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Karen Ann Noonan
Karen Noonan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS)
Karen Noonan is the founder and owner of Yoganize LLC. Karen is registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), is certified with IAYT (since 2008), a qualified Physical Education and English teacher with numerous certifications in Yoga, Pilates , Aqua, FITCO (ACE equivalent), prescriptive back care, REIKI, Touch for Health and she has achieved her Black Belt in the ‘Tang Soo Do’ style of martial arts.
Karen is the lead teacher in the Yoganize Teacher Training program (200 Hours) and she has trained with and studied under many renowned teachers, including Max Strom, Mark Stephens, Guru Ratana, Guru Amrit Desai, Kamini Desai – and all from various traditions and styles. Karen has been studying and teaching movement and yoga since 1984, in South Africa, Germany, Turkey, the USA and India.
Her background in Physical Education, participation and coaching in various individual and team sports; gymnastics, karate, swimming and continued studies in Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga, energy healing techniques and Pilates are the reason behind the prescriptive nature of Karen’s yogic practice and teaching style.
She owned and operated a yoga/movement studio in South Africa for 8 years – Sculpto Dynamix (1991 – 1998) and a yoga studio in Greenville S.C. – Yoganize LLC, from 2003 till 2013. Her intuitive teaching style ensures that each and every person feels comfortable and loved. Her students are encouraged always work at their own pace and are guided towards truly seeing their ‘perceived’ limitations as gifts – learning to listen to the individual needs of the body, in this moment. In this way one can only grow in strength, flexibility and endurance – this is the balance we seek, not only in the mind/body/heart connection, but in all aspects of our being. Our aim is to stay as youthful and comfortable in our bodies as possible – pain is not an option and can be treated and prevented with the right attitude and through prescriptive movement created for YOU, the individual.
Born in Zimbabwe, Karen moved with her family to Pretoria, South Africa in December 1981 as a teenager. Pretoria was home for 17 years where Karen opened her first movement studio -Sculpto Dynamix (Sculptonetics™). The Sculptonetics family helped Karen raise two little girls and in the creation of her first video (1995 – Sculpto Dynamix.) The family relocated to the USA in 1998 where she opened Yoganize® in Greenville, South Carolina and started the Yoganize Teacher Training in 2011 – 200 hours (RYT200), created two new DVD’s – Loving Self (2011), for all levels and ‘Prescriptive Yoga’. (2013), available available at Amazon.com. The Yoganize Cross Mat (Patented in 2011) is a unique and necessary addition to your home practice and, this too was created by Karen, in S.C. This is available for purchase via email only – [email protected]
Karen recently moved back to Greer, SC from Munich and is currently teaching her unique 200 Hour YTT along with private sessions various workshops and Yoga Nidra classes.