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,



  • We are all struggling, none of us has gone far.
    Let your arrogance go, and look around inside
    The blue sky opens out farther and farther,
    The daily sense of failure goes away,
    The damage I have done to myself fades,
    A million suns come forward with light,
    When I sit firmly in this world.
    I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken,
    Inside “love” there is more joy than we know of,
    Rain pours down although the sky is clear of clouds,
    There are whole rivers of light.
    The  universe is shot through in all its parts
    By a single sort of love.
    How hard it is to feel that joy in all our bodies!
    Those who hope to be reasonable about it fail.
    The arrogance of reason has separated us from that love.
    With the word “reason” you already feel miles away.
    How lucky we are that surrounded by all this joy
    We sing inside our own little boat.
    These poems amount to being meeting itself.
    These songs are about forgetting dying and loss.
    They rise above both coming in and going out.

    - Kabir