“If there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”
– Chinese Proverb
In this fast paced society, it is easy to become dis-organized and dis-connected. Karen wanted to use all her abilities to bring a sense of order and harmony to the world and share her knowledge to help others feel empowered and make the most of their lives. Karen combined her passion for the calm that yoga brings with the peace that an organized environment invites into one unique business - InnerSpaces by Karen.
Karen is a yoga teacher, energy worker and professional organizer. She combines clearing spaces and energy with organizing and yoga therapy to assist in the release of tension and trauma. If your Inner Quest includes clearing your body (yoga or energy work) or clearing your clutter, call Karen.
THE YOGA TEACHER / ENERGY WORKER
Teaching timeless yoga principles and techniques and sharing relevant ancient wisdom to contemporary life.
Have you always wanted to try yoga, but are apprehensive? Or maybe you’ve tried and weren’t comfortable with it? Karen Pierce, a longtime teacher and practitioner who has introduced many people – all ages, sizes and abilities – to the benefits of a regular yoga practice.
Karen was introduced to meditation and yoga as a teen and has continued to deepen her practice over nearly 3 decades. That dedication has helped bring a sense of peace and balance while living in a world that seems to be spinning out of control.
Karen has been teaching in the fitness industry since 1990 and holds many certifications including her 500 e-RYT through Yoga Alliance, is a certified Yoga Ed instructor, a Professional Yoga Therapist, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is dedicated to bringing the practice of therapeutic yoga to all populations in a safe format that is rooted in exercise science. Her style is based on being safe and includes many modifications and adaptations. You will learn when to push, when to surrender and when to rest. Her approach focuses on falling in love with yoga and her students love her challenging, ever-changing classes and her upbeat, relaxing style. Karen is also the author of Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters - a children's book published by Northword Press (2004) and Co-Contributor to Yoga in America (2009). A life-long student of yoga, she has been blessed to have learned from many world renowned yogi masters. Her style is based on her extensive teaching experience and her studying with multiple lineages, teachers and styles of yoga. Karen takes what is most helpful and meaningful from a vast array of different sources and styles... but her heart belongs to the teachings of Krishnamacharya and her dedication to her mentor Mark Whitwell. Mark is a gifted teacher and she is fortunate to have the experience of the true spirit of yoga and the authentic essence of how it was taught over 100 years ago by Krishnamacharya who was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context. He inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings are very popular through his many students including his son TKV Desikachar (Viniyoga), BKS Iyengar (Iyengar), Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga), and Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama). Karen is a master of progressive teaching (breaking poses down in a systematic way and teaching series classes that train students to master the actions and the inner attitude to progress in a logical and balanced way over time.) Karen works with movement sequencing (asana and somatics), breath work (pranayama), mudras, energy work, and the wisdom of Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) so that the yoga can be adapted to all levels of ability. Every class has an intention or sequencing (krama) that is unique to the group and follows Krishnamacharya's principle to "teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs of each individual. She feels it is her responsibility to pass on this profoundly powerful philosophy. She also offers a unique Yoga Teacher Training blending Yoga & Shamanism as well as Continuing Education workshops.
As a Yoga Educator, Karen works one-on-one with individuals honoring ancient yoga techniques while combining modern wisdom to identify imbalances and empower the person to progress toward improved health and well-being. Through in-depth postural assessment, testing of specific joint range of motion and muscle strength, observing breathing patterns and taking into account the person's Ayurvedic constitution, a customized treatment plan is devised. Yoga therapy's greatest goal is to guide each person in his/her own deeper awareness, greater understanding, and movement to facilitate healing and wellness.
THE ENERGY WORKER
Karen is also a gifted multi-dimensional Energy Worker, Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher and Guide. She did not wake up one day and say, "I'm a healer". Rather it's always been there her entire life. As a young child, she experienced many unusual phenomenon. She had visions, prophetic dreams, and sensed energy and intuitively "just knew stuff". Although she knew this was not "normal" for most people, it was for her. She continued to explore her spiritual gifts and realized she is an empath, a conduit for healing and guidance, as well as a shaman practitioner (medicine woman).
If you are interested in this sacred healing work to balance and clear your energy system or your physical space, click here.
Karen has donated countless hours to volunteering in her community and worked tirelessly as a Hospice Volunteer for 10 years. As a Consultant, she has held positions in small offices as well as Fortune-500 companies that depended on her ability to create and maintain simple systems. She has a proven record of problem solving, paper management, time management, and seeing "the big picture".
Karen also has a home-based photo organizing and albums-for-hire business where she has trained nearly 200 consultants. In addition, she works privately with yoga clients from toddlers to teens, athletes to disabled, stay-at-home moms to executives, and several celebrities. She also volunteers as Event Manager and Organizer on the Newtown Yoga Festival committee that was formed after the 12-14-12 school shootings that took 20 first graders and 6 educators in her hometown. Karen KNOWS what chaos looks like! Organizing has always been a part of Karen's life so she decided to become a NAPO Professional Organizer. She grew up in an organized household that believed in giving back to the world. Both her parents were actively involved in humanitarian service in their community while raising 3 children and working multiple jobs. Karen learned that everything has a place and everything in its place and that it was important to always leave a place better than you found it! Even without her parent's influence, she was a natural organizer and wanted to do something that would impact the world positively.
Karen can see the order in the chaos, the systems within the mess, the harmony in the disorder, and the potential when everyone else has given up. Her husband calls her a "Visionary Extraordinaire".
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