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News from Karen Allgire

It is a wonderful spring and summer for me, full of opportunities to study and share the profound subject of Iyengar Yoga. The last two weekends included workshops with Manouso Manos and Laurie Blakeney, who shared their knowledge with generosity and clarity. I also look forward to the opportunity to do Elise Miller’s Yoga for Scoliosis training this July. It will be wonderful to learn to help myself and my students through more understanding of how to work with the curves the spine.

I would love to see some of my Midwest Association friends at some of my upcoming workshops. I will teach Moving through the Kosas on May 3 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Body, Breath and Mind on May 15 and 16 at Harmony Yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan. August will bring me to Kansas City for a workshop sponsored by Rafael Duran. Information about the Ohio and Michigan workshops can be found on the calendar on this IYAMW web site.

It is certainly a time of reflection as we all continue to come to terms with Guruji BKS Iyengar no longer being with us on this earth. But I know many of us feel his presence within us even more strongly than before. I wish you all peace and success in your practice!


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About the Author
KAREN ALLGIRE, MFA, CIYT, RYT, started teaching dance and movement awareness in 1982 and has been teaching yoga since 1998. She received her MA in Dance from Ohio State University and her MFA in Dance from Case Western Reserve University. Karen taught modern dance and movement awareness from 1982-2000 at many Ohio institutions including Hiram College, Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. Karen's interest in movement as a means of self awareness led her to the study of Iyengar Yoga. Karen is an Intermediate Junior III Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has made four trips to India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. Karen was a member of the IYNAUS Newsletter committee from 2003 – 2008 and has contributed several articles to Yoga Samachar. She served as Registration Chair for the 2011 Midwest Regional Iyengar Yoga Conference in Chicago. Karen’s teaching and practice has been profoundly influenced by Mary Dunn, and she continues to study regularly with Dean and Rebecca Lerner and other senior Iyengar teachers including Laurie Blakeney and Manouso Manos. Karen is the owner and primary teacher at Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In 2016 she completed the Yoga for Scoliosis training directed by senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller. Karen specializes in blending anatomy, imagery and philosophy to nurture transformation in our yogic practices and our lives.

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