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.**