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Karen Macklin (E-RYT 500) has been studying yoga and meditation since 2000, and has received training in the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Restorative, Shadow Yoga, and AcroYoga, as well as in various forms of Buddhist meditation. She has studied with a wide range of teachers, and has been most influenced by Scott Blossom, Sean Feit, Gary Kraftsow, Chrisandra Fox, and Jason Crandell. Karen teaches with an emphasis on building internal strength, creating mindfulness, and establishing a deep connection with the energetic body. Her classes are typically strong but slow, rhythmic flows that both challenge students and offer them an opportunity to enter a space of meditation and inquiry. Karen also writes about yoga and has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, FitYoga, Alternative Medicine, and Tricycle magazines. She has also written three yoga blogs: Samadhi and the City (for Yoga Journal), The Sacred Cow (for Pranamaya), and On the Om Front (for the Bay Guardian).