About Carmen

Kia Ora

Favourite Sadhana: Kriya Yoga Meditation – it emptys my mind & body, lifting my vibration and consciousness into a higher state of awareness; I know i have been meditating nicely when the colours of nature hum, vibrate and pop and i hold a greater capacity to reamain steady, whatever the day brings.

Favourite Asana:  Chakrasana; for the way it challenges me then the expansion and lightness of being that this pose cultivates.  A wonderful pose for awakening the heart.

Favourite Ayurvedic Routine: There are so many!! A good marma point massage, a steaming hot spicy Chai on a cold day and Nasya for its ability to clear a foggy head.

Favourite Mantra: Presently it is Gyatri mantra, the whole family has learnt it! I love that it almost instantly settles my mind, particularly on days when i find myself overthinking or excessively worrying.  a practice i can do while driving the  45 minutes in takes to get into town.

I first came to Yoga as a young adult, not  intentionally looking for Yoga, infact  i knew little about it as it wasn’t as nearly as well known as it is today.  However on a  particular day, i chanced across a video of classical Hatha Yoga, and felt compelled to take it home and try it.  As i followed along, placing myself in postures, i felt something I hadn’t before in my young life – my life-force (prana)  at the time there wasn’t a name to give the  sensations of freedom & expansion in my body, only that it felt incredible and it hooked me.   This humble first Hatha Yoga experience  25 years ago, was my introduction to Yoga, consequently it triggered a lifelong inquiry, into the greater aspects of Yoga as a whole system & philosophy.

25 years on my sadhana has been largely, a self-directed study: both self study & philosophical. Earlier on,  I had  great fortune to practise and learn Hatha Yoga, for a few years, with a gentle & grounded teacher by the name of Diane, who taught from a small modest studio and beamed out a radiant,  heart focused practice every time.  This experience was my inspiration to go on and study  to teach Hatha Yoga  in 2005 at the Shoshoni Ashram in Boulder Colorado.  A lineage of  living Yoga rooted in ancient tradition of Siddha Yoga.

Learning Yoga in an Ashram enviornment, offered up a beautiful transmission of teaching, carried forward from a lineage of Shaivate Yoga teachers to this day. Expanding my practice,  i opened to other aspects of Yoga. This was my first realisation that: Yoga as a system  and practice offered perceptions and insights into human potential and showed  the world in a different way.  Beautiful vedic ritual such as Yajna (offering into the fire) the practice of Japa- mantra, understanding dieties as personal reflections of the higher qualities of life and living, learning the verses of the epic Guru Gita.  These other practices subtly unlocked the door to the quality of devotion in my practice, shifting awareness from  the physical into  the life-long practice of attitude, guided by the Living ethics of Yogic philosophy.

Initiated in 2011,  the practice of Kriya Yoga, with  Kriya Yoga NZ,  Heeding the call to explore and practice Raja Yoga as the deeper aspects of Yoga philosophy & practice, life and living from a traditional Guru/student lineage of teaching  that offers deep roots of reliable & powerful transmissions of knowledge. Attending opportunities to spend time in retreat with the spiritual sangha of the Kriya community and in the presence of Paramahamsa Prajnananda  a self realised Yogi Master, who graciously guides those seeking truth through the practice of uniting soul body & mind.  Kriya practice offers up plenty of opportunity to practice humility in all aspects of life.

Along the way studies in Ayurveda as a Lifestyle consultant offering  beautiful Ayurvedic therapies &  sharing the wisdom of this rich and vast science of life and living: herbs, diet and cooking, physiology,  daily & seasonal routines as tools to constantly attune.

Most recently,  studied to teach a  classical vedic meditation technique,  as a  natural expansion of  Yoga facilitation. This technique was taught by the great Kriya Yogi – Paramahamsa Yogananda  referred to as a premavatar (incarnation of love)  a simple technique that offers wonderful rewards.

Through sustained practice  Yoga  has come to mean much more than time spent on the mat or meditating. It is a change of habits, a way of life, shifting perceptions, and perhaps most importantly it is overcoming all the reasons we might not practice.

Faciliation of Yoga for good health & calmness offered twice a week in Wanaka.