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Instructor Profile: Karissa Omer

Q: How long have you worked in the fitness industry and what got you started?
A: I have been working as a yoga instructor for a year and a half now. I started teaching at 19 years old while I was a freshman in college. What got me started teaching was my love for yoga sculpt. A specific teacher encouraged me to enroll in teacher training and well the rest is history.

Q: What brought you to the Valley and how are you involved in the community?
A: I am an Arizonan born and raised. I became apart of the community when I began teaching at CorePower Yoga. At first I was just a student but now I am an instructor and lead for teacher trainings.

Q:  What inspires you to continue working as an instructor?
A: The number one thing that keeps me coming back as a teacher everyday is seeing my students and their growth. I have regulars that I can always expect to see at my classes. Getting to interact and be around my students is what brings me happiness and the desire to teach everyday.

Q: How do you enjoy motivating clients?
A: My favorite way to motivate my students is with good music, smiles, some singing, and a little dancing. Getting my students to laugh is the cherry on top. I love seeing everyone’s smiles it makes teaching worth wild.

Q: What do you value most when it comes to workout apparel?
A: The thing I value you most about workout apparel is that it is light, moveable, and comfortable as well as cute. Anything I can wear in a yoga class or a HIIT class that is still acceptable to go straight to school in is my go to.

Q: What are the top 5 things that you are grateful for in life?
A: The top 5 things I’m grateful for in my life is... that I’m healthy and able to do what I love everyday aka yoga, my sisters, dogs, friends that have turned into family, and of course coffee.

Q: Describe a time when you experienced a random act of kindness and how it affected you.
A: I have experienced so many random act of kindness it’s hard to pick just one. But some of my favorite acts actually come from a current injury. I didn’t know how many people truly cared for me. I have received so many generous gestures, phone calls, meals, etc. and all of these people did this for me just so they knew that I was okay. Knowing that I have people to look after me when I’m not 100% means the world to me. And is by far some of the biggest acts of kindness that I’ve received in my life.

Q: What puts a smile on your face every day?
A: Well if you asked anyone they’d probably tell you I always have a smile on my face so this list could be pages long. But if I had to choose the biggest thing that puts a big cheesy smile on my face everyday is knowing that I’m living my life to the fullest.

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