After injuring her back during a racquetball match, Karen Rudolph wondered if she’d ever play her favorite sport again. Upon her massage therapist’s recommendation, she tried Hatha yoga and discovered that relaxation helped her body mend faster. She explored this ancient mind-body connection, fell in love with its peacefulness and physical benefits, and soon became a certified instructor. In the late 1990s, after resuming racquetball and taking up hiking and biking, she left her career in the corporate world to pursue yoga. After teaching on her own for more than 20 years, in 2011 Karen founded Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness, a studio devoted to holistic healing, deep breaths, and poses that build enough strength and balance to bench-press an orca while riding a surfboard.
Inside the studio’s tranquil Serenity Room, students explore holistic health from a variety of angles, including private sessions of energy-balancing reiki, Thai bodywork, integrative chakra healing, and cranio-sacral therapy. Once a month, the room also hosts thermography imaging sessions, which assess and address the inflamed muscles and nerve dysfunction associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia, TMJ, and diverticulitis. Nearby, the Yin Yang Room hosts classes ranging from aikido lessons for kids and lunch yoga sessions for adults of all skill and appetite levels.