Welcome to Karuna Yoga


“Karuna is delighting us with her authentic and intense inquiry into spirit. Her yoga is inspiring!” Rodney Yee

Dear friends,

Welcome to www.yogakaruna.com! Thank you for your interest. I’m happy to share with you the experience of yoga that I love so much, and brings me so much joy.

Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means compassion. The style of yoga that I teach is grounded in and flows from the compassionate heart—compassion and kindness towards ourselves, each other, and our world. In 1970, I journeyed into the wilderness near the Yukon Territory for one year with my partner, Paul, and a life-changing book called Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar. Since then I’ve practiced yoga almost every day, and keep falling deeper and deeper in love with this ancient wisdom tradition.

I hope that we’ll be able to practice together, and connect in the vast spaciousness of the true essence of yoga. I invite you to join us for weekly classes at 182 Baker St (Kutenais’ Finest) in Nelson. You may be inspired by a peaceful yoga and meditation retreat at the Tipi Camp, a transformational retreat/teacher training and certification program in Nelson, British Columbia, or a magical yoga retreat and cultural journey in Bali. I also offer workshops with the brilliant mystical teacher Andrew Harvey, and with the spacious and loving meditation teacher Paul Erickson.

I’m delighted to announce that our new book, Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism by Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson, and foreword by Rodney Yee, has been published by North Atlantic Books, and distributed by Random House. It can be ordered through www.amazon.com

Please contact me by email at email hidden; Please enable javascript. for any information or to be added to my upcoming events mailing list.

I hope to meet you soon.


Blessings and love,



  • I was sleeping, and being comforted by a cool breeze,
    When suddenly a gray dove, from a thicket sang and sobbed with longing,
    And reminded me of my own passion.
    I had been away from my own soul so long,
    So late-sleeping, but that dove's crying woke me and made me cry.
    Praise to all early-waking grievers!

    Student, do the simple purification.
    You know that the seed is inside the horse-chestnut tree;
    And inside the seed there are the blossoms of the tree, and the chestnuts, and the shade.
    So inside the human body there is the seed, and inside the seed there is the human body again.
    Fire, air, earth, water, and space --- if you don't want the secret one,
    You can't have these either.
    Thinkers, listen, tell me what you know of that is not inside the soul?
    Take a pitcher full of water and set it down on the water --now it has water inside and water outside.
    We mustn't give it a name,
    Lest silly people start talking again about the body and the soul.
    If you want the truth, I'll tell you the truth:
    Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.
    The one no one talks of speaks the secret sound to himself,
    And he is the one who has made it all.

    - Kabir