A Little About me
Hi love, welcome to my little corner of the internet, I'm so glad you're here!
I'm Carly and I'm a musician, writer, womxn's yoga & yoga nidra teacher, cyclical living guide, menstrual mentor and womxn's circle facilitator with a huge passion for cyclical living and wildness.
I offer in person and online yoga and yoga nidra classes, menstrual cycle awareness courses and resources, menstrual mentoring sessions, womxn’s circles and nature based retreats and adventures.
I love sunrise and coffee, dancing and dogs, cactuses, music and books. I’m happiest when I’m in nature and when I’m listening to womxn share their stories. I’m fascinated by identity and stories because they have the capacity to both entrap and emancipate and I believe everyone deserves to live free.
I created Wild Woman Club as a way of gathering and empowering a community of wild womxn who share an interest in wild and cyclical living and as a platform through which to share exclusive wild and cyclical living content and resources.
I am a certified Well Woman Yoga Therapy & Pregnancy Yoga teacher with a particular interest in yoga for womxn’s bodies, yoga nidra, breaking taboos, congruency and a cyclical approach to life and practice.
I've shared a little portion of my story below and I can't wait to hear yours.
Why I do What I do...
Before I discovered yoga I was in survival mode. I went from work to sleep to work and from addiction to obsession looking for something that felt like it was missing in places I would never find it.
My first yoga class in an East London gym cracked through the barriers I'd had up for a lifetime and as I sat there cry laughing in confusion I knew I was close to that something that was missing but it wasn’t until I left London for a simpler and safer life in the countryside and re-established a relationship to myself and to nature that I remembered what it was.
It found me on a mountaintop
I still remember the exact moment. I closed my eyes to take it all in and when I opened them again the mist parted, the expansive panoramic view opened up before me and I remembered what it was to be free. In that moment that the course of my life was about to change and it did.
For 5 years I opened up boxes I'd locked away and with each unfolding story and its accompanying cascade of physical and emotional pain I discovered new ways to cope: yoga, meditation, restorative, yoga nidra, the forest, the ocean, the mountains and then eventually the most medicinal of them all...
A circle of womxn
I remember being completely terrified the first time I sat in circle, I had no idea what to expect, I was terrified of speaking in a group and had always had tricky relationships with groups of women (girl gang school vibes) but it was completely transformative and healing in ways I could never have anticipated and changed the course of my life's work completely.
I am not a natural feeler. I have always run from challenging emotions given half a chance and if left unchecked still catch myself trying to! Womxn's circles helped me connect to my emotions, reminded me how important it is to feel fully and offered the space for my stories to be heard, held and transformed.
I started offering gatherings that I called wild yoga but no 'yoga' ever happened. We just sang, shared, cried and danced under the moonlight.
I kept opening boxes and I kept finding new ways to run from their contents and then at 29 years old my body gave up on me. After years of trying to contain and suppress my stories and pain through addictions and obsessions I found myself in bed exhausted, swollen joints, in excruciating pain and unable to move.
It took 3 years to recover and a huge part of that journey was learning to live a slower, more cyclical life that honoured the rhythms of nature and my body. And Moon Forest Flow as born: a wild and cyclical approach life and practice.
Yoga, nidra, nature, womxn's circles and Menstrual Cycle Awareness have helped me to heal from trauma and anxiety and to ride the waves moods and emotions, 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.
Yoga, nidra, nature, womxn's circles and Menstrual Cycle Awareness have helped to heal my body and mind in ways I had never thought possible. These practices 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, congruency and connection and to honour my wild and cyclical nature.
Bringing yoga, womxn and nature together feels like a homecoming.
I want nothing more than for every woman to know their worth, reclaim their body as their own and be empowered with the body literacy they deserve to live a life of freedom.
If you're here and you're feeling drawn to these offerings then welcome! I can't wait to meet you.
'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
When it comes to yoga I love to work hard, play hard and rest incredibly hard! Some days I like to sweat, dance, roll around on the floor, 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.
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 and doesn't always need to be hard work, some days the greatest challenge is to surrender to what we truly need.
Permissive & Inclusive
I seek to offer an inclusive, supportive, autonomous and nurturing environment which seeks to provide the space and freedom to explore the practice in a way that suits and serves your ever shifting mental, physical and emotional needs. I am defiant and rebellious and don't enjoy being told what to do so I try not to tell you what to do either and instead seek to use permissive, invitational language whilst still providing enough containment to keep you safe from injury.
My intention: Freedom
My intention as a person sharing these practices is to invite the exploration of freedom and unearth the many individual pathways to liberation and connection through movement, self enquiry, meditation, breath, community and rest. Exploring resistance, defences and habitual patterns through the lens of movement, meditation and relaxation to discover the freedom to breathe well, move well and live well.
I offer: Wildness
I offer movement inspired by our wild nature; playful, spontaneous, fluid, cyclical, rhythmic and self-guided and regularly weave stories, themes and ideas from daily life and nature into the practices. My approach is very much rooted in the modern day whilst also drawing inspiration from, honouring and respecting the lineage and traditions of these practices.
I choose: Honesty
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.
Please read my Inclusivity and Diversity page to learn about my commitments in terms of how I show up as a teacher.
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.
'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
Some of the best teachers, healers, facilitators and musicians I've ever met are the ones that are self-taught. I believe wholeheartedly in trusting a person and their innate skills and passions over a certificate, particularly because often the people with a lot of innate skill and passion don't have the resources to train as training is expensive! I have a vision that some day we'll be able to pass yoga on through mentorship for free like the old days and sack off all this officialdom. But for those who need/like stats...
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training course through my local training provider, Whitespace Yoga, in June 2016. Since then I have taken the training courses below and am committed to always learning, developing and growing.
Certification and Experience
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Whitespace Yoga Studio ~ March 2015-June 2016
Total Yoga Nidra Immersion with Nirlipta Tuli ~ January 2018
Healing Early Developmental Trauma Through the Body with Ralf Marzen ~ October 2019
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 50 Hours with Deborah Berryman at Whitespace Yoga Studio ~ December 2019
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training at Whitespace Yoga Studio with Dawn Wright ~ October 2020
Mentoring and workshops with my mentor and guide Naseem Khakoo
Menstrual Cycle Awareness practice since 2012, cycle tracking since 1999, Menstrual Cycle Awareness Mentoring since 2018
Facilitator of womxn's circles since 2016