INTERVIEW WITH: CAROL WRAY
Can you tell us about your background?
I have two lovely daughters and was a cake decorator by trade. As a family we enjoy camping, kayaking, scuba diving and holidays in warm places.
Fitness was never a priority with me until I was approaching my 40th birthday and decided to join a gym. I dove in with great enthusiasm and worked out daily for a little over 5 years, lifting heavy weights and doing crazy amounts of cardio.
What brought you to yoga?
In the year 2000 I broke my ankle which required 2 surgeries and I could no longer do my regular fitness routine. I happened to walk by a yoga class at the gym and decided to try it out. For the first 3 months I carried my own chair into class and learned to adjust the poses to support my ankle.
I realized there was a lot more to the practice than what I was finding at the gym and began reading about yoga and searching for teachers. Eventually, I gave up the gym and dedicated my time to my yoga practice.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to share my love of the practice. I was amazed then, and still am amazed by the healing power of yoga!
What do you love most about teaching?
I love the people, the community, the teachers and students I meet.
What is your favorite pose?
My favourite restorative pose is Supta Baddha Konasana.
What should students expect from you?
In a restorative class students should expect some gentle stretching, supported restorative poses and to be guided to a place of deep rest.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings
I want students to learn about themselves, where they hold tension habitually and how to let it go and rest within themselves. I also want them to know that they are worthy of their own love and care.
Proudest yoga moment?
My proudest yoga moments are when my students go on to be teachers and studio owners. I am so happy to have been part of their yoga journey!
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
I once went to teach a class after a very traumatic personal event. Waiting for class to start, I sat in a forward fold with my forehead resting on a block. Somehow, I lost track of time and, when I lifted my head and looked at the clock the class was already 15 minutes late starting and all the students were sitting silently watching me.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.” ― Rumi
My favourite teacher, Christina Sell.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Be curious, have patience, keep your sense of humour and have fun.