About Kahlena Movement Studio

Kahlena Movement Studio is founded by Karen Kobel as a welcoming place where people of all levels can come together to explore, grow and laugh together. Our studio provides the space from which you can build your exercise regime one class at a time in a supportive environment. We celebrate your victories and encourage you in moments of doubt. While pilates, dance and yoga are serious disciplines, when incorporated into your regular exercise routine, it can bring joy, balance and inner peace in your life.

Meet the Founder – Karen Kobel

Karen finds freedom and inspiration in movement, whether she’s watching or actually moving. She has been given an opportunity to integrate her diverse training into classes. This union has led to a unique warm up and work out that encourages her clients to discover full body awareness by finding their centre, allowing for deeper discovery through the mind, the body as well as their breath.
By incorporating mat-based moves to dance class and dance-based moves to pilates, she brings grace to the mat and stability to the dance.

Over the last few years, she has found movement to be some of the best healing for the mind, body, and soul. Karen loves sharing her experiences and discoveries with those who are interested in moving to heal as well as tapping into one’s own mind, body, and soul for healing. Putting them all together into her unique studio you find incredible opportunities to: BREATHE. MOVE. CONNECT. UNLEASH!

After discovering her love for movement and fitness, Karen discovered Pilates and CI training and created a unique class format that not only allows the body to flow from movement to movement, but it also allows the mind to connect to the present moment, leaving her clients feeling rejuvenated, renewed, and restored.
Karen’s diverse history entails performing for various artists such as Mia Michaels, Jay Norman, Marjon Van Grunsven, Tomi Galaska, Mary Carbonaro and Peter Grey Terhune. She has performed on the Regal Princess and Crown Princess Cruise ships, Madora, and other local artists.
After returning from Kenya and Uganda in November 2013, Karen realized the importance of tuning into one’s life purpose. After teaching women with HIV Pilates/Dance/Strength Training and listening to their life stories she realized her life purpose to inspire others, especially women to find their own voice just as she found after the past few years of focusing on finding me mine. Karen inspires and share her experiences with others in the hopes that it will help them believe that anything is possible, and everything is possible!

Formal Training and Certifications

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Majoring in Dance – East Carolina University
Simonson Certified Dance Instructor
Stott Certified Pilates Instructor
CI Training Certified Instructor
Costa Yoga Certified
Reiki Master Practitioner – Level 1&2
Sound Bowl Healer – Life Changing Energy