What's your superpower? What do you want it to be?
Some may not see this as a superpower, but I'm positive it is...the ability to empathize and spin one's perspective towards the green light of "I'm good to go". Through my own trials and tribulations I've earned my accessories: rose colored glitter glasses, a gold heart hugging breastplate, and dancing transformational high-top boots. These items help both myself and others view the sunny-side despite the gray shade, feel comforted in times of need, and kick butt like a boss as we take the next step.
How do you express gratitude?
Acts of service, words of acknowledgement, and for special occasions I buy my friends a beer. Yep I said it, a beer ; )
Why do you share yoga?
Yoga is the glue that holds me together. My mat is my holy space (aka holey when things fall apart), the studios and communities I work with my safety nets, and the classes I share are always an authentic offering for others to experience the same as they connect to all of life's physical, mental, and emotional sensations. I share yoga because on a deeper level I know I have to, its a a part of who I am.
What's your favorite pose? Why?
In all honesty I do not have one. I try to work on the poses that expose my weaknesses and balance that work with the poses that are initially easier for me. All asanas have value and asking which is my favorite is like asking me what my favorite song is...depends on the moment and my mood.
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
Five minutes ago and I'll probably do it again within the hour. What can I say, I get a kick out of the little stuff and tend to laugh even when I stub my toe.
What always makes you smile?
Witnessing acts of generosity. The other day Teresa, my local grocery clerk, gave an elderly woman a bouquet of carnations. The look on the woman's face made me smile! Another yoga related moment that makes me smile is when a student finds the sweet spot in a pose they've been struggling with. It's as if their inner light bulb flipped on and they get it!
What does flow mean to you?
The path of least resistance. When I experience resistance I remember that its a choice, I take a deep breath, and do my best to move through the experience with ease. I've been called a watery person in the past because I strongly value being able to flow through life's tumultuous waves. With that being said, I have to acknowledge that sometimes are easier than others and sometimes I wish I could grab a metaphorical surfboard and drop in for the ride.
What can our TGY friends expect from your class
Music, Muscles, and Magic. Translation = I love to use music to make the moment. I offer physically challenging classes...BUT I do it in a way that warms, prepares, and activates the body so that you feel good in the end versus run over by a truck. Oh and for the magic...well that's up to you. Five seconds, let alone 60 or 90 minutes of presence with the breath is magical, thus it's up to you whether or not you feel it!
With a background in massage Carley was trained in shiatsu, deep tissue, table Thai and restorative modalities. Her wealth of knowledge regarding anatomy and alignment is apparent in her cueing as well as her postural adjustments. Formal yoga training includes Corepower's 200 hours, Level 1 and 2 with Baron Baptiste, Shakti's TAP, advanced trainings with Shiva Rea, and numerous workshops with master teachers. Her styles of choice are Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, and Restorative.