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Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018

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Thir ty Year s of Deep Breaths and Peaceful Poses B Y D A V I D A R M S T R O N G B ack in 1989, Kathleen Karachale rented a light-washed art studio on the grounds of the Sunset Center. Swapping paint for the lotus position and canvases for yoga mats, she trans- formed the space into the Yoga Center of Carmel. Now in its 30th year, the center, which accepts students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience, has transformed itself into an institution. Sitting cross-legged on a pillow on the floor, Karachale, the Yoga Center's owner and director, describes the center as a still point in a turning world—a place where people can sit down, slow down and focus. "It's a sanctuary for so many who come here," she says. "It's an expansive space; you come here and you expand." A youthful 74, she works with 12 certified yoga teachers, some of whom have taught there for years. The center, which advertises by word of mouth, trains novices, weekenders, dedicated practitioners and even other yoga teachers. Classes grounded in Hatha yoga combine pos- ture and breathing to give flexibility to body and mind. The Yoga Center is open 365 days a year. Reflecting on 30 years in operation, Karachale smiles."It's an incredible journey," she says. "I'm passionately grateful.'' The Yoga Center of Carmel is located in Cottage 18 at the Sunset Center on 10th Avenue at San Carlos Street in Carmel. 831/624-4949 or SHORTCUTS NEIGHBORS Kathleen Karachale founded the Yoga Center of Carmel at the Sunset Center in 1989. The studio is a special place for locals and visitors. 84 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 8 Photo: Kelli Uldall

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