It's March! Can you believe it??!! As we dive into month trois of 2018, we have another #ODDlight teacher feature coming your way. This time around, it's none other than the lovely Karen Resulto. If you haven't met her, it might be because you haven't gotten you booty to Buti, in which case... you should change that. Karen is the instructor who guides the sweaty, sultry, hip-rolling, African-dance-inspired, inner-goddess-conjuring practice that is Buti yoga. It's pretty much an hour of channeling Beyonce and it's a crazy good time. Until you make it to class (Sundays at 12:30pm and Tuesdays at 7:30PM in Eagle Rock!), learn more about the goddess, herself in the interview below.
Nick Name: I dont have one, but feel to give me one!
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Favorite Place: My bathtub filled with yummy essential oils, epsom salt and flowers.
Favorite color: Red
What's your sign: Pisces.
Most embarrassing moment: On a bus ride in the fifth grade, my teacher caught my boyfriend and I engaging in our first kiss. *cue family sitcom ooohs*
Most empowering moment: My first time teaching at Lightning In A Bottle! It was a dream come true!
Fun Fact most wouldn't know about you:Twelve years ago, I used to sing and play the keys in this band called NeoFight.
Fun fact: I have two tattoos. I have a vintage Steinway baby grand piano on my upper left back and a dainty crescent moon on my left forearm.
Share a story or anecdote w/us-something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous- My late grandmothers, Rita and Connie were best friends. Connie passed on May 22, which is Rita's birthday. Coincidence? I think not! Crazy cool in a mystical way? Absolutely!
When you aren't at the studio, where can you be found (favorite past times)?
I love going to concerts and spending time with my family.
How do you define yoga? Yoga is a therapeutic tool to help you make better choices in life. It can make you both emotionally and physically healthier, stronger and more balanced.
Why do you teach? I'm wildly in love with the practice, the awareness it can bring, and the positively charged community it can create. I teach because it makes people feel good about their bodies. I've learned to be compassionate and accept myself more and I want share that with other people.
What brought you to become an instructor? I genuinely care about people and the connection I share with them.
What is your favorite song to play in class? There are so many to choose from! I'm going to name five!
The Future Is Female- Madame Gandhi
Born To Shine- Big Grams/Run The Jewels
Brujas- Princess Nokia
My neck, my back (explicit version)-Khia
What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? Utkata Konasana "Goddess" with hip spiraling. I find it to be an empowering asana because you're embracing vulnerability and you're sexuality. It's very healing!
Memorable yoga moment: The first time I cried in Savasana. Best cathartic release ever.
How did you first hear about ODD? I was job hunting on Craigslist for a friend and saw ODD was hiring yoga teachers.
What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear? I wear this mother of pearl spike earring on my left for good luck.
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? Make a Wish Foundation and Guud Soup.
If you could have any super power what would it be? The power of teleportation!
Who and what is your spirit animal? Sevdaliza. She's a singer, songwriter and record producer. Her music speaks to my SOUL.
Would you more likely tell your boss they had food in their teeth or let it slide? I would absolutely let her or him know!
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