Carole Westerman's mission is to bring yoga to everyone! She is an experienced yoga teacher, with certifications in the following disciplines of yoga: Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Children's, Kundalini, and Thai Yoga Massage. Carole is a certified Childbirth Educator, has experience attending births as a Doula, and has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Psychology. Carole is also the Director of Teacher Training programs at Evolve to Harmony, her studio in Omaha. She is on the Teacher Training faculty of several yoga schools, as well as being on the faculty of 90 Monkeys, and travels to teach nationally and internationally. She has created her own curriculums for 500-Hour, 200-Hour, Yin, Restorative, and Prenatal programs that she has taught in numerous locales nationally. Carole is a mother to three daughters, and has worked many years in the fields of children and family services.
Carole teaches her own eclectic blend of yoga, combining elements from her diverse background and training. Always striving for harmony and balance in her teaching and personal practice, Carole integrates both Yin and Yang aspects into her classes. Carole's more receptive, therapeutic, and nourishing side is drawn from her trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater and Sarah Powers. While her more energetic and dynamic side is influenced by her studies with Shiva Rea and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.
Living yoga is what resonates with Carole; taking the skills, challenges, successes, and experiences we have on our mats, and applying them to our everyday lives. She believes that as we align our bodies in poses, we are actually aligning ourselves toward optimal health. As we flow, we are actually learning to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and ease. All of these elements, and more, come together in her classes to weave together a complex and beautiful tapestry that becomes the fabric of our living yoga. She invites you to come explore with her on the mat, and she truly believes yoga will change your life.
During pregnancy, some of your bodily systems can feel sluggish and out of balance. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your triple burner meridian can help you move energy and address the feeling of being stuck. Move sequentially through actions that help support intake, assimilation and elimination with this full-spectrum Yin-based practice. Stir up your energy with a series of poses like butterfly, sleeping swan and saddle, using props as delicious support. Props Needed: Two blocks, a blanket and a bolster.
Pregnancy is a time to search for helpful tools to fill your birthing "toolbox." This class contains four tools for helping to cultivate focus, filter out distraction and own your birthing space. Tree pose is the only standing posture, as the rest of the practice is done comfortably seated. Sequencing includes a breath practice, centering mantra and mudras. Come back to this practice again and again to master these helpful techniques. Props Suggested: A blanket.
Celebrate your ability to create life! Pregnancy is an opportunity to change your relationship with your body from judgement and criticism to appreciation and awe. Embrace your curves and fullness in a hip-opening class designed to create strength and flexibility in your legs. Practice a standing flow that includes goddess squats, balance poses, pigeon and beautiful lotus mudra. Conclude with a seated meditation or savasana to seal your practice. Props Needed: Two blocks.