Yoga Warrior

By Chavon Borden

Karen Dubs is a Baltimore yoga instructor and a health and wellness coach who embraces her lifestyle instead of becoming a victim to it.

When she was in her late 20s, she was sick with Lyme’s disease and Hashimoto’s disease before she was diagnosed.

“It was terrible,” Dubs said. “I was really sick.”

She said she felt that she would never be well but she pushed through the illness and didn’t let it stop her. Yoga, nutrition, and essential oils were key to her healing.

Dub’s mother introduced her to the fitness industry when she was a teenager. She would gain experience as a substitute for her mother’s fitness classes.

She graduated from Towson University in 1991 with a degree in Mass Communications and had no idea she would further become a health coach.

Today she teaches her clients to take better care of themselves, teaching yoga and self-care.

She encourages a chance to a healthy lifestyle much like she did when she trained and challenged herself to self-love.

Through Dubs hard work, she made her way to London for the 2012 Olympic Games as a wellness coach for penthathlete Suzanne Stettinius. She assisted with the performer’s recovery and flexibility during various competitions.

Going to 2012 Olympics was one of her favorite memories of her professional career, she said. It was like a dream come true for her.

She has worked with Baltimore Raven athletes to their flexibility and performance. Practicing with these men challenged Dubs and soon she learned how to adjust to training large men’s flexibility.

“It was a pleasure working with athletes,” Dubs said. “They can do anything you tell them to because they are used to listening, being coached, and they know how to move their bodies.”

In addition to yoga, she also specializes in alternatives such as therapy. She helps create a flexible mind and body through essential oils and food diets.

“If you don’t take care of yourself, you have nothing to give,” Dubs said.

She said individuals must take care of themselves to help others. She calls her clients flexible warriors who can be both strong and flexible.

Dubs published her book, Find Your Flexible Warrior: Think, Stretch, and Eat for Balance and Resilience, in hopes of expanding her brand “Flexible Warrior.”

She never thought she would publish her own book. She has been through a tough journey that she has overcame however, she didn’t think she would share her story with the entire world.

“Publishing my book was the best decision I ‘ve ever made,” she said.

Dubs has also worked with charities to raise money on a weekly basis through yoga classes and hosting events.

She is a strong dog lover so she worked close with a charity she shared a common interest with, Maryland SPCA, helped rescue dogs in Baltimore.

She wakes up for work at 5:30 a.m. and does 10 minutes of Sun salutations and she meets her clients from 7-11 a.m.

Over the years she spent practicing, teaching, and promoting health and wellness she has never felt like quitting. At times, she knew she needed a break from being burnt out, but she never gave up. When she felt burnt out, she recharged herself.

But when she needed a break, she chilled and recharged.**



Lynsey Addario- It’s What I do

In Lynsey Addario’s book, “It’s What I Do,” she tells her readers why she risked her life countless times covering wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Lebanon as a conflict photojournalist.

She was fearless and determined to tell people’s stories through her photographs. She wanted to capture emotional moments that people in other countries would normally not see.

She traveled to third world countries to develop emotional and personal stories about people who lived there, their living situation, and wars.

After being kidnapped twice, she questioned what she does, from her occupation to her family. Although her job may seem dangerous to others, she became more comfortable in frightening locations and saw more of the world as her curiosity and courage grew.

Addario believed she was born into the work of a conflict photojournalist. She was experiencing a life and profession that was unique to her and continues pursuing it regardless of the danger.

She didn’t know she would become a conflict photographer. Addario planned to travel and learn about the world beyond the United States. The camera was her comforting companion.

The camera gave her access to people’s most intimate moments. Her job makes her happy because it gives her a sense of purpose. It makes her feel like she has something to offer and her pictures are meaningful to others.

Traveling across the world to different countries was her happiness. When she is taking photographs in different locations, she feels alive because that is who she is.

Photography has altered the way she looks at the world. She learned to look beyond herself and capture the world with her through lenses.

She felt privileged to travel to different countries and see different lifestyles. She learned some of their language, their religious views, and customs.

Refugees in the countries Addario visited were grateful for her compassion to capture intimate moments. They were eager to show her and the other journalists the toll of the war such as burned-out villages, abandoned, and looted.

Addario’s images sent a message to her audience. They were moved by her images.

Addario was creative with her images when she had to cover scenes numerous times. She captured the beauty in the most devastating images to attract readers. She wanted her readers to witness these images with her instead of turning away from it.

Her photographs were more creative because of her different approaches and angles she used to capture images. She shot images out of focus to appeal to her audience.

Addario’s work to capture images was necessary. She was able to move people’s feelings through her images. Addario’s passion to photograph conflicting images was her dream.

Her purpose for taking photographs has shown through her work. She took her time with her images and each image has a strong message message behind it.

It is important to remember that everyone’s passions are different. For Addario, traveling and capturing intimate moments in different countries were hers.