K A R M I C V O Y A G E
The Journey of the Body, Mind & Spirit
Yoga, Stretch, Movement, Breathwork, Meditation and More!
Join Karen and Valerie
My yoga journey started over 25 years ago as a participant in a local gym's yoga class. I loved the way the yoga postures, breath work and meditation made me feel and decided that I wanted to share my passion by becoming a yoga teacher. In 2007, I graduated from Naturally Yoga’s 200 hour yoga training program and I have been teaching at least two yoga classes
a week ever since!
Over the years, I have developed a style of teaching which allows all levels of students to enjoy my classes, whether an entry level beginner or a well-seasoned yoga practitioner. My Yoga Stretch class begins with simple yoga poses and stretches. As the body warms up, class postures move towards more challenging yoga poses. I offer very detail instruction, teach on the mat for visual clarification, and offer lots of modifications. If you can figure out your right hand from your left, you will be perfect in my class!! I like to focus on poses for the hips, shoulders, neck and core areas to help release any stress being stored within the body. Every class is different and each class incorporates some breath work, mudra and meditation.
Recently, I have found a new passion for the Ancient Chinese art of Medical Qi (chi) Gong (kung), which like yoga, uses movement, meditation, breath work and tapping-massage to move energy to improve how you feel. I have combined the practices of yoga and Qi Gong to create my own signature class, “Yoga & Qi Gong Fusion”, which is a combination of yoga and slow-moving qi postures, breath work and meditation to improve your health and increase your energy levels.
My classes are about attaining a feeling of relaxation and energetically balance while participating in class. Much of my classes are done with eyes closed to avoid comparison and self judgement, as well as allowing the eyes to rest, while you enhance the brain with just the auditory process. The goal is to allow the body and mind to become stronger and more flexible while you learn to relax and release stress. Each class will also help you feel rejuvenated and offer you a time and place to help heal yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!
In addition to the above class styles, I have created YOG-A-THLETIC'S, a customized yoga program for high school athletes and club teams. See additional details under Classes.
I also enjoy co-collaborating workshops with Valerie and some other very special friends! The workshops have included healing circles, summer and winter solstices, spring and autumn equinoxes, full moons, Angels and Archangels, sacred geometry and crystal grids, chakras, vision boards, restorative & reiki, and many more!! I love working with crystals, stones, singing bowls, meditations, yoga, breath work, chants and hand mudra’s, reiki, and other holistic modalities to help shift and elevate your vibrational energy!
I am blessed to be surrounded by my wonderful family, friends and amazing teachers, who miraculously appear whenever I am ready to move forward on my own spiritual journey and enlightened path. With a grateful heart and soul,
I bow to all with gratitude.
RYT200 with Yoga Alliance since 2007
Gate Energy Facilitator
Healer Within Medical Qi Gong Certification
CHILL - Chumpi Illumination
& Enthusiast of Shamanism, Crystals & Stones,
& Vibrational Energy
Valerie O' Connor
My yoga journey began in 2004, when I became introduced through an adult education program. Always staying active, I thought yoga would be relaxing, help to alleviate some stress, and provide a complement to my usual workouts. I was hooked from day one, and the practice has become a daily part of my physical and spiritual life.
After studying with some amazing teachers, I got inspired to get my yoga teaching certification. Each time I step onto the mat, I discover a little more about myself -- some days it’s strength, some days it’s laughter and some days frustration, but it is all part of the process. I love integrating the breath and movement of yoga with a positive spiritual outlook. I believe yoga is a simple, everyday tool to heal our bodies and awaken our spirits.
Always practicing Vinyasa, I've recently discovered a love for restorative yoga and understand how important it is to find balance in both our practice and our lives. Teaching restorative yoga as well as the prenatal yoga helps to fulfill
my nurturing spirit.
In my classes, there is a strong emphasis on the breath, meditation and mindfully moving through the asanas. My teaching technique is a combination of gentle and at the same time challenging, making yoga accessible to all fitness levels and promoting students to develop their own style and grace. Students are encouraged to listen to their own bodies, modifying poses as necessary. Yoga should be fun while helping to peel away our layers and finding out who we really are. While we can be serious about our practice, we do not have to take ourselves so seriously.
Off the mat, you will find me taking yoga classes, deepening my yoga practice, reading, cooking and devoting time to my family and two very spoiled dogs as well as co-creating workshops with Karen and our very special friends.
RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
Restorative Immersion Certification
ABOUT US- Yoga & More!
Yoga, Stretch & More
Gentle Stretch & Yoga
Movement, Meditation, Mudra & Breath work,
7:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Energy Exchange - $10
to receive the weekly Zoom link
YOGA IN THE PARK
SUNDAY MORNINGS Starting May 2, 2021
9:15 am -10:25 am
OUTDOOR Stretch, Yoga & Qi Gong
Waldwick Boro Park Pavilion B Waldwick, NJ
Navigation Purposes -
217 Pine St, Waldwick, NJ 07463
Energy Exchange - $10
PRE-REGISTRATION A MUST
INTRO to Qi GONG
Ridgewood Community School- Fall 2021
Customized Yoga Program for High School Athletes & Club Sports Teams
Yoga & Qi Gong Privates by Appointment & Reiki Appointment - On Zoom
JOSEPH T. ST. LAWRENCE CENTER
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
115 Torne Valley Road Hillburn, NY
Currently Members Only
Every Other Saturday
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Suggested Donation $10 per Class
to receive the weekly Zoom link
May 8, & 22 2021
YOGA at the BARN
SATURDAY MORNINGS - ON HOLD
Due to Covid-19 -Studio Closed
65 N. Central Ave, Ramsey, NJ
Certifications in 200 Hour Yoga,
Prenatal Yoga & Restorative Yoga
Privates by Appointment on Zoom
Prayer for Peace
St Francis of Assisi
Make me an instrument of Thy Peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Oh Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying to self, that we are born into eternal life.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy.
May all my thoughts, words
and actions contribute in some way
to the happiness of all beings.