My name is Carly and I am a musician, yoga teacher, rewilding advocate and women’s circle facilitator with a passion for yoga nidra, yoga for women’s health and menstrual Cycle Awareness and a deep love for music and nature (especially dogs, trees, mountain music and the moon).
Why I became a Yoga Teacher
Yoga, nidra, nature, women's circles and menstrual cycle awareness have helped me to heal from trauma, live with anxiety and depression, recover from addiction and eating disorders, heal period pain and continue to support me in learning how to break habitual patterns, open my heart, make peace with my mind and live in my body.
I discovered yoga as a teenager but it wasn’t until I left London for a simpler life in the countryside and re-established a relationship to myself and to nature that the teachings really began to take root and do their work.
Yoga, nature and sisterhood have healed my body and mind in ways I had never thought possible. Women, nature and yoga have taught me to take a stand for rhythm, to feel the rumble of rage pulsing through the earth and our bodies and reject any expectation of consistency, predictability and infinite resource. In the forests, on the mat and in circle I have been shown how to truly live from a place of simplicity, contentment and connection and to honour my wild and cyclical nature. Bringing yoga, women and nature together has always felt like a homecoming.
The decision to teach was less a decision and more a heart felt calling to share these transformational and life changing practices with others.
'Yoga is not a workout, it is a workin. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know, be who we already are.' ~ Rolf Gates
I went on to train as a Yoga and Meditation teacher, completing my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training course through the prestigious training provider Whitespace Yoga in June 2016. Since then I have taken Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, restorative, Well Woman Yoga Therapy & Healing early Developmental Trauma Through the Body trainings and am committed to always learning and growing.
My Approach and Style
When it comes to yoga I love to work hard, play hard and rest incredibly hard! I like to sweat, dance, roll around, laugh, cry, try things I don't think I can do, explore things I love and liberate myself from the confines of structure and form to invoke feelings of freedom and wildness.
My intention as a teacher is to invite the exploration of freedom and unearth the many individual pathways to liberation through movement, self enquiry, meditation and breath. Exploring resistance, defences and patterns through the lens of movement, meditation and relaxation to discover the freedom to breathe well, move well and live well.
I seek to offer an inclusive, supportive, autonomous and nurturing environment which offers the space and freedom to explore the practice in a way that suits and serves our ever shifting mental, physical and emotional needs.
I love to explore challenge as I feel yoga can reveal to us that we are capable of so much more than we think we are and helps to challenge self-limiting beliefs.
I offer movement inspired by our wild nature; playful, spontaneous, fluid and self-guided and regularly weave stories, themes and ideas from daily life and nature into the practices. My teachings are very much rooted in the modern day whilst also drawing inspiration from the traditions of the practice and the old ways.
I choose to bring the truth of how I feel to each and every class because I truly believe the more human we can be with each other, the easier it becomes for us to be human.
And finally music is a huge part of my life and therefore my classes, I am a musician, music lover and worked in London in the music industry for years before becoming a yoga teacher. My playlists are diverse and eclectic seeking influence from rock, folk, blues, soul, gospel, dance music, indian classical, world, fusion and more.
Outside of the studio I live for the outdoors. Nature, wild yoga, adventure and rewilding are my passions and I host regular Nature and Yoga Workshops and Retreats combining time spent in nature with yoga and meditation to harness the transformational effects of these powerful practices.
'For me yoga is all about feeling, about being intuitive, authentic and true to yourself. I can’t take someone else's coat and think that I will ever be truly comfortable by squeezing myself into it. I prefer to rip up the best bits of all the coats that I like and tailor them into an absolutely perfect fit for myself. That is how I practice and that is how I teach. I encourage everyone to make their own coats, I don’t want them to try and wear mine but I’m happy to give them a needle, thread and some fabric if it helps.' ~ Dan Peppiatt, Yoga Like Water
Where I teach
I offer private 1:1 and small group yoga sessions in the forest, my yurt space or at Sunrise Studio in Potterspury, teach at a few studios around Milton Keynes, host regular retreats, workshops and wild yoga classes in the forests!
Training, Certification and Experience
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Whitespace Yoga Studio ~ March 2015-June 2016
Teaching Vinyasa Flow with Dawn Wright at Whitespace Yoga Studio ~ January 2017
Well Woman Yoga Therapy Course with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli ~ November 2017
Total Yoga Nidra Immersion with Nirlipta Tuli ~ January 2018
Healing Early Developmental Trauma Through the Body with Ralf Marzen ~ October 2019
mentoring and workshops with Naseem Khakoo at The Heart of Being
Conscious Menstrual Cycle Awareness since 2012, cycle tracking since 1999
Facilitator of women's circles since 2016