By: Amy Phillips
With reduced stress, flexible strength, and improved mood, anything seems possible. Just ask Karen Dubs, a registered yoga instructor and holistic health coach.
Dubs has written a book entitled, “Find Your Flexible Warrior: Think, Stretch and Eat for Balance and Resilience,” that she hopes will convince others that taking care of themselves before taking care of others is important.
“You can’t fill an empty cup,” Dubs said. “You need to fill your cup first.”
With over 30 years of experience in the fitness world, Dubs has established an approach that can help men and women of all ages overcome their greatest physical and mental obstacles.
In efforts to balance the resilience of yoga with the challenge of sports, she started a business called Flexible Warrior.
She has also created a series of athletic yoga workout DVD’s. She continually updates her website with blog entries and weekly challenges for her followers.
“I do everything myself,” Dubs said.
Her days start with waking up around 5:30a.m. to take care of her two dogs, Stella and Luna. If she is not in the mood to complete a full yoga routine, she will happily do sun salutations that awaken her body and mind. She typically leaves her house around 6:15a.m. to begin appointments with clients from 7-11:00a.m. Lunch comes next in her schedule, followed by a series of appointments on the computer. She finishes her work day with some office work before her husband comes home for the evening.
In order to keep up with her sometimes crazy schedule, Dubs relies on her inner ‘calendar addict’ to get her through.
Although she is active now, Dubs was ill for two years with an undiagnosed case of Lyme Disease. She described it as an autoimmune, and recalled her years of fatigue and feeling sluggish.
“I had obstacles, but I could pick to be the victim or embrace them,” Dubs said.
In order to combat her illness, Dubs made an important life choice: to give up sugar. Sugary foods were her go-to when she started feeling sick, but she knew the sugar was not helping to fight her illness. She removed sugar, coffee, and alcohol from her diet and she was able to regain control over her body.
“The little choices we make make the biggest difference,” she said.
Since yoga and healthy nutrition were ways for Dubs to practice her own forms of self care, she felt confident in taking steps to begin helping others as well.
Dubs is passionate about rescue dogs and she supports BARCS, a Baltimore animal shelter that helps 12,000 animals a year. She donates to Believe Big, a local organization that provides complimentary therapies for cancer patients. She has donated thousands of dollars from her yoga classes to these causes to help them succeed.
“You can’t donate to everything,” she said. “But picking one or two organizations that mean something to you is important.”
Her efforts to fill cups around the world are continuing with her decision to give free yoga DVD’s to those who donate at least $25 to an animal rescue fund in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
For more information, visit: https://flexiblewarrior.com