Karen Dubs wakes up at 5:30 a.m., goes right to yoga, does meditation and breathing exercises, leaves the house to get to her first client at 7 a.m., comes home to finish up some paperwork and relax with her husband and dog for the rest of the night.
She’s a yoga instructor who battles Lyme disease. She came to this lifestyle of health through her hard times battling her sickness. Throughout this time, Dubs found her niche in fitness by founding her own business called the Wounded Warrior Foundation to train people to improve their health and well being.
She was undiagnosed for over 2 years when doctors discovered it was Lyme disease. One said autoimmune disease had already made her very weak.
“I didn’t think I was ever going to feel good again,” Dubs said. “I thought I was always going to be sick, but I can really credit yoga and nutrition to that.”
Dubs became depressed when she was diagnosed with Lymes, however, she started by eliminating coffee and sugar out of her diet. She found her health through diet and fitness.
She started a training business called Flexible Warrior. It is the balance of opposites, the idea of flexibility and going with the flow, and challenging yourself to work harder. She encourages chill-power and stresses relaxation as well.
She has previously taught yoga and flexible fitness to the Baltimore Ravens football team. She also teaches charity yoga classes to help raise money for BARCS animal shelter.
She is passionate about resue dogs and raised $2,000 for the shelter by teaching the charity yoga classes and doing what she loves.
Dubs stresses that simple things can make a difference in health, like getting quality sleep, drinking water, and reducing sugars in your diet.
“If you don’t take care of yourself, you have nothing to give to anyone else,” Dubs said. “If you want to give to the world, you need to take care of yourself. I have been there…I have felt empty and it’s no good.”
While eating healthy 100 percent of the time is nearly impossible, Dubs believes even 70 percent of the time enables you to create a healthier lifestyle. She cut coffee and sugary doughnuts from her breakfast diet and substitutes a healthy smoothie or superfood.
“When I take care of myself, I can give to other people,” Dubs said. “So my job is to inspire other people.”
Dubs sometimes offers free challenges on her website called flexible for warriors. This is a private group involving core exercises, stretching, and superfoods. Just 10 minutes a day is a huge part of it to encourage moving and getting the entire body working.
“Whatever it is that you have as your obstacle…what you can do is what you should focus on,” Dubs said. “Let’s not focus on what you can’t do, but you should focus on what you can do to move forward.”