Time in the (LEIMAY) Studio with...
LEIMAY Studio Manager Lou Mandolini in conversation with March's featured renter Karri Jinkins. Karri is a yoga practitioner, writer, mother, and all around great human.
KARRI- Well, I started doing yoga in 1990. I was in college, in the Theater Department of the University of Wisconsin, and I had terrible panic attacks. I had a professor that was into Kalaripayattu, an Indian form of martial arts, and he introduced me to yoga. Practicing helped my anxiety and I continued (studying), on and off for years.
It’s a very specific, set routine of postures that you do with the breath and a very specific count. And through doing that, its supposed to align and cleanse your body but also quiet your mind. When I came to New York, that was around '92, I started training at Jivamukti. The founders, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and the community there were all practicing Ashtanga. Jivamukti was the only place to truly practice yoga in the nineties. Sharon and David were students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and I realized I wanted to practice his methods.
I went to Indian and studied with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and went back and forth for many years. Jois passed away in 2009 but his grandson took over for him. I see his grandson in New York once a year
My son and I love to dance. We have a nightly dance part in the apartment, he’s seven.
His new favorite song is “God’s Plan” by Drake. He loves it! He likes to turn all of the lights off and dance. It's our favorite.
I love so many things about it. In fact, sometimes I think about doing a whole morning Mysore Program here! I just love how it's raw but very intimate. It feels cozy and clean. I love the dramatic white curtains. It’s the perfect space because its big enough for 20 people and I certainly wouldn’t want any more than that. I love the special touches that it has, it’s very unique. My students love it too!
Don’t be afraid, there’s nothing complicated and there’s nothing esoteric or secretive. All you have to do is move your body and breathe. It’s all about whatever your body can do and not what everyone else’s body can do. It’s all about doing it, not the theory. By doing it you will understand the theory rather than the theory understanding the yoga. You aren’t going to get it that way.
To learn more about Karri and when you can catch her class visit: karrijinkins.com