Karen Kurzmeyer

Luzern
Switzerland

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Karen’s varied background as a professional ballet dancer, English teacher and business owner contribute to a her strength as a yoga teacher, allowing her to help students that, like her, are looking for a way to integrate yoga into their busy lives for the greatest benefit.

As a business owner, Karen felt yoga might help relieve stress and she’d regain some strength and flexibility so joined a weekly Hatha class close to work.

However, it was when she travelled to Samahita Retreat in Thailand and was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa that she began a daily practice. It was then that she experienced a huge shift and realised what a life-changing practice this could be.

In 2014 Karen returned to Thailand to complete her yoga teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga RYT 200 with Paul Dallaghan. She is certified by Yoga Alliance and regularly attends further education programmes in teacher training, anatomy, pranayama and meditation returning again to Centered Yoga, Thailand in 2016 to complete RYT 500.

Karen is interested in and respects the lineage of yoga, how teachings have been handed down from teacher to student. She has been particularly influenced and inspired by her main teachers Paul Dallaghan, Manorama and Paul’s teacher, Sri Tiwari respected as one of the few true remaining masters of Pranayama and head of Kaivalyadhama in India, a pioneer institute in scientific research in the field of yoga.

Passionate about sharing and teaching what she has learnt, Karen has never looked back. She has sold her company to dedicate her career to inspiring others to prioritise their health, wellbeing and stress relief through yoga.

She firmly believes yoga is for everybody, regardless of age, ability, experience or physique. Simply step on the mat, breath, be aware and the rest will follow.

Originally from England, Karen lives with her husband and three sons in Lucerne, Switzerland and continues to enjoy travelling and learning as a student.

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