Yoganize is a unique combination of Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Pilates and specialized toning exercises, along with Qi Gong, Reiki and meditation to invigorate, balance and heal the mind, body and spirit.
Yoganize originated in South Africa and was developed by Karen Noonan.
To Yoganize Your Life is to learn to love and accept yourself NOW – in THIS MOMENT and to move forward with true enthusiasm for life.
To Yoganize is to respect and honor oneself in body, mind and spirit ….to know that
‘I am already enough!'
'Yoganize Your Life' with Karen Noonan (Ph.D; C-IAYT; E-RYT500; RYS 200)
Karen is a certified and registered Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) and an experienced yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), with a Ph.D in Divinity/Metaphysical Sciences.
Initially qualified as a teacher with a specialization in Exercise Science (Physical Education) and English, Karen has been studying and teaching healing movement therapies and yoga since 1984 - in South Africa, the USA, Europe and India. Karen has trained with and studied under many renowned teachers around the globe, including Max Strom, Mark Stephens, Guru Rattana. She holds numerous certifications in various styles of Yoga, Pilates, Aqua, FITCO (ACE equivalent), prescriptive back care, Pregnancy, Kids Yoga, REIKI and Touch for Health. She is passionate about healing through prescriptive movement therapy and loves to work with clients using every possible modality, as it serves the individual.
Karen’s passion for movement and participation in various individual and team sports, such as dance, gymnastics, swimming and karate (she earned her Black Belt in the ‘Tang Soo Do’ style of martial arts in 2007), have influenced her unique style of teaching. Her continued studies in Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga, Pilates and Yoga Therapy are the reason behind the prescriptive nature of Karen’s yogic practice and teaching style.
Her intuitive teaching style ensures that each and every person feels comfortable and loved. You will always work at your own pace and be educated that your ‘perceived’ limitations are a gift when you learn to listen to your body. In this way you can only grow in strength, flexibility and endurance – this is the balance we seek, not only in the mind/body/heart connection, but in all aspects of our being. Our aim is to stay as youthful and comfortable in our bodies as possible – pain is not an option and can be treated and prevented with the right attitude and movement therapy for YOU, the individual.
Born in Zimbabwe, Karen moved with her family to Pretoria, South Africa. It was here that she opened her first healing movement studio: Sculpto Dynamix.® The Sculptonetics® family helped Karen raise two little girls and in the creation of her first movement video, still popular today, though out of production (Download only).
The Noonan family relocated to the USA in 1998 where she opened the Yoganize® studio in Greer, South Carolina. This beautiful haven was filled with love and happiness and became the Yoganize family the starting point for the Yoganize Teacher Training – 200 hours (RYS200) and the home of two new DVD's – Loving Self (2011), for all levels and ‘Healing Yoga Therapy' (2013). These two DVD's are available (hard copy and download).
The Yoganize Cross Mat (Patented in 2011) is a unique and necessary addition to your home practice and, this too was created by Karen, in SC. This is available for purchase by request.
Following a few international and national moves, Karen and her husband settled in Johns Island, S.C. The Yoganize ‘Boathouse Studio’ opened in 2023 for private sessions in Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Meditation/Yoga Nidra, as well as small, intimate workshops and events.