Carol Ludlum Collier

Who I am (in 10 words or less):  A seeker on the path, a guidepost on the journey, a smile, a friend.

 What I teach:  Hatha yoga, pulling on the classical traditions of yoga as a spiritual practice that can be accessed when one is attuned to the body and breath. My classes are intentional pose sequences which allow the participant to challenge themselves as well as nurture and care for their own body and spirit in a safe atmosphere. I enjoy teaching beginner series to an adult population where yoga may be a new experience.

My current classes and workshops include:  I teach a weekly gentle yoga class at Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. I am a substitute yoga teacher at Anahata and in the Collegeville area.

Why I teach:   I teach to share my passion for living intentionally, which is the yoga lifestyle. I hope to broaden its reach and include everyone to the idea that we are all spirit – strong, capable, and blessed, that life is a place for joy, caring and sharing and walking gently on the earth. Yoga is the path I have chosen to express myself.

My classes are:  moderate with guided instruction in poses and breath work. Class is paced so that you can follow the sequences while giving room to explore and challenge yourself at your own pace. One student told me, “Your yoga class is like taking a mini-vacation every week.” I like that idea!

What brought me to yoga:   I enjoy being active and moving my body and yoga allows me to stretch my arms, roll on the ground, chant, wiggle my toes, breathe with intention, and meditate – all in the name of yoga! Poses provide a way to go inward to connect to the divine, providing a sense of peace. A healthier lifestyle and diet is a natural part of the process. Yoga makes me feel good and more focused on the present moment. My home yoga practice provides time that is quiet, time that is centered to ask, “What can I do to serve today?”

Favorite pose (and why):   Sun Salutation. It’s everything in one flowing motion, balancing all seven chakras and instilling a sense of power, confidence, and bliss.

Off the mat, I: explore the fiddle, provide software consulting to law firms, read auto-biographies, play tennis, ski, infuse motherly love to my three grown children and give love, compassion and support to my husband, Neal, of 32 years.

Inspiration (a favorite quote or two):

“What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you
is nothing compared to what lies within you.”
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Do not ask what the world needs; rather ask what makes you come alive then go and do it
because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Howard Thurman

Certifications, Trainings & Degrees:  

~200-hour yoga teacher training program at Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center (June 2015)

~Reiki I Certificate (August 2014)

~B.A. Political Science, University of New Hampshire (1984)