I teach Hatha / Vinyasa yoga and Aerial Yoga. I love the lighthearted fun of the hammock classes and discovering new ways of using the hammock for strengthening, stretching, restoring and translating yoga poses in new dimensions.
Teaching Style: Encouraging, friendly, educational. I am very focused on teaching alignment and breath so my students find stability and space in their postures first, and then start exploring strength and depth of the pose.
3 things I would put in a time capsule: Lip gloss, yoga mat, cozy sweater & sweat pants
Find Me: FB @Karen Clark Yoga
- Yoga for Healing
- Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Level 1
- Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Level 1.5
- Intro to Aerial Yoga (register 4 hours before)
- 75-Min Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Level 2
- All Levels Hatha/Vinyasa
- The Yoga Studies Course
Level: All levels → good for beginners
Temperature: Room Temperature
Description: Level 1 yoga is an instructional and confidence building class. All great things must rely on a sound foundation. This class focuses heavily on correct postural alignment and developing appropriate yogic breathing. Fundamental poses that are common to many classes such as Downward Facing Dog and Warrior Poses will be broken down for the students, and modifications will be given if needed. Building a strong yoga foundation is crucial in a student’s success on the mat as their yoga journey blossoms. Level 1 yoga is a class for all students whether new or experienced. It’s always good to reconnect to your beginnings.
Level: All levels → good for beginners
Temperature: 85-90 degrees F
Description: Level 1.5 yoga is an instructional and confidence building class. All great things must rely on a sound foundation. This class focuses heavily on correct postural alignment and developing appropriate yogic breathing. Fundamental poses that are common to many classes such as Downward Facing Dog and Warrior Poses will be broken down for the students, and modifications will be given if needed. Building a strong yoga foundation is crucial in a student’s success on the mat as their yoga journey blossoms. Level 1.5 yoga is a class for beginners and those working towards building upon a yoga foundation. Options will be given to students to advance their practice working towards Level 2 poses.
Description: A class to get acquainted with the aerial silk apparatus! Like a ‘first date’ with aerial yoga, students will be gradually taught how to use the silk hammock for expressing traditional yoga poses in unconventional new dimensions. Stretching techniques for shoulders, hips and hamstrings using the silk allows students to explore a deeper range of motion, connect to core stabilizing muscle groups. The aerial yoga teacher will teach students how to access inversions without any pressure on the head or neck while allowing decompression of the spine. Backbends such as half or full bow using full support of the silk are introduced. Experience Savasana in a completely new way, enveloped and safely supported by the silk hammock.
Aerial yoga is safe for most students who can do inversions (no history of glaucoma, high blood pressure, stroke). Expectant mama’s are welcome to do aerial yoga with their doctor’s permission. It is recommended to wear a top that covers your underarms and long pants or leggings for both men & women.
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Temperature: 90-95 degrees F
Description: This 75 minute Level 2 yoga practice builds upon the fundamentals learned in Level 1 to add an increased challenge to a yoga class. The solid knowledge base learned from Level 1 carry over to this class and Level 2 students are encouraged to let go of newcomer energy and flow confidently in this class. Instructors sequence the asanas in more ornate and creative fashions to keep students improving and feeling challenged. Some instructors may choose to teach this class in a Vinyasa format where the poses and transitions from pose to pose are linked with a breath cue. Depending on the teacher, this class can be taught at a faster pace than the Level 1 class. Additionally, a broader range of asanas and breathing techniques are taught to increase flexibility, strength, and concentration. This class is practiced in a warm room and is appropriate for advanced beginner/intermediate students.
Cost: $299 Early by Sep 1 and $349 thereafter
Hosted by: Karen Clark and DJ Arnold
Topics discussed in the course:
◾Yoga Asana for your body: how to get into alignment that works and is specific to YOU!
◾Philosophy: what does yoga mean? how to live your yoga everyday using ancient yogic principles
◾Anatomy: understand muscles and bones working in your poses
◾Pranayama: breath work for in and out of class
◾Meditation: strengthen and focus your mind and relax your body
◾Chakras: align with your energy centers
◾Ayurveda: what doshas drive your life?
◾Self-Discovery: putting it all together for a better you
*$250 discount on Spectra School of Yoga's 200H TT program if The Yoga Studies Course is completed prior to enrollment.