About Jim and Kimberly Carson

Mindful Yoga Works, LLC sponsors the offerings of Kimberly and Jim Carson who live in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. Together, they have dedicated their lives to helping others cultivate peace and joy, and ease suffering with the practices of mindfulness and yoga. From the moment of their wedding vows, they have considered their union as an offering to the unfolding grace of life.

Nitya Grace and Shankara, Jim and Kimberly’s girl/boy twins, joined the teaching team on November 11, 2005. They keep their mommie and papa humble and full of joy.

Jim Carson, PHD

Meet The Faculty

Jim is a former yogic monk (aka Swami Vimarshananda Saraswati) who has taught the practices and philosophy of yoga worldwide for over 45 years. Jim is now a clinical health psychologist and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and of Psychiatry, at Oregon Health & Science (OHSU) in Portland, OR. Along with his wife Kimberly, he has applied his expertise to the development and evaluation of yoga and meditation-based clinical treatments, including the first mindfulness program for couples, the first loving-kindness meditation program for medical patients, and the Mindful Yoga program. Jim also works extensively with patients suffering from persistent pain, including those with fibromyalgia, low back pain, and cancer pain. Jim co-directs with Kimberly national professional trainings for yoga teachers and allied health professionals at OHSU, Duke Integrative Medicine, and VA Centers. Together with Kimberly and Duke colleague Carol Krucoff, Jim authored the book Relax Into Yoga for Chronic Pain.

Kimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Kimberly is a mindfulness educator and yoga therapist at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland, OR specializing in the therapeutic use and scientific study of mindfulness and yoga for people with medical challenges. Kimberly currently offers mindfulness and yoga programs to chronic pain, cardiac, oncology (inpatient and outpatient), and internal medicine patients and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for over 20 years. In addition to co-developing the Mindful Yoga program, which has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in those living with chronic pain, Kimberly has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles and, beginning in 2008, has co-directed national professional trainings for yoga teachers and allied health professionals at OHSU, Duke Integrative Medicine, VA Centers, Kripalu and other locations around the country. Kimberly collaborates with Kait Hurley to integrate the profound benefit of mindfulness and non-dual understanding into the move and meditate KAIT.com virtual platform. With Carol Krucoff, Kimberly co-authored Relax Into Yoga for Seniors. The second book in this series, Relax Into Yoga for Chronic Pain, co-authored by Jim & Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff was published January 2020 by New Harbinger. In addition to a wild tapestry of professional roles, Kimberly humbly navigates the waves of parenting twin teenagers, three cats, a miniature long-haired dachshund while feeding the crows in her neighborhood breakfast every morning.

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