Karson McGinley

Yoga Teacher and Life Coach

Karson McGinley is the owner of Happy-U Yoga in San Diego, California. A teacher for over a decade, Karson works to bridge the gap between the ancient wisdom of yoga and the modern science of human flourishing through her classes, bi-weekly article contributions to The Chopra Center, and leading the Happy-U Yoga & Positive Psychology Teacher Training program.

Karson teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara Elements™ classes, inspired by the teachings of Classical and Tantric yogic philosophy, positive psychology, and metaphysical texts like A Course in Miracles. By sharing spiritual themes, scientific research, and anecdotal evidence, she makes the practice of authentic yoga accessible and relevant to everyone.

Karson is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, and has additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Anusara Elements, and is a Registered Continuing Education Provider. She has also appeared as a guest teacher at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Rancho La Puerta, and the Chopra Center, and was a two-time Lululemon ambassador. Karson resides in Temecula’s wine country with her husband and two young children.

Articles by Karson McGinley

Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolutions and goals for next year. Set yourself up for success in the New Year by starting the work now with these six tips.Read More
Giving thanks doesn’t have to be restricted to Thanksgiving. In fact, expressing your gratitude on a regular basis makes you happier and healthier! Here are 52 prompts to keep you grateful for 52 weeks.Read More
There is actually no universal alignment that applies to every pose, nor is there a perfect form that applies to each person. Your body is the only one like it. Read how you can honor your anatomy in your yoga practice.Read More
Expectations can set you up to be disappointed. Any derivation from your plan can throw you for a loop. But if you make some simple shifts in thinking, your intentions can lead you to delight.Read More
What small steps can you take today toward living a happier, fuller life? Here are some ways to attract positivity to your life.Read More
While laughter may feel like a luxury, having a sense of humor might be more important for a healthy and happy life than you think. Here are six ways you can add more laughter and lightheartedness to your life.Read More
If you routinely check your social media pages, you’re like most other people around the world. But it’s worth reflecting on your choices to be sure that you’re using social media to enhance your life.Read More
One of the ways you can suss out the deeper meaning of your life is to develop a regular spiritual practice. The connections inherent in spirituality can help guide you to happiness and health.Read More
Are you ready to find your bliss? It’s in your fifth kosha or layer of being. Your yoga practice can help you move through these levels of consciousness and, ultimately, reveal the innermost state—bliss.Read More
One of the plusses of practicing yoga is that all you need is your body. But if your body needs a little help, there are props that can help offset tight muscles and restricted ranges of motion.Read More
Life is full of challenges for which you need strength. One way to position yourself for success against your obstacles is to embrace your inner warrior and practice the three warrior poses.Read More
A full moon can serve as a reminder of purnata, your divine perfection. With a focus on these full moon-inspired asymmetrical poses, note the sense of completion you feel as you work through the sequence.Read More
Most adults spend the majority of their time at work—and if you are not feeling positive about the work you do, then it can be incredibly challenging. Here are seven tips to improve not only your happiness at work, but your overall life satisfaction.Read More
Namasté is more than a word used to end a yoga session. With respect and reverence, Namasté is a way to see and honor the reality of others.Read More
It’s a good time to make some lifestyle shifts to “grow” yourself as the flower buds begin to peek outside. Clean your house and diet, then follow some self-care and yoga practices to keep Kapha season in check.Read More
As the seasons change, so too should your self-care practices, so that you may maintain harmony with Mother Nature. Try this yoga practice to help you attune to the energy of spring.Read More
Having an altar in your home is one way in which you can connect to the sacred and your spirituality on a daily basis. Here are some tips on how you can get started.Read More
Mudras are a centuries-old tradition that can aid in reducing your stress and improving your mood. Here are seven mudras that are extremely easy to create and reap the benefits from.Read More
Embracing a beginner’s mindset allows you to stay open to any topic or experience, no matter how advanced your knowledge becomes. Here are eight tips on approaching the world with a sense of authentic curiosity and openness.Read More
It’s no secret that morning people are more productive, happier, and healthier than people who stay up late. Try these 10 habits to rise and shine with the sun and reap the benefits.Read More
Music has the power to improve your mood, no matter where you are. Here are three playlists of happiness-inducing songs, aimed at raising your vibration.Read More
With plenty of options to modify and expand Child’s Pose, let this pose be your go-to panacea for whatever ails you. Here are some tips to modify and add variation to Child’s Pose so you slow down and recalibrate your entire system.Read More
By recognizing the roots of your suffering, you can bring awareness to it and begin to move through your obstacles. The ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali contain the wisdom to overcome those blocks.Read More
A smile can mean more than a pleasant greeting. Learn how to maximize your daily smiles to improve your health and relationships.Read More
As one year ends and another begins, it’s a time of reflection for many. If you plan to set goals for the New Year, be sure to follow these five tips to avoid common stumbling blocks to success.Read More
Use your yoga practice to keep you warm during the winter months. Feed your Agni, or digestive fire, with these eight naturally warming yoga poses.Read More
The teachings of the thousands-of-years-old Yoga Sutras contain wisdom that have helped people through the ages. Here are five of its aphorisms interpreted for today.Read More
Spending time on yourself to further your personal development is a great way to value your well-being, happiness, and success. Try these journal prompts to bring clarity to your desires and your pathways to success.Read More
Some of the most common yoga poses have deep meanings behind them. Expand your understanding of the poses and learn about the hidden meanings behind these 10 yoga poses.Read More
While it seems obvious that you adjust your outer life to acclimate to the changing weather, you may forget the shift that is necessary in the inner realm when seasons change. Here are some tips and yoga poses to embrace autumn and what it signifies in your inner world.Read More
How do you stay connected to your spiritual practice while traveling? Consider re-affirming your sadhana during your trip with these five tips.Read More
Your ability to connect to the present moment needn’t be limited to the time you are sitting on your zafu or meditation seat. Try implementing these 10 habits into your daily routine and before long, mindfulness will become a way of life.Read More
Try nourishing your emotional, mental, and physical body with these cooling poses for summertime.Read More
Is there anything you can do in your daily life that could contribute to a world of more peace, understanding, and love? The answer is yes—and here are some tips!Read More
Here are five views of imperfection that can help you to soften your expectations of yourself, embrace your incompleteness, and create more room for beauty, compassion, and contentment.Read More
Don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to yoga? No problem! Here is a short and efficient yoga sequence that you can do at home (or anywhere) when you don’t have time for a full practice.Read More
Are you ready to take your gratitude practice to the next level? Here are some sample gratitude journaling practices and tips to help you on your way.Read More
How can you activate mindfulness more regularly throughout your day, regardless of whether or not you actually have a yoga mat? Check out these postures that can be done anywhere, anytime, and will help you connect to your body, breath, and the present moment.Read More
Creativity is used not only for visual artistry, but also for problem-solving, so it’s vital that you keep your energetic channels open for the creative juices to flow. Here are 10 ways to bring more creativity into your life.Read More
It seems as though there are as many styles of yoga as there are leaves on a tree. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, read on to discover the most common styles and find the one(s) that are best for you.Read More
Willpower. Some people have a lot of it, others have none, and still others find themselves somewhere in between. Regardless of where you land, learn how to conserve it, amplify it, and use it to your greatest benefit.Read More
In a time when it might feel like things are changing faster than you can keep up with, it’s vital that you learn how to remain open, curious, and flexible in all facets of life. Read how you can reduce your suffering and live a more enriched life by inviting more grace and less rigidity.Read More
Plenty of people set goals, but far fewer are actually willing to declare their goals in a way that sets them up for success. The key to that success? Accountability.Read More
Creating a vision board is a fun, tangible, and powerful way to say “Yes please!” to the abundance you’d like to receive (and deserve!) in your life. Here’s how to make one for yourself.Read More
Practicing yoga during pregnancy can provide outstanding benefits for you and your baby. Discover why you should start or continue your practice during those special months.Read More
You probably hear these cues in yoga class all the time. What do they really mean, and how can you learn from them to improve your practice?Read More
Ready to try your first public yoga class? If you are at all intimidated by the thought of moving your practice out of your living room and into the yoga studio, here’s a guide for what to expect.Read More
The playground may not seem like an obvious place for your yoga practice, but for a busy parent it may be the only chance to fit it in, so why not multitask? Here are some poses that you can easily practice outdoors while your kids play.Read More
Are you looking to transform your personal yoga practice into one that can be enjoyed by your whole family? Here are five ways to develop a kid-friendly yoga practice, including a sample yoga sequence.Read More
Did you know that 40 percent of your happiness is based on your habits? This means your happiness is, to a high degree, within your control. Here are five practices that can teach you how to become happier.Read More

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