We had the good fortune of connecting with Karina Dayrit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karina, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
When I leave this world, I want to be remembered as someone who enjoyed life to the fullest and that I was able to share this love of being alive with others.
As a woman who has an endless appetite for exploration and multiple passions in life, I find joy in seeing my students feel empowered and discover their growth potential. Apart from teaching movement and mindfulness, music is one of the tools that help me create conversations with people who may be going through a particular patch in their lives that they need to deal with.
It is not so much about what I do, but how I can make them feel more human each day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an independent artist who likes playing around with different themes and exploring creative ways to tell stories through music.
The whole process of ideating, producing, and seeing my work transform from a line to a full-fledged song just excites me. Surprisingly, despite the pandemic, I was able to connect with folks and collaborate on a bunch of songs with producers I haven’t met in person.
Now, the tricky part is doing everything solo and having enough budget to push for your music in a sea of talented musicians who might have more network or a label backing them up.
But this doesn’t stop me from making more music and one day I hope to have one of my songs played in a film!
These are some lessons I’ve learned so far:
1) keep doing the work, but you have to love the process to see progress.
2) Be open to feedback without compromising your authentic self.
3) Lastly, failure is just a step for you to become closer to achieving your goals if you learn fast and make it right the next time around.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I were to plan a trip, it would be a mix of chill days and a dash of thrill-seeking adventure activities!
My go-to place to recalibrate is anywhere with nature whether it’s sunbathing and swimming in the ocean or hiking on mountains. Aside from exploring the beautiful islands in our country, we’d go rollerskating, wall climbing, check out the art gallery, and find our zen through yoga and a relaxing massage.
With all that on the list, we’d be hungry for sure so we’d definitely go and try out hole-in-the-wall restaurants and enjoy different cuisines in town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I believe I am constantly learning from everything and everyone around me which goes beyond the institutions I was and am currently enrolled in for my educational training.
But apart from having the best support system and foundational values through my family and friends, I’ve gained knowledge in yoga through different schools such as Ashtanga-Vinyasa under AV108, Yin Yoga with Chris Su, Enhanced Hatha and Yoga Therapy with Medicale Yoga Insitute and Animal Flow from master instructor Alisha Smith. Currently, I’m doing a 1-year mentorship in Ateneo Traditional Chinese Medicine which tackles patient case studies and understanding the best way to approach different conditions.
You can say I’m in love with being a student of life and this goes to show with the books I also read. The top 3 books that have made an impact on how I view things would be:
1) Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
2) The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
3) The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Here’s to learning more each day!
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6YxzddAFmMbhveJETqGPzf