Karen began her yoga practice almost 20 years ago when she was diagnosed with arthritis in L1, L2 and L3. She had a new baby and was only in her mid twenties. Unfortunately the arthritis had a major impact on her wellbeing with difficulty moving most days, sleeping was difficult, and it impeded her ability to work and look after her baby well. The chiropractor didn’t help much so one day Karen picked up a yoga video and did both sessions in that day. That night she slept like she had never slept before and woke up the next morning feeling great. Karen hasn't stopped doing yoga since.
She has tried many different types of classes including kundalini, hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa, antigravity, iyengar, hot yoga, bikram and yin. Earlier this year Karen travelled to India to do her yoga teacher training at the Shiva Shakti yoga school in Goa. She learned to teach traditional hatha yoga. Karen felt this was the right style for her to learn to teach. Karen says: 'That doesn’t mean that I don’t still love all the other styles. They each have something unique and wonderful to offer.'
Yoga for Karen is integral to her health and well-being. Yoga has assisted her at some of the more difficult times of her life. She finds it essential for her mental health, and with mental focus. She completed two university degrees whilst raising a child and is pretty sure that yoga was key to getting everything done and concentrating. 'It’s hard to imagine my life without yoga.'
Karen's favourite quote: Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."