Photo by Angus Rainbow
Karen has been living in Vail for 25 years, and practicing yoga for 23.
Her yoga practice began as a complement to athletic training, but has become a guide to moving through the world with relaxed attention and an open heart.
Before yoga and meditation became her career, she was an economist for 17 years, spending two years at Goldman, Sachs on Wall Street and 15 with a small firm in Vail. Karen has an undergraduate degree from Stanford and PhD all but dissertation from Berkeley.
Karen is a long-time student of alignment-based Ashtanga yoga with Richard Freeman. She has advanced certification in classical vinyasa yoga with Andrei Ram in the lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra, and in kriya yoga (breath-based meditation) and yoga nidra (sleep-based meditation) with Everett Newell in the tradition of Swami Rama. Karen studied yogic history and philosophy with Georg Feuerstein.
A certified massage therapist, Karen enjoys the study of anatomy and therapeutic applications of yoga. She emphasizes the internal and external alignment that make yoga poses safe and beneficial, as well as the cultivation of a meditative attitude and experience.
Karen's training in meditation is primarily in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is empowered and certified to teach meditation by Noah Levine in the lineage of Jack Kornfield and the Thai forest Buddhist tradition. She has attended eleven 30-day silent meditation retreats in Asia and the US.
Karen is the director of the yoga program at the Vail Athletic Club, where she teaches group classes, and offers workshops and teacher trainings in both yoga and meditation. She is registered at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance.
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