Karen Shaw teaches Yoga by Karen at Universal Healing Arts in Cortlandt Manor
Karen Shaw, a yoga instructor and fitness trainer and the owner of BodySculpt by Karen, is teaching Yoga by Karen Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at Universal Healing Arts, in Cortlandt Manor.
Universal Healing Arts is a full-service community that offers a broad spectrum of services. Founder Shima Chayvet says Shaw’s experience as a “multidimensional yoga instructor” fits well with the community’s mission of helping people achieve optimal wellness.
“This is one place where you can leave stress behind, enlighten your mind, heal your body and feed your soul,” Chayvet says.
For the whole person to be healthy, the mind needs to be free of negative thoughts and the body free of unwanted stress, Shaw says.
“Your body has to be nurtured, strengthened and free of toxins. Your spiritual self has to be developed and aware. When any one of these personal aspects is not performing optimally, your ability to function optimally is affected,” she explains.
In her teaching practice, Shaw emphasizes awareness of mind and body, and letting go of thoughts and feelings that may bind and hamper. Using a variety of techniques, she encourages her students to work to their level of fitness while also challenging themselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually.