Karen Prior, RPYT
|Creator of Mamaste Yoga®
Karen combines a background in hatha yoga with her deep understanding of pregnancy and birth. She has worked with pregnant women since 1995. She is a registered prenatal yoga teacher, doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding counselor. She received her initial yoga teacher training at Boustany Hatha Yoga Studios. Karen has since
studied at The Center for Yoga of Seattle; at Kripalu in Lenox, Mass; with Jyothi Larson (author of Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby); has completed Levels 1 &
2 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist Training; is certified to teach both the Radiant Child and Indigo
Yoga programs to children; and holds certifications from Integral Yoga in Postpartum Yoga and Laughter Yoga. Karen has studied with Judith Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew Restorative yoga teacher.
draws from the classical hatha, Kripalu, and Integral traditions and is grateful to the teachers who have influenced her teaching and guided her studies: Judith Lasater, Robert Boustany, Doug Swenson, and Jyothi Larson.
is a Yoga Alliance registered Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with over 500-hours of training (E-RYT 500), an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and has completed training/certifications in prenatal/post natal fitness
through NDEITA, AFPA, AAFA, and Moms in Motion. Her non-fitness related credentials include being a clinical nutritionist, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Certified Doula through both DONA and CBI, and she holds a childbirth education diploma and breastfeeding counselor certificate with Childbirth International. Karen is an accredited Breastfeeding Counselor with BreastfeedingUSA.
Previous Speaking Engagaments:
17th Annual DONA International Conference July 2011, Boston, Mass
"It's Not Your Birth: Communication Skills for Doulas"
Lamaze International 2011 Annual Conference September 2011, Fort Worth, TX
"Doctor, Doctor, Gimme Your Views: Teaching communication skills in early pregnancy
Lamaze/ICEA "Future of Birth 50th Anniversary Mega Conference October 2010, Milwaukee, WI
"It's Not Your Birth: Communication Skills for Childbirth Educators"
ICEA 2009 Annual Convention October 2009, Oklahoma City, OK,
"Stretch, Relax & Laugh: A Sample Prenatal Yoga Class"
Certified Mamaste Yoga® Teachers
Jillian Woods, RYT
Lauren Schatzel, RYT, RPYT, Mamaste Level 2
Kat Parker, RYT
Jennifer Engleman, RYT
Mimi Mears, RYT, RPYT, Mamaste Level 2
Cortney Smith, RYT, RPYT, Mamaste Level 2
Varsha Naik, RYT, RPYT, Mamaste Level 2
Nicole Rezza, RYT
Nichole Churchill, RYT
Vanessa Michel, RYT
Louise Bending, RYT