Karen teaches with an emphasis on developing internal awareness, deepening concentration, and establishing a connection with the energetic body. Her classes are typically strong but slow, 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, Dharma, and Trauma Training), Scott Blossom (Shadow Yoga & Ayurveda), Gary Kraftsow (Therapeutics & Tantric Philosophy), Chrisandra Fox (Teaching Methodology & Dharma), and Jason Crandell (Alignment & 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), Anatomy & Therapeutics (Julie Gudmestad, PT), 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).
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.