Do you struggle to get into daily exercise?
Do you have a hard time finding the time or motivation?
Do you not like the feeling of not exercising and all the aches and pains of “feeling your age”?
Nauvoo Yoga, a Nauvoo business run by Nauvoo resident Karen Blunier, might be just what you need.
Blunier and her husband Joe moved to Nauvoo in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Joe started working as a pharmacist at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison, Iowa. Karen and Joe are both Army veterans who served as medics and nurses. They met during Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and were stationed together at Fort Bliss (near El Paso, Texas) for nursing school. They have five children, ages 17 to 4.
A native of Southern California, Karen took yoga classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo while studying to obtain her degree as a Registered Nurse (RN). In 2017, she became a certified yoga instructor from Expert Rating, at an online fitness training school.
Nauvoo Yoga opened its doors in 2019 and had from five to 15 customers who ranged in age from 17 to 77. Karen led participants in both Beginning and Total Body Yoga classes.
Karen and her family went through a difficult time in 2020 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time the COVID-19 pandemic was just beginning. She underwent five surgeries and five months of chemotherapy treatments. The story of her battle with cancer was printed in these pages in October 2020 and can be found in the link below.
Karen found that yoga was beneficial to help with the anxiety of cancer treatments and continues to be the methodology she uses to keep her anxiety controlled and manageable to this day. Thankfully, her cancer is now in remission. During that trial, yoga was very helpful for her physical and mental health, repairing and restoring her body after all it had been through.
With cancer kicked to the curb, Karen is now passionate about helping others restore or repair their health so they can feel better, especially if they have been suffering from less than optimal health. Having suffered with poor health and faced with a morbid reality that her life could be taken from her whether she was ready for it or not, she developed a real passion for a prevention-focused mindset.
The importance of consistency is where the real benefit is felt.
Says one client, “Anyone can do yoga at home, and there are many videos on YouTube nowadays, but there is something about going to class that gets me to actually do it and how she teaches that is so calming and effective.” During the COVID shutdown many of the clients reported stopping their consistent practice of yoga and are pleased to be back at it again.
In early November 2021, Karen decided she was ready to get back into the yoga business and start teaching again. She began offering online yoga classes via Zoom only, but now is happy to announce that she will be back in the studio for live classes at 1450 Knight St., Ste. 210 (the old school).
MWF 6 am (online only) Total Body Yoga for all levels, beginners welcome.
MW evenings at 5:30-6:30 pm Total Body Yoga, all levels
T-Th mornings at 8:15-8:40 at Chair Yoga
T-Th mornings at 8:45-9:30 am for Gentle yoga
Wednesday 3:45-4:30 pm Kids Yoga/Tumbling (space is limited)
Wednesday 6:15-6:45 pm Teens Class/Chill Class
Thursdays at 9:30-10:30 am “Mommy and Me Music Time” class for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
The first class is always free, so you can try it out and see if the experience is a good fit for you.
Nauvoo Yoga will have a “Grand Re-Opening” event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 pm (1450 Knight St., Ste. 210). Karen urges readers to stop by to meet her, see the studio and to get some freebies, food and fun! The event will also offer books for sale, including one entitled by Oscar Espino, “You Can Overcome Anything! With Love” in which Karen Blunier was a contributing author.