Karen O'Brien Kop

Karen O’Brien-Kop completed the MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2014 and continued to a PhD program in the Department of Religions and Philosophies. Karen is completing her doctoral research project, which centres on the YogasÅ«tra of Patanjali in relation to Buddhist textual accounts of yoga in the early 1st millennium CE. Karen has studied Sanskrit, and been a recipient of the Phiroz Mehta scholarship and the Ouseley Memorial language scholarship. At SOAS, she also teaches and co-organizes The Sanskrit Reading Room, a fortnightly reading and research seminar.


"Julie has been one of the most inspirational teachers for me. She teaches so very skilfully, taking great care to 'keep everybody on board' as she shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with humour, passion and compassion. " Andrea Hanagarth (Yoga Academy teacher), May 2010