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KAREN FARACA  

I took my first hatha yoga class in the conference room of a corporate office building in 2001. I vividly remember laying in Savasana and experiencing a sense of belonging in my own body, which had eluded me for the nearly 30 previous years. The subsequent slow reconnection of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of myself opened a long and winding path of healing that I’d never imagined possible.  In the following few years, I explored a variety of yoga styles including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Baptiste and completed 100-hours of hatha yoga teacher training for my personal development and growth. 

I experienced my first Bikram Yoga class in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the intense but focused sequence. I continued to practice the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises sequence solely for about 6 months prior to a serious SUV rollover accident that left me with major physical injuries. It took about two years for me to raise the courage to return to a modified yoga practice but just the thought of Standing Bow and Fixed-Firm postures made me believe my 26/2 days were over. I decided to give the sequence another try in 2011 when I was going through a major life transition and was desperate for support of my wellbeing. I immediately experienced improvements to my whole-being and patiently regained my natural range of movement in my knees and shoulders. Fixed-Firm is now my absolute favorite posture! I have been practicing regularly ever since.

Yoga – all yoga – is more than postures or Sanskrit words to me.  It’s one of many paths that can support anyone on a journey of reconnection, healing and self-awareness. It is comprehensive and dense with knowledge and practices, yet transcendentally simple and accessible to all.  All yoga requires is for me to show up, breathe, and just experience what happens next. 

I have completed more than 300-hours of certified Yoga Alliance Teacher Training and have been trained in a variety meditation styles.  I am currently Yoga Alliance registered as E-RYT200 and YACEP (continuing education provider). Other education includes a BA in Psychology, MA in Health Arts and Sciences and I worked as an addiction counselor prior to completing Hot Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. I am passionate about embodied health and wellbeing, holding special interest in addiction and eating disorders. My personal history fuels me to support others through their own path of healing. Yoga has been integral to my own healing journey; I feel so very blessed to be able to support others through their own.