Always fascinated with people and their stories (everything is a story), my training has been a weaving of natural healing practices and counselling. Having worked in a religious environment counselling and developing educational and social programs after completing a 4-year degree in Religious Education, I then worked in a law department, studying to be a Law Clerk and ended my time there managing the administration team. Both career paths included tons of daily interactions with people and I came to realize that these interactions often were more focused on people’s lives and what they wanted instead of religion per se or of law.
And so, I followed my desire to help people discover their heart’s desire for their life and trained as a Career Development Practitioner (Conestoga College, Kitchener), taking counselling and career process courses. From a personal interest with the plant world, I trained to be a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional (through JoyEssence Aromatherapy, Joy Watson) and found that I loved being an Aromatherapist! Then, continued on to become a Certified Reflexologist (through Haelen School of the Creative and Healing Arts, Margaret Bell) and Reiki Practitioner (through Soul Connection, Barbara McKell) in order to further help people balance not just their careers but themselves as well. I love this work! To see people immediately relax and feel better is deeply gratifying. I work with people utilizing both my training and my intuition propelled by my desire to leave each encounter assisting the client to move forward in a positive way.
Yoga was a natural progression as it is a life practice that can be with you always, helping balance mind and body. My first teacher, Sharon Burke taught in Fergus, ON and my formal teacher training was with Rita Cupitt who teaches in Guelph, ON. Others have influenced and brought different perspectives along the way through many workshops, trainings and classes in various styles of yoga. My teaching style is heavily influenced by the Satyananda style of yoga and Kripalu yoga while incorporating Yin Yoga as learned from Sarah Powers. I have taken and continue to take various styles of yoga classes over the years but I personally teach with a softer, more restful approach. I call it “Slow Yoga”.
Then came Ayurveda and the realization I had come full circle! Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga, focusing on one’s well-being perhaps most readily physically but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Ayurveda really is the all encompassing knowledge of life. Its scope is vast while its simplicity profound. Based on viewing people and nature as varying combinations of five elements, namely: ether, air, fire, water and earth, we seek to find balance by cooperating with the seasons, our environment, our food and our lifestyle. Ayurveda prepares the body both for Yoga and for Life.
I trained in Ayurveda massage through Caish in Toronto and as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania and through David Frawley’s program. Currently I am studying Nutritional Consulting via courses with Alive. I continue to learn as much as I can about Ayurveda and Nutrition. This is a life practice.
Karen lives with her husband and their two dogs in the Wellington area of southwestern Ontario. Besides reading and learning, Karen enjoys nothing more than a long bike ride in nature, walks and of course, exploring her own practice of Yoga. Being in nature and with family and friends leads to the most satisfying life…oh, and good food, don’t forget good food!