Carlie began practicing yoga in 2005, at first to enable her to maintain the flexibility she gained as a gymnast. However, she soon realised that yoga was guiding her to be a more compassionate, mindful and spiritual individual. She has engaged with many different yoga styles, but found her calling with Dharma yoga and trained with the guru Sri Dharma Mittra in New York where she completed the Life of a Yogi 200 hour training in 2015. Her Dharma classes incorporate strong vinyasa sequences and stationary postures to work the entire body – with plenty of heart-opening backbends and the opportunity for inversion practices for those that are ready. As in Dharma Mittra’s classes, a light-hearted and secure atmosphere encourages students to challenge themselves and make progress in their practice, which Carlie firmly believes will translate into other aspects of their life.
Inspired by the profound influence yoga had on her ability to connect with and feel empowered by her own pregnancy, at 37 weeks pregnant Carlie trained as a pregnancy yoga teacher on the ‘Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth’ course with Uma Dinsmore Tuli. Through use of asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and relaxation techniques, her pregnancy classes aim to enable students tune into their intuitive wisdom and natural rhythms, to equip them with invaluable tools throughout their pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.