Karen is inspired  by the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar, which encourage yoga to be accessible to all, and which recognise the importance of yoga practices beyond the purely physical.

Her own practice and teaching are also influenced by the intention of undoing tensions and being in rather than doing postures. She has explored these ideas under the guidance of John Stirk and Peter Blackaby and continues to study with other Scaravelli-inspired teachers.

Karen  studies and practices  mahamudra meditation  (from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition) under the guidance of Maaarten Vermasse, as well as attending insight meditation retreats. She completed the NICE-recognised eight-week mindfulness course and teacher training for this course.