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Karen was first drawn to yoga at the young age of 13 - through the only yoga book at the library! She was interested in the philosophy of yoga and the idea of a deep interconnection with nature and all beings. When she discovered a yoga class in the area, she attended twice a week for several years. She loved the feeling of wholeness she felt in class. During her years as a distance runner, and two pregnancies, yoga provided support for her body and mind. Yoga offers tools for skillful living and feeling well.  After her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1997 and cancer in 2012, her many years of yoga practice gave her tools for getting through the tough times into a place of joyful living.  


Karen believes yoga heals us, individually and as a community. Her deep need to help others live better and happier lives has led her to teach community yoga and private lessons since 1996. She received her first certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

She has personally experienced the healing power of yoga by living nearly symptom free of multiple sclerosis for 10 years. She found that yoga relieves her symptoms and gives her tools to better manager her stress. Karen recently completed Integrative Yoga Therapy 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapist training.



Vision

To change the world, one person at a time in accord with the Yoga tradition of Swami Kripalu and the belief that the world is one family.

Mission

To offer compassionate, heart-centered comprehensive Yoga instruction in a safe, nurturing environment that inspires personal growth and transformation for students of all ages, fitness levels and health conditions.

Professional Certifications

  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
    • 200 hour basic certification, 1998
    • 500 hour Professional Level certification completed 2002 (300 hours addition to basic)

  • Integrative Yoga Therapy
    • 200 hour basic certification, 2000
    • 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification completed 2009 (300 hours addition to basic)
    • 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification completed 2013 (additional 500 hour internship)
    • 65 hour Mudras for Healing and Transformation certification, 2014

  • Yoga of the Heart ® 
    • 85 hour certification, 2003

  • Teaching Yoga for Specific Needs Advanced Training, Dr. Jeff Migdow, Kripalu Center
    • 25 hour certification, 2005
Continuing Education
  • 2005, Kripalu Approach to Professional Ethics wtih Martha Abbot at Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA
  • 2006, Kripalu Yoga with Shoban Richard Faulds at Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA
  • 2006, The History of Ayurveda with David Frawley at Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA
  • 2006, Anusara Workshop with Ann Green at Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts, New London, CT
  • 2006, Yoga and Ayurveda with Meredith Klotz at Mystic Yoga Shala, Mystic, CT
  • 2006, Cranio-Sacral Yoga with Rodolfo Mari at Mystic Yoga Shala, Mystic, CT
  • 2006, Anatomy & Physiology (audited, semester) at Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT
  • 2007, SYTAR, Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research sponsored by IAYT at Los Angeles, CA   
  • Workshops attended:
  • Science, Spirituality and Yoga:  Yoga for People with Cancer with Jnani Chapman, RN, Julienne Bower, PhD and Rajashree Choudhury
  • Structural Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles
  • Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis and other Neurological Diseases with Eric Small, MFA, CITSRII
  • 2007, Understanding the Bhagavad Gita with Yoganand Michael Carroll at Samadhi Yoga Center, Manchester, CT
  • 2008, Understanding the Sacroiliac Joint and Living Your Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, PT, PhD at Your Community Yoga Center, Hamden, CT, 10 CEUs
  • 2008, SYTAR, Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research sponsored by IAYT at Los Angeles, CA, 26 CEUs
  • Workshops attended:
  • The Shoulder:  Anatomy, Asana and Therapeutics with Judth Hanson Lasater, PT, PhD
  • Physiological Challenges:  Cardiovascular with Carrie Demers, M.D. and Joseph LePage
  • Yoga Nidra - Integrative Restoration with Richard Miller, PhD
  • 2008, Christ In India with Russill Paul at the Mercy Center, Madison, CT, 10 CEUs
  • 2009, Yoga as Therapy with Doug Keller at Earth Heart Yoga Center, Laconia, NH, 10 CEUs
  • 2011, Little Flower Yoga, Level One with Jennifer Cohen Harper, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 24 CEUs
  • 2012, Designing and Leading Transformational Workshops, Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang at Kripalu Center, West Stockbridge, MA, 24.5 CEUs
  • 2012, Create an Amazing Life After Cancer, Aruni Nan Futuronsky and Maria Sirois, at Kripalu Center, West Stockbridge, MA, 24.5 CEUs
  • 2013, SYTAR, Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research sponsored by IAYT at Newton, MA, 22 CEUs
    • Workshops attended:
      • Meditation in the Therapeutic Context with Sonia Nelson and Jim Reale
      • Mudras for Group and Individual Sessions with Joseph LePage
      • Explore the Core of the Floor and More with Bill Gallagher and Richard Sabel
      • Yoga Therapy for Common Digestive Conditions with Gary Kraftsow and Clare Collins
  • 2015, Kinetics, a Tom Myers Anatomy Trains Training, with Jason Spitalnik, at Body Kneads Yoga, Cranston, RI, 10 CEUs
Program Assistant at Kripalu Center
  • Module 2 Integrative Yoga Therapy (125 hours) with IYT Staff
  • Anatomy Made Fun and Easy (50 hours) with Adrienne Jamiel
  • Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Spirit with Joan Borysenko
  • Seven Windows to the Soul with Anodea Judith
  • Physiology Made Fun and Easy (50 hours) with Adrienne Jamiel
  • The Art of Class Design (25 hours) with Sudhakar Ken McCrae and Kathleen Knipp
Professional MembershipsFaculty Member
Advisory Committee Member

Yoga Teacher

  • Ledyard Parks & Recreation, Ledyard CT
    • Weekly classes since 1996
  • Preston Parks & Recreation, Preston, CT
    • Weekly classes since 2001
  • Yoga Heals Us independent classes
    • Adaptive Yoga for MS classes since 2001
  • Pfizer Lifestyle Services, New London, CT
    • Weekly classes 2001 - 2011
  • Montville Senior Center, Uncasville, CT
    • Weekly chair yoga classes since 2004
  • Lighthouse Vocational Education Center, Groton, CT
    • Weekly adaptive yoga classes for children with disabilities 2004 - 2013
  • Ledyard Senior Center, Gales Ferry, CT
    • Weekly mat yoga classes for seniors since 2005
    • Weekly chair yoga classes for seniors 2008 - 2012
  • Synergy Center, Waterford, CT
    • Weekly classes for children with special needs 2009 - 2011
Presenter
  • Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga Therapy Training, 100 hour Certification for Yoga Teachers (TAYTT)
    • January - July, 2015, hosted by Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts, New London, Connecticut
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter
    • October 2010, Adaptive Yoga for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis:  Strategies for Yoga Teachers, presenter.
    • November 2009, Adaptive Yoga for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis:  Strategies for Yoga Teachers, co-presenter with members of the Yoga Curriculum Advisory Committee.

  •  Yogaville Intregral Yoga Ashram, Buckingham, Virginia
    • October 2009, Healing Yoga for Every Body:  A Mini-Retreat for People who have Multiple Sclerosis
    • September 2008, Teaching Adaptive Yoga for MS Yoga Teacher Training sponsored by the Integral Yoga Academy and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the Integral Yoga Ashram, Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia. 
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Leadership Conference
    • October 2007, Feeling Good - Having Fun - Being Active, co-presenter with Sandy Matsuda (tai chi), Helen Tilden (aquatics), and Suzanne Carron (moderator) at Dallas, Texas.
  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher's Association (KYTA) Annual Conference
    • June 2010, The Art of Teaching Yoga for Every Body
    • October 2006, Yoga on the Move:  Strategies for Teaching in Your Community
    • October 2005, Training, Adaptive Asana for Every Body
    • October 2004, Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
    • October 2002, Business Basics

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter
    • Yoga workshop at the annual MS Camp since 2000 - 2011
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Karen offers workshops and in-service programs for organizations, self-help groups, and staff development for workplace retreats.  Topics include Health & Wellness, Stress Management and movement solutions for people who sit most of the day. 

Contact Karen to plan your event.