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Our Story

Hi, I'm Carole
E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher,

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I have been practicing Yoga since 2012. First it was a way to complement a life of running and soccer but it was also a means of learning to slow down, become more present, and discover more joy in the moment. As my interest in yoga grew, I found a strong desire to learn the traditional parts of this beautiful practice and eventually be able to share them, as a teacher, with others.

I completed my first 200 hour Hatha / Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Pokhara, Nepal in 2014 and my 300 hour Hatha / Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala, India in 2018, both with Rishikul Yogshala.

My current teacher is Johnna Smith whom I practice Ashtanga Yoga (Mysore and Led style) with in Charlotte, NC. I completed a 3 month apprenticeship and assisting program summer of 2018 with Johnna deepening my understanding of the philosophy, postures, and traditions of Ashtanga Yoga. My other main teacher is Rod Stryker (founder of Para Yoga) who I completed a Marma Training with in October 2019. This training allowed me to develop a deep insight of Meditation, Pranayama, Kriyas, and assisting and sequencing energetically. In 2022, I completed a second 200 hour teacher training (with Y2 Yoga in Charlotte, NC) to refine my skills, gain a new perspective on teaching and to just simply do something for myself and own inner growth.

I am the Founder / Owner of Free Spirited Wanderer where my mission is to help more people take yoga off the mat and live it as it was intended, a lifestyle, in order to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. I lead local and international retreats, a variety of workshops and series, private yoga sessions, yoga teacher mentorships, and facilitate women's lifestyle coaching programs.

Within my classes, my goal is to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe to show up as their truest, most authentic self. My classes are structured in a traditional manner; following the 8-limbs and my love for Ashtanga. I teach breath, alignment, discipline and strength & grace in order to help one be fully immersed in their practice. I provide a well rounded class that will help one improve their strength, flexibility, self-awareness, and overall connection of mind, body and soul. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, energized and empowered.  I encourage everyone to try yoga so they can discover their innate potential, personal power and higher purpose, as well as a deeper understanding of their True Self. 

Join me for a Yoga & Wellness Retreat, Business Mentorship, or Lifestyle Coaching Program.

 

I honor my main teachers, Johnna Smith and Rod Stryker, and am forever grateful for their teachings. 

↠ MY CREDENTIALS ↞

University of Salamanca Business Program; Spain 2012

Wisdom Tours Abroad: Buddhist Philosophy; India 2013 & Cambodia 2014

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management; Castleton University 2014

200hr Yoga Teacher Training; Rishikul Yogshala, Nepal 2014

Creator of Free Spirited Wanderer; Yoga Retreats & Workshops 2017

Student of Johnna Smith; 2017-Present

300hr Yoga Teacher Training; Rishikul Yogshala, India 2018

One Year Ashtanga Yoga Apprenticeship; Ashtanga Yoga School, Charlotte 2018-2019

E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher 2019

30hr Marma Training; Para Yoga, Colorado 2019

25hr Yoga & Social Justice Immersion 2021

Bloom, Personal Development Course, 2021 Graduate

Yoga Business Ascension, 2021 Graduate

Conscious Babe Business School with Natalia Benson, 2022 Graduate

200hr Yoga Teacher Training; Y2 Yoga, 2022 Graduate

25hr The Four Desires; Para Yoga, 2022

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