Carol walked into Gold's Gym on a cold February morning in 2006 expecting to learn how to pump iron and walk on a treadmill, but instead, found yoga which has grown into a deep passion. On a cold February morning in 2014, at Kripalu School of Yoga in Lenox, Massachusetts, Carol graduated from her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga as a way of life for people of all ages and physical abilities. One does not have to be a "pretzel person" to enjoy and gain the benefits of body, mind and spirit that yoga offers to anyone.
A former music teacher and currently pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Steelton, Carol graduated with a B.S. in Music Education from Taylor University, her Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation with a certification in Spiritual Direction. She is also certified in Quantum Touch energy healing, and in past-life regression by Dr. Brian Weiss.
Carol's three sons are all grown up now, and as retirement begins calling her name, she looks forward to many years of sharing her love for yoga with others, excited about the opportunity to do that at Yoga at Simply Well.
Carol Parr instructs the following:
For students who want a deeply relaxing and less physically challenging class. This compassionate approach emphasizes slower meditative simple movements. Plan to release tension, increase flexibility and breathe deeply. Accommodations will be made for people with limitations.
Yin yoga is a practice of longer-held “stretchy” postures to get into the body’s connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, and fascia). Sustaining postures for 3-5 minutes allows one’s body weight and gravity to deepen into the pose. Through Yin, one develops “core flexibility” (as opposed to “core strength”) while simultaneously opening energetic pathways. Great for beginners to advanced students.
Chair Yoga - Easy
Perfect for beginners and also for those who may be unable to take part in even a gentle class due to mobility limitations. Diana uses teachings from Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga to adapt traditional yoga poses to a chair with emphasis on proper breathing and alignment. Build musculoskeletal fitness and flexibility with use of weights and gentle therapeutic movements.
Come home to your Self through complete relaxation and rest…
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is an ancient style of meditation that has the power to transform, heal, and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. An enjoyable, easy practice, Divine Sleep is a highly accessible form of yoga; all you have to do is lie down and listen as your guide leads you on a meditative journey through the multi-dimensional self. By dissolving away the superficial layers of your being, you are free to explore and experience the true essence of your Self. Through deep relaxation, you will plumb the various layers (koshas) of your body, freeing yourself to explore and experience the deepest parts of your Self in an easy and non-threatening manner.
Some benefits of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra are:
Heart-opening ~ Transformation of negative thought patterns ~ Relieves stress ~ Decreases anxiety and depression ~ Helps with insomnia ~ Strengthens the immune system ~ Restores energetic balance ~ Cultivates deep self-love ~ Helps to lower blood pressure ~ Balances the autonomic nervous system ~ Calms the mind ~ and so much more! Join us for this gentle, yet deep journey to relaxation and Self.