Carol developed awareness of yoga’s transformational and healing qualities through her own practice that began in 2003. This inspired her to become certified to teach Hatha yoga in 2006. Carol’s strong belief in yoga continued and after obtaining a Master of Social Work degree in 2011, she was motivated to include yoga as a somatic strategy within her clinical approach. She became certified to teach Michael Lee’s Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga (2011 & 2013) and later, became certified through Langara College of Continuing Studies to teach trauma-informed yoga (2014 & 2015). Carol feels that the combination of being a clinician, a yoga teacher and yoga practitioner offers a comprehensive lens.
Carol brings a passionate belief in yoga, its relevance as a therapeutic strategy and has a special interest of its use within the area of trauma. She values social justice and is excited how Yoga Outreach offers diverse client populations an opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga. She brings a keen desire to be part of a program that offers both hope and healing.
Her other interests include walking with her Labrador Retriever, Spirit as well as gardening and reading.
Swarn's calling in life is to help people to live happier, healthier lives so that they, in turn, help make the world a better place. She has pursued education and training in the healing arts for the last 15 years, including the study of yoga and meditation, herbology, acupressure, and counselling. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioner.
Swarn was born and raised in the natural beauty of British Columbia and has a deep love of Nature that forms the core of her beliefs and values. She had the privilege of living for ten years on the wild islands of Haida Gwaii.
In pursuing her education, Swarn spent a year in Victoria, BC, studying acupressure, five summers in New Mexico studying yoga, and three years in the Bay Area of California studying transpersonal psychology. She recently completed a two-year training in Somatic Transformation, which focuses specifically on healing complex trauma.
Swarn lives in a wonderful community on Vancouver Island where she is involved with watershed conservation and yoga for social change. She has wide and varied interests that inform her work, from traditions rooted in ancient wisdom to modern neuroscience.
To create lasting change, Swarn believes in working with the whole person– mind, body, and spirit. She believes that healthy people create a healthy planet, so when each of us heals, we help heal the world.