About Karen Schwartz

Karen Schwartz is a New York State licensed master social worker and certified Yoga therapist and meditation teacher with more than 20 years of experience facilitating mind-body integration with individuals and groups. She has utilized her unique, holistic approach with people coping with eating disorders, cancer, depression, anxiety, and healing from trauma, as well as with people seeking general personal growth and expansion.

Karen holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and a postgraduate certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice from Smith College School of Social Work. She is a certified Yoga teacher and therapist with advanced training from White Lotus Yoga Foundation, and an OM Yoga Center certified meditation teacher. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a freelance writer who has written for publications including Fit Yoga and Yoga Therapy in Practice.

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Education and Training

International Association of Yoga Therapists

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F)

Smith College School of Social Work

Postgraduate Certificate in Contemplative
Clinical Practice

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

M.S.W. (NY State licensed since 1990)

State University of New York at Binghamton

B.A. English

OM Yoga Center

Meditation Teacher Certification

White Lotus Yoga Foundation

Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Trainings

American Council on Exercise

Former Personal Fitness Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor (10 years)

Testimonials

Karen is highly attuned to the needs of each individual she works with. I have collaborated with Karen with multiple patients, and they benefit greatly from her thoughtful and sensitive care.
Erika Malm Cooley, LCSW, Psychotherapist
Karen introduced me to yoga in a corporate class in our offices about four years ago. When I walked in I could barely walk on my football battered knees and was resigned to living with the pain. Through her inspired teaching, patient but insistent instruction on yoga poses and particularly the flow between poses, I learned to expect to accomplish things I previously thought impossible. I thank Karen with every painless step I take. She has a genuine interest in seeing her students succeed and an enviable ability to encourage effort (I call her 'coach'!).
Jerry P., Attorney
After getting a taste of meditation while attending yoga classes, I became interested in establishing a regular meditation practice for myself at home.  Karen is a wonderful teacher for me. She has a calm, grounded style which helped to demystify the process of learning to meditate.  When I have questions, Karen patiently helps me to reach a place of clarity.  And when I let life get in the way of my intention to meditate regularly, Karen encourages me, in her gentle and humorous way, to get back to my cushion.
Claudia C., Yoga & meditation student
For more than 15 years, I have had the good fortune of being able to work with Karen in a Yoga program that has allowed me to be more limber and relaxed than many of my contemporaries. Although I've always appreciated her skills and abilities, what she has designed for me recently has truly been remarkable. After I shattered my shoulder in a bad fall, Karen tailored a yoga program that significantly increased and enhanced my mobility. Her talent, combined with her extraordinary gentleness and people skills, has helped me lead a fuller and richer life.
Mary A., Yoga student