Carol is our newest Yoga teacher here at Chevron Island Physio’s Soul Space. Our classes are kept to a maximum of 7 people creating an intimate and personalsied class maximising benefits and minimising injury. Carol is a positive and vibrant instructor who we feel lucky to have teaching with us.
Here’s a bit more about Carol:
QUESTION 1: Why did I become a yoga teacher?
My primary goal of completing a teacher training course was to understand – who, what, where, why and how of yoga? Who are yogis (or past yogi’s)? What was the background/purpose of yoga? Where did it originate? Why did I feel the way I did after doing yoga? And how do I fit yoga into my daily lifestyle? I knew that I gained more from doing yoga and seemed like a natural progression to teach others. I hope that through guiding others to the practice of yoga, that they are able to gain more (not just the physical aspects) – positive vibes, a positive mind and a positive life.
Question 2: How does yoga influence my normal day-to-day life?
For three years my husband and I lived in Hua Hin Thailand and have recently returned back home to the Gold Coast. Yoga has guided my transition back to Australia and continues to support a positive mindset for this transition. Change can be challenging yet yoga has taught me to remain patient, persist and endure. Life is ever changing and learning to apply the philosophy of yoga to balance work and life, is invaluable.
Question 3: Yoga can be intimidating for new clients. What advice may assist with new students?
Yes, yoga can be intimidating – at first, however when you experience the essence of the energy from practitioners and the asana (posture) practice, you will understand that we are all on our own journey. We have all been beginners…we all are at different levels, with different bodies and different energy level (even from day to day). Yoga is about the transformation of oneself (the connection of the body, mind and spirit) and you will gain so much more by regularly practicing yoga.
Question 4: What can people expect to see or notice in themselves when they become regular in their yoga practice?
For me, practicing yoga regularly is not only a physiological need but also a psychological need. My mind is peaceful, calm and balanced to the modern elements of life. My husband is acutely aware, if I have not practices yoga! My whole well-being is different and I am not my true self. Benefits from yoga isn’t just about the physical elements, for me, its about the mental and spiritual elements that I can no longer live without, which you too can enjoy!
Question 5: Do I have a favourite posture?
I really don’t have a posture that I feel strongly about. What I really enjoy is the meditative feeling when I am in the ‘zone’ whilst doing my practice. When my body feels great, my breath is long and deep and the ‘heightened’ internal consciousness appears. Its the feeling, the calmness and the serenity that I gain from doing regular practice, which keeps me committed to getting on my mat.
Question 6: What do you need to do yoga?
To prepare for yoga practice, I would recommend drinking water (1 glass – 2 hours before hand) and abstain from heavy foods prior to your yoga session. It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from or at what age you begin – movement and yoga can help.
Question 7: What style of yoga do I teach?
Whilst I have gained my 500hr RTY (Registered with the US and Australia) accreditation in Rishikeshi India for Hatha Yoga, Astanga yoga and Vinyasa/Astanga modified yoga, I have adapted my sessions to cater for various clients specific needs. I have been fortunate to attended numerous workshops designed for healing, health and rejuvenation towards improving my teaching methods to guide practitioners safely, such as the ability to use props to assist with modifications of specific posture. With these modifications you will gain greater flexibility, balance and overall body strength.
Explore the practice of yoga at the newly renovated “Yoga Soul Space’ at Chevron Island Physio
“make time for yourself and embrace your body. Its is the most amazing thing you will ever own”
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