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Barrie and Karen met as teenagers in dance class and have joyfully cultivated their friendship and working relationship for the last 30 years. After more than 20 years working as professional modern dancers, Karen and Barrie slowly shifted their focus to yoga.

They both used yoga successfully to navigate the emotional and physical stresses that came with the challenging years of trying to conceive. The workshop is a direct result of their experiences and explorations.

 

karen & barrie
Karen Safire & Barrie Raffel

   
 

Barrie Raffel began studying yoga about 12 years ago and received her first teaching certificate in 1997 from Cyndi Lee, director of OM Yoga Center in New York City.

In 2005 Barrie received her Relax and Renew teaching certification from Judith Lasater and in 2006 she received her advanced Relax and Renew teaching certification also from Judith Lasater. She continues to study with several master teachers.

Barrie is also a registered yoga teacher with the national certifying organization Yoga Alliance.  

In recent years, she has focused on women's issues and taught for Baby Om (a class for moms and babies) for four years.  

She feels yoga helped her and her husband tremendously through years of trying to conceive which focused her interest into yoga and fertility.

She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

 

Karen Safire has been a student of yoga for the last 15 years. She received her Hatha Yoga teaching certification from Cyndi Lee, director of OM Yoga Center, in New York City in 1997.

She became certified in Yoga of the Heart, yoga for cardiac rehabilitation, created by Nischala Joy Devi in 1999.

In 2005 Karen received her Relax and Renew teaching certification from Judith Lasater and in 2006 she received her advanced Relax and Renew teaching certification also from Judith Lasater.

Karen is also a registered yoga teacher with the national certifying organization Yoga Alliance.

The beneficial affects yoga has on the physical and emotional challenges many of us face has always interested Karen.

She became specifically interested in how yoga benefits fertility when she
and her husband began trying to conceive in the fall of 2002.

Karen lives in Westchester with her husband, daughter and their 2 cats.

 

 
           
 

2007 Receptive Nest