More About Caroline
What are Caroline's Specialties?
- Alignment Yoga, Hatha, and Therapeutic Yoga
- Rehabilitation and Injury Care
- Yoga Teacher Training's and Retreats
- Orthopedic Massage Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
Who are Caroline's Clients?
- New and experienced Yogis looking to deepen their practice
- Athletes looking to improve their performance or heal injuries
- Busy people who seek a calmer mind
- Those with chronic or acute pain seeking natural ways of healing body and soul
From a very young age I suffered back pain, and later migraines; Yoga was the first healing modality that made a huge difference. It continues to be the backbone of my personal approach to wellness.
My Yoga journey started in 1992, when I became passionate about daily Yoga practice as a way of calming my mind and managing pain. Since then, I have been certified by Teachers and Masters from various lineages and traditions around the world. I received my first 500-hour certification from The British Wheel of Yoga in 2000, with two exceptional mentors who trained directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. Their faith and encouragement were the catalyst for my traveling to India for six months of extensive studies in Mysore to deepen my Yoga asana and meditation practice.
Upon moving to the U.S. in 2005, I studied with Richard Freeman, a renowned Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, whose wisdom and teaching style immediately resonated with me. In 2007, my husband and I moved to Boulder, Colorado so that I could continue with Richard five days a week at the Yoga Workshop, which at that time was owned by him and his wife Mary Taylor. I’ve continued to take a combination of Richard and Mary’s 200-hour and week-long immersions almost every year since 2009.
The more I taught and practiced Yoga, the more I became intrigued by natural healing. I received Thai Massage certification in Thailand in 2004 and later completed a 1000-hour Massage Therapy certification through Boulder College of Massage Therapy. In continuing to expand my studies, I mentored under San Francisco Physical Therapist Harvey Deutch. I noticed that many of his treatments included Massage Therapy, Yoga, and Pilates techniques. Seeing the effectiveness of these combined approaches, I earned Pilates Mat Certification in 2015 and apply this science when working with clients in private settings, and to complement the asanas in my Yoga classes and massage therapy.
In founding Become Centered, I'm able to share my extensive knowledge of anatomy and deep tissue techniques to encourage long-lasting results through Yoga, Therapeutic Massage and Pilates (I often include Yoga and Pilates “homework” after a therapeutic massage to assist healing).
I specialize in pain relief and postural balancing, and currently provide Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings and Yoga immersions, as well as public and private Yoga classes, workshops and retreats, private Pilates Mat sessions, massage therapy, and guest lecture series in the San Francisco Bay Area, around the U.S., and internationally.
My approach to teaching is thorough and lighthearted, and my teaching cues help students finetune their practice in a way that is physically and mentally therapeutic. I’m delighted to say that my students call me the 'Alignment Guru,’ and I’m honored that they appreciate my genuine interest in their well-being, as well as my deep, intuitive understanding of the body.
What else? Nature inspires me, and I spend much time exploring the ocean and mountains in California and wherever my travels take me. My favorite places are really anywhere that you can see thousands of stars in the night sky. My favorite charity is the Sierra Club and for unknown reasons that even I can’t explain, I am obsessed with mountain lions.