I am Caroline.
I would love to help guide you on your Yoga journey.
I have been a Personal Trainer for over 10 years, practising yoga for over 18 years and teaching for 8. I continue to research and learn more about yoga, movement and our bodies (and how we are all unique!) and I love to share my new learnings with students.
The classes I teach are not only well rounded and carefully planned, creative but also grounded in a deep understanding of anatomy.
We start with a mindful centring practice (this may be sitting, lying down or standing and becoming aware of your breath – a chance to check in and shed the noise of the day!)
A full body warm up that helps to lubricate joints & activate muscles in preparation for the more dynamic phases while releasing excess tension
A sun salutation flow sequence (I have created some variations of the traditional sequences that help to balance the practice and offers a variety of options for different needs)
Standing poses including balancing poses and often arm balances (always optional of course!)
Followed by floor poses – some that strengthen your core, some that stretch things out and some that help you unwind and finally..
All-important shavasana, where you get to assimilate the benefits of your practice and just chill out before getting back into your daily life after class
Whether you prefer one-on-one training or the dynamic environment of outdoor group fitness, you’ll receive an individualised approach with high quality instructions and support.
Dynamic Yoga Classes
Somerford Arc, 20 Southey Road, BH23 3EH.
Private Yoga Sessions
These can be arranged to suit – please contact me for more information.
Individual sessions or small groups at a time to suit you.
Individual and Small Group Courses
Choose from a 4, 6, 10 class programme (or a custom programme) and have your yoga practice completely tailored to your needs.
Please contact me to discuss.
There are always options for all, so a dynamic class style does not need to mean all levels can’t be practising together in class. If you prefer to learn the basics first and build up, you may prefer a beginners class or course, but if you like to get going and jump into things, learning as you go, then you are very welcome to come to these classes, although they could be regarded as ‘intermediate’ classes. It is very hard to describe a yoga class, as Hatha and Vinyasa can both be used to describe the same class. ‘Flow’ is sometimes a good way to describe a more dynamic class.
Regardless of definition, the classes I offer are always inclusive and accessible and open to all, although we have a lot of regulars so this means some beginners may prefer to start with a one to one session or a beginners workshop – if unsure, please contact me!
Each (on land) class has a focus and I work around an evolving programme so we come back to each focus on a regular basis. This means that you learn and grow and progress in your yoga journey. Some poses will feature in most classes, some will not – we do not do the same thing each class, although will always cover all areas in each class.
One of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s, is the Niyamas, or observations, of which one is ‘Swadhyaya’ or self-study, discovery, self-reflection and continued learning. Yoga is an infinite topic and there is always more to learn and more discoveries are being made as the ancient practice and teachings meet modern scientific scrutiny and developments. The practice of yoga is by nature Swadhyaya, as is the teaching of it! I continually seek to learn more to upgrade my offerings to my students. We are all students!
This means the ‘Hips’ class is not a hip opening class – instead it is a Hip focussed class including stability and strength as well as mobility in ALL directions. Hip opening is a bit of a yoga buzz word but actually most poses ‘open’ the hips and most hips need stability as much if not more than opening – and any opening (aka increased flexibility) needs to be balanced by strength in that new range. Don’t worry about the detail there, but know I am staying on top of research, new findings and new levels of understanding in yoga anatomy so I can keep your class as up to date, safe and functional as possible in a physical sense!
See the Yoga Workshops page for the full workshop schedule & to book your place.
UPCOMING DAY RETREATS
A full day to de-stress – paddleboarding, SUP yoga, lunch, restorative yoga & relaxation – some days will include access to a spa.
Dates to be confirmed.
SUP (Paddleboard) Yoga classes
Relaunch in April 2018
Private SUP Yoga Classes
If you wish to arrange a private SUP yoga session this is possible, an hour private lesson is £65, any additional people an extra £12 each.
For groups of 8 and over £18 per person including board hire. We can teach up to 12 in one group, over 12 and we split into 2 groups with 2 instructors.
Private SUP Yoga Experiences
Join with a few friends for a 2h SUP to The Beachhouse on Mudeford Spit and end with a relaxing SUP yoga session. Pricing depends on numbers:
- £100 for 2 people
- £125 for 3 people
- £150 for 4 people
- £175 for 5 people
- £200 for 6 people.
Bespoke variations of this also available – please contact me to discuss your needs and come up with a plan!
Gentle Somatic Yoga classes
The work we do is all part of helping you to feel great – getting the feel-good endorphins flowing and the energy or prana within you mobilised. We always end with shavasana where you get to completely relax.
I know – this is the hard bit for many of us, it gets easier with practice!