- Rev. Stephan Bergstrom, M.Div., MFT
“Every once in a while someone comes along who is such a pleasure to have in a course (Three Principals), Karen is one. I am so grateful that she’s “there” doing this work.”
- Dr. Jack Pransky, Ph.D.
“Karens loving spirit and genuine curiosity about others both draws them in and draws them out - in her presence people feel completely embraced. She embodies wholeness - which has evolved from a lifetime of experience and healthy choices making her someone others wish to emulate. What I love most about Karen, as a friend of 40 years and former colleague is her ability to laugh easily and wholeheartedly! There is a time to laugh and a time to cry - and she’s mastered them both.”
- Rev. Karin Moberg, BSW, M.Div.
“Karen is a “Movement Evangelist” whether on a yoga mat, a dance floor, or a stage. I have been inspired by Karen’s talent and her nature for many years, as a teacher, as a colleague, and as a friend.”
- Mitch Blessing, MFA, Actor, Musician
“I have been a friend, colleague, student and peer of Karen Ambika since 1983. She is a bright light of unconditional love and energy that manifests as passion and a zest for life. I was privileged to be her student as she was training at Kripalu Center and am forever blessed that she took time to adjust my poses and breath, and to lay the foundation for my yoga practice today. She teaches with her intuition, creativity, and a love for movement. She is a breath of joy! A wise, authentic, and experienced teacher.”
- Kim Taylor, MS, LCDC
“Ambika is open, aware, conscious, and present. As a Teacher she is compassionate and honest, fearlessly traveling with her students through the mysteries of the divine. Her curious nature and delightful sense of humor are always present. Her wisdom and innate insights are always at the ready. She is one of the most passionate and caring people I’ve ever known and also has a contagious child like, playful spirit. She’s inviting, understanding, and inspires everyone in her wake. Ambika is also very knowledgeable and competent, seeking to know how the power of mind, body, and spirit flow in balance with our past, present, and future, within our present environment and our innate being. She is sensitive and completely supportive to her students ever evolving growth potential. She found me exactly where I was and loved me whole heartedly. She taught me the courage to dance as if no one was watching and to sing as if no one was listening. Inspiring me to understand my deep connection with all that is and to give freely, my talents and gifts.”
- Caleb Fricke, Singer, Song Writer, Actor, Spiritual Seeker
“Karen Filardo is my friend and colleague. I have known her for over thirty years, and I can attest to her vibrance, intelligence, and deep commitment to exploring broadly and deeply, the experiences of being human. This makes her a kind, lively, and wise teacher. Her presence is a gift to the world.”
- Rev. Taju Geri Wilimek, MSW, LICSW, Qualified MBSR Teacher