Caryn believes anything is possible. She has wisdom beyond her years and offers it to the world as a yoga instructor, health consultant, published writer, and public speaker. Caryn's down-to-earth, multi-disciplinary teaching style provides room for you to hold space where you are. She seamlessly weaves together pranayama, meditation, asana, and ayurvedic wisdom; the combination presents a dynamic practice that will touch your heart, open your mind to new philosophical concepts, and tickle your funny bone.
Always known as a fun-loving wellness enthusiast by others, Caryn left her day job in 2008 to support others in their quest to live mindfully. In 2009, she founded a mindfulness-based non-profit primarily for inner city children. She has a propensity for communicating to the masses supported by a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, masters degree in Graphic Communications, and 200-hour certifications in Yoga, Ayurveda, and Kids Yoga.
She's a natural connector and inspires others daily with her sunny disposition on her journey of colon cancer survivorship. If there could be one word to describe Caryn as it relates to life on and off the mat, it's definitely integration.
Years Practicing Yoga: 12
Years Teaching Yoga: 8
Caryn crafts classes with an overall multi-disciplinary approach that intertwines intelligent alignment and philosophy with movement principles of hatha-based flow, yin, restorative, and relationship to teachings and wisdom of Ayurveda.
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
The comments I always hear from students are about my delivery. Specific feedback I repeatedly receive is that I am appreciated because I am down-to-earth, approachable, and radically open about my own suffering. I love to integrate not only the overarching ideologies of yoga and ayurveda, but those of great researchers and philosophers, offering components like Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and poetry to open the mind and crack the heart wide open before the movement ever begins.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
Intention. Such an important starting point for us all to revisit and clarify daily. When I think of my intention in being a part of the beautiful collective, GatherYoga, I'm brought back to a spiritual writing session with Mark Nepo. Diving into the realm of why expression is so vital for us as human beings, he shared with us that there are no rights or wrongs, better or worses when it comes to how we express. If we choose yoga, so be it. If we choose singing or dance, that's wonderful. If we choose to write something and call it poetry, that's equally beautiful. And to take it a step further, whether we know exactly why we are expressing the way we are (i.e. what the poem means or why we transition in a pose the way we feel compelled to do), it doesn't matter. The bottom line is that we are here in this life to GATHER. We are here to share, share, share. And even if what I have to bring to the world doesn't connect with you today, come back tomorrow. It just might land exactly the way you need it.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
Curiosity. Doesn't that usually bring you to places you've never been? Truthfully I was in grad school and stressed. I loved movement of all kinds and always found it intriguing to learn new ways to learn from a kinesthetic standpoint (still do!). I was immediately rocked by the practice; my world and perceptions changed.
I was hooked but didn't have access to it regularly until years later when I discovered it for the second time after I hit a personal rock bottom following my dad's death. I was sad. I felt like I lost part of my identity, a part of myself. I was drowning my sorrows with alcohol on a regular basis. A friend told me she had been to a yoga class I would really like and encouraged me to go. I committed to a month-long challenge to practice something like 26 or 28 days out of 30 or 32 and it has all been an integral part of my existence since then.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
I'm challenged to to sound cliché answering this question even though I have so many inspirations. To be concise, I have to say it's the yamas and niyamas. They keep us aligned: connected to self and remembering that we are all one.
To expand on this allows me to recognize my inspiration comes from the moments where knowledge shared is that fiery, vibrant moment someone catches something that used to fall in their "not knowing what they didn't know" category. When the field from which we see expands and we are able to give someone else the gift of that feeling, that forever changed perception. That is what inspires me.
I'm inspired repeatedly through the suffering I have personally felt through grief and near death. Oh and that line, that delicate line between how strong and how fragile we are. I am so deeply inspired to support a space from which to practice yoga and meditation and life. I love to create movement that allows others to dance beautifully between those places of life and death, strength and fragility.