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 writer, yoga teacher, Menstrual Mentor & womxn's circle facilitator with a huge passion for cyclical living and wildness.
I am a certified Well Woman Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Pregnancy Yoga teacher with a love of nature and a particular interest in a Menstrual Cycle Awareness, breaking taboos and a cyclical approach to life and practice.
I offer in person and online yoga and yoga nidra classes, workshops, 1-1 menstrual mentoring sessions, womxn’s circles and nature based retreats and adventures.
I created my Patreon community, 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 love sunrise and coffee, dancing and dogs, cactuses, birds, music and books. I’m happiest when I’m in nature and when I’m listening to people share their stories. I’m fascinated by identity and stories because they have the capacity to both entrap and emancipate and everyone deserves to live free.
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
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
Introduction to Yoga Nidra and iRest with Restful Being ~ October 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
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training at Whitespace Yoga Studio with Dawn Wright ~ October 2020
Professional BSY Holistic Fertility Therapy Diploma ~ 2021 pending
Mentoring & Study
Mentoring and workshops with my mentor and guide Naseem Khakoo
Wild Power Course with Red School and TreeSisters ~ February - April 2018, Online
Menstrual Cycle Awareness practice since 2012, cycle tracking since 1999, Menstrual Cycle Awareness Mentoring since 2018
A Note on Certification...
As fellow Menstrual Cycle Awareness advocate, Vickie Williams, once said. 'I'm a woman, that's my training' and I wholeheartedly agree. I also live and breathe this work each and every day of my life. My menstrual cycle is the foundation from which the rest of my life grows and flows. I have facilitated women's circles since 2016, regular Well Woman Yoga classes since 2017 and have seen many women 1-1 over the years in my Menstrual Mentoring sessions which over time has exposed me to the goldmine of many different experiences of menstruation and the menstrual cycle.
As I mentioned in my about section, 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.