Karen Russell

Name:  Karen Russell (E-RYT 500, YACEP)

Hometown: Erie, PA

Bio: 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 professionals. Since 2005, Karen has been an active teacher, producer, community outreach representative, ambassador for Lululemon, CEO and owner of the Yoga Groove Studio. She contributed her business, management and creative skills for several successful companies (Corepower Yoga, Naam Yoga La, Tantris Yoga and Retail Center, Mandala Center, and Industry Venice) and is excited to be co-owner of the Yoga NoHo Center with Michelle Mirkovich (long time professional dance friend). Enjoy Karen’s 200 hour Teacher Training course, Restorative Immersions course, Yoga Groove DVD, Yoga Groove Meditation CD, Yoga Groove Conscious Tone and Fit Barre method, and soon available the Masters of India (which was shot in southern India during her guided retreat) collection. Karen looks forward to many adventures with Michelle and the Yoga NoHo Center, as they continue to collaborate with like- minded individuals as to enhance the lives of others to live to their fullest potential. Live, Love and Inspire Others.

Specialization: I love to work with beginners that are open to all possibilities. The transformation is the gift that I feel is the only reason to teach. I personally love to mix my teaching experience up. There are days I love teaching a Vinyasa flow class and then there are times I just want to lay on the floor and inspire the students with restorative. The common thread with all my classes is cultivating a breath connection to support alignment, and then just let it go. 

Astrological Sign: Aries

Playlist Favorites: A variety of artist from Krishna Das, World, Electronica, Classic Rock to no music at all (just the breath).

Hobbies/Passions: My two boys (being the best mom I can be), creating community through events to grow the Yoga NoHo Center, and launching a healthy lifestyle TV show.

What was your path to yoga OR what has yoga brought to your life? I first tried yoga while I was on tour dancing, but it was a dance injury that forced me to take more classes (I never thought I would love it so much),  which healed my body and then one day something just clicked. OMG and so I think it is the best gift to give and the best business to be in.

Favorite pose: Malasana ( I feel like I am connected to the mama earth)

What are 3 adjectives to describe you? Optimistic, Driven, Loyal




I started to take class at the Yoga NoHo Center in April of 2018. The Center has been the sacred place for me and my wife. Since March of 2020 it has made us both realized just how much we love the community, authentic classes and the compassion we have always received from the team at Yoga NoHo Center. We just downloaded our first on demand yoga class and it was fantastic. We appreciate Karen and Michelle offering both online streaming and now the on demand classes. Thank you! Can't wait to be back at the studio!

Michael Rush / Retired Entrepreneur

I am a mother of two very active young boys and it was time for some me time. My friend recommended the Yoga NoHo Center because they offer both the new hot infrared classes and traditional yoga classes. I was brand new to yoga and they suggested to take at least one private lesson. I actually bought their 4 pack and I am glad I did because Karen actually took extra time with me, even after my four lessons and guided me through the first few months of taking public classes. Now one year later, I can't believe how much my life has changed for the absolute better. Thank you to all the teachers at the Yoga NoHo Center!

Janet Wright / Stay Home Mom

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