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Karen is a graduate of the Westchester Institute of Yoga, studied under Tao Porchon-Lynch and holds a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Alliance.   She received a Master’s Degree in Public Health Education with a specialization in Health Education and Nutrition from Southern Connecticut State University and serves as a board member of the Yoga Teacher’s Association of Westchester.

Karen believes yoga can be a catalyst for a fulfilling life.  Yoga allows one to remove obstacles from their path.  The uncluttered path leads to dream realization.

After more than 10 years of suffering from chronic pain, Karen began practicing yoga, and now enjoys a nearly pain free life.  Specializing in yoga for pain relief, sports specific yoga, Iyengar and Vinyasa, she currently leads private sessions across America and group classes at Breaking Ground Dance Center in Pleasantville, Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown, Equinox Armonk, PFX in Pleasantville, Old Oaks Country Club, and Brae Burn Country Club.  She is the creator of ZenPump, Children: Natural Yogis Yoga Teachers Training, and Westchester’s Only Yoga for Golfers Series.

“Yoga has transformed into me a person who feels great and is ready to partake in all of life’s possibilities.  I am excited to share what I’ve learned with you.”

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Perfect Little Distractions

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Photo credit Graham Young

The great yoga photographer Robert Sturman changed my mind about being photographed practicing yoga during a workshop I attended with my family last week.  In the past, being photographed made me cringe and feel over exposed which doesn’t translate into great pictures.  Robert said yoga is a display of humanity and honesty and sharing this via photographs is a way of encouraging others to try yoga.   Sheesh Robert…when you put it that way!  So, its for the greater good and not about perfection? Let’s take some pictures!!

As my husband and I tried out Robert’s techniques, some of the time I was focused, but mostly I allowed myself to be distracted by my children.  When I first looked at this photo, I saw my children photobombing a potentially great shot.  A second glance told me this is the perfect shot because it is honest.  My kids are a huge part of my life.  They think I’m awesome and I’m basking in this (potentially) fleeting adoration. They are with me in my head and heart even when we are not together physically. This translates to my yoga practice because sometimes I’m thinking about them (or something else entirely) when I’m “supposed to be” having a clear head, focusing on the present moment.  Its normal and perfectly human.

It is how we react to those distractions during our practice that matters most and treating them like children works for me.  I try to smile at these mental distractions, remember that I’m human, and attempt to be as kind as possible.  This technique is better at quieting the mind chatter than scolding and working with force.  And now, I will also remember that my on-the-mat distractions, while sometimes frustrating, are impermanent… just like childhood.

We can be “perfect yogis” no matter what our physical abilities or distraction level.  The word yoga simply means to yoke, or link, the mind and body.  Smile to (and at) yourself.  Be human.  Be honest.  Breathe.

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