On discovering yoga in 1993 in Los Angeles with Ana Forrest, it has been an integral part of Karen’s life, and although not setting out to teach, she was compelled to, as more and more people asked her to teach yoga. Soon Karen was teaching 20 classes a week in London and then started teaching retreats all over the world including returning to South Africa to share yoga and to run two teacher’s training courses. After returning from California to Brighton in the UK, she explored many different yoga styles and it was when she found Vanda Scaravelli’s approach, that she felt she had finally “come home”. Karen is a fully qualified teacher in the method and teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, as well as having taken courses in India at Shivananda yoga ashram in Kerala, and with T.K.V. Desikachar in Mysore. Vanda Scaravelli developed her unique practice of yoga in Italy after learning privately for some years with B.K.S Iyengar and later T.K.V. Desikachar. Karen is also a practitioner of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) in acupuncture and herbs and applies the yin yang principles to her style of yoga.
Karen has continued to learn with the teachers that were taught privately by Vanda Scaravelli, and at present with John Stirk and Sandra Sabatini, and she continues to explore new wonders of yoga that deepen her understanding of yoga. She has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to the practice and sharing of this innovative approach and to the philosophy of Buddhism which brings vitality, hope and joy to life.
Karen’s approach to yoga will bring you closer to the earth, gravity, your breath and the beautiful movement of your spine. You will learn to elongate and extend, creating openness, space and ease. Through listening to your body and your breath, rather than to push and pull, you will discover that it responds in an incredible way, giving life to the spine. Karen conveys this subtle and dynamic style with a hands-on approach to invite your body to undo beyond its limitations. There is precision and grounding in teaching the asanas so that your posture is realigned, and the focus is on awakening the whole body in all the asanas. Exploration, the breath, and the integration of body and mind is an integral part of her teaching – yoga as meditation – with emphasis on students’ own experience and discoveries. Karen’s classes are inclusive and open to all levels and all ages.