friend Melody Chong has published an article on yoga, featuring a few words from myself!

Here’s the link to Melody’s site       

Here’s the link to the article                                 

Light to you!!! ~ Karen




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