Thornhill Meditation & Yin Yoga (meditation for mindful living) was founded in 2007 and is operated by Karen Kofman. It is located in Thornhill, Ontario.
Karen has been certified in Meditation instruction (samatha and vipassana) by Bangkok Natural Healing Academy. In the winters of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Karen travelled to Thailand to study with monks and master teachers. Her teachings are based on Buddhist principles and she continues to study under the guidance of her teacher Jess Koffman.
As well as teaching meditation and mindfulness, Karen is certified in Hatha Yoga. She teaches Yin Yoga classes on Zoom. These are intimate, gentle classes that include meditation instruction.
With her reiki background (level 3 – master) she also teams up with Mindy Zeifman to offer a Yin Yoga & Reiki Healing Class. (Stay tuned for the announcement of when these classes will return.)
Other certifications include Siam Reiki – Level 3 Master (Nov. 2017), Certified Aromatherapy (Healing Fragrances School of Aromatherapy, Sept. 2004), and Certified Foot Reflexologist (Ontario College of Reflexology, Aug. 2005).
Karen also teaches meditation individually in addition to teaching introductory courses several times a year. She has taught in educational establishments including high schools (both teachers and students), Seneca College, the Toronto Board of Education (grades 9–12), business corporations and non-profit organizations (no charge). Learn more about her Corporate Meditation and Yoga sessions, here.
Karen is on the board of The Mindfulness Society of Canada where weekly teachings are offered for free. She is also an associate instructor for the Society.
In February 2020, Karen teamed with Reiki teacher and mindfulness instructor Salima Pirani and hosted a 5-day Retreat in Costa Rica, which now runs yearly in the late winter.
In January of 2021, Karen began to offer free weekly group meditations and due to popularity, has continued to offer them every week. Everyone is welcome to join. No fee!
In January 2013, Karen achieved certification in Hot Yoga. In November 2014, she became certified in Yin Yoga as a student of Tracy Soghrati. Since the Fall of 2015, Karen has continued her yoga teacher training under the guidance of Galina Silberberg.
Pre-pandemic, weekly Yin Yoga classes were offered at Karen’s home studio in Thornhill, ON. Karen plans to bring these back eventually and looks forward to when we are all able to make a safe return to in-person classes (the date of the return of these classes is TBD). These classes are infused with meditation and mindfulness teachings in order for the student to bring awareness to each posture and to gain skills to become more calm and relaxed in both mind and body.