Caroline O'Dwyer, RYT

Caroline O’Dwyer has been living, practicing, and studying yoga for nearly a decade. Her background includes a wide variety of styles including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Anusara yoga. She has had the great privilege of learning and studying from many wonderful teachers, both in the United States (Dharma Mittra, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Bryan Kest, Mitchel Bleier, Lauren Lanham, Eden Goldman) and in France (Mika de Brito and Charles Bensusen). She completed her 200-hour teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, with founders Ganga White and Tracey Rich, two of her greatest inspirations and teachers. Caroline’s teaching style highlights both her eclectic background and her playful personality, incorporating both unique sequencing and uplifting music. Her greatest wish is to inspire others to find the same joy and light that she has discovered along the path of yoga.

“Taking Flight” - Arm Balancing Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to make students comfortable and confident in their arm balances. By learning how to engage both Mula Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha in order to create lift and lightness in their poses, we will explore asanas like: bakasana (crow), parsva bakasana (side crow), bujapidasana (arm-pressure pose), tittibhasana (firefly pose), eka hasta bujasana (one-leg-over-arm balance), and eka pada koundinyasana (one-legged arm balance). We’ll learn about the delicate balance between strength and grace that is required in arm balancing, and how to let go of expectations and have fun in the pose!

“Opening your Heart to Grace” - Back Bending Workshop
You might think that the key to back bending is a loose and flexible lower spine. This, however, is not the only thing you’ll need to enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that comes these amazing poses. In this workshop we’ll explore the importance of opening the front of thighs and lengthening the quadriceps before moving into back bends. Some asanas we’ll explore include: variations on anjaneyasana (crescent moon), and eka pada rajakaptoasana (king pigeon), ardha chandra chapasana (half moon variation) dhanurasana (bow pose), ustrasana (camel pose), kapotasana (pigeon), and finally, urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow, or wheel pose).