E-RYT 500 | Teacher | Lead Teacher Trainer
Karen Macklin has been studying yoga since 2000, and teaching since 2008. She teaches with an emphasis on balancing energy, healing the body and mind, and deepening awareness and insight. Her classes are typically slower, rhythmic flows that both challenge students and offer them an opportunity to enter a space of meditation and inquiry. She is committed to inclusiveness and diversity, and believes that yoga, at its best, is a way of coming home to oneself.As a student and teacher, Karen has been most influenced by Sean Feit Oakes (Yoga & Buddhist Dharma), Scott Blossom (Ayurveda & Shadow Yoga), Gary Kraftsow and Julie Gudmestad, PT (Therapeutics), Chrisandra Fox (Tantric Hatha), and Jason Crandell (Alignment-Based Vinyasa).
Karen also has certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Reiki, as well as extensive training in Theravadan Buddhist meditation. She is a student of Nonviolent Communication, and is currently training to be a certified Integral Coach. In 2014, Karen co-founded the organization Heart and Hand Yoga, which leads international retreats that combine yoga, adventure travel, and service.
Also a professional journalist, Karen has written extensively about yoga and dharma, and has contributed to many publications, including Yoga Journal, Yoga International, FitYoga, and Tricycle magazines. She has written three yoga blogs: Samadhi and the City (for Yoga Journal), The Sacred Cow (for Pranamaya), and On the Om Front (for the San Francisco Bay Guardian). She currently writes a monthly column for 48 Hills called Examined Life.
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