Karen learned yoga while she was in high school, from a yoga teacher grounded in the branch of Hatha Yoga, called Kripalu yoga, which is the “parent” of Pranakriya, the school of yoga in which Karen earned her Yoga teacher Certificate. Since high school, Karen sporadically practiced yoga, always hoping to find a place to take regular classes. She found a lovely studio in 2010, near Annapolis, Maryland, where she now regularly takes classes. She completed a Yoga Teacher Training program at that studio in 2013, with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. Karen has furthered her education in the art of teaching yoga by earning a certificate in Yoga Nidra, the yoga of sleep, and another certificate in Yin Yoga. She is currently affiliated with the Yoga Alliance, as a Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hour certificate. Karen is ready, willing, and able, to share yoga, and the peace and joy it brings, with YOU!!!

Here is a little about both Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra: first, Yin yoga is a yoga that encourages fascia to gradually stretch and become more elastic. Fascia is a tissue in our bodies that embraces all our internal organs, all our bones, muscles and nerves, as well as all the joints, tendons and ligaments. It is gentle, and effective! Yoga Nidra, the yoga of sleep, provides access to all the benefits of deep, restful sleep, and helps to combat the effects of stress on our brains and bodies!

Yoga means many things to many people. It is an ancient discipline. It is a new way to work out, to increase strength, stamina and flexibility. It is a way to learn how to meditate. Yoga can help with major life transitions, teach people how to find serenity in the midst of chaos. I maintain, and am validated by Patangali’s writing many years ago (he authored a basic yogic text called the Yoga Pradipika) that if you can breathe, you can do yoga! It is many things to many people, and there are many ways to practice yoga, so finding the right one for you might be an interesting journey.

Karen chose to name her yoga teaching business “Presence Yoga” because practicing yoga can help center the mind as we learn to live in the present moment, even when in the midst of a variety of life changes. Because we live from moment to moment every day of our lives, we need to focus on the present. This requires being present to each breath, to each event that happens, to recognize that we are not our thoughts, and that we only live in the present. Presence is important to develop, and a skill worth honing I have often said: “the past is memory, the future, imagination.”

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