I worked with Carol during my teacher training on a 2-1 basis with a friend. We had monthly sessions and these were an enormous benefit as I learnt not only from Carol in her guidance and teaching of me, but also my friend. I was keen to access 1-1 style teaching as I had a strong practice but knew I had specific challenges such as tight hips and shoulders and wanted to focus on these areas. I also thought it would be beneficial to have 1-1 teaching to help me develop as a yoga teacher.
When we started working together, Carol took me right back to the basics which helped me enormously to understand what I needed to concentrate on whilst practicing to open up particular parts of the body. My yoga asana came on leaps and bounds through practicing the specific asana sequences Carol suggested. Carol also stripped the core postures back to basics and I started practicing them as if they were new asana and I found that I opened up and developed strength and flexibility where I had struggled before. I also found the teaching style helped in my own teaching and I reflect back on the 2-1 sessions when lesson planning and finding solutions when working with students.
Prior to my sessions with a Carol I had been quite competitive with myself and had not been so kind to my body. Carol's approach helped me see this and enabled me to practice yoga asana in a different way where I was kinder and more gentle with myself. This helped not only my own journey with yoga but has also helped me in my approach to teaching.Vicki, (Yoga)
I started 1 to 1 sessions with Carol to support my own yoga teacher training and to learn more about my own practice. I particularly liked Carol's calm and peaceful approach but also her knowledge, understanding and explanations. It helped me understand particular asanas better, what was happening anatomically, how my body should be aligned and how my muscles should be working. Carol was fantastic at challenging me when appropriate but also advising when to take a step back, for example, if I could get my body into a pose without any trouble as I am naturally quite flexible, but my muscles weren't supporting me properly. It has certainly enabled me to practice with more awareness, stability and strength, and in a way that is right for my body type.Hannah, (Yoga)
You have inspired me to learn more throughout my life, even if it’s a slow process!Kim, (Yoga)
I’ll admit that while one-to-one yoga sounded brilliant, I was actually nervous before my session with Carol.
What I soon realised, though, with Carol working through the poses alongside me, was that there was something very encouraging about having all that attention, and the little tweaks she made to what I was doing – “can I move your elbow a little?” – made a real difference. I felt, with some of the poses in particular, that I was finally doing them right.
And then Carol helped me get into the poses for the restorative yoga. They felt a bit strange at first – and it sort of felt like cheating having all the supports – but once I relaxed into them, they were incredible. The support meant I wasn’t straining to keep in one position, and Carol had adjusted my arms and legs so that I could stop worrying whether I was doing it right or not. She describes the relaxation as a ‘quietening of the senses’ – or pratyhara – in which you’re calm and relaxed, but still engaged and aware. And it was amazing. I could have stayed there for hours, and could practically feel all those tight knots in my neck and shoulders breathing little sighs of relief at being able to relax properly.Pippa. (Yoga),