Karen Mandell E- RYT 500
Karen began practicing yoga in 1998 as a means to escape her fast paced life as a fashion executive in New York City. She soon discovered how a regular yoga practice brought a much needed balance to her life on both a physical and spiritual level as well as a deeper connection with herself and the world around her. She was called to teaching in 2009 and received her 200-hour certification from the Bright Spirit Yoga Teacher training with Jillian Pransky and Carrie Parker. She later went on to receive her 300-hour training and certification at ISHTA Yoga in NYC with Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger. Karen also received her Advanced Level Restorative and Therapeutics Yoga Training with Jillian Pransky at Yoga Works as well as her Yin Yoga Levels 1 &2 certification with Ulrica Norberg and additional Yin Yoga trainings with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley.
She began teaching to teachers herself in 2013, sharing what was shared with her by these masters in various teacher training programs as well as her own Sattva Yoga Restorative Yoga training and Yin Yoga training.
Karen delights in teaching family yoga as well, she received both her her Kid's and Family Yoga training with Karma Kids as well as Post-Natal and Yoga Mom Buddha Baby Training with Jhotyi Larsen in 2011.
Classes with Karen invite a joyful opening in body, mind, and heart. Her classes are tailored from the traditional ISHTA lineage of chakra-based vinyasa yoga. ISHTA stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. Her classes combine the graceful flow of Vinyasa yoga and the mindful alignment of Iyengar yoga with balancing pranayama (breath), kria and meditation techniques. The word Ishta translates from sanskrit as "that which resonates with the individual spirit". She believes that yoga is all about finding the balance within ourselves that exists inherently but simply needs to be rediscovered by removing the obstacles that keep us from being our authentic selves and finding our connection with Jiva Atman, the unique spirit that resonates within all of us.
Karen Mandell instructs the following:
Chakra Flow Level 1-2
Experience your practice from a deeper level during this vinyasa flow practice designed to invigorate, balance and open the energy flow throughout the entire body. There are 7 energy centers in the subtle and physical bodies, known as the chakras. When the chakras are aligned, it allows for greater physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental balance. We will explore these energy centers through movement,mantra, pranayama, and meditation to allow for Sattvic energy flow throughout the body.
Class is 75 minutes
Open to all, Level 1 experience suggested.
This class is an energizing yet grounding fusion of Yin yoga and Vinyasa flow. A perfect blend of Yin and Yang to create an integrated practice designed to balance our need for both movement and stillness. We open with a Yin pose to connect breath to body in stillness, gently opening the body and energetic passageways. We follow a dynamic Yang vinyasa flow practice focusing on strength, balance and core while emphasizing breath aligned with movement. Closing with a Yin series of still postures designed to go deep into the connective tissues and the joints that hold the most tension. Available to all levels, Beginner friendly.
Class is 60 minutes.
Sattva Flow Level 1
This 60 minute class teaches the foundations of Vinyasa flow yoga through a well-rounded sequence of postures designed to balance the body and mind as well as uplift the spirit, with an emphasis on breath and healthy alignment.
Recommended for new Beginners, open to all.
Gratitude Sweat & Samadhi
“The attitude of gratitude is the highest Yoga” …Yogi Bijan
Let’s gather together and practice with thankful hearts instead of shopping on this day!
First we will flow with intention to warm and detoxify the body with a core and twist based flow to help us digest all the heavy holiday fare, followed by a series of relaxing and rejuvenating restorative poses and a heart opening meditation to cultivate the attitude of gratitude!
Please pre-register, class size will be limited
“The attitude of gratitude is the highest Yoga” …Yogi Bijan
Yin Yoga and Meditation
The practice of Yin can bring much needed balance to our very active lives and active asana practice. Yin yoga invites us to hold our postures for several minutes at a time in order to begin to release tension in the connective tissues or fascia that surrounds the muscles and joints and open energetic pathways in the body. We use our breath to quiet the mind and begin to let go of both physical and mental tension. Class will open with a gentle slow flow and connection to breath to prepare the body, followed by a series of Yin postures. Each class will end with a guided Yoga Nidra meditation practice designed to relax the body, calm the mind and balance the nervous system. Class is 75 minutes. Open to all levels, Beginner friendly.
Post-natal Mommy& Baby Yoga
After giving birth, many moms are eager to get back into their fitness routine, yet often struggle to find time now that they have to tend to their new baby. This class focuses on rebuilding mom's core strength as they practice core based yoga postures and do partner poses with their baby. We incorporate stretches and gentle massaging for the babies to help with their natural flexibility and growth as well songs and fun activities to keep the little ones involved.
This class is best for newborns and new crawlers. Come to class with an open mind, and open heart and a couple of toys for your little one. It is a fun time for everyone!
Class time is 1 Hour
Classes can be used as part of any Sattva package.
Sweat & Samadhi
Based on the ISHTA Yoga school‘s Sweat and Samadhi class, this 90 minute class is designed to bring balance to your physical and subtle body by experiencing the Yin and the Yang of the practice, heating and cooling, effort and ease.
First we SWEAT, burning out the impurities of the body with a strong asana practice with a focus on twists and core work, stoking our inner fire. Then we let go and release tension in the body and mind as we melt in a series of propped restorative postures to help calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. We close with a meditation practice that will help lead you back to your source of true potential, or SAMADHI, which is the true state of yoga.
Available to all levels with some yoga experience, not suggested for brand new Beginners.