kari doherty

Tier 1: Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Leader

Milwaukie, OR, United States

Trainer Bio

At my peak weight, I hit 330 pounds. I decided I absolutely needed to change my life, I wasn’t happy. I knew that discovering physical exercise was important, but I struggled deeply with wanting to move. For most of my life, I had been tortured by mean gym teachers. I carried huge amounts of body shame. I tried yoga so many times throughout my early twenties and mostly walked out of more yoga classes than I stayed to take.

It wasn’t until I came to yogaRIOT that I found a home in yoga and with movement in general. Yoga became a form of movement that I could do every day. It never gets boring, and there is always room for growth and expansion. Practicing yoga has helped to retell the story of my body. Yoga has changed my body and has sharpened my mind. It is my preference to practice in a heated room. Building fire in my body allows me to move with more ease. I teach because it takes my practice to a new level. When I teach, I am learning to explore the poses in other people’s bodies as well as my own. Teaching has empowered me to reach out to people who also struggle with their bodies. I learned to teach from Annie Ory at yogaRIOT. My teaching has been influenced by Baron Baptiste and his method of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and I recently became a Baptiste Certified Teacher. Also, every single teacher at yogaRIOT has influenced my practice and understanding of yoga. I am inspired when my students come to yoga to experience their bodies as they are. Also, being willing to do hard work and bearing witness to people changing themselves inside and out.

I co-own yogaRIOT and we have a free podcast available on all player platforms. Join us virtually or in-studio. We would love to meet you!