We are so excited to honor Karen Mattocks as our Manduka Sponsored Green Yogi of the month for October! For almost 4 years Karen has been a Green Yogi and she continuously inspires us with her energy and dedication. Over the years Karen has logged an impressive 400+ classes, we are filled with gratitude for her presence and practice. Congratulations Karen!
OCCUPATION: VP Sales & Marketing for a company that treats cancer patients
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU: I have two daughters born on the same day, three years apart. They both love yoga and got me hooked almost four years ago.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY? Really? How can you pick just one?
- Julie – My first instructor. I thought I was in shape! Ha! Ha! Ha!
- Jamie – Do you like to sweat? How loud can the music get?
- Tamal – Yoga boot camp and killer abs, but the ukulele makes is worth it.
- Heather – Does anyone really want to be up at 6am for a 7am practice?
- Marybeth – The most soothing voice, creative transitions during flow and always a great playlist.
The list goes on and on…..
WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? It depends on the day. If I am focusing inward, my intention is “balance and piece.” If I am focusing outward, my intention is “to look for the good and praise it.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE? Probably wheel, especially if my back is tight after gardening all day. But savasana at the end of a practice reminds me why I do yoga.
WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST? Any classical guitar piece, but my favorite is Layenda by Isaac Albéniz.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I love traveling with my husband. We have been to all parts of the world. It is amazing to experience the diversity of people, cultures, food, art and landscape in each of the countries we have visited. But the best part is coming home to Manhattan Beach and getting my hands dirty in the garden or creating a new recipe in the kitchen, while enjoying a glass of wine.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE? I began practicing yoga in January 2011. At the time, a family member was undergoing extensive diagnostic work that could have been life threatening. Yoga kept me grounded, focused and strong. Thankfully, everything turned out OK, but yoga has become a permanent part of my life.