On a whim, in 2005 I woke up and decided to become a Yoga teacher and the next morning I enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Sutra. I trained under the tutelage of Christopher Hildebrandt, an Ashtanga teacher and Sanskrit scholar. In the same year I was invited back to audit the second teacher training at Yoga Sutra led by Guta Hedewig: a Krishnamacharya Healing Foundation Certified Yoga Therapist & Teacher. I spent about a year at Yoga Sutra in NYC absorbing the knowledge that surrounded me, and felt incredibly blessed. In 2008, I was certified in the Barnes Method for Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Yoga at Pure Yoga in NYC, and subsequently taught Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga at Pure Yoga from 2009-2013. Through my teaching and environment, my interest in the prenatal physiology and the physiology of the human body intensified, Alignment and Form were important in Yoga Asana, and it was immensely important to me as a Yoga teacher. In 2009 I was certified for Mat Pilates by Teri Steele at Dance New Amsterdam. In 2011 I completed a 500 hour teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra. I’m well versed in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa & Dharma Yoga and aspire to translate the beauty of Vinyasa, subtlety of Iyengar, and the sattvic nature of Dharma Yoga. My classes are challenging, restorative, and therapeutic.
In 2013 I studied and trained with Pam England of Birthing From Within for childbirth education, and Debra Pascali-Bonaro as a doula. Childbirth education is ultimately another form of Yoga. Pranavah Yoga hosted a variety of childbirth education classes when we were a brick and mortar studio, like The Bradley Method, Hypno Birthing, and Lamaze. I audited those classes on several occasions and taught a Complete Childbirth Education course that encompasses the best parts of different philosophies and methods. I also offered workshops on Labor and Birth to expectant parents, and helps to facilitate a safe and calm birth experience. In 2013 I created a new program at the studio: Pranavah Classic Barre Technique. As a former student of classical ballet, The Graham technique in college, student of barre classes in NYC and certified Yoga 700 Hour and 600 Pilates Teacher, the Classic Barre Technique came naturally to me and it complimented and closed the circle of Yoga and Pilates that we taught at the studio. I birthed and nurtured these programs until 2019 when my brick and mortar studio closed in Long Island City NY 2019. In Summer of 2019 I trained with Joanna Crespo at the Open Center for Reiki Level I and II. In January of 2020 I moved to San Francisco just before COVID19.
Please contact me through contact page for schedule and pricing, thank you and Namaste!
~Carolyn E-RYT 500, RPYT, 600 Hour Pilates Certified~ Childbirth Educator, DONA trained Doula and Reiki Master~