Hi! I'm Carla Webster, yoga teacher and founder of Prana Yoga Studio in Hamilton.
My first experience of yoga was when I was around 15 years old, when my mum introduced me to transcendental meditation.
I became very intrigued with the idea of exploring the potential stillness of the mind and it's benefits to enhancing creativity. I found it easy and natural at the time, perhaps it just seems like it was easy by comparison to the slightly 'busier' middle-aged mind! While I was studying at Glasgow School of Art, I visited the local Buddhist centre which equipped me with a practice of various pranayama and meditation techniques. I then took part in various yoga classes and courses over the years that followed.
After my second pregnancy I picked up a more regular home-practice and began to reap some remarkable therapeutic benefits. I then felt so inspired to let EVERYONE know about how wonderful a yoga practice could be! This awakening led 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. In 2016 I also received an E-RYT 500hrs qualification, accredited by the international governing body of Yoga Alliance, with the Seasonal Yoga Academy under the guidance of Marit Akintewe, and again with Sue Woodd and Julie Hanson and have since become a member of their teaching faculty.
My teaching and practice is strongly influenced by my valued and inspiring students, my teachers at the Seasonal Academy, teachers at my studio and around the local area, plus many other international 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, Ana Forrest and Indra Mohan. I enjoy a personal daily practice of pranayama and meditation coupled with Seasonal Flow, Kundalini, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Restorative and Yin Yoga which all heavily influence my teaching style.
Over the last 10 years I have taught many yoga classes; in local schools to kids age 4-18, (plus teachers too!), in community centres, church halls, museums, a race course, shopping precinct, football stadium, my living room, in my student’s living rooms, for Motherwell FC's first team, internationally on the Seasonal Yoga teacher training course in Bonn, Germany, on retreat in Italy and of course, at my yoga studio in Hamilton town centre. Prana Yoga Studio was born in August 2013 and was the first and is still the only dedicated yoga in Hamilton. Our community of teachers and students continues to grow year after year, and I have my daughters and husband Derek, and extended family, and wonderful friends to thank for their unwavering support to help make this happen! We offer classes, courses, workshops, special events and are also very honoured to be offering the Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Programme here at Prana too.
Through teaching yoga I endeavour to show people how they can connect deeply to their mind, body and spirit using postures, deep breathing 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 effects of yoga and living in harmony with the seasons. I am fortunate to see how the effects help to counter chronic pain, illness, and stresses to bring balance and harmony back to our modern-day lives on a daily basis.
I look forward to sharing this with whoever joins me on their yoga journey.
Carla teaches weekly Seasonal Flow classes, various workshops and I'm the course leader on the Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Programme here at Prana.