Hi! I'm Carla Webster, yoga teacher and owner/director of Prana Yoga Studio in Hamilton.

 

I began my journey into the world of yoga in 1989 when I was around 15 years old. I learned meditation techniques from my mother which I found to be very useful to help with exam stresses, then while I was studying at Glasgow School of Art I visited the local Buddhist centre which equipped me with a grounding in how to unite and calm the mind, body and spirit. I then took part in various yoga, meditation and massage classes and courses.

It was not until the after the birth of my second child that I began to reap the full therapeutic benefits of a regular yoga practice. It was this re-awakening that brought me to Chi Yoga School in Glasgow, where I completed my first yoga teacher training in August 2008-July 2009 under the instruction of my inspirational teachers June Mitchell and Julie Hanson. The course gave me the chance to experience the wider world of yoga, studying Ashtanga and Seasonal Yoga practices, historical, philosophical and spiritual aspects combined with a good grounding in anatomy, massage, NLP, Chi Gung, Tai Chi, and nutrition.

After my yoga teaching qualification I decided to go all in as I wanted to share just how much yoga can change your life for the better with as many people as possible!

Fast forward eight years and I have taught many, many yoga classes in schools to kids age 4-18, (plus teachers too!), in community centres, church halls, museums, a race course, a shopping precinct, a football stadium, my living room, in my student’s living rooms and more recently in my bespoke yoga studio in Hamilton town centre.

Prana Yoga Studio was born in August 2013 and is still the first and only dedicated yoga in Hamilton. We have gone from strength to strength with 10 regular teachers (and counting), and visiting teachers too, all experienced, passionate advocates of the incredible benefits of yoga study. Our community of teachers and students continues to grow year after year and we have recently moved to a larger, better space. I have to pinch myself at how lucky I am to be in the company of all of these wonderful yogis and yoginis on a daily basis!

My teaching is strongly influenced by my valued and inspiring students, my local teachers including Julie Hanson, Marit Akintawe, Pamela Young and and international, world-renowned yoga teachers I have had the honour to study with over the years such as: John Scott, Manju Jois, David Swenson, David Keil, Kathryn Budig, Taylor Harkness, Leslie Kaminoff, Coral Brown, and Indra Mohan. I enjoy a personal daily practice of pranayama and meditation with Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and Restorative Yoga which also heavily influences my teaching style.

Through teaching yoga I endeavour to show people how they can unify their mind, body and spirit using asanas (postures), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation. I always aim to teach sensitively and encourage each individual to safely challenge themselves beyond their own expectations. I continue to be fascinated by the therapeutic affects of yoga, and its ability to counter chronic pain, illness, and the stresses of living in our modern-day environments for any- body and any age.

Currently, I teach Vinyasa Flow style yoga classes, workshops and private sessions for all levels, influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa and Seasonal Yoga and I have been the official yoga teacher for Motherwell FC for the past three years. Also, I’m very excited to be part of the Seasonal Yoga faculty and rolling out their teacher training programme in August 2017. I am a fully qualified Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500hrs) accredited by the international governing body of Yoga Alliance, having qualified last year with an additional 300 hours of teacher training with the Seasonal Yoga Academy under the guidance of Marit Akintawe, Sue Woodd and Julie Hanson. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of yoga and life experience with whoever joins me on their yoga journey.

Namaste!