Join the mother-daughter team from East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo, NY for a week of Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and incredible adventures!
Journey with us to a yoga paradise! The Bodhi Yoga Resort is situated in the village of Nosara on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica surrounded by the magic of the lush jungle and breathtaking beach. This seven day retreat includes: two yoga classes a day – morning yin and afternoon vinyasa, three meals a day, and a variety of excursions. Your body, mind and soul can rest and relax in a nature filled setting that will leave you touched and inspired.
At age twenty two, lost, directionless and in turmoil (sound familiar), I happened on the newly opened Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. More then curious I returned later that day to take the first of many daily community Yoga classes. By my first Savasana I felt the profoundly deep relief of having found my path, my dharma and my true self all buried and out of reach for so long. I had found the practice and the purpose that would guide me through the rest of my life. A familiar story, almost a cliche, yet no less true .
After leaving NYC in the early 70’s, I practiced independently for many years. During the third popular wave of Yoga that reached groundswell in the late 90’s and continues to this day, I began to take advantage of emerging opportunities to practice and train with many of the luminaries such as: Richard Freeman, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Sara Powers, Paul Grilley, Gary Kraftsow, David Swenson, Mati Ezrhati, Chuck Miller, Nikki Duane, Donna Farhi, Rodney Yee, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Jon Friend, Angela Farmer, Ron Reid, David Robson, Rolf and Mary Gail Sovik, Vasant Lad, Sonam Targee,The Himalayan Institute where I received certification .
In 1999 I changed professional course and founded East Meets West Yoga, the first independent, unaffiliated Yoga studio in Buffalo. It had always been my intention to provide interested students with the highest quality, traditional, but non-dogmatic teaching, informed by knowledge, insight and compassion. With the help of the many gifted and committed teachers who constitute our core community of practice that intention is realized. As a result we continue to be recognized year after year as the Best in Buffalo.
My yoga practice began as an outlet for physical activity. I was a swimmer for much of my young life and in college, swim practice was my meditation. After graduating, I found that I missed those hours I spent immersed in water, connecting movement and breath, completely engaged in my own in my body. I started yoga in order to move in a new way, but realized it filled the hole that had previously been occupied by swimming. The process of turning inward, focusing on the alignment of my body and moving with the breath, allows me the opportunity to rest my mind. It is from that perspective that I structure my classes.
My classes, like my own practice, begins slowly, with the intention of opening areas that need attention. I create a sequence that combines challenging poses with easier counter poses, using the breath to transition between them with grace and ease. I enjoy the opportunity to settle in to a pose to see what may arise and allow for the body to adjust. I like to give students time toward the end of class to explore their own practice and I frequently end class with a yin pose – holding a seated or reclined shape for an extended period of time.
I began teaching in 2008 and completed my 200-hr teacher training certification with The Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY.
For more information please email Carrie at: [email protected]