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Carol

Carol is a very experienced schoolteacher whose vocation has evolved into teaching yoga to children, teenagers and adults. As teacher of primary aged children for 30 plus years, she worked at Yew Chung International School and with the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong, and in England at schools for children with special educational needs. During her time as a teacher she led many curriculum initiatives including developing Personal and Social Education empowering staff to enhance students’ wellbeing. In 2014 she was thrilled to be invited to train with the Academy for Mindful Teaching and so began regularly leading sessions with classes of students, giving them the opportunity to develop their focus and gain insight into themselves and others.

Carol has been practicing yoga since 2005 and has been particularly inspired by the Satyananda tradition and Insight Yoga. In 2015 her passion for yoga and love of teaching children united in Gecko Yoga’s 95-Hour Children’s Teacher Training and from then until 2019 she led exceedingly popular yoga classes for children at school. Carol has also run yoga workshops for teachers, helping them to understand the positive value of yoga and mindfulness for the holistic growth of the child whereby students can flourish emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. 

Carol's love of giving children the full experience of yoga has also inspired her along the path of teaching yoga to adults. She extended her understanding through teacher trainings with YogaWorks, Wendy Wyvill and Bryan Lau. She has specialised in Yin Yoga with trainings by Sarah Powers at the Insight Yoga Institute and with Nicky Hadjithoma. And so she began bringing to adults greater awareness and self-understanding though Yin Yoga and mindfulness. 

Hiking has always been a passion for Carol and the Hong Kong countryside offers many opportunities for exploration. Combining the deepening awareness of Yin or the energy of Yang yoga with the natural environment was an intuitively natural step to take. Hiking Yoga gives us time to pause, slow down, breathe and flow within nature, truly enhancing connection to one self and to our lives.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education (Honours)

London University, United Kingdom


100-Hour Theory & Practice of Yin Yoga,

Functional Anatomy, Chinese Medicine Theory, Teaching Methodology

Pure Yoga, Nicky Hadjithoma

Hong Kong, September 2019

16-Hour Functional Anatomy Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Pure Yoga, Bryan Lau

Hong Kong, March 2019

70-Hour Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation, Level 1 Teacher Training

Insight Yoga Institute (Sarah Powers)

London, July 2018


50-Hour Vinyasa Immersion Teacher Training

Pure Yoga, Wendy Wyvill

Hong Kong, May 2018


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

Yoga Works (David Kim)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2017


95-Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training

Gecko Yoga (Jenny Smith)

Children age 0 to18

Hong Kong, December 2015


Paws b - trained to teach

Mindfulness in Schools Project, 

Children age 5 to 11

United Kingdom, July 2016


Mindfulness Matters - trained to teach

Academy for Mindful Teaching (Netherlands)

Children age 5 to 13, June 2015

Children age 14 to 18, 2016

National Navigation Award Scheme, Bronze (Walking Group Leader)

Scotland, UK, July 2007

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Permanent Identity Card, Right of Abode, Hong Kong

Red Cross First Aid Course:

Standard First Aid, CPR & AED Refresher, Emergency Care Training, Hong Kong

October 2018 - October 2021


Certificate of No Sexual Conviction, HK, 2019

Certificate of No Criminal Conviction, HK, 2019

National Police Chief’s Council, UK, Certificate of No Criminal Conviction 2017

 

Calm in Yoga

Sit still in a quiet place, inhale for 2 seconds, slowly breathe out for 4 seconds.

Repeat this for about 3 minutes.

How do you feel?

Self-awareness grows through yoga, creating an inner calm, and thereby increases our ability for focus and attention. Yogic practices of slowing the breath improve our concentration by balancing our energy and regulating the nervous system. So the positive environment of a calm yoga session enhances our neuromuscular and skeletal development, fine-tuning our coordination and motor skills. When we are calm, and consequently distanced from stress, anxiety, irritation and the need to fulfil others’ expectations, we become more open to understanding our true self. This self-understanding and clarity of mind fosters confidence, brings greater success and empowers us to reach our potential.


Research has shown that diaphragmatic breathing, as practiced in yoga, activates the parasympathetic nervous system and thereby is very effective for reducing stress.

Physical activity boosts the production of oxytocin and endorphins, cultivating happiness and calmness.

 

Calm in Nature

Being in nature cultivates calmness within us: The sound of a stream, light playing on leaves, or clouds forming and transforming, is naturally therapeutic; the stillness sharpens our focus and gently energises our awareness. The spaciousness and slow rhythms of the natural environment can free our minds and open our imagination. They connect us to our creative nature. There is calmness too, after the challenge of hiking up a hill, or rambling far, a sense of achievement and greater self-knowing.


An extensive study showed that children’s self-esteem increased when they were exposed to the natural world, and that, for some, it significantly calms and improves the concentration of those with ADHD.

 

Connections through Yoga

Stand upright, your arms stretched wide to the sky, raise your head to look upwards.

Take some breaths, expanding your chest and lungs.

How do feel?

We become aware of the connection between our physical body, our emotions and our thoughts, and there is integration of body and mind when we tune into ourselves through mindful yoga. As we receive inputs from the senses the mind processes that information. So we become aware of the interconnection between our physical body, our emotions and our thoughts, and there is integration of body and mind. The more we practice yoga, the more we notice this co-dependence and the changes that occur to them. Our awareness can then gradually extend into daily life, into learning at school, our interactions with others and our responses to life situations. This experiential awareness shows us that we do not have to be reactive, but that we can choose how we respond. And within response, there is even more clarity for choice, acceptance, action, harmony and balance.


Emotional states positively and negatively affect every cell in our bodies, including blood chemistry, the organs and the immune system.

 

Connections through Nature

The open expansiveness of a natural vista reconnects us to the world and balances our perspectives on life. It grounds us and at the same time enhances our appreciation and energises us. The physical and mental accomplishment of persevering a challenging hike connects us to ourselves, yet the space in which we achieve that cultivates calmness. When we connect we discern. In calm focused awareness there can be connection to everything.

Studies have shown that the experience of being in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol.