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:
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.
Yoga at Riverview Park
Join us for a FREE Community Yoga class in Riverview-Fisk Park located Palisade Ave. and Bowers St.
Take yourself outside and into the beauty of this city's heart and soul. Practice vinyasa flow yoga under the trees, let your toes touch the grass and find your practice amongst the energy of our thriving community.
Bring your own mat or towel.
Available to all levels, Beginners welcome!
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.
Sweat & Samadhi
Based on the ISHTA Yoga school‘s Sweat and Samadhi class, this 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 guided meditation practice that will help lead you back to your source of true potential, or SAMADHI, which is the true state of yoga.
Class is 75 Minutes
Available to all levels with some yoga experience, not suggested for brand new Beginners.
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.
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.
Chakra Balancing Meditation with Essential Oils Workshop
Join Karen Mandell and Modern Sage Leah Guy for a 90 minute Guided Chakra Meditation Intensive with Essential Oils to help restore and enhance the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
The vibration of our chakras plays a huge role in the expression of our health, happiness, prosperity, and so much more. When all of the 7 chakras are balanced, the expression of physical, mental and spiritual well-being is manifested. Essential oils have a super-abundance of life-giving properties, and they rank at the top of the list of chakra-balancing tools.
Karen will lead you through gentle movement and guided meditation practices infused with breath work and mantras to balance, cleanse and open the 7 chakras. Leah will bring her Modern Sage line of oil blends formulated to balance and harmonize each chakra, including crystals to amplify the energy for harmony and activation.
Testers and product for purchase will be available.
Join us as we "play" yoga with your toddler! Classes will incorporate fun animal poses, intentional breathing, yoga games and songs using playful props that help to strengthen your child's coordination and build body awareness and confidence, encouraging the children to release the sillies and find the calm.
Class is 45 minutes.
Recommended for ages 1.5 (strong walkers)- 3.5
Candlelight Yin Yoga
Candlelight Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative and often profound practice. Infused in the longer, more passive holds , Yin yoga involves surrendering into poses and exploring them for longer periods of time in order to let go of tensions stored in the body and to calm the nervous system. Practicing this way helps to target deeper connective tissues especially around the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Candlelight Yin Yoga is a peaceful way to end your day This practice will be lit entirely by candlelight helping us to balance our emotions, still our minds and open the deep connective tissues in the body using various yin asanas.
Class is 1 Hour
Beginners are welcome