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Yoga & Meditation

Yoga styles vary greatly from instructor to instructor. Carly's yoga practice is done in a temperature controlled environment, that focuses on chronic stress and tension in the body.  This is a slow paced, stress relieving practice.  Due to Carly's massage therapy background, her knowledge of the body, and how it holds onto and carries chronic stress and tension, her class goes beyond just theory.


Carly's goal is to teach people to observe their body and how they contribute to constant tension in their body, so that they may correct the learned patterns and reduce their tension and stress.  Over time, we become more aware of our body mechanics throughout our daily lives.  Mindfulness meditation will increase through practice and slowly become part of our daily lives and how we deal with stress.


This is for beginners to advanced.  Breath based, long hold, slow poses that can be adapted for all levels and body styles.  Carly uses poses from various styles of yoga.  Blankets, straps and blocks are commonly incorporated in this practice.

"Change your posture and you change the way you breathe. Change your breathing and you change your nervous system. This is one of the great lessons of yoga: Everything is connected—your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your community to the world. This interconnection is vital to understanding yoga. This holistic system simultaneously taps into many mechanisms that have additive and even multiplicative effects. This synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals."

-Yoga Journal, By Timothy McCall, M.D.,  Aug 28, 2007

Benefits of Yoga (More detailed article with explanations)

  • Drops your blood pressure

  • Improves flexibility

  • Builds muscle strength

  • Perfects your posture

  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown 

  • Protects your spine

  • Betters your bone health

  • Increases your blood flow

  • Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity

  • Regulates your adrenal glands

  • Gives you peace of mind

  • Increases your self-esteem 

  • Eases your pain

  • Gives you inner strength

  • Helps keep you drug free

  • Builds awareness for transformation

  • Makes you happier

  • Founds a healthy lifestyle

  • Lowers blood sugar

  • Helps you focus

  • Relaxes your system 

  • Improves your balance

  • Maintains your nervous system

  • Releases tension in your limbs

  • Helps you sleep deeper

  • Boosts your immune system functionality

  • Gives your lungs room to breathe

  • Prevents IBS and other digestive problems

  • Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses

  • Supports your connective tissue

What to wear/What to bring

  • Yoga mat (I have some if you do not have one.)

  • Bottle of water

  • Wear loose or stretchy clothes that you can move and bend in.  Tank tops alone, or under another shirt prevent tummy from being exposed.

  • Easy to remove shoes, we practice barefoot or in socks.

  • If you want to use your own blanket, blocks or straps, bring those with you, otherwise I have some.

Additional Tips and conduct

  • Arrive 10 min early.  Class starts on time.  Arrive early to set up and get ready.

  • Since yoga is a meditative practice, makes sure your phone is silenced or off, and keep voices and talking to a minimum.

  • Upon arriving, set only your mat and water bottle in the practice area of the room. Grab 1 block, a blanket and a strap, and set them by your mat as well.

  • In tight quarters, 10 inches between mats can work.  If space allows, 2 feet between mats is a comfortable space.

  • When you are finished setting up, sit on your mat facing the instructor and close your eyes in silence or do some gentle stretching or relaxing.

  • If you borrowed a mat, spray and wipe it before putting it away.

  • Always clean up your supplies before leaving.

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