Our eyes met for the first time across a crowded room in La Jolla many years ago. She was adding to her expertise as a yoga teacher, and I was hoping to get some relief from a painful pinched nerve as I struggled to add restorative yoga to my movement resources. Rolled our eyes, we added to our knowledge of healing bodies.
“Karen is the silver sun…” is a line from James Taylor. For me, she is an inspiration, her warmth and spirit of giving radiating throughout our world. A retired drama teacher from a well-known school, she has spawned many actors and performers through her work. Over the years I have met her students across this great country, all of whom still hold her in their hearts.
Out of many gifts, is the one I cherish the most: she shows up. She is a rock in her family and among her friends. She has brought her yoga to the steps of the Supreme Court in support of women’s rights. When she became aware of a school in Haiti that needed help, she organized trips to bring supplies and begin the construction of a garden to feed the children. She is a fixture, sign and megaphone in hand, from here to Paris. She just returned from a trip to aid immigrants at our border, playing with children, bringing supplies, and helping in whatever way she was needed.
I value her friendship, and I value her demonstration of how our teaching becomes a path to illuminate the world, step by small step.