'True yoga doesn’t just change your body and improve your health, it changes who you are'

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Caroline Carty Headshot About me

Yoga is for everyone with
Caroline Carty.

With over 15 years experience of teaching yoga and many more practising, my driving force is to share the amazing gifts that yoga brings as widely as possible. Yoga is life-changing and should be accessible to everyone, you don’t need to be fit or flexible to derive great benefit from yoga.

True yoga doesn’t just change your body and improve your health, it changes who you are!

For me a good yoga class should create ease in both body and mind and that is what I strive to achieve for all of my students.

Yoga can also be a powerful therapeutic tool for those suffering from illness, injury or struggling with mental health issues. As a specialist teacher of yoga for chronic back pain, using the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs programme, I have helped students avoid surgery, reduce or stop pain medication, feel empowered to take back control of their body and provided them with the tools to heal, strengthen and look after their back.

I express my deep gratitude to all the teachers and students who have made me the teacher and yogi I am.

About Caroline

As a former Divorce and Family lawyer, I have a deep empathy for anyone struggling with the slings and arrows of life and now as an experienced practitioner and teacher of yoga, I know with absolute certainty that yoga helps us navigate life’s challenges. To paraphrase John Lennon, ‘Yoga is the answer, I know that for sure!’

‘Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit the broken pieces together’

B.K.S Iyengar

What I Teach

General Hatha Yoga and Breathwork

My general yoga classes are for all ages (over 18) and abilities. In my classes I have teenagers and octogenarians, triathletes and students with limited mobility. When planning a class my goal is always to design a session which will promote greater ease in body and mind. My classes are usually 90 minutes and always include breathwork (pranayama) and 15 minutes meditation/relaxation. I often have an anatomical focus to the sessions so might do a class on ‘waking up the gluts’ or ‘freeing the groins’. I also blend Somatics with my general yoga teaching as its approach aids reconnection between body and mind and somatic exercises create more ease, balance and freedom in the body.

"I have now come to depend on Caroline’s classes to centre myself in this hectic unsettling world.  Yoga really is a gift to yourself and Caroline is a gift to yoga."

Melanie Bailey

"Caroline’s passion for yoga is infectious, she really is inspiring.  Her classes are a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life."

Stella Turner

"I have gained flexibility, back stiffness long gone and have gained serenity and improved well-being."

Katie Byrne

"Everyone should have Caroline and her yoga in their lives."

Vicki Furphy

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB)

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) is a Social Enterprise which seeks to promote better back care throughout the UK.  Founded by, Alison Trewhela, it is supported by Versus Arthritis, NHS England, Public Health England, and an ever-increasing number of GPs, Spinal Consultants, Physiotherapists and Pain Clinics. I was drawn to YHLB because of the robustness of its research – it is based on the largest ever randomised controlled trial of yoga in the UK and uniquely addresses the multi-faceted biopsychosocial nature of chronic low back pain.

The YHLB programme is a specialised, 12 week, small group, mind-body programme that offers long term empowering self-management to people with recurring/episodic/chronic low back pain. The course provides participants with a toolkit to improve their comfort, health and well-being themselves for the rest of their lives

YHLB transforms lives for those suffering with chronic back pain. It is a one-off course for long-term benefits, it gets people out of pain, back to work and back to doing the things they love!

“After 30 years of back pain, I felt, with this last bout of months of pain and time off work, that I’d come to a point where I’d just have to accept the limitations of movement and daily use of medications, and adapt to a much less active life. How wrong I was! This yoga course has given me back my life.


Mandy Lancaster

"This has fixed me and I have tools to help myself.
No surgery now for back or knee and feel I can happily continue with my job.
Amazing.  It’s seems miraculous to me!”

Tim Andrews

"The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is singularly the best thing I have done for myself in the last 10 years, it has helped me to completely eradicate my back pain"

Anna O’Brien

"I joined Caroline’s specialist 'Yoga for Backs' course and can honestly say that I was blown away by the results and improvement."

Caroline Gill

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

For more information please visit the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs website at https://www.yogaforbacks.co.uk.

YHLB is a British Wheel of Yoga Recognised Centre of Excellence in Training and Standards. 

Yoga for healthy lower backs

Somatics

Somatics is a movement therapy that reconnects mind and body. Somatic Movement Education offers a safe, fast and profound way to release and recalibrate tight muscles by re-training the nervous system and re-patterning the mind/body, such that every movement becomes easier and pain-free from your head to your toes.

Somatics restores functionality and balance in your muscular-skeletal system and relieves the effects of the stresses of the modern world. Put simply, Somatics restores the body/mind relationship and slowly educates you to notice how you feel in your body and make changes accordingly to improve your health and wellbeing. 

Whilst somatics is beneficial for everyone, it is particularly helpful for those suffering from muscular-skeletal pain including all types of back pain, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain. It can relieve the symptoms of many conditions including Arthritis, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. It is extremely helpful to athletes in the prevention of and recovery from injury. It can also relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety related disorders.

I blend Somatics into my general yoga classes but also teach pure Somatics as a 12 week Introduction to Somatics Course.

Yoga for Resilience Workshops

From time to time I teach workshops on fostering resilience. These are usually half-day workshops which I run with a counselling psychologist colleague, Dr Carole Francis-Smith in which we provide the following:

  • An understanding of why we might be vulnerable to anxiety, stress and depression using psycho-educational material (brain evolution, behavioural responses to stress, emotional regulation etc.)
  • Input on how current online influences may be impacting on our mental health and self-critic.
  • Well-researched yoga techniques that align with methods used by many therapists to support clients, and themselves.
  • Experiential exercises as a taster of these techniques.

These workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore how we can better support ourselves in dealing with the stresses of modern life. Providing access to 2 experienced professionals, the workshops uniquely combine educational insight into our mental health with well-researched yoga techniques to empower us to better cope with the burdens placed upon us.

If you are a business or organisation, looking to support and reinforce your workforce’s well-being, please contact me to arrange a workshop. Dr Francis-Smith and I can tailor the workshop to your needs.

‘Yoga is eternal. It is evergreen and timeless. It is the answer to the infinite stresses modern day life brings us. Yoga brings balance to our lives, calms the restless mind and brings us to a point of complete quiet. It is then we discover our true selves’

B.K.S Iyengar

How I Teach

Face to Face Group Classes

Badminton Village Hall

Monday evenings - 6:30-8pm and 8:15-9:45pm

Tuesday mornings - 10:30am - 12 noon

 

Online Group Classes

Online live classes via Zoom on Monday evenings at 7pm and Tuesday mornings at 10.15am.

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs - specialist small group classes

Badminton Village Hall

Tuesday lunchtimes - 12:30-1:45pm


*please note these 12 week courses run on a demand basis so please contact me for details of the next course and/or to join waiting list

Somatics

Badminton Village Hall

Tuesday lunchtimes - 12:30-1:45pm

*please note these 12 week courses run on a demand basis so please contact me for details of the next course and/or to join waiting list

Yoga as Therapy

Private 1:1 sessions for individuals recovering from injury or living with chronic conditions - please contact me for more details.

Recorded Videos/podcasts

I have some free content available on a private youtube channel - please contact me for more details

Workshops

From time to time I run Workshops for building Resilience