HeadshotKaren Macklin (E-RYT 500) has been studying yoga and meditation since 2000, and teaching since 2008.

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 JournalYoga T01-YA-TEACHER-ERYT-500InternationalFitYogaAlternative 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.