Karen caught the yoga bug in 1995 when she went to her first yoga class with Christine Howitt at Bodywise in the Manchester Buddhist Centre. She couldn’t believe how stretched and calm she felt afterwards. Karen trained as a yoga teacher with Brian Cooper, studying Ashtanga with Iyengar influenced alignment and other traditional yoga practices, graduating in 2006.
Karen has been a yoga geek for many years, attending workshops & trainings with a variety of highly respected teachers. She then spends time at home furthering her studies, so that she can pass on all that she has learnt. Karen is also a qualified Hanna Somatics Educator & a Yoga Nidra Facilitator.
She still sees Christine on a regular basis to continually develop her own practise and for her ongoing development as a yoga teacher.
Her classes are full of warmth, creativity and a place to safely explore what suits you in the moment. She calls this Functional Yoga or Creative Yoga, depending on how the class is unfolding.
If you work/live in Manchester you will have probably seen Karen cycling around the city as she goes to her many various jobs around town including behind the bar at HOME, spreading the word! In 2017 Karen, along with Janine Hurley opened Creative Calm Yoga Studio to the people of North Manchester. If anyone asks her just how she manages to fit all this into a day her standard answer is…YOGA!!
“Karen is an excellent teacher who continually learns & passes that on”
“My quality of life has improved significantly from the moment I started yoga with Karen”
“I come to Karen’s class for exercise, friendship, wellbeing & support”