Yoga Instruction FAQs

What do I need to take private yoga instruction with Karen?

The only thing you need is a willingness to learn the foundations of yoga.  Karen is great at helping people connect to lost or rarely used movement patterns to forge a safe and satisfying yoga practice.  Yoga has many physical benefits that if done well can fortify our physical stability and open areas in the joints that may never have been fully opened before.  Clients are always amazed how one small adjustment creates an enormous work out!

What would be my purpose in taking private yoga instruction?

One could have other purposes besides physical fitness.  Yoga is a body/mind/spiritual path that can integrate these aspects that reside in all of us.  Yoga is a medium Karen uses as a springboard, so to speak, in opening the conversation about holistic health and compliments her holistic coaching modality.  Much can be derived from the art, science and philosophy of yoga.  

How is private yoga instruction integrated into massage?

Private yoga instruction can be integrated into massage therapy in three ways.  Generally, it’s done prior to the massage if done in one appointment.  It’s recommended to do an hour each, especially in the beginning of establishing a personal yoga practice to increase fitness and decrease pain points.  Although for specific one-area focus agendas, one may do 30 minutes of yoga and an hour of massage.  Or the reverse.  Whatever seems appropriate to the end goals of the client.

Another way massage is integrated with yoga is during a yoga session.  This can happen when a client is holding a pose as in Yin Yoga.  Karen is great at hands-on adjustments, assisted stretching, and trigger point work etc.  This is a great opportunity for the client to feel where the center may be and/or where their body can eventually open up towards. This process also nudges the client a little further than they may go solely on their own.  Of course, this approach is purely optional to the client.

Also, while on the table receiving body work whether it be massage or craniosacral therapy, yoga type assisted stretches can be achieved. Plus, the mindfulness of yoga can be verbalized during the massage session helping the client come to center and become more aware of their body and their body/mind processes, which may also include perceptions of the more subtle aspects of our energy body as in what is termed the spiritual.

What makes Karen different from other private yoga instructors? 

Having a long career in massage, Karen has educated hands.  She has a good sense of how far to open the body, and she’s qualified to use touch to enhance a therapeutic effect.  Moreover, she has neuromuscular repatterning training in her background that further informs her yogic understanding of the way the body moves through space, fits, and connects together.  Even people who have been physically trained in, for example, dance, can learn many things from Karen’s designed approach and extensive method.  Karen has changed her own body through these methods she now enjoys teaching.  Plus, Karen’s studio is on the main floor.  No stairs to climb to enter.  All you need is a ride up her long driveway with plenty of no-cost parking!!  

What else does taking yoga with Karen help me with?

Karen delights in teaching mindfulness and contemplative practices.  She also takes joy in assisting people in learning all about the different kinds of meditations that exist.  People can learn what they most connect to, as regards meditation in general.  Further, clients learn how to distinguish between meditation, and mindfulness meditation.  These are all aspects of yoga.  Moreover, Karen can work with people who are generally mobile and people who have movement restrictions, like in people who have arthritis.  Karen can bring the yoga or the floor to you by her many props, and even teaching chair yoga!