Karen Taylor - Bending Tree Yoga and Healing Center, La Manzanilla, Mexico
Growing up in New Jersey, she and her friends decided to start a Yoga Club in high school. Although the club was short-lived, yoga remained in her heart and she revisited the practice in 2001 after running her second marathon. Living in Fairbanks, AK at the time, she knew she needed something to supplement the repetitive motion of running and to open up those runner's hips. Her practice soon expanded beyond asanas to encompass the balance and light yoga can bring to life. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2008 and she decided to become an instructor through the Lahiri School of Yoga in 2009. She currently holds a 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from Lahiri School of Yoga, http://www.lahirischoolofyoga.com. And, wanting to explore more how the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga can come together, she became a certified ThetaHealer and also completed the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training later that same year. In December 2009, she moved to La Manzanilla, Mexico to teach yoga and pilates at LiveBliss studio.
While in Mexico, the beauty and magic of the country inspired her to create her own Yoga and Healing Center here. She looked up to her roof and knew she found the spot. She had a palapa roof built and a bathroom constructed and Bending Tree Yoga and Healing Center was created and opened for classes in February 2011.
Karen expanded her services to Reflexology after attaining a certification in August 2011. She also looks to bring in other teachers, healers and holistic-living practitioners for classes or workshops. If you are interested in becoming a part of the community of inspiration that is the Bending Tree Yoga and Healing Center, please contact her at
Karen believes that everyone has the power and spirit to create their own dream; she teaches from the heart and invites you to discover your strength and creativity from the inside out and come into your new dream that is life.