Holding Space for Whatever is Happening
Carrie Owerko talks about Iyengar Yoga ~ as a Senior teacher and as a practitioner. For her, Iyengar Yoga is a joyful yoga, an awareness practice which takes us through the body door, giving us a framework to let go and experience deeper connections, encouraging us to be curious! “Give your body affectionate attention,” she says. “Imagine your body as someone you’re walking through life with, holding hands.” Carrie comes to Iyengar yoga from a background in improvisational theatre where she learned that Play. Is. Key. Making practice into play helps us surrender to ‘not knowing,’ explore ways to relax with uncertainty, discover what we can learn when things go wrong. Hers is a practice of loving kindness, helping us hold space for whatever is happening, while continuing to stay engaged. The very definition of ‘being present.’ Her teaching is built on the blocks of Friendliness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ and the ability to not look away.
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"In the course of our brief life most of us will experience the mystery of love, the pain of loss, and myriads of other things, both beautiful and terrible. We will experience these things as individuals and as a collective. Knowing that we have each other in which to share these experiences—and that we are all in a somewhat similar predicament—is more than comforting. It is an amazing opportunity not only for connection, but also for communion." ~ Carrie Owerko, September 2016
Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, presented at City Center in NYC during BKS Iyengar's Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.
Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater, and graduated from the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in NYC. Carrie then spent several years working for a Movement/Educational/Experimental Theater Company called The Irondale Ensemble Project. In addition to performing with Irondale she taught in the Alternative High Schools in NYC and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. After Irondale, Carrie continued her inquiry and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years enthusiastically exploring human movement with the intention of helping people develop clearer, more fully embodied communication and expression.
Visit Carrie's website: http://www.carrieowerko.com/