Carolyn, with other yoga and mindfulness teachers, set up MYA Jersey, an association to offer yoga and mindfulness teaching to people who would not normally access them due to mental or physical health challenges, developmental issues or social difficulties through partnership with the organisations.
She is currently the chair of the committee and service co-ordinator, as well as a mindfulness and yoga teacher.
Chair yoga can be accessed by most people, even if you struggle to get on to a mat for other yoga practices. The movements will be gentle and coordinated with the breath, with the aim of releasing both the body and mind into a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. It is important you look after your body and only do what feels comfortable and right at the time. You only need to have a chair, ideally with a flat seat, straight back and no arms (e.g. dining chair). If your feet do not reach the floor comfortably then a block or cushion would also be of benefit. A large firm cushion may also make some postures more comfortable. At the end of the practice there will be five minutes to relax either in the chair, a cosy armchair or sofa or on the floor if this is OK for you. Chair Yoga and Body Scan with Carolyn Coverley
Body scan: we will bring our kind awareness to our breath and body, gently moving through the body. This allows us to become grounded in the present and connects the mind with the body often bringing a sense of relaxation and openness. The body scan is often done lying down on the floor or a bed but can be done seated or standing. Make sure you keep warm during the practice.
I, with other yoga and mindfulness teachers, set up MYA Jersey, an association to offer yoga and mindfulness teaching to people who would not normally access them due to mental or physical health challenges, developmental issues or social difficulties through partnership with the organisations. I am currently the chair of the committee and service co-ordinator, as well as a mindfulness and yoga teacher.
I offer mindfulness and yoga teaching on a voluntary basis through MYA Jersey, for organisations such as Brighter Futures, CAMHS and Youthful Minds and Jersey Recovery College. I am committed to making yoga and mindfulness as accessible as possible to everyone.
Yoga- I have completed a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher trainer course and I am a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professional. More recently I have attended training in Accessible yoga in order to make yoga more inclusive and accessible to all. I have done other additional training, including teaching yoga to children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I now mainly teach yoga as a form of mindful movement, including working with the breath, body awareness and meditation based on visualisation.
Mindfulness – I have gained a Masters in Mindfulness (distinction), having completed my dissertation based on my research into providing mindfulness teaching for children and young people with anxiety, jointly with their parent. I have completed training to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC), the Mindfulness Based Living Course- Young Adult (MBLC-YA) and more recently the Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC). I am listed by BAMBA (the UK umbrella organisation for mindfulness associations) and follow all their good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses. I am also a member of the Mindfulness Association. I provide formal eight week mindfulness courses, bespoke courses, occasional day retreats and intends to offer drop in sessions to previous participants of MYA Jersey.