I grew up in a small town on the coast of North Carolina. I attended college and studied Geography, Global Health, and Social and Economic Justice. During college, I learned more about systems of oppression and a variety of ways to resist these systems through social change efforts. After college, I spent time traveling and living abroad in Australia and New Zealand. I returned back to North Carolina right before the pandemic quarantine, which, as for many, was a time of personal reflection and transformation.
I developed a consistent yoga practice as I worked towards embodied awareness and radical self-acceptance and self-love. Yoga has been an instrumental tool in my healing journey and in understanding my body. I realized that I wanted to dive deeper into learning more about the practice and how I can share it with others. That led me to move to Austin, Texas where I participated in the Waking Yoga 200-hour, trauma-informed yoga teacher training. The Waking Yoga training has equipped me with teaching skills that focus on accessibility, body positivity, and liberation, which has led me to joining Body Collective.
I teach yoga. My training is in hatha and hatha flow, but my teaching style tends to incorporate more vinyasa. Additionally, I plan to integrate somatic movement into my classes.
What to expect from a class with Carly
My yoga classes are intentional, playful, and explorative. I sequence my flows to have a natural arc that resembles waking up, moving through the world, and falling back asleep. I hope to offer a variety of options for many poses and encourage students to intuitively feel which option suits their bodies. Depending on the season, I aim to build heat in my classes and encourage mental and physical strength building. I like to incorporate static poses and dynamic movement, with the opportunity to choose what is needed for you and your body at that time.
My playlists typically are instrumental and match the pace of the movements. Overall, you can expect to have fun and leave with some sweat and a more regulated nervous system!
Fun fact about Carly
This is not a funny fact, but rather a fun fact. I have the word fun tattooed on my ankle because I love to have FUN! 🙂