After class today the pain that has been bothering me in my lower back and glutes went away! I've been seeing physical therapists and chiropractors for the last two years and your class is the only thing that has given me sustained relief. I love how you described yoga as a "vacation from life" which is so true for me. I really don't know how I'd survive without your class every week. Thank you for everything!
~Melinda Hwang, Marketing Manager
Koren is methodical and precise in the Iyengar tradition, without taking the joy out of yoga. She works with students’ limitations, but encourages them to push their boundaries and over time gets them to do what they couldn’t accomplish before.
~ Martin Keleti, Attorney
Every class with Koren is a unique adventure-like a journey along an exciting path. Koren is why I fell in love with Iyengar yoga.
~ Veronica Wolkow, Yoga Teacher
Koren is insightful, wise, creative and generous. She makes yoga transformational and accessible to everyone.
~ Karen Smid, Anthropologist
I always leave Koren’s classes feeling a couple of inches taller and a few pounds lighter-physically and mentally.
~ Peter Stengaard, Music Producer, Song Writer, Artist Development
Koren is a wonderful teacher, who not only has the technical expertise to teach Iyengar Yoga, but a passion to share what she knows and an apparent desire that her students get it. I find her classes uplifting, her humor and teaching style a joy.
~Sasha Marcus, Massage Therapist
Koren is a rare find in the Iyengar community. She is truly a master with a stern commitment to her practice and teaching. She lavishes her students with the opportunity for excellence-always with humor, grace and love.
~ Laurie Potash-Bresnick, Owner of Hot from LA
The teaching of yoga can serve as a much needed roadmap to a way of life. Koren has been like a GPS navigation to yoga for me. She has helped change my practice of going to class, to surrendering to her wisdom, patience and skills.
~ Marvin Crenshaw, Plumbing Engineer
Koren's precise demonstrations make her classes accessible to beginners and her descriptive instructions challenge experienced athletes and yogis. Her knowledge of the practice is readily evident in her explanations of the poses and their many benefits. Best of all, her sense of humor keeps the class light hearted and fun. Koren inspires me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of, practice with her has opened my heart to the infinite possibilities of this life.
~ Melanie Morgan Shatto, Photography Instructor, Santa Monica College
Combining joy and humor with the compassion of a soul older then her years, it is no wonder Koren reaches all her students, whether kids, teens, older folks or anyone in between. Her teaching style is thoughtful and heartfelt; Iyengar yoga at it’s best. Through Koren’s careful guidance I feel safe to explore and challenge myself, knowing that wherever I happen to be in my own life on any given day, in her yoga class I’m right where I need to be.
~ Barbara Powers, Writer
Koren is wonderful! She is a super well-informed Iyengar instructor who keeps learning more moves every time you go to class! To top it off her personality gets me out of my own bad moods on a regular basis. I recommend her classes to everyone.
~ Mark Hull, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
The most passionate pursuer of practice. It’s always an honor to be Koren’s student.
~ Chris Barnicle, Director of Global Operations for the Universal Learning Center
Koren’s natural ability to develop dedicated students through direct insight and graceful loving humor is as beautiful as the complex simplicity of Tree pose. I’m forever honored to know her way.
~ Gabrielle Chambliss, Teacher, Dance/Movement Specialist
Koren's yoga teaching style might best be described as playful and fun yet embodying the depth of her having learned directly from a living master. I wholeheartedly appreciate every class I've taken with her.
~ Joe Pleniukas, Film Editor
Koren was my very first Iyengar yoga teacher and I could not have gone through the initial steps without her. She was so patient and kept her wonderful sense of humor. I feel she is one of the best teachers a person could ask for. I cherish her wonderful attitude.
~ Irene Mariano, Faux Painter/Artist
Koren’s teaching exemplifies a rare excellence for teaching teenagers yoga. Her clear and simple instructions, keen observation skills and a willingness to interact with students to benefit their learning experience all make for a classroom dynamic that is magnetic for teenagers.
~ Christy Brock, Co-Author of Yoga 4 Teens, www.yogaminded.com
Hey Miss Paalman, I am pretty sure you don't remember me but I remember you. I was your student back in 1998 when I was a Newcomer student at Belmont High School. I joined the Army and am currently stationed in Germany. I've done two tours in Iraq. I am glad to see you still work at Belmont. Take care Miss Paalman. Every time I hear the song "Imagine" by John Lennon I think about your class (you made us sing the song in class).
~ Emery Cabrera, U.S. Army