Karson McGinley

Yoga Teacher and Life Coach

Karson McGinley is the founder of Happy-U Yoga (a Holistic Approach to Positive Psychology & Yoga), based in San Diego. 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, regular contributions to the Chopra Center’s catalogue of wellness articles, 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 a 500-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.  Find out more about her in-person and online offerings at www.karsonmcginley.com

Articles by Karson McGinley

If you are looking to make this year the most powerful year of your life, look at the most successful people you can think of and do what they do! Here are 10 habits of successful people you can try.Read More
Since grounding has been shown to have many health and wellness benefits, it is worth exploring the ways you can ground yourself indoors, during the time of the year when you often need it the most. Here are seven ways to get started.Read More
The chakra energies flowing through your body need you to maintain their flow and effectiveness. These seven meditations help keep those chakras—and your body—in balance.Read More
This winter, get on your yoga mat to get in harmony with the season and warm your body from the inside out.Read More
By adjusting your approach to goal setting and changing how you respond when you are faced with an obstacle, you can use the new year to grow stronger, feel more inspired, and become more empowered. Here’s how.Read More
Are you getting ready to set personal goals for your health, career, relationships, or other areas of life? Here are five powerful guidelines to make your lifetime goals as effective as possible.Read More
Same old, same old. So many days and weeks seem just the same as those that came before. You begin to function on auto-pilot and your mood takes a hit. These 10 tips can help you get out of your rut and discover new joy and possibilities in your life.Read More
Take some time to relax into the blessings of the season with this guided meditation on gratitude. As you put your attention on all that you have to be thankful for, you will connect to the happiness that is part of your inherent nature.Read More
Thanksgiving provides countless opportunities to show how generous you can be with the people in your community. Here are 10 ways you can give thanks and appreciation to those around you and find a sense of community involvement.Read More
Whether you are in a crowded room or an empty hall, meditation can come to you. Here are some meditation techniques that can be done anywhere.Read More
You may think that making a decision starts the moment you are faced with one, but it starts earlier. Practice mindfulness to ensure your mind is clear and still—then you’ll be ready for any decision that comes your way.Read More
In a world full of distractions, focusing on the person you are speaking with can be a challenge. There are ways, though, to help get past the challenges and truly listen to the person you are with.Read More
When you feel like you’ve hit your limit, you can practice these nine healthy emotional processing tips to help you grow, reconnect with the peace and possibility that resides within the moment, and find your Zen.Read More
Whether you are on the path of seeking higher consciousness or simply want to have more patience with your coworkers, meditation is a healthy way to regulate your nervous system and live a life of greater well-being. Here are five reasons to start your day with meditation.Read More
Growth and change are part of the human experience. You can help direct that growth and change toward self-improvement. These 20 small actions will help you become the best version of you.Read More
Becoming aware of your vibration—and the levels of what surrounds you—allows you to seek opportunities to raise your vibration level. Meaning that you can help manifest your own positivity, light, and love.Read More
Find out how you can get in touch with your passions and deepest desires so that you can you live a life that is full of meaning and purpose.Read More
It’s time to start your morning right—meditate! If you already meditate in the morning, then it’s time to up the ante a bit and use that meditation time to begin manifesting your dreams—in just nine steps.Read More
Born leaders exist, but most of us have to put in some effort to let out our inner leadership traits. Being a good leader is a combination of 10 practices that anyone can achieve.Read More
When you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut, it’s likely a sign you need a reboot. Renewing yourself spiritually requires some effort. These 10 practical steps will guide you to success.Read More
The practice of saucha is not about adding to your life anything you don’t already have; it is about removing that which gets in the way of appreciating the abundance that is already yours. Here are seven tips to help purify the mind, body, and space.Read More
Just a few shifts in your perspective can make all the difference on the road to a happier, healthier life. Here are some ways you can take a more positive approach to life.Read More
There is no magic wand you can wave for weight loss, but these 10 habits come close. If you’re able to incorporate these lifestyle changes into your life, you’re likely to not only lose weight, but keep it off.Read More
Resolutions aren’t the only way to start off a new year. By focusing on attracting what you want, you will set yourself up for success. Follow these seven strategies to manifest your dreams.Read More
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

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