Meditation and Yoga

Guiding the Yogi Spirit-Keeping Faith Yoga These are gentle, restorative and therapeutic yoga classes which bring attention to the spirit of the asana and feed the spirit of your being. The result is feeling deeply nourished and  connected to the divinity within.

Wholistic and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (WMBSR) This six-week course is for teens and adults (aged 16 and over) who wish to cope more effectively with stressful situations, manage emotions, reduce anxiety, and increase positive outlook.  

Lovingkindness Meditation Lovingkindness meditation is a heart-based practice which cultivates self-compassion and empathy. You will experience healing from your self-critical thoughts and improve your relationships with others.

Forgiveness  How and why would we forgive, especially in cases of horrific atrocity, unspeakable tragedy, and blatant injustice? Forgiveness is a practice which reduces our suffering and brings healing to body, mind, and spirit. 

I am trained in several meditation techniques, so depending upon your interests and needs I may be able to accommodate you. I created and published on a Wholistic and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (WMBSR)Teaching Meditation to Children, and on Lovingkindness Meditation in Psychology. These publications are available upon request. 

Six of us had a most wonderful Holy Night last night as we experienced the Loving Kindness Meditation. We wish more of you could have joined us last night. It was one of the most beautiful and moving evenings of a wonderful series of Holy Night gatherings.  Carolyn’s guiding us through the Loving Kindness Meditation by way of beautiful imagery was truly remarkable, as was the depth of our sharing in our conversation afterwards. It exceeded all our expectations and I hope she will offer this again next year. Warmly,
— Tom Altgelt
Dr. Willow, I just wanted to say thank you for the great stress reduction class. It has been a huge help for me these past few weeks. I was able to remember things that I used to do, as well as learn many new ways to calm down. I have less tension headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Also, I’m able to catch myself in the early stages of anxiety and often reverse it. This has been a particularily hard year-and this class couldn’t have come at a better time. I know I will continue these practices at home- alone and with my kids. Thank you for all you shared with us, and also for allowing us to share our stories and thoughts. It was very therapeutic each week... and it helps me to remember that I am not alone in my struggles-even though we all go through different trials. Thank you!
— Julie
I also wanted to say a belated thank you for making my week at Samasati so meaningful. I laugh every time I think of the paralyzing fear that I felt when you said the words “sounded meditation.” I NEVER sing aloud and the sound of my own voice was very peculiar. I’m getting the hang of it now and it has really been a useful tool for calming and redirecting anxiety as I’ve been dealing with my father’s illness and my stepsisters.
Carolyn, it was truly a pleasure meeting you. It’s not often that I meet someone that makes such a profound impression and that I immediately trust. You guided me back onto the road of wonder and discovery by your example and I left Samasati with renewed hope and excitement. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. Peace and love,
— Linda Ortale