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As a studio coordinator, working with Nanette is simply a dream. She is organized, communicative and open for dialogue. If you are thinking about partnering with Nanette or inviting her to your space, book her now and don't think twice. As a student in Nanette's workshops, I feel that I could listen to her speak for days. She is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly engaging, and has an approachable attitude that makes you feel at ease instantly in her presence. She offers a depth of insight into Ayurveda and Eastern Philosophy that she effortlessly transmits through lecture, storytelling and hands-on practice. I also love the way she weaves her background in Western medicine with Eastern modalities to find connection and common ground.
As the director of a busy medical group practice I wanted to offer my colleagues something to promote stress reduction and health last Christmas so I asked Denise to provide a guided mindful centering experience. It was only about 10 or 15 minutes at the beginning of a shift but staff reported feeling refreshed and calm after the experience. If only we could take the time to do this at the beginning of every day. I'm convinced we'd enhance both work productivity and outcomes as well as our own health. Denise did a really nice job. She has a very calming presence and expertly took the group through the guided meditation. I would not hesitate to use her again.
Denise provides excellent service and very caring treatment. I always leave feeling very relaxed.
I have experienced the pleasure of Shiatsu massage therapy with Denise. I have come to realize the importance of a skilled therapeutic massage executed by a professional, trained individual. Beyond her professionalism, I find that Denise truly cares about each individual, their health, their circumstances – mind body and spirit. She is dedicated to her profession and is, simply stated, one of the best!!!
I have enjoyed the benefits of Denise’s Shiatsu massage. Working on a computer causes lots of tightness in my neck, shoulders and back. She always questions me about what I hope to get out of the massage and gives me ideas for helping me stay healthy every day. After a session with Denise I am relaxed, flexible and refreshed! She is a blessing in my life.
Denise creates a very comfortable and relaxing environment while receiving her skillful Thai Shiatsu massage. Denise has a innate ability to easily connect with what your body needs. It’s such a nice experience to be able to receive a good stretching, full body, Thai Shiatsu session. I highly recommend a Thai Shiatsu massage with Denise!
I can’t thank Nanette enough. What I’ve learned in this workshop will improve my relationship with my family and co-workers.
Denise is an exceptionally fine yoga instructor. She is accommodating and creative in her approach to teaching, encouraging and always available to give individualized solutions to particular problems.
Nanette's workshop was the highlight of the conference for me.
The conscious communication exercise Nanette led us through helped me identify the things I told myself I could never do. Now I’m rethinking that belief.
I was surprised and inspired by the connections I felt with people I didn’t even know during Nanette's conscious movement exercise.
Nanette was so warm and welcoming. I knew very quickly that I was going to enjoy myself and learn a lot. I really love that she is in the medical field and practices Ayurvedic medicine. I had a private consultation with her and wish I had at least another hour to talk to her.
Nanette is extremely knowledgeable in both ayurvedic and western traditions. She presents information in an engaging way. This is the best class I have taken at Yen.
Time flew by, I could listen to Nanette talk for hours. She was very thorough and knowledgeable as always!
Doug and I would not have been able to navigate this trip on our own. We laugh about what it might have looked like if Doug had tried to drive the roads or followed directions there!
It was glorious to be taken care of by Belinda and Seema and Anu and the family. To feel comfortable and well cared for in their home where we could observe and spend time with the 3 generations and extended family. To not have to make any big decisions knowing the ladies had everything arranged for us.
I especially enjoyed getting to know Seema and her family on a personal level to begin to see the rhythm and tides of their lives.
I savored the beautiful spaces at their home where we could relax and do yoga and meditate and dance and paint and just visit with our fellow travelers.
I made my sixth trip to India with Belinda and our group in 2015. From that experience, I knew how challenging traveling to and within India can be. From the start, Belinda, Seema Johari and her daughter, Anu, did an amazing job at making us feel taken care of. Seema's home in Haridwar was a perfect place for our stay in North India - quiet and restful - and Seema's meals were uniformly delicious. Each of the hotels we stayed at while traveling elsewhere was comfortable and our bus/train travels were smoothly organized. The sites chosen for our day-trips - mostly temples and ashrams - were interesting and afforded a diverse set of spiritually oriented experiences. I would certainly recommend the upcoming trip in November, 2017 to anyone with a spiritual bent who wants to get beyond the constant hustle and bustle that is India, and experience the living spirit that is also India.
My consult was fabulous! Nanette recommended some excellent products and tips to incorporate in my daily preventative health routine
Great workshop! I appreciated the consultation that were offered along with the workshop. I think Nanette was amazing and demonstrated a very high level of knowledge in Ayurveda. Thanks YYF for bringing her back!
Denise Karsen's skills in providing Shiatsu massage is unparalleled. Not only is she extremely competent, Denise is deeply kind, and patient; always working at her client's level, never pushing too hard or crossing boundaries. Because of Denise's skills, compassion, and individualized approach to Shiatsu massage, I trust her without exception. Most importantly, with each passing session I have with Denise, I feel better longer, and am better able to maintain this sense of wellness until our next session.
Denise Karsen gave me back the ability to work each day. “Breathe” is her company and she lives her lifestyle. Calm and supportive and by her touch, she can feel everything that may be bothering you. She was a lifesaver for me. I had neck surgery and a few months after I was still very stiff and frozen, it was painful every day. Denise was the only person that was able to unfreeze my neck and shoulders and give me the joyful day that I was longing for. She is amazing and her technique of Thai-Shiatsu continues to not only relax any stiffness from computer work, but also aids in easing my chronic back issues. I urge you to see her. My life has been changed because of Denise.
Yoga Nidra is a profound experience combining deep relaxation with
physical, emotional and mental connection. While laying down, your breathing and awareness deepen and you are able to focus in the present moment.
Denise Karsen and Nanette Bowen guide you with soft, soothing and reassuring voices and have a remarkable sense of good timing to help you explore your body, mind, and spirit.
In my daily life, I find I have improved concentration,improved memory, and improved ability to make better decisions. Yoga Nidra
has also helped me in relieving anxiety and depression I experience at times. I feel revived and refreshed with an increase in peace of mind.
We feel very fortunate to have Denise Karsen teaching her Kripalu style yoga classes for Spectrum Health. Denise’s kindness and generosity to all fosters a sense of compassion and community. I regularly hear her students remark about how positive the experience is. She teaches in a way that makes everyone feel welcome and she supports them whatever their yoga level may be. With Denise anyone can do it. Participants report reduced stress, and they always leave feeling more relaxed and restored. The technique she uses moves you through poses in a fluid and easy to follow way while she guides you through breath work and introspection ending with an inspiring reading. Her classes are gentle, yet extremely effective for strengthening the body and relaxing the mind. She always strives to make her classes better and better. You can’t imagine how much better you’ll feel.
While recovering from my lumpectomy and preparing for chemotherapy, I saw a news segment on a new restorative yoga class being offered, suitable for cancer patients. I jumped at anything that might help me through treatment even though I've never been a big "fan" of yoga. That was February 2016. I am so happy that I took a chance. The instructors at Breathe Healing helped me focus on breathing, stretches and positions designed to help with nausea and other treatment side effects, and, importantly, my goal of healing. The meditation aspect of classes helped me focus on my wellness during the worst of times. I always feel better after class; always. I highly recommend these instructors. Their classes have been a bright spot during a difficult time.
If you're looking for a yoga class that nurtures your spirit and caters to people of every fitness level and ability, the Friday Breathe Healing Arts yoga class at Central Reformed Church is for you. Denise Karsen, is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor with many years of experience and a welcoming personality, teaches this class. Her teaching style is nonjudgmental, empowering and gentle, a perfect reflection of Kripalu philosophy. Denise also does a great job of giving people with mobility limitations alternatives to traditional yoga poses and she continually reminds students to listen to their own bodies and do what is comfortable. An uplifting experience and a great way to end the week!”
The classes are appropriate for anyone and Denise is always helpful and conducts classes that cover all parts of the body. Since attending these classes I have noted much improvement in flexibility, strength and balance. All so important! In addition Denise is a highly qualified Thai-Shiatsu massage therapist and I can speak from personal experience about the benefits I have received her massages. I encourage anyone to try the classes or to get a massage.
Wanted to share a wonderful yoga class I'm taking. It is restorative yoga through Spectrum Health (downtown campus) with Denise Karsen. The class includes mindful breathing, awareness of the body and gentle flowing yoga movements. This is done in a very peaceful, supportive atmosphere where community tends to be created. You do not need any experience to join the classes. I'm grateful to be participating in this restorative, mindful class and practice. It helps bring me back to center. It stays with me.... Namaste