Teacher Feature - Karla Kettler


I first turned to yoga in 1994 when I was dealing with the stress of leaving home for college.  I started with a Yoga Zone VHS tape of Alan Finger teaching yoga for beginners.  I loved him.  I loved the practice.  I followed along with that video so many times over the years that I eventually bought it on DVD, and still use it today.  I felt so much more alive and vibrant in my body, and my mind calmed.  I began sleeping better.  My life was improved in so many ways.

Still interested in the mind/body connection and practicing ways of managing stress, I continued with my yoga practice, tried meditation, and eventually studied Massage Therapy.  I was a Massage Therapist for 9 years, and taught massage techniques and anatomy at the Baltimore School of Massage.  In 2001 I studied with a Svaroopa Yoga teacher in DE, finally taking my first yoga class.

I moved to Columbia, MD and in 2006, pregnant with my daughter, Ella, I ventured back into the yoga classroom.  I took a pregnancy yoga class with Debbie Jensen-Grubb at the Yoga Center of Columbia.  I loved this studio!  It immediately felt like home.  I continued taking classes with Kathy Donnelly and other teachers for years.  In 2013 I took the 200 hour teacher training, and in 2015 I took the 300 hour training, both at the Yoga Center. 

I am currently registered with the Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP.  I have continued to let my personal interests and life experiences guide my yoga practice, teaching, and continued education.  Always interested in stress management, I have studied Restorative Yoga, and the meditation techniques of Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  Living in a larger body and wanting to learn how to teach yoga to people like me, I took a Yoga for Round Bodies teacher training. When I learned that I had developed an eating disorder, I took classes with Chelsea Roff (Eat, Breathe, Thrive) to learn how yoga techniques could help me in my recovery process.  I also began to study intuitive and mindful eating.  When I recently discovered that I had arthritis, I already knew that I had the best tools to help myself.  And, when I discovered that 2 close family members had Osteoporosis, I took a seminar with Dr. Loren Fishman on using yoga poses to strengthen bones.

I began teaching at the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2014 and I teach Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Round Bodies, Mindful Eating, and Yoga for Healthy Bones and Joints.  I love coming into the classroom and connecting with my students.  Teaching yoga is one of the greatest things I have done in my life. Yoga has helped me in so many ways and I love being able to share that with others.


"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion, which stands at the cradle of true art and science.  Whoever does not know it and can no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." -Albert Einstein

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