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A native Floridian, Karen earned her Yoga Teacher Certification, in the Ashtanga lineage, at It’s Yoga in San Francisco in 2001 while living in the Bay Area.She taught stressed out Grad Students at Stanford, and at the Palo Alto YMCA where she taught large classes of ages 8-80. This diverse student body was a great inspiration. Later that summer, Karen moved back to South Florida, with the goal of creating a vibrant, creative, and grounded place for Yoga classes, community and education.

 After teaching solo for one year, Karen opened Inspire Yoga in  2002( changing the name to Red Pearl in 2004).Trained in Classical Ballet for 12 years, Karen brings alignment, detail, balance and playfulness to her teaching. She has a Fine Arts/Photography Degree from the USF and has been a Visual Stylist for Neiman Marcus since 1993. She was a competitive skateboarder and was inducted into The Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2011. After a teaching hiatus, and 5 year experiment with Thousand Pound Egg, a lifestyle/gourmet retail shop, we are thrilled to say that she is back on our regular schedule!

Take 5:

  1. Favorite place to meditate?
    In the kitchen
  2. Discover yoga?
    Raquel Welch book from the 70’s. Bikram. Feathered hair. Tights. Leotards!
  3. What have you given up that is still tempting?
    Hoarding cool stuff.
  4. Favorite food?
    Big, bold, n spicy.
  5. Who or what inspires you?
    Our new studio neighborhood at The Hive.