Karen began her yoga journey in 1999 as an effort to recover from illness. Along the way, she fell in love with the practice of yoga, particularly in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga — the Yoga of love and devotion — and is continuously deepening her knowledge by embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage to India for several weeks each year.
Karen’s classes are truly an offering from her heart. She creates a nurturing space for her students to feel safe, and offers them the freedom to discover their own innate wisdom and become their own best teacher. She understands that Yoga is a opportunity to grow and to see ourselves as divine beings of light, and she nurtures this within not just her students, but the community she has created at Yoga Mandali, Saratoga’s premier Yoga & Bhakti Center. She believes in the power of giving and receiving love, as well as creating a space for sangha.
Karen is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She’s been sharing her love of yoga since 2005 after having received Iyengar Certification from the Yoga Center of Seattle, followed by Ashtanga trainings with David Swenson and Manju Jois. Karen's 200-hour and 300-hour trainings are through Gopi Kinnicutt of the Bhakti Yoga School, in the vinyasa style with deep roots in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga. She lives for Kirtan and gatherings with like-minded friends.