Karen Macklin (E-RYT 500) has been studying yoga and meditation since 2000, and teaching since 2008. She also offers mindful life coaching to students and to the general public.
YOGA & DHARMA. Karen teaches yoga with an emphasis on deepening concentration, awareness, and insight, as well as healing the body and mind. Her classes are typically slower, rhythmic flows that both challenge students and offer them an opportunity to enter a space of meditation and inquiry. She is committed to inclusiveness and diversity, and believes that yoga, at its best, is a way of coming home to oneself.
Karen has studied with a wide range of teachers, and has been most influenced by Sean Feit Oakes (Meditation, Buddhist Dharma, and Trauma Training), Scott Blossom (Shadow Yoga & Ayurveda), Gary Kraftsow & Julie Gudmestad, PT (Therapeutics), Chrisandra Fox (Tantric Hatha Yoga), and Jason Crandell (Alignment-based Vinyasa).
Karen has also been trained in Restorative Yoga (Jillian Pransky), Yin Yoga (Mimi Moncier), Yoga for Cancer Patients (Jnani Chapman), AcroYoga (Jason Nemer & Ariel Mihic), Reiki (Master certification with Allison Eaton), and Nonviolent Communication (Oren Sofer). She has also been studying Buddhist meditation for more than a decade (primary teachers: Sean Feit Oakes and Howard Cohn), and considers Spirit Rock to be a spiritual home.
As a professional journalist, Karen has written extensively about yoga and meditation, and has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, FitYoga, Alternative Medicine, Yogagenda, and Tricycle magazines. She has also written three yoga blogs: Samadhi and the City (for Yoga Journal), The Sacred Cow (for Pranamaya), and On the Om Front (for the San Francisco Bay Guardian). Her latest writing venture is a new column for 48 Hills called Examined Life.
In 2014, Karen co-founded the organization Heart and Hand Yoga, which leads retreats that combine yoga, adventure travel, and service in countries around the world.
LIFE COACHING. Karen brings to coaching a decade of teaching yoga and mindfulness, as well as training in Trauma Sensitivity, NVC (Non-Violent Communication), Social Justice, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Hospice Care, Ayurveda, Western Neuroscience, and Eastern Philosophy. She is currently studying Integral Coaching in the nationally renowned program offered at New Ventures West.