Who is Karen and what can I expect?
Karen began practicing yoga in 2004 as a way to integrate a healthy balance of movement and stillness into her life. Today, she delivers this balance to her students through studio classes, global yoga retreats, and corporate yoga classes. Her vinyasa training was at Kula Yoga Project in New York City under the direction of Nikki Vilella, and her restorative yoga training was with Judith Hanson Lasater through the Relax and Renew program. She draws additional influences from Aarona Ganesan, Anya Porter, Nikki Costello, Abby Paloma, Erin Dudley, and Genny Kapuler. Karen weaves energy, fluidity, play, stillness, and tons of hands-on assists into her teaching, and blends a strong, internal metronome with the precision and alignment of Iyengar foundations.
Prior to teaching yoga, Karen spent 15 years working in publishing, advertising, and nonprofit management. Her experience as a professional communicator, manager, and event planner influences the way she approaches teaching. She offers precise instruction and creates an organized learning platform for her students. Whether standing on two feet, two hands, or all of the above, Karen finds a sense of grounding in both her practice and her teaching. She offers students an opportunity to find their edge, settle into their body and breath, and safely arrive home within their practice.
Throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, group classes with Karen in vinyasa will help you get your sweat on and your mind focused, and in restorative will help to calm and reset your nervous system. We'll travel to some familiar places but will stop along the way to play with shapes and explore sights unseen.
Around the world, global yoga retreats with Karen, founder of Third Eye Retreats, give you the freedom to explore, make lifelong connections, escape from your patterns and habits, and experience your practice in new ways. You and your yoga mat deserve a little time away from home and the studio!
Private sessions and corporate classes can be adapted to meet your needs. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing for years, Karen will work with you to develop a personal plan. Strengthen, stretch, learn, restore, breathe -- these are all possibilities.
Karen is certified E-RYT-200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) by the Yoga Alliance, with hundreds of additional hours of advanced, specialized training. Karen is also a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), making it possible for yoga teachers to earn continuing education units for participation in her workshops and retreats.
Off the mat, Karen provides yoga retreat consulting and works on the editorial staff for Yoga International. Read her articles here.
Karen creates sequences that encourage students to unite body and breath. Through this connection, students are able to better understand the relationship between their mind and movement.