Karen retired from The New York Times in 2010 after nearly 30 years of service, most of it in event/convention planning and administration in the newsroom. She has had the privilege of working closely with the masthead editors and journalists of one of the most respected institutions in the world. From time to time, she is honoured to be asked to return on a temporary basis to provide assistance in the newsroom and in the senior executive offices.
Karen was certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2002 and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 2010 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass. In 2002, she began yoga classes for the staff at The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan, both in groups as well as private sessions. These classes continue to this day.
In 2002, Karen established an yoga retreat planning business – A Graceful Plan – and has organized yoga and cultural immersion retreats in Italy. She has also taught gentle, restorative, couples, kids and chair yoga in numerous locations around Columbia, Greene and Dutchess Counties. After retirement from The Times, Karen expanded her business to include coordinating non-medical care for seniors throughout the Hudson/Claverack area. She leads a team of caring, warm-hearted individuals who provide loving support for the elderly.
Through teaching yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques, Karen’s intention is to give students the opportunity to grow older gracefully by learning to release tension in their minds and bodies. She encourages students to deepen their connection to their bodies, their minds and their essential nature/spirit – bliss – on a daily basis.