Teacher Spotlight - Carolyn Royce



CAROLYN ROYCE

"Everything is a lesson. Every decision, good or bad has brought me here. Every person I’ve known has taught me something about myself. Every moment has led to this one. Finding peace with the harshest of lessons and riding the wave of life is recognizing that there is always something to learn and it all matters."

Our teachers are what keep the energy flowing in our studio (and out in the elements) and we would love for you to meet all of them! This month, we are highlighting Carolyn Royce! Learn more about her below...


Do you have a favorite playlist that you are willing to feature?

Yes, I call this one Move, Breathe, Sweat...

Blood Bank / Bon Iver
Smother / Daughter
Youth / Daughter
Intro / The xx
Love Is All I Got / Feed Me
Fader / The Temper Trap
Shake, Shake, Shake / Bronze Radio Return
Punching in a Dream / The Naked and Famous
This Head I Hold / Electric Guest
Every Other Freckle / alt-J
Love Lost / The Temper Trap
Kill Your Heroes / AWOLNATION
A Sky Full of Stars / Coldplay
Feel Again / OneRepublic
Only Love / Ben Howard
The Lime Tree / Trevor Hall
Mercy / Dave Matthews Band
Sweet Child O’Mine / Taken by Trees
Quiet Heart / Richard Warner

What is your favorite yoga pose?

Folded Leaf! It’s a therapeutic pose in AcroYoga and I always enjoy the trust required to relax, the spinal traction, and inversion.

What is yoga to you?

Yoga is connection, and it begins within. The physical practice of yoga on our sticky mats is a reminder that health, happiness, breath, and community are the building blocks for giving in a greater way. We are constantly evolving. I found yoga, life many, in the midst of personal turmoil. Yoga is self-acceptance.

What is an example of your yoga off the mat?

Bringing people together! Drawing connections between people and opportunities where others may not have realized they existed.

Specific classes/style of teaching:

Standup Paddle Yoga, Power(ful!) Vinyasa

Your invitation to the population:

I invite you to recognize how beautiful and powerful they truly are. You have infinite potential. Every person has the ability to positively influence another in some way but it all starts within. Understanding your power, beauty, strength and ability to show up authentically inspires others to do so.

Who has been your most influential teacher?

The most influential teacher I have had to date was Lee Hazelgrove, high school ceramics. Pottery was my first yoga and the art studio was my first sacred space. Spending that time learning and creating was an invitation to breathe and just be. At any moment work could collapse underneath my hands or in the kiln and I had to learn not to react, instead just to breathe and begin again.

What is the happiest moment in your life?

So far, that moment would have to be marrying my husband. Love is everything. I couldn’t have possibly found a more supportive and caring life partner to remind me of that each day. There are so many more beautiful and life changing moments ‘happiest moments’ ahead. I’m just so grateful to be exactly where I am right now.

Do you sing in the shower?

If so, which song? Always! Usually it’s Trevor Hall, but lately it’s been a little more peppy - Electric Love by BORNS or Renegades by the X Ambassadors! There might be a little hip action, shampoo microphone, and hand drumming in the mix too..

If you could learn to do something new, what would it be? 

Play guitar! It has always been a dream of mine to sit in the sand singing and strumming with the ocean harmonizing at my back.

What has been your biggest life lesson so far?

That everything is a lesson. Every decision, good or bad has brought me here. Every person I’ve known has taught me something about myself. Every moment has led to this one. Finding peace with the harshest of lessons and riding the wave of life is recognizing that there is always something to learn and it all matters.

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