Front Desk Team
Meet our front desk team! Our front desk team is here to warmly welcome you to the studio and answer any questions you may have. Since you see them as frequently as you see our teachers, we thought you might want to get to know a little about them.
Karen discovered power yoga after randomly vowing to do it every day, for a year, for her New Year’s resolution several years ago — and, much to her surprise, actually did it! And now she’s hooked. Whether it’s valiantly attempting a challenging pose, reading more about yoga anatomy, or just helping a yoga newbie figure out what’s going on, Karen thrives on learning and sharing about the yoga practice. When she’s not doing yoga, she’s been known to be hiking, rock climbing, sailing, snorkeling, and generally getting into scrapes in the great outdoors. In her academic life, she’s doing graduate work at Cal in a peculiar mix of medieval English, modern ethics, and public policy. At Groove, she’s most likely to be found making a beeline for Matti, the resident studio Bernese Mountain Dog. If you can distract her from the dog, she assures you she’s happy to talk to you as well.
Danielle is a Bay-Area native (yippee!) and is currently studying French and Applied Linguistics at Cal. Meditation first came knocking on her door while taking an after-school art class in 3rd grade, and since then, she has explored pilates, mindfulness, restorative yoga, vinyasa yoga, and dance. A deep desire to move beyond the confines of an anxiety-driven existence and to root herself in the present brought Danielle to Groove’s community in the spring of 2012. The friendships and the practice that she has culvtivated at Groove have inspired Danielle so profoundly that she will begin her yoga-teacher training this summer. If she is not downward-dogging or shifting at Groove’s front desk, Danielle is probably giving Ms. Matti Collins a belly rub, perched by the Campanile in meditation, caught in awe of a majestic tree or sunset, or making new friends with furry campus squirrels. Danielle loves to smile and laugh, so groovy yogis and yoginis, please stop by to say bonjour on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning!