Karilily Kent was a fabulous yoga teacher- I mean she still is, but our lovely little studio here in Trinidad where I had the pleasure of taking her classes, is now closed. Her teaching is smooth, always moving but not too fast, challenging yet accessible to all levels and so comfortable and lovely to attend.
I miss her presence here in my hometown and wish her the best in wherever she goes and whatever she does. She is a special and wonderful teacher and I recommend her to anyone.
With love and admiration,
-Dr. Jane Williams, PhD RYT, age 46, Westhaven, CA
Karilily, endless blossoming from a philosophic Mother. Love.Health.Breathe.Fresh. She forms yet never conforms but eye can confirm. I Learn & Live ...Yoga Uplifted
-Kenneth Smith, Iraqi War Veteran and Hip-Hop artist, age 36, San Jose, CA
It’s challenging for me to find the right words to describe Karilily and her yoga classes. Energetic. Enthusiastic. Fun. Compassionate.
Yes, those words fit, but perhaps what I appreciate most about Karilily is the unique way she’s able to relate to her students, to make each student feel special, regardless of their abilities or their age or their careers. It was common to have students ranging from 20-60+ in our classes, to have young mothers and fathers, college students, self-employed, unemployed, and in one class, an attorney, a surgeon, and a professor. As a university professor for the past three decades, I appreciate how difficult it can to adapt to a diverse population of students. Kari does it so effortlessly, so sincerely.
I learned so much from Karilily during the four years I had the privilege to be one of her yoga students at Oshun Yoga. I miss her classes. I miss Karilily."
-Brenda Cooper, age 57, University Professor
I have had many yoga teachers over the years but Karilily Kent is by far my favorite.
I met Karilily in 2009 in Trinidad, California where she owned a beautiful yoga studio, art gallery, retail store and juice bar. I had not practiced yoga in several years but wandered into this Zen space and instantly felt the desire to belong. I began taking private classes with Karilily where she patiently helped me regain my strength, nurture and protect a chronic back issue and get to a place where I felt confident enough to attend group sessions.
Her group classes proved to be as equally amazing as her private sessions. I had attended yoga classes prior to working with Karilily but honestly found them a tad boring and not very satisfying. Her classes are challenging, fun, safe and dynamic. She is insightful, professional and an amazing instructor that cares about her students and works closely with each individual.
Karilily has changed my opinion of yoga and led me to a place where I have seen a dramatic change in my body, posture and strength and relief from chronic back pain. I now have an immense respect for the practice and attend yoga classes regularly.
Karilily is the sun in human form. She is cheery, kind, caring and has a magnetic personality and a huge smile that makes everyone she comes in contact with feel special. It is obvious that helping others through this discipline is a passion of hers and I have the utmost respect and gratitude for her.
-Patty Davis, Psychic and Interior designer, age 52, Trinidad, CA
-I was fortunate enough to be a student of Karilily's at Oshun Yoga for a year and to be her business legal adviser as well. Karilily teaches Yoga as she runs her business that is with skill, devotion, compassion, dedication, clarity and pure loving kindness. She is adaptable with students of all levels, even in the same class, finding a way for everyone to be comfortable in their bodies and open to their breath and intention. I always feel both challenged and held in Kari's classes and I always come away feeling charged by the sense of community her classes imbue both inside and outside the studio. Karilily is a treasure!
Laura Cutler, Legal Attorney, age 50 Trinidad, CA
I have had the pleasure of co-teaching a Yoga retreat in Costa Rica (which Karilily organized seamlessly) as well as teaching Yoga at Karilily's Yoga studio in Trinidad California. In my experience Karilily embodies that which she teaches. She is in the moment as an instructor, offering her own experience of living with Yoga and practicing the spiritual philosophy underlying Yoga's rich history. I am inspired by her ability to live, teach, and continue to offer inspiration in her community!
-Heather Dhyana Woodman, CMT RYT, age 36, Arcata, CA
Karilily is a wonderful yoga teacher because she is a wonderful person! she is gentle, kind, and approachable; she will assist you in furthering yourself, through yoga, no matter what your skill level may be. She has the ability to take you on an amazing journey through your body via yoga postures, while always mindful of your heart and soul; her focus is truly holistic, she helps you attain bliss through yoga.
The after-effects of Kari's yoga class continue to bless you in your daily life, long after class has ended, because of the skill she imparts - through yoga - on your body, but also because of the wisdom and energy she offers your heart and mind.
-Kali Grech, Defense Attorney, age 34, San Francisco, CA
I have practiced yoga for about 30 years now, many forms and in many places. I found Karilily so auspiciously and it is no wonder why or how. I have been taking private lessons with her for 5 years now. She elevates my energy, helps release tension in my aging body and sharpens my ripe old mind. She is always present and clear. She is a bright light that I will miss when she leaves.
-Ellen Schauman, Devotee of Guru Adidam, age 82, Clear Lake, CA
For many, (do I dare say most?) yoga can at first seem intimidating. To break through that intimidation, it is so important for yoga teachers to be able to warmly communicate with their students, no matter what level they are at. That is why I love classes with Kari. She is responsible for bringing the gift of yoga to so many who would have never tried it otherwise. Not every instructor can do that. So many people try yoga once and never go back because they feel they could not "get into" the class. That isn’t an option with Kari. She engages with her students so that everyone is on the same level, weather they be 6 or 60. My favorite is her references of waves, warmth, sunlight, wind, and blooming flowers to help open up and free the body.
I also find that many women seek yoga classes after having children as a way to strengthen the body after childbirth. It is comforting for new mothers to be able to have a teacher like Kari, who has given birth herself and knows about the stresses that pregnancy and mothering can put on the body. She is inspirational to mama yoginis not only with her strong physique, but also with her ability to calmly glide through her life to achieve her goals. This is an important truth that mothers so importantly need to be reminded of.
-Lindsay Koupal, Fashion designer & Owner of Sacred Empire, age 32, Arcata, CA
I was fortunate to have completed yoga teacher training years ago in the same class as Karilily Kent. Since the training I have taught very little but have continued my practice with Karilily at her studio in Trinidad, CA and also in Costa Rica. She has been an incredible inspiration for me. Karilily encompasses a blend of yoga modalities and each of her classes are unique. I appreciate having her as a teacher.
-Francene Wilson, Midwife CMT CYT, age 41 Chirripo, Costa Rica
I was relatively new to the practice of yoga when I decided to leave my gym and try a real yoga studio. I shopped around and tried a few places and instructors and then remembered my friend Karilily owned and taught at Oshun Yoga. I started with her Wednesday morning classes and immediately felt like I had found a home. I continued to take her classes and added a few more as they were offered.
Karilily Kent is an open and honest yoga instructor with the ability to teach a multi-level class and help everyone without skipping a beat. Her classes were as much of a workout physically as they were mentally. I always felt more grounded and centered after I left her class or Oshun Yoga in general. Even at 6-7 months pregnant she offered amazing classes and would continue to join in the practice. I will NEVER forget my classes with Karilily and continue the search for an instructor with as much intuition as her.
-Jon Anderson, Surfboard Repair and Handy Man, age 44 McKinleyville, CA