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Karen Russell (Program Director)

 Karen Russell started her movement career at the age of six in Erie, Pennsylvania. By the time she was in her early twenties she performed professionally on stage, in feature films and on television. She has worked with legends such as; Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Kenny Chesney and Alice Cooper. Karen started her passion for yoga in 1997 while studying Iyengar in NYC, but it was a dance injury in 2000 that guided her to a professional yoga career. She enhanced her knowledge of yoga while studying with top yoga experts in the United States and abroad. Since 2005, Karen has been an active teacher, producer, community outreach and ambassador for many wellness brands. She created the Yoga Groove Studio, and then offered her yoga management skills for Corepower Yoga, Naam Yoga LA, and Tantris Center for Yogic Science and Retail Store. Enjoy Karen's many educational offerings such as; the Yoga Groove DVD, Stress Relief Introduction to Meditation, 200 Hour Hatha / Vinyasa Teacher Training Course, Restorative Yoga Training Course, and guided retreats. She recently sponsored a group of students to India to shoot her "In the Heart of Yoga" educational series, soon to be released. Karen lives in Los Angeles with her two boys. She enjoys spending time with them and collaborating with amazing people to inspire others through the philosophy of yoga.