Blissful Butterfly Yoga
with Veronica Carpenter
I am forever a yoga student and bring a lighthearted approach to my teaching. As a knowledgeable Yogi my aim is to make the practice a playful exploration, accessible to individuals on all levels, and an integral part of people’s lives. Read more to see what I'm all about.
Why Blissful Butterfly
Butterflies are symbols of navigating major transitions with grace. My life has been, and continues to be, a metamorphosis through stages of emotional healing, intellectual growth and spiritual development. My main personal goal is to practice self-love for however I show up in any given moment and to release judgement. It's quite the learning experience. I use Yoga lifestyle principles as a flashlight through life's dark patches and puddles. My background in studying/practicing yoga, studying Psychology and having had been a child relationship based therapist for many years set up a sturdy foundation which allowed me to transform times of crisis and trauma into awareness, strength and resiliency. If interested in how I use writing about my personal journey to inspire transformation in others click here:
Explore full Blog section to see how I use playfulness, music, singing and dancing to bring joy to the community. If interested in how I have embodied Blissful Butterfly for fun click here:
What Is Yoga
Yoga is an ancient 8-fold path of knowledge specifically designed to assist in strengthening humans’ individual self-awareness and increase overall vitality. It’s a spiritual path that reminds the individual that they are connected to everyone and everything through a thread of divine love. Yoga provides us with tools to address issues related/not limited to: anxiety, stress, pain, trauma and overall health- physical, energetic, emotional, logical and spiritual. Yoga means to bring together, union, oneness. Yoga teaches us that we are whole beings and an integrated part of something much larger than ourselves. As you study yoga for longer periods of time you begin to integrate it into all parts of your life, not just on the mat but in the world, to connect with the best version of yourself that exists, your Highest Self.
LIKE THE BUTTERFLY NAVIGATING MAJOR TRANSITIONS WITH GRACE:
THE TIME TO TRANSFORM IS NOW
Yoga invites you to find your love, light and peace from within and remember your connection to all that is. We are in a global shift and being called to awaken. Yoga is an ancient philosophy which lights the way to the Highest Self. We are being asked to remember what is important- taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, our countries, our continents, our world. Do your individual part. Heal the world by healing yourself. No time like the present to begin your journey. I speak to the flower children... to those who know the power found through connection to Spirit.
As a teacher my approach is playful, colorful, lighthearted, trauma sensitive and adaptable to all audiences. With a background in relationship-based therapy and Comprehensive Yoga Therapy I meet students where they are at and build from there.
For the beginner adult student, a strong foundation is laid down. Clear verbal cues are given to guide breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and yoga poses. The sessions are led at a slow and steady pace. Props are welcomed and encouraged to meet your needs. Learning environment is a safe and nurturing space for you to explore the beginning steps of your yoga journey. Questions and requests welcomed. Classes recommended: Thursday’s Vin/Yin, Wednesday’s Sleepy Orange Evening and Friday’s Monarch Morning.
For the seasoned practitioner who is looking to improve health and connect to their Highest Self- yoga philosophy is sewn into classes with an aim to bring awareness to how you can bring yoga off the mat and into your life in a more meaningful way. A well-balanced practice for body, energy, mind and spirit. Typically includes a steady pace. Options to take your postures up a notch or down a notch. Expect breathing, centering, warming, peak, arm balance options, inversion options, relaxation. Questions and requests welcome. All classes suitable. Physical challenges offered in Monday’s Adonis Blue Evening and Tuesday’s Blissful Morning classes.
For the child yogis expect silliness, love, breathing, movement and relaxation.
The practice is meant to meet the child where they are at and build from there. In a round about way children can learn how to regulate their nervous systems through breathing and movement. Yoga assists children with learning that that it is ok to slow down sometimes and reminds them that they are connected to all of nature around them.
My Professional Background
BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, 2002
Art/Life skills coach to adults with chronic mental illness, 2002-2009
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist children with autism, 2003-2008
Started Practicing Yoga at Twisted Monkey Yoga studio, 2003
Taught Yoga at Twisted Monkey Yoga studio, 2005-2014
Relationship Based Therapist with preschoolers at The Center for Autism 2008-2016
Training Specialist at The Center for Autism 2016-2017
Facilitated Yoga sessions and staff training's while at The Center for Autism. Children sessions, self-care sessions for staff and workshops educating staff on how to integrate yoga into the program day with children.
30-Hour Spectrum Kids Yoga Certification, 2012
Volunteer Work with HeARTs for Autism, 2012-2017
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher through Beyond Asana YTT, 2014
YTT service project included raising $7000 for buildOn and a Trek to Malawi, Africa to build a primary school.
Living Yoga Training at Yogaville, 2017
A 30-Day residential program to immerse in Ashram lifestyle
Taught Yoga at over 6 studios in Camden County as well as in corporate settings, schools, camps and community centers, 2016-2020
Private Nanny to families children age range 3 months to 8 years, 2017-present
Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program at YogaLife Institute, 2018-2021
500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher through YogaLife Institute 2019
Attained and “E” for experienced in 2019 for having taught over 1,000 hours of yoga through studio group classes, kids camps, schools, corporate yoga, privates and workshops since my 200-hour certification.
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”