Teachers at Earth Yoga Sanctuary
Hi, I’m Karen & am really happy that you’ve taken the time to read my story.
I am a certified Yoga Teacher having trained in the classic Iyengar style. I have been teaching since 2006 and through the search for balance, my classes have evolved to include Vinyasa (Flow) with emphasis on Iyengar’s principles of breath and alignment.
17 years ago I stumbled across yoga in a search to find a new exercise routine that would transform both my body & my mind. Knowing almost immediately that this new passion was life changing, I decided to dedicate 3 years of my life to embark on a yoga teacher training course with the Young Yoga Institute in South Africa. After 3 years of intensive studying & training I was certified as a teacher. My journey into spiritual learning had only just begun.
With a personal interest in Physical & Mental Health for the young I completed the YogaBugs instructor training in 2010.
In 2017 I started imagining my life as exempt from the corporate world and becoming a full time teacher. Little did I know how scary & rewarding living and breathing that reality would be!
I studied further with Sally Parkes and completed my Pregnancy & Post Natal training. I studied with the Teen Yoga Foundation and am proud to be the Teen Yoga & Mindfulness Ambassador for the Swindon area. I was also fortunate enough to spend last year training with Sarah Ramsden, the Man United & Man City Yoga Coach. After a gruelling course I am thrilled to be qualified to teach yoga to Athletes & Sports enthusiasts. Now that’s a tough crowd!
I have finally also completed my reiki training and am very proud to be a Reiki Master.
Over the years, the more I practiced, taught & studied, the more yoga began to infiltrate every aspect of my life. I began to see life as what happens between breaths. I began to see people as souls on their own unique spiritual journey. I learnt the immense power of cosmic energy and the importance of keeping it in balance. I became stronger, physically, mentally & spiritually. Emotionally I became more acute.
I am inspired every time I practice, every class I teach. I am passionate about helping my students learn open their hearts thereby finding acceptance & compassion. I want to help them learn to relax their soul, letting go of the negative and ultimately finding their inner peace & strength.
May I be fortunate enough to see you on the mat soon.
Yoga helps make my worries fade away, replacing them with a more peaceful perspective on things. It’s the perfect form of exercise for someone who has a restless nature like me. I love the physical challenges that Yoga brings.
I’m studying for my 500 hrs Yoga Alliance Certificate currently, having completed the Orange Yoga School 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. I feel so delighted that I have learned to teach the thing I love so much, because I know how much Yoga benefits.
I teach a mixed ability Vinyasa style class, often using longer holds or changes of pace to help draw attention to the breath.
I tend to develop a sequence over a number of weeks, and try to keep my guidance concise, enabling students the mental space they need to be drawn into their own practice. My aim is to leave students feeling warm and balanced at the end of class.