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KAREN ELAINE is a musician, yogini, scuba diver and Reiki Master energy healer who enjoys all of these worlds as a participant and teacher. As a solo violist, Ms. Elaine has performed live and recorded with the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA, ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DA PARAÍBA, MORAVIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, on numerous chamber music series, and is the First Place Grand Prize Award Winner of the 1988 BRUNO GIURANNA INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION held in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. Recordings featuring the solo viola work of Karen Elaine include Delos, Tzadik, Fleur de Lis, Harmonia Mundi, RCal, and Laurel Record labels.
Karen combines her passions of music and movement to create the uniquely original performance art piece Acrobatic Yoga & Music (AY-M) in which she collaborates with world-class acrobats in the choreography of dance movements from Johann Sebastian Bach "Suites for Cello"- literally executing "Bach Flips" as she performs the viola as flyer and base in a dynamic and fluid blurring of the lines between dancer and musician.
Karen holds certifications as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor (recreational scuba diving), 200-hour Acro Yoga Montréal Instructor, 200-hour Yoga Alliance RYT Power Yoga Instructor, and Shinpiden Reiki Master Instructor in the Usui Ryoho Reiki School.
Students of Karen have distinguished themselves as acroyoga models, award winners in music, boat captains, scuba diving instructors, environmental lawyers and Reiki practitioners.