ABOUT CARLA WAINWRIGHT
I started practicing yoga in 1996, the original motivation — to touch my toes! I had no idea the journey I was beginning to undertake would be so profound and transformational. Years later, I can touch my toes, and along the way I discovered that my talent and my passion has become helping others nourish their unique journey toward self discovery.
While most of my retreats and offerings are open to all, I am particularly passionate about helping women explore the divine feminine and embrace their indwelling power, the Shakti nature within. This work entails going deep, uncovering blocks, becoming embodied, balanced and strong on all levels, ultimately, becoming comfortable with feminine creativity, sexuality and personal power. As I continue the personal practice of embracing Shakti, I experience my evolution forward into myself. An increasingly empowering and liberating experience, I can’t help but feel compelled to help others experience this for themselves.
I love Flow practices for the movement and freedom, Hatha classes for the precision and experience of deepening and YIN for the stillness and expansion. But most of all I adore the power of the breath as the most potent tool of transformation that we all have within us. I also love music, movement, dance, food, culture and art and all of these are expressed through my offerings.
Much of my work explores opening and connecting to the mayakoshas (sheaths) or layers of being as a means to merge with the Essential Self. Each sheath is an integral part of who we are: the physical, energetic/emotional, mental, intuitive and bliss body. As we search for equilibrium both within and in between these layers, we begin to truly understand ourselves and the outside world around us.
Yoga is the union of the body, mind, emotions and intellect. Yoga is an ancient and timeless art, science, and philosophy that emphasizes awareness, integrity, and compassion. The practice of yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity.
When I teach, I want to:
- help people be in their bodies, to REALLY be in their bodies
- breathe and be breathed
- find love and respect in the poses and practice through an appreciation of alignment and the power of the breath
- honour the ancient traditions while embracing our contemporary evolution forward
- creatively integrate the principles of Yoga and Homeopathy to help unlock a student’s deepest potential
- challenge myself and others to recognize growth in the moments of uncertainty and discomfort
- broaden awareness around the movement of emotions through the body
- open areas that store blocked emotions and release any related mental and/or physical limitations
- encourage people to be authentic and true to themselves
- help students own their power and banish smallness
- use the power of the practice to heal, transform and awaken to a life of freedom
- use yoga to cultivate a healthy relationship with the body, which translates into a freedom of spirit
- liberate and embrace Shakti – to live a sensual and awakened life
- enable students to find true pleasure in their practice, on and off the mat
Founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, BC
Director within the Primary Faculty of the SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program
E-RYT500 Teacher with over 20 years of yoga teaching experience in a wide range of styles – from Yin Yoga to Pre-Natal, including multiple annual teacher trainings and international yoga retreats since 2008.
I am also a Level 2 certified Breath of Bliss™ Facilitator.
I have studied with
- Mugs McConnell
- Shirley Daventry French
- Erich Schiffmann
- Shiva Rea
- Rod Stryker
- Dana Flynn
- Minke de Vos
- Geeta Iyengar
- Christabel Zamor
Since 2009 I have been a Doctor of Medical Heilkunst and Homeopathy (M.Sc, DMH) from the Hahnemann College of Heilkunst and Homeopathy, and also completed a CEGEP Diploma in Health Sciences. A former wildlife biologist, I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Applied Zoology (1994) and a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology (1996).