Karen found yoga in 2007 where it immediately had a profound effect on her life. From that very first class she knew that she had started on a lifelong journey of transformation. Karen developed a new found respect for her body, mind and health.
Having been working in the corporate world for a few years, yoga couldn't have come at a better time as she seriously needed some skills for de-stressing and fine tuning her focus in the fast paced office life! Yoga gave Karen these skills and so much more that naturally the call to teach began knocking on her door where she finally took the plunge and completed a 6 month teacher training course with Jacqueline Ivory at Jai Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga is Karen’s passion complemented by a Vinyasa Flow practice which allows her to enjoy both the disciplined and adventurous aspects of both methods. “It is important to me to always remain a student, continuously learning, so that I can share my experiences with my students. I have attended various workshops with both local and international teachers and continue to remain inspired and humbled by my teachers.” In July 2013, Karen completed a 2 week (108 hour) Ashtanga Course with Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann at Miami Life Center. In 2015 she studied further with Kino and Tim and completed their 200 Hour Ashtanga Intensive which has further deepened her love and commitment to the Ashtanga practice and sharing it with others.
2011 – 6 month Ashtanga & Vinyasa Teachers Training with Jax Jai
2013 – 108 hour Ashtanga Intensive with Kino Macgregor and Tim Feldmann
2015 – 200 hour Ashtanga Intensive with Kino Macgregor and Tim Feldmann
In February 2019, Karen collaborated with Yo Yoga, Pinelands to bring an Ashtanga Mysore program to their studio. The program runs Mondays to Fridays from 10:00am – 12:00pm with the exclusion of new moon and full moon days. Yo Yoga runs a 1 week Ashtanga intro special for R250 which provides the perfect opportunity for you to come and lay the foundations for your Ashtanga practice.
The Ashtanga Mysore style of practice allows you to take responsibility for your own yoga practice as you learn the Ashtanga Primary series under the guidance of a teacher. Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic method based on a specific sequencing of postures linked together through the marriage of breath and movement ('vinyasa'). Practitioners progress through the sequence at their own pace in a group setting and receive one-on-one support via adjustments and verbal instructions when needed. This method of practice encourages one to develop a self-practice within a group setting, giving each student the opportunity to learn in accordance with their own particular needs always with the support and guidance of the teacher, without having to “keep up” with the pace of others. It is recommended that one attends class at least three times a week (building up to a daily practice) in order to commit the sequence to memory but also to give one’s body the opportunity to become competent and eventually comfortable in the postures practiced.