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,



  • Define and narrow me, you starve yourself of yourself.
    Nail me down in a box of cold words, that box is your coffin.
    I do not know who I am,
    I am in astounding lucid confusion.
    I am not a Christian, I am not a Jew, I am not a Zoroastrian,
    And I am not even a Muslim.
    I do not belong to the land, or to any known or unknown sea.
    Nature cannot own or claim me, nor can heaven,
    Nor can India, China, Bulgaria,
    My birthplace is placelessness,
    My sign to have and give no sign.
    You say you see my mouth, ears, yes, nose---they are not mine.
    I am the life of life.
    I am that cat, this stone, no one.
    I have thrown duality away like an old dishrag,
     I see and know all times and worlds,
    As one, one, always one.
    So what do I have to do to get you to admit who is speaking?
    Admit it and change everything!
    This is your own voice echoing off the walls of God.

    - Rumi