Caroline Mastreani, E-RYT
My yoga journey began in 1995 in a San Francisco living room where I went weekly to practice yoga with a small, committed group of people. It was a demanding practice, but it left me with sense of calm that I had never experienced before. Fast forward to 2003, when I moved to Wellington and developed a more regular commitment to yoga, attending mostly Ashtanga classes for several years. In 2006 my family and I moved to Vanuatu where I was happily surprised to find a local yoga studio with a dedicated community of practitioners. When a friend took over the management of the studio, she encouraged me to begin teaching. I realised after teaching my first class that I wanted this to be a part of my life. I am hugely indebted to Katie Hamilton-King for seeing something inside of me that I didn’t, and for encouraging me along the path of teaching. Shortly thereafter I completed my first yoga teacher training and have carried on teaching ever since, both within NZ and abroad.
To me, yoga is about self-discovery and connection to yourself through embodied movement and breathing. In my classes I strive to create a space where students can become aware of their bodies and minds and create yoga practices that support their individual needs. I am a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, certified children’s yoga instructor and trauma-informed yoga facilitator. I have been a student of yoga for over 20 years and I am continuously discovering the many wonders of this practice as I come to understand better the relationship between my own mind and body.
I offer a range of yoga classes in studios, homes, workplaces, mental health services, community centres and schools around Wellington. Classes focus on enabling participants to connect with their bodies and breath in a supportive, safe environment. Movement is combined with breathing, meditation and relaxation to help students find ease in their bodies and minds .