Yoga Spotlight ... Koren Kiener


Hello there! I’m Koren, a San Francisco based wellness instructor specializing in a unique integration of Vinyasa Yoga, Mindfulness practices and Meditation.

I hold two 200-hour RYT certifications, and in the course of my own studentship, I have acquired hundreds of additional hours of study.

I currently partner with local Bay Area communities through teaching regular classes, workshops and retreats. I have collaborated with global organizations in various capacities and am also a blogging contributor for a small wellness company. Ultimately, I am driven to help my students pause, honor the present moment, reconnect to their authentic truth, and create space for overall wellness.

I believe that we all have a unique story that deserves introspection in order to facilitate personal growth at a deep level. To me, these practices are a compass towards self-discovery, transformation, healing, compassion, and empowerment.

For more information about Koren and her Yoga work please visit www.korenkieneryoga.com

We asked Koren about using music in her work

How do you use music?

Generally, I lead and practice meditation in silence. However, there are appropriate moments when subtle sounds from singing bowls and bells can be quite calming and peaceful. I try not to allow music to inform the pace of a yoga practice, but instead, be a complement to how students experience the poses. Music can help people to connect with their emotional and mental energies. As much as possible, I select purely instrumental music with minimal to no lyrics (with the exception of chanting) so as not to distract students with the words from songs. I believe that instrumentals alone can really uproot more connected awareness to our full being.

What does music do for you?

Music is and can be a beautiful accompaniment to both a movement and seated practice. Since yoga and meditation are highly sensory experiences, I’ve found that mindful instrumentals can really anchor you into the moment. When appropriate, percussion-based instruments can help to raise energy in strengthening postures, while softer rhythms cater to more restorative poses.

Why Aroshanti

I love the worldly element that Aroshanti offers. It is always quite impressive to see a musician master with a varying array of instruments and incorporate them so thoughtfully together. His mission is very much represented in his compositions as it embodies soothing, relaxing and uplifting tones. I also appreciate that he has created tracks for specific purposes i.e. within his “Tao Relaxation,” “Zen Relaxation,” etc.

What is it you particularly like about Aroshanti’s music?

His collection can suit any practitioner at any time. As humans, we are always on a quest towards healing in some way or another, so I love that he weaves this intention into his work. What I find fascinating is that he has developed songs that possess both gentle and energetic tones. These qualities merged together are conducive towards finding deeper stability, positivity, and inspiration. Thank you Aroshanti for your artistry in providing wellness advocates with beautiful music for spiritual study and healing.