KAREN SOTHERS, MEd, RYT earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education in Health and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.) with over 20 years of experience teaching stress mastery, mindfulness, yoga, and meditation to more than 5000 people. Karen uses a uniquely compassionate teaching style that gently weaves mindfulness and imagery with body postures to create healing experiences for all participants. She specializes in designing individualized therapeutic yoga and meditation programs for people with chronic pain, stress and illness.
Karen is the program instructor for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Karen has completed the MBSR teacher development intensive taught by the senior staff from UMASS Center for Mindfulness.
As a Health Consultant, Karen develops and implements wellness education, weight management and mindfulness programs for groups and individuals throughout the San Diego community.
Some of Karen’s numerous accomplishments include creating and producing a series of guided yoga and meditation audio products including the popular Sacred Pause compact disc; designing and implementing the mind-body health education program at LaCosta Resort & Spa; creating and teaching Style Your Life for Wellness, a health promotion course for Vanderbilt University; developing an interactive stress management computer program with Bill Hettler, MD. Karen has also designed and implemented wellness programs in the following areas: spinal health, optimal weight management, conscious eating, healthy body image, test anxiety and insomnia.