Address Serving Ojai & Santa Barbara, CA 

Phone   Cell: 530-559-2873
   Home: 805-272-8503
email carolpprentice@gmail.com

Yoga Sessions - Working with me


 

Think of Yoga as a therapy, that connects your body, mind and inner being.  That it is not a workout or an exercise routine but an 'inner work' that helps transform how your feeling, moving and living your life on a day to day basis's. When combined with Ayurveda and the Alexander Technique principles, it provides a holistic system that addresses every level of who you are, what symptoms you want to reduce in your life and what areas need empowering. 

When I first started studying Yoga back in the early 1980’s the whole approach was from an exercise viewpoint. Having studied dance for years, the asana practice was helpful in getting me to stretch and limber up; yet, I had to be very mindful of my lower back. What I often felt most yoga classes missed was the connection between the body and mind, a more spiritual connection that I was looking for.
 
I was hungry for something else. Something that had a total and inclusive viewpoint…something that took into account what was actually happening in my life…a failed three level spinal fusion, the stress of earning a living, divorce, raising kids as a single mother, and most importantly finding joy in life.  Yoga is the link we make between the doing and the being…it is a process of connecting to not only one’s body but also including one’s feelings, thinking and most importantly one’s spiritual nature.

I had the honor to meet Mr. T.K.V. Desikachar and his wife Menaka in October of 2009 in San Francisco. At the time, I hadn’t expected to be so taken by this man and his teaching nor did I know how deeply profound of an impact it would have on my own life. I have studied many types of yoga over the years. But while working with Mr. Desikachar in San Francisco, I realized I had come home to a teaching of yoga that would change me forever.

When I started my yoga training in the lineage of Mr. T.K.V. Desikachar at the Healing Yoga Foundation, I called it a ‘full spectrum’ approach to learning. I learned firsthand the importance of working with a mentor/teacher and creating a practice that evolves over time. Yoga is a living practice that changes as one’s life changes. This practice can include the study of the Yoga Sutras, Vedic Chanting or sounds, an asana practice that connects the breath to movement, a pranayama practice that leads to a meditative practice. All of which is tailor-made to fit your individual goals and health needs.
 
For me, what I have found over time is that even when it is a struggle to get to my yoga mat in the morning, when I feel I don’t have the time or energy—by committing to my practice and doing it on a daily basis, my ‘issues’ in my life take on a different feel, my day has a better flow, and my life is more connected to who I really am and how I want to be perceived in the world.

Imagine what it could do for you!


Your practice may include:

Asana Practice
Conscious Breathing
Meditation practice
Visualization and Sound techniques
Chanting


Private Sessions: 90-minutes

Students fill out a short health assessment that includes, present and past health status, current treatments, medications, regular activities, diet and past yoga experience. I access your overall physical strength and flexibility, your breath, and pulse and talk to you about any other issues that might be going on. I look at all of this information from an Ayurvedic point of view. I also talk about the Alexander Technique and its underlying principles and how they are key to helping you observe your habitual patterns of movement. When the asana practice is approached with a more mindful awareness that the Alexander Technique brings to movement, the asana postures become more fluid and balanced.

I design and teach you a personalized yoga practice that is tailored to your abilities, goals and any therapeutic needs you may have. 


Follow-Up Visits: 60-minutes

It is important to have a person do their practice daily for 3-4 weeks, then come back for a follow-up. Your practice may include a posture sequence, breath, meditation, chanting, visualization. Having a regular check-in in the beginning so that I can help refine your practice is important. With time, our sessions can be less frequent. The importance of a personal practice is to connect with it each day. When you connect with your practice on a daily basis, this consistency will have a profound effect on your overall system in a positive way. 

I bring in the hands-on application and principles of the Alexander Technique, which will help you to see how you can 'do less' on a neuromuscular level in your approach to the asana practice as well as your meditation practice. This new approach takes time. This approach to Yoga is unique and allows for a better integration of the Body, Mind, and Spirit. 

 

  

"Personally I love this approach to Yoga, the lineage based on the
teachings of 
T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar
speaks to me in a 
very deep and profound way."
~ Carol Prentice
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"The mastery of Yoga must not be measured simply by the 
ability to master the techniques of Yoga like asana and pranayama, 
but how it influences our day to day living, 
how it enhances our relationships 
and how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.”

                                   TKV Desikachar

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“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
T.K.V. Desikachar



“The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”

T.K.V. Desikachar




“The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.”

T.K.V. Desikachar




My Lineage of Yoga

 

 
T. Krishnamacharya  (1888 -1989)

One of the greatest yogis of the modern era, T. Krishnamacharya is known to yoga students everywhere as a “master of masters”.  He was a yogi par excellence, a dedicated healer, a master of Indian philosophy, and a talented poet and author. His most famous students - Indra Devi, Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, and his son T.K.V. Desikachar - are known all over the world. More than anyone else, T. Krishnamacharya has helped spread yoga in America as well as Europe.

TKV Desikachar (1938 -      )

The son of the legendary T. Krishnamacharya, and a world-renowned Yoga master in his own right. Mr. Desikachar is regarded as one of the greatest living authorities on Yoga. A structural engineer by training, Mr. Desikachar lived and studied Yoga with his father for over three decades.  He founded in his father’s memory, the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India, where he taught for many years along with his wife Menaka, as well as in Europe and the United States.