Karen S Shideler

Karen S Shideler
200-hour certified | Yoga Therapy certified | Yogalates training |150 hours continued education
Karen is passionate about helping people learn to connect with their breath and create healthy relationships with their bodies. In college, she chose to major in Sociology to better understand the world around her, but it was many years as a student of yoga that ultimately lead to a better understanding of herself. After she came to realize how truly transformative and empowering the practice of yoga was, she felt compelled to share her experience with others.

She completed her 200 hour teaching certification through True Flow Yoga in Newport Beach as well as the Yoga Therapy RX level one program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her goal as an instructor is to communicate with her students in a way that allows them to understand yoga in their own unique context. It is her hope that they leave class with knowledge they can use to become more confident in own their practice. Karen enjoys teaching to all levels of students and encourages them to explore, learn, and most importantly have fun! There is no greater joy for her than watching people grow to realize the true potential they have within.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana aka one-legged king pigeon pose because it makes me feel connected (literally) from my head to my toes.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Discovering yoga helped me move away from insecurity/self doubt and towards a place where I could believe in myself again. I always say the best thing about yoga is you don't have to be "good" at yoga to be good at yoga. You can step on to your mat and the practice will meet you where you are at.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

Back in 2008 I was beyond stressed out after a breakup and was trying to manage my emotions, work, and going to school full time. I began to suffer debilitating anxiety attacks and really lost the desire to do anything for myself. At that point I had nothing to lose so I let a friend "convince" me to take a class with her. Almost immediately I noticed a change. It felt like little pieces of the practice were being carried with me off of my mat and into my life, and I've been hooked ever since.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Creative. Passionate. Strong. Cathartic. Precise.