YogaContemporary Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, Mentoring, Teacher Training
is a term which means ‘to yoke’, to join together, to unite. It’s a vast field of knowledge and practice that continues to grow and cross-fertilise beyond culture, belief or geography. If we strip away all the baggage and misconceptions, we find an archetypal and empowering set of life skills that help us cultivate a state of awakened, joyful, embodied living.
My first experiences of yoga were from a book, as a teenager in N E Scotland. There were no classes in those days. Years later I found Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and loved the freedom of ‘self practice’ and the flowing breath-focused form. I was hooked. It was the beginning of a much broader enquiry into the field of yoga.
I was taught a long time ago that the physical challenges of yoga (the asana work that we tend to think IS yoga) are really the means to get still and be able to sit comfortably. For Western bodies, it seems we need to work pretty hard at that. Pattahbi Jois (who developed the Ashtanga Vinyasa form) was often heard to say to his students “Practice, practice, all is coming.” I’m starting to understand what he meant. These practices give us the inner resources to move through life with grace, gratitude and joyfulness – whatever else is going on.
A love affair with yoga and the moving body inevitably leads to, a sitting practice and the study of meditation and mindfulness – and how these practices overlap with the field of yoga and with heightened creative states.
I love to translate these practices into simple teachings available to all, irrespective of belief system, gender, cultural background or level of experience
I teach what I love.
Benefits of Regular Yoga Practice
Increased flexibility & strength
More energy and vitality
Ability to relax and restore well-being
Greater resilience in dealing with day-day challenges
An increased awareness of energetic flow states
A growing sense of connection with others and with the natural world
More congruence in being regardless of external stressors
The ability to breath deep and be present
Tuition – What We Offer
I currently teach classes at Bristol University as part of the ‘Get Active’ faculty. Having run independent classes in Bristol for the last 15 years, I’m taking a break until the autumn term. I have no public classes at present.
One:One (or twos)
I teach an adaptable style of yoga in response to the student’s needs and level of ability – from complete beginners to seasoned practitioners. Meditation, breath or voice work can be included.
I work with all sorts of people and ability levels – from wheel-chair bound through to the super-fit and quite often with couples who have complicated and differing needs. I currently have some availability.
I’m an experienced mentor to trainee and new teachers.
References provided on request.
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Graduate of the Michael Stone Meditation Facilitation Mentorship programme (YogaCampus London) and offer Mindfulness Meditation as a stand-alone practice or as part of your training in yoga or voice.
Faculty member at the Abby Hoffmann Yoga School teaching on 200 hour and Embodied Dancer teacher trainings.
Specialist Yoga Teacher Training module Voice for Yoga Teachers a one or two-day course in embodied voice production for yoga professionals (can be tailored to fit other groups). Functional voice-work & vocal self-expression interfaced with the subtle breath and sound practices of yoga.
Yoga, Meditation and Creativity
I’m currently developing a set of short courses and training that underpin creativity with yoga and stillness practices. These will focus on creative writing, self-expression and the voice. Check the workshops section soon!
These will be CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited by Yoga Alliance
"Caroline has been my yoga teacher for a long time now, She's very good, especially in the way she can tailor a session to suit an individual's needs, For me that means complementing the work i do with my trainer at the gym , and my cycling . There's no doubt that my posture has improved as has my flexibility , and this at a time when many of my contemporaries are going in the other direction . She's an articulate and positive teacher and as a bonus we always do a fair bit of laughing too."
"Caroline is the best yoga teacher I’ve ever had. I love her classes which are tough yet compassionate. She encourages students to ‘find their edge’ and supports them to do so with wisdom, humour, and humility.”
"One to one yoga sessions with Caroline have been so helpful in gaining strength and confidence in my practice and in dealing with the stresses of life. She has always instinctively known what I needed and adapted our sessions to suit whether a breathing session or sequencing strong energising postures. Without a doubt the relaxation and rest element is my favourite. Caroline's voice in guided relaxation is like liquid galaxy chocolate meaning rest is a deliciously relaxing experience. I can't recommend yoga with Caroline highly enough."
"Caroline is an exceptional yoga teacher who combines astute insight with a wealth of practical knowledge, to craft lessons which are both challenging and fun. She manages to cater to our different levels of experience and ambitions in our regular 2 to 1 yoga lessons. She quickly adapts sessions to meet the particular needs arising on the day, creating an open, relaxed and encouraging environment. I always look forward to my yoga lesson –particularly on a frantic day when it is an all to brief haven of calm."
"Caroline provided wonderful, warm and in depth guidance throughout my teacher training. With her help I found my authentic teaching style and voice. Her lessons ask you to dig deep in order to find rich seams of wisdom buried within your practice. I am very grateful for my time spent with Caroline and would warmly recommend studying with her at any available opportunity!"
Dance artist/yoga teacher
"My husband and I have been receiving weekly yoga sessions at home from Caroline for over two years now. We weren't entirely sure what sort of yoga we wanted and we both work differently. However Caroline is so easy going and flexible to what your needs are that it has worked brilliantly! she has a deep knowledge and understanding of various forms of practice that she is able to firstly recognise what may be of benefit and adapt session without breaking the flow. She’s a permanent fixture in our diary!"
Sue & John Forde
"After a 200 hr teacher training course and only a few hours of actual class teaching practice I found it hard to make the transition from fledgling yoga teacher to confident and successful yoga teacher. Caroline's mentoring was invaluable as her vast knowledge, insights and experience assisted me in structuring and delivering good yoga lessons, she also worked on improving my own yoga asana postures and after just one session with her my class teaching was noticeably improved. With Caroline your yoga teaching skills start to rocket. I'm deeply grateful."
Yoga Teacher and TEFL Trainer
"Some of the best hours of my year have been spent practicing with you. I love the energy we create at Yogasara."
“Caroline is a wonderfully cheerful and strong lady. She has given me some very happy and very enjoyable yoga sessions in my home. Over the months I have become more flexible and stronger. Very much enjoy doing vocal work at the end of our sessions.”
"Caroline is a remarkable teacher-trainer who brings a wealth of experience both in asana and in vocal and voice techniques. Her embodied approach to yoga practice is at the heart of her teaching and she is adept at transmitting this through both the skillful incorporation of yoga philosophy and in her ability to meet students at their skill level, giving support and encouragement at every step of the way. I can’t recommend her highly enough."
Abby Hoffmann School of Yoga