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NATURE OF YOGA

“We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease, to learn the truth.” — Hippocrates

About Carina

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I have been practicing Yoga and meditation for almost 20 years - lying about my age to get into my first Yoga class... and sleeping through the entire thing... I was sold from that day onwards!  I came to Yoga initially to find support for the physical demands and injuries of training as a competitive swimmer and long-distance runner.  After a couple of years of practicing I became far more excited about what Yoga was doing for my overall health, mood, contentment levels, energy, resilience, enthusiasm for life, strength and general wellbeing - emotionally, mentally and physiologically.

After studying Sports Science and working as a personal trainer I went on to do a degree training as an Actor for three years with the Italia Conti Academy in London.  During this time I also began studying Yoga more deeply and began to see it through a prism of storytelling and my two worlds began complimenting one another so I  dipped my toes into teacher training. 

Whilst studying Hatha Yoga I also took a deep dive into Raja Yoga meditation for two years and immersed myself in experiential learning and practice working for The Life Centre /Yogacampus in London learning from and practicing with some of the most exciting and experienced teachers from all around the world. In 2014 I became a registered Yoga Alliance Vinyasa teacher through Yoga London. 

Whilst living in LA for a couple of years I studied Vedic Meditation with Emily Fletcher (founder of Ziva meditation) and continue to endorse a twice daily meditation practice and the incredible benefits this has brought to my life.

I have learned that whatever the reason behind our initial pull towards Yoga it is a lifelong practice with no end goal. After a while of consistent practice we all receive exactly what we need at any given time - be it stress reduction, improved resilience, strength, flexibility (body and mind) or increased connection with Nature.  

My increasing passion for neuroscience and how the brain and body interact has become a large component in my teaching today.  My practice is inspired by learning from the natural world and our relationship with the ecosystem we are all a part of, which offers a mirror to our own inner ecosystem (microcosm /macrocosm).

 

My passion for storytelling and continued work in Film and as an Actor and Producer provides ongoing inspiration, from the notion of unravelling our own stories to better understanding ourselves and our relationship to community and the environment around us.

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Whatever free time is available to me I will spend out in nature, up a tree, wild swimming, watching movies, up a mountain or in the woods alone, with friends or my husband and our dog. 

I believe that the reasons for practicing Yoga and Meditation are to become more effective and more resilient, creative and connected in 'life' (not to become 'better' at Yoga or Meditation). It is truly an experiential and non-competitive practice and it has become my life support system.


The more we can effectively look after ourselves, cultivate contentment, allow the flow of energy through us and deepen our own self awareness and childlike curiosity to explore and learn, the more effective we will be at looking after the planet, our relationships and our communities.

 

Home for me is in Fife, Scotland where I also run www.smellytrees.co.uk - a small artisan natural fragrance company dedicated to re-wilding, restoring our wild spaces, deepening our connection with trees and falling in love with nature to become better custodians.

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MONDAY MORNING IN PERSON SLOW FLOW YOGA
MONDAY 9:30 - 10:30AM - DUNBOG


DUNBOG HALL 

£11 - drop in
(£45 for *5 classes)

CHANGE TO CLASS PACK ELIGIBILITY
5 class packs must now be used over 5 consecutive classes.

If you miss your normal session you are welcome to attend an alternative in person class (ie Newburgh /Dunbog)


 

Join Carina for a Monday morning slow flow Yoga practice to set the right tone for your week ahead. Class is inspired by principles of nature, the elements and aligning with the seasons to enhance our own feeling of connection with the natural world, beginning with strengthening our own awareness of body, breath and mind.  

 

The class will include Asana (postures), Pranayama (Breath practices) and most of the time some Meditation and internal intention setting for the week ahead.  

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THURSDAY PM IN PERSON SLOW FLOW YOGA
THURSDAY 6 - 7PM - NEWBURGH

Tayside Institute Community Centre, High St, Newburgh

 
£10 - drop in
(£45 for 5 classes)
CHANGE TO CLASS PACK ELIGIBILITY

5 class packs must now be used over 5 consecutive classes.
If you miss your normal session you are welcome to attend an alternative in person class (ie Newburgh /Dunbog)

Suitable for beginners or those who have practiced a little but would like to establish a strong foundation for a safe, sustainable and regular practice. More experienced students are welcome and variations will be offered throughout classes to suit.

Weekly in person classes building on essential foundations of a sustainable regular Yoga practice 

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CACAO CIRCLES at RAMANA WELLNESS, PERTH


We will share 2.5 hours of deep rest with the heart opening medicine of ceremonial CACAO, guided relaxation, meditation, exploration of what nature has to offer at the turn of this beautiful season through our senses enjoying 100% pure plant derived seasonal essential oils specially created by Smelly Trees

 

The space will be comfortable, warm and some blankets and yoga mats (to lie on) available.

You may wish to bring your own favourite blanket, a journal and any other relaxation aids (eye pillows, cushions, cosy socks!)

SPACES WILL BE LIMITED AND AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS

No Yoga experience required

If you do not want to drink Cacao you are very welcome to attend and an alternative (tea) will be available

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Private Yoga - In-person or via ZOOM

Yoga sessions one-to-one, for families, couple or small groups can be arranged and carried out remotely or in-person at your home in your own time and space.

Practicing one to one is an excellent way to dive deeper into your practice, with focus on your own particular needs.  Private Yoga can work around a busy schedule or specific requirements. The focus is on refining your practice as well as equipping you with the knowledge and fundamentals to be able to practice at home confidently and safely .

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OPEN ALL LEVEL CLASS ON ZOOM
Dynamic Seasonal Flow

& Meditation

NEW CLASSES COMING SOON

A breath focused slow flow vinyasa practice inspired by the seasons and incorporating pranayama, asana and meditation.

This class is suited best to those with some previous experience 

Slow Flow is HATHA based Vinyasa practice with focus on steadiness, strength, awareness, alignment and exploration of movement guided by the breath.

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Corporate Classes /Workshops

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements for corporate Yoga / Meditation regular sessions or one-off workshops. These can be carried out remotely via Zoom or in person.

Carina offers a unique approach to integrating YOGA, MEDITATION and MINDFULNESS into offices and workplaces through carefully tailored workshops that meet the needs of different clients and working environments. Sessions are rooted in cultivating awareness, focus and confidence and can be conducted remotely or in person.

Bespoke workshops can focus on INTEGRATING YOGA AND MEDITATION INTO THE WORKPLACE; MAINTAINING PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING or centre around CONFIDENCE AND PERFORMANCE SKILLS sessions (perfect to work on during lockdowns and remote working).

These sessions deliver tangible techniques integrating breath and vocal training and the fundamentals of Yoga, Meditation and Communication skills. The approach is designed to boost confidence in pressurised situations, improve public speaking skills and increase awareness around how to make optimal use of the voice, body language and effective communication to small or large audiences.

In these unusual times wellness in the workplace and personal wellbeing are more important than ever and sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of clients.

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Testimonials

Carina's yoga classes are the highlight of my week. Whatever I feel like at the start, I always come out feeling refreshed, balanced and energised. These are so many things I love about the way she teaches. One things that is apparent, having had many different teachers over the years, is how clearly and easily she describes each posture. You never have to look at her to know where you are supposed to be. This is particularly useful when you are doing classes online, especially if you are using a phone! Another aspect is the immense knowledge Carina has about the world of yoga. I always learn somethings knew and fascinating. Finally, I always feel safe. Carina has an extensive knowledge of the body and I never feel pushed to do anything that isn't suitable for my range. Carina teaches with knowledge, grace and beauty and I highly recommend her classes to everyone!

Rachel C

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore 

Clients Include

Workplace, remote and private sessions for companies including...

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OVO ENERGY

DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

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THE LIFE CENTRE, LONDON

PREMIER LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS

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Get in touch

Please drop me a note if you have any questions about online classes, joining us in person or arranging retreats or private group classes for yourself or your workplace

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