Karen teaches yoga with an emphasis on deepening concentration, awareness, and insight, as well as healing the body and mind. Her classes are intelligently sequenced, 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 yoga teachers, and has been most influenced by Scott Blossom, Gary Kraftsow, Julie Gudmestad, Chrisandra Fox, and Jason Crandell. She has also been studying Buddhist meditation for more than a decade, and her primary teachers are Sean Feit Oakes and Howard Cohn.
Karen is a Professional Certified Coach, trained through New Ventures West. She brings to coaching two decades of training in 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.
As a professional journalist, Karen has written extensively about yoga, meditation, and transformation, 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 column for 48 Hills called Examined Life.
Karen co-founded the organization Heart and Hand Yoga, which has led retreats that combine yoga, adventure travel, and service in countries around the world.