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Check Out Karina Dayrit’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karina Dayrit. 

Hi Karina, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I was the type of kid that would always be on the go, looking for something new to explore. This stays true as of today since my interests and field vary from teaching movement, songwriting, and performing music, as well as offering freelance marketing for my clients. 

My lifestyle has always been active but what led me to explore teaching movement started in the yoga studio. To become a yoga teacher wasn’t part of my initial plan, but I joined for the sake of learning more on how to deepen my breath. From there, I fell in love with the approach of integrating the body and the mind, plus it helped a lot with my body issues and overthinking tendencies. 

I felt a great shift in my practice and a strong urge to share my love for movement with anyone who is willing to explore it because of how powerful its effect and change were for me. As a musician, I’ve also integrated crystal singing bowls and added other instruments like guitar, ukulele, and kalimba to maximize the whole sound healing experience. 

Now, I am a certified Yoga Therapist, Animal Flow Instructor, Freelance Digital Marketer, and Singer-songwriter. 

I took up multiple pieces of training and certifications and I consistently believe that I am a student for life. These are some that I took up. 

⚫200-hour Asthanga Vinyasa Teacher Training (AV108) 

⚫50-hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training (Chris Su) 

⚫100-hour Professional Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (World Yoga Alliance, India)
-Enhanced Hatha, A Biomechanical and Functional Approach Teacher Training Certificate (Yoga Alliance/YACEP, USA) 

⚫Certified Level 1 Animal Flow Instructor under Master Instructor Alisha Smith (Taiwan) 

⚫Ateneo De Manila University Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCM 10) 

⚫Integrated Marketing Communications: Advertising, Public Relations, Digital Marketing (Coursera) 

⚫Biohacking Your Brain’s Health (Coursera) 

⚫Center for Pop Training 

I incorporate 4Ms in my work: Movement, Music, Mindset, and Marketing. 

MOVEMENT: Kar in Motion is a 350-hour yoga teacher who mixes different movement disciplines and the aspect of play in her classes. She is a certified instructor in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Animal Flow. 

MUSIC: Going by the artist name, “karwa”, I am a singer-songwriter have released songs on Spotify. My top song at the moment is “97th Time” featured in U Do U, Manila Musika, Magic 92.3, and more. In 2019, my single “DTR” was shortlisted in the Alab Fest Songwriting Contest where I performed in a gig at Makati and Pasig City and open mics at Jess & Pat’s. My collaboration with local producer, Glenford Tikaw on the song, “A Season That Feels Like Home” also made it to the Top 10 Christmas songs for the 96.7 K-Lite songwriting contest in 2021. In 2022, “97th time”, “Let You Go”, and “Heart of the Sea” was played in the radio station 89.9 hosted by Sam YG and Slickrick. 

MINDSET: With a thirst for learning, I constantly seeks for ways to challenge the mind. You can find insightful topics on health, wellness, book reviews, and more on my website at karinmotion.com under blogs. I also co-hosted in the podcast “Grit and Ground” featuring multiple fitness instructors in the Philippines. It was an honor to be featured in podcasts such as “The Business of Movement” under WizMedia UK, and “Mental and Physical Health” on the Midnight Airwaves in Cambodia. 

MARKETING: I graduated Cum Laude in DLSU Manila with a BA in Organizational Communication and worked for one of the leading digital media companies in APAC as the Assistant Marketing Manager. In 2020, I decided to become a freelance marketing consultant for Modern Yoga Teacher and focus on my private clients in the health and wellness industry. 

I am also involved in a youth development organization under JCI Makati Princess Urduja, where we won the Titan Award for having the Best Civic Involvement Program entitled “Liter and Light: Uplifting the Quality of Life One Liter and Light at a Time. In 2022, we were able to help a total of 3,889 individuals with clean water and renewable light lamps which resulted in healthier living, a safer environment, proper household conditions at night, and learning continuity for students and families of Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Cabanlutan and Sitio Bagingan, Bamban. 

Today, I am both a student and a teacher of life. Currently, my focus is being consistent with collaborations in the music and wellness industry as well as maintaining my home studio. 

Life isn’t always easy but having the passion to progress makes it all worthwhile and an exciting journey. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
If there is no proper strategy, support, and overall vision for the goals, it can feel like I lack direction at times. My attention span is also going from one point to another, so I tend to jump from one modality to another instead of focusing on building just one aspect. However, I find that my skills can actually complement one field to another such as movement and music. 

Another struggle is the competition and saturation in the industry, so being able to know who I am, what I can offer, and how I can really make a difference in the lives of my clients and the people around me is an essential factor to consider. 

Honestly, life has been pretty chill for me for the past few years. But this 2022, I think I hit rock bottom where my mental health was affected due to misunderstandings in my personal life which really took a toll on how I can function at work and have hope in life. However, I am grateful for having an amazing support system such as my family and friends to help me get through this hump. 

Sometimes we learn things in hindsight, but these are still learnings. The key is to not get stuck in the past but become self-aware and do better next time. And that is what I’m constantly trying to do right now, and that is to continually aim for self-improvement in all aspects of my life. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am known for teaching movements such as Yoga, Animal Flow, and incorporating Contemporary Dancing concepts into the practice. I also apply crystal singing bowls and musical instrumentals for a complete sound-healing experience. After class, when I see my students saying, “I have that yoga glow!” or “I feel so much better!”, these simple statements warm my heart because in some way I was able to help them start or end their day happy. 

As a person who has multiple interests, being able to integrate different concepts and skills has allowed me to create different experiences for people and build a community where they all feel welcomed, seen, and heard. 

In my classes, I bring in light energy and we don’t just practice, roll up our mats, then say goodbye. It’s really about feeling connected with oneself and each other and that’s what I want to promote more. In between classes, my students are free to laugh through my jokes and little puns, which makes the class fun instead of being so serious and having this pressure to be perfect all the time. 

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory would be doing creative things in the house such as using boxes as houses or fortresses, using plants and pretending we were cooking them with friends, climbing trees, dancing on the floor with powder so we move with grace, making pastillas with my mom in the kitchen. These simple moments elicit pure joy. Some call me Peter Pan because I don’t seem to want to grow up, but I believe it’s important not to lose that kid inside of you. That’s what makes life fun! 

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