CarryOM is blessed with many beautiful souls from the community who regularly volunteer their time and skills to bring yoga and meditation to those in need in Austin. All of our teachers have attended a teacher training lasting from 200-500 hours and approved by Yoga Alliance. These individuals are caring, kind and driven by a desire to serve. We hope you will have the chance to get to know them as you encounter them in the world.
Corean is a performing artist who enjoys dancing, spending time in nature and traveling with her partner and her fluffy grey cat, Gertie. Though she’s relatively new to Austin, she has come to truly appreciate the local yoga community. Corean is inspired by her mother, who is strong, courageous, true to her word, loving and kind. Corean is drawn to service with CarryOM because she feels the organization provides a service to those in need who would not otherwise experience the benefits of meditation and yoga. Corean hopes participants will find inner peace and the tools to help them take on day-to-day challenges.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ―Robert Louis Stevenson
Elaine is a social worker in child welfare and a Sat Nam Yoga Sister. She enjoys doing water-based activities, having thought-provoking conversations with her two adult children, and slowly building a friendship with her rescue dog, Allie. Elaine admires that Austin has attitude but is not pretentious, and she is proud that this city has both history and the next-big-thing all rolled into one. Elaine is moved by tiny and big heroic act every day, and she is inspired by those who risk their own lives by standing up for someone who is of a different religion or race. Elaine is drawn to service with CarryOM because she believes life is short and we should use our time here to make this a better place. She feels there is a reciprocal benefit for teachers and participants alike; both the giver and the receiver will benefit through the synergy that occurs. Elaine hopes participants will carry the experience with them wherever they go, and will share a willingness to try new things and always connect.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.―Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jenny O is a yoga teacher who tries to find beauty in each day. Since moving to Austin decades ago, she has always loved this city’s warmth and diversity. In her free time, Jenny O likes to garden, cook, read and walk her two rescue doggies, Mabel and Izzie. Jenny O is inspired by Amma, the hugging saint because she gives so much without taking for herself; the simplest thing (like a hug) can give so much to so many. Jenny O is drawn to service with CarryOM because it provides such a wonderful gift to communities that need it the most. She feels participants are grateful for the tools CarryOM teachers provide them and for the stress they are able to alleviate. Jenny O hopes participants are inspired to “pay it forward”, but also to find awareness and connection.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. ―Epictetus, Greek philosopher
Lisa’s career has been focused in the non-profit sector, with more than 20 years working in both the arts and social services. In addition to her yoga practice, she enjoys walking/running with her dog, visiting museums and national parks, listening to live music, watching movies, and traveling. She’s made Austin home since 1994, because of its relaxed vibe and the easy access it provides to nature, live music and tacos! Lisa is inspired by Helen Keller who, undaunted by her own personal challenges, not only overcame them, but went on to dedicate her life to helping others persevere. Lisa is honored to be a part of an organization that is working to bring all aspects of yoga to people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience its transformative benefits. Through yoga, Lisa has found a connection to herself, the ability to accept what is, and a feeling of contentment, no matter what blessings or challenges have come her way, and she wants to share this amazing gift with others. Her hope is that the teachings and practice of yoga will allow each and every member of the CarryOM community to integrate their mind, body, and spirit and discover that everything they need to “carry on” truly is within.
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. ― Helen Keller
Maeva is a teacher and student of Hatha yoga, following more than eight years working in the field of finance. She enjoys reading, going to the movies, spending time with Ivan, her husband/best friend, and Petunia, their silky terrier, as well as all the great friends she’s made in Austin. Her favorite thing about living in Austin is actually the warm, open-minded, friendly nature of the people who live here. Her father, Mario, is her inspiration. Through his example, he taught her to be generous, grateful, kind, compassionate and not to judge others because “you can’t know their story.” Maeva is drawn to service with CarryOM because it brings yoga to communities that otherwise may not have access to it. By providing people with tools they can practice on their own such as pranayama, meditation, and asana, CarryOM empowers them to become more self-aware and grateful for the things they do have in their life. Maeva’s hope is that all CarryOM participants will gain a better sense of self and develop a mind, body, and soul connection.
Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. ― Rumi
Margaret is an MRI tech and finds the diagnostic imaging world very interesting, particularly due to the tremendous changes she has witnessed over the past 25 years. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys preparing healthy and tasty meals, as well as practicing yoga and learning all she can about it! She, her husband, and their two rescue dogs, Louie (a yorkie) and Charlotee (a miniature shih tzu) love the green spaces in and around Austin, such as Lady Bird Lake, and they go hiking whenever they can. Margaret is inspired by and very grateful for her mother, who began her own yoga journey in the 1970s and introduced Margaret to Kundalini. She also taught Margaret and her sisters to be strong independent women, encouraging them to get educations so that they would always be able to take care of themselves. As an adult, Margaret watched her mother care for her own mother (Margaret’s grandmother) and her husband (Margaret’s dad) in the last years of their lives. Witnessing her mother’s selfless acts of love taught Margaret what life is truly about. Margaret is drawn to service with CarryOM because it offers a time and place for people to stop, unwind, clear their minds, and learn new tools that can help them see things in a different way and better manage their everyday lives. She hopes it will bring participants a sense of calm and the ability to think before they act.
Teresa is a musical healer and teacher who enjoys singing meditations, exploring the Raga scales of India, reading, walking and playing with her feline friend, Bebe. She loves the sunsets and sunrises in Austin. Teresa is inspired by The Buddha for passing on the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths that explain the nature of suffering due to birth, aging, illness, death and impermanence and how, through a meditation practice, the experience of suffering can cease. Teresa is drawn to service with CarryOM in order to help people who help others. She teaches self care, which she believes opens a window for healing. Teresa hopes participants will develop a daily meditation practice as a part of self-care.
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference.
Yazmín is a Hatha yoga teacher and birth doula who enjoys good music and good food, intriguing conversations, taking long walks by the lake, dancing and sharing time with her husband, Daniel. Having grown up in a very conglomerated Mexico City, Yazmín appreciates being surrounded by Austin’s many natural landscapes. She also enjoys Austin’s vibrant music scene, and the diversity and hospitality of the community. Yazmín is inspired by Gandhi for his “experiments with truth,” the writer John Berger for his acute sensibility, and her husband, because every one of his gestures never fails to open her heart. Yazmín says, “Any person who is grateful, generous, humble, compassionate, and loving is my role model.” Yazmín is drawn to service with CarryOM because she feels it represents an opportunity to express gratitude; an opportunity to hold a loving space of relief, release, and connection to others who also serve and hold a loving space for others. Yazmín believes CarryOM offers diverse tools that the participants could make use of any time they want to calm the mind and emotions, to become more present, more mindful, and more connected to their inner self. She hopes participants are able to make use of the diverse meditation techniques whenever they desire; and that this helps to strengthen and soften every step on their paths.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ― Mahatma Gandhi
Whitney is a mother, wife, and yoga therapist. Her family includes two sons, a 90lb, 13 year old rescued pit bull named Gladys, 3 chickens and a bearded dragon named Spike. She has been happily married for fifteen plus years. Whitney enjoys Austin’s many great outdoor activities. Whitney has studied asana, pranayama, meditation, and Ayurveda as methods of delivering Yoga Therapy. She is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a C-IAYT. Her studies include over 1000 hours of training and 200+ hours of one on one time with clients. Whitney is also registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500. Whitney holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Texas as well. Although her background is in movement and structural alignment, Whitney also works with populations that live with mental health disorders as well as addiction. Some of these populations include the chronically homeless, those that have been or currently are incarcerated, as well as those recovering from trauma. Whitney has over 250 hours of addiction specific western training in addition to her studies in the Eastern traditions. Whitney believes Carry OM offers and provides yoga to people that may not otherwise have access and gives a sense of community. Her hope for Carry Om participants is they will find a place of peace through the practice.
We are all broken, that’s where the light gets in – Leonard Cohen/Ernest Hemingway
Originally drawn from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to experience a bigger city, Kelli has come to love Austin for all the small-town warmth it embodies, the food, the Latin dancing, and Deep Eddy. Since enrolling in Yoga Yoga’s Foundations for Yoga Therapy program in 2014, she continues to be deeply inspired by the Desikachar lineage and each teacher she encounters along the way, and will be awarded her full Yoga Therapy certification by 2019. CarryOm and its mission align perfectly with Kelli’s desire to bring Yoga to those who may not otherwise have access to it, doing so with the greatest integrity and respect for all involved, and for the traditions themselves. She works with basic skills students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, integrating the practice of Yoga into their days as much as possible, hoping they might find the same sense of ease and comfort she has found in her own practice. The students have become some of Kelli’s greatest teachers, and regularly show her why she has chosen to dedicate herself to the path of Yoga.
“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.” TKV Desikachar
Kerri is an artist by day and enjoys walks in nature, reading, cooking, and, of course, Yoga and Meditation! Kerri’s favorite things about Austin are it’s lush, green nature spots, all the yummy vegan and gluten free restaurant options. Kerri is her own role model and says, “I’ve come a long way baby! AND, if I can, so can you!” Kerri feels called to service with Carry OM because she feels its mission it to bring yoga to under served communities and individuals. Kerri believes CarryOM is inclusive to all by providing donation based yoga. She hopes participants are able to develop self-confidence, foster self compassion and self love through the art and practice of yoga.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. -Rumi
Jessica is Director of Admissions for Yoga Yoga Teacher Training and is currently training to become a Yoga Therapist. In her free time, she likes to hang with her partner of five years, curling up with a good book, watching movies, playing board games with friends, and of course, participating in yoga trainings. Some of her favorite things about Austin are the live music scene and that it allows her to be close to family. Jessica is inspired by her teachers and all the teachers that came before them. Having access to such a vast shared knowledge base is really powerful. She is inspired to serve through Carry Om as it aims to serve a population that can really benefit from the therapeutic tools of yoga and allows them to experience yoga in an inclusive, low stressor, no judgement environment. Jessica hopes that the practice will give them tools to use on and off the mats in their every day lives to help them stay grounded and find peace.
I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. -T.S. Eliot
Tammy is mom to three, four if you include her husband with two fur babies in the mix. She enjoys paper crafts, reading, listening and playing music, gardening, and spending time with her family. Tammy was drawn to yoga to increase mobility after many knee surgeries. She decided to take her love of teaching from a school classroom to a yoga community where she hopes to help others find mobility and space to take care of the mind, body, and spirit. Tammy is excited to be joining Carry OM to guide in her journey to help others listen to what they need for themselves. She is inspired by many of the teachers present in the yoga community today who share their time, wisdom, and presence.
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. –Chinese Proverb