Karuna O'Donnell is highly skilled teacher and teacher trainer who is recognized as a leader in the trauma healing community in Boston and nationwide. Additionally, she offers private instruction, yoga classes and teacher training throughout Greater Boston. Karuna is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is also an educator profoundly committed to a mission of social justice in community based initiatives and a professional committed to delivering consistent, high quality, research-informed learning experiences, which cultivate a culture of respect and dignity. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship for Leadership in Education to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for work with complexly traumatized youth in Dorchester, MA. In the process of achieving her MEd from Harvard, her identities as an artist, activist and teacher converged as a founding member of Survivor Theatre Project, of which she is now a workshop facilitator and leadership team member.
Karuna was employed as a consultant by the Trauma Center Yoga program at Justice Resource Institute, Boston's leading trauma center. Karuna created and implemented a trauma sensitive yoga and arts program with students at Glenhaven Academy in Marlborough MA.
She was selected to assist the groundbreaking Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in 2014 and the Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Conference founded by Nikki Myers and Rolf Gates in 2011 and 2014.
She is certified in Forrest Yoga (Level 3), Trauma Informed Yoga and the Yoga of Twelve Step Recovery. Her next personal act of courage and inspiration is partnering with Christine Rose to found 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness.
She sees yoga and arts learning as her path to becoming an authentic human being with a precious gift to bring to her people. Karuna offers yoga and arts learning as resources for healing in the greater Boston area. Karuna says "facilitating personal acts of courage brightens my spirit tremendously."
"Karuna cares about her students. She draws from the richness of her own life experience and brings that into her teaching. Her hands-on assists are compassionate and healing, and she has the keen ability to modify or amp up poses based on her students' needs. One of the most remarkable things about Karuna is that she truly lives by her yoga and uses the tools she learns on the mat as her foundation for her life."
Heidi Sormaz and Catherine Allen, Forrest Yoga Mentor Teachers