A Little About me
Hi, I'm Carly and I'm a musician, writer, yoga, meditation and yoga nidra guide, menstrual mentor and womxn's circle facilitator.
I founded Moon Forest Flow in 2016 as a home for my yoga, nidra, nature, womxn's circle and menstrual cycle awareness work.
I created Wild Woman Club as a way of gathering and empowering a diverse and inclusive community of wild womxn who share an interest in wild and cyclical living and as a platform through which to share exclusive content and resources.
We retreat to the moon lodge, delve into the forest and surrender to the flow to reconnect to the simplicity of a wilder life.
Welcome to our virtual forest camp! Grab yourself a cup of tea and dive in, there's lots to read and free resources to explore...
Why I do What I do...
Yoga, nidra, nature, womxn's circles and menstrual cycle awareness have helped me to heal from trauma and anxiety and to live with 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 was a hot mess before yoga helped me learn how to live in this mad world.
I discovered yoga as a teenager whilst working 3 jobs to support myself through College 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 the teachings really began to take root and do their work.
Yoga, nidra, nature, sisterhood 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, 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 share these practices came from a place of feeling impassioned about this work and wanting to make it my life and to share with others these practices and experiences that I had found so transformative. We're all on our own unique journeys, so 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! 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.
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.
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 use permissive, invitational language whilst still providing enough containment to hold the practice space safely.
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.
Outside of The Studio
Outside of the studio I live in a caravan in the country with my partner Josh, where he makes silver jewellery and together we play music as Hope in High Water. Music has been a huge part of my life always and I sing and play banjo, bass & piano. I adore reading and writing, my favourite kinds of books are non-fiction books about women’s health and nature and I love a good sci-fi/dystopian novel. A few of my favourite authors are J.G Ballard, Neil Gaiman, Alexandra Pope & Latham Thomas. I’m currently working on a book about menstrual cycle awareness and have a blog where I share my writing regularly. The morning is my favourite time of day, my friends are incredibly, incredibly important to me, I’m obsessed with a good old builder’s brew and I live for the outdoors. My favourite way to spend time is out in nature with a cup of tea and a good book.
I share this because for me when I’m looking for a movement guide, spaceholder or menstrual mentor I want to know a little about the person I’m investing in.
'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
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
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 50 Hours with Deborah Berryman at Whitespace Yoga Studio ~ December 2019
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