200 HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

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Caroline Cucchiara, E-RYT 500
Yoga History/Philosophy, Yoga Sutras and Ayurveda

Caroline (E-RYT-500) has been a dedicated practitioner and student of Yoga for more than 30 years. She has been teaching for more than 15 of those years – mostly so that she can be an even better student and practitioner. She took the deep dive into Yoga after reading just the first 2 pages of The Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo. In those few paragraphs Aurobindo answered the questions she had been asking for a long time: what is my purpose in this life? why am I here? Aurobindo seemed to personally reply to her: the most important thing to do is find out who you are, and to do that you must find out where you came from. He said this was the work of Yoga, so Caroline wholeheartedly set off on this path.

She is versed in a vast array of hatha yoga traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar teachings of the viniyoga of Yoga. Most importantly, Yoga has invited her into a deep study of the human experience through the teachings of the great masters, particularly the teachings of the greatest of teachers, Sage Patanjali. Caroline’s greatest passion is to share these teachings and help all of us who walk this exhilarating, terrifying, awe-inspiring, breath-giving, mind-bending journey we call Life to be steadfast, healthy and happy travelers.

 

What does Living Yoga mean to me and how do I practice living yoga?

Living Yoga is, for me, a life guided by the principles of the yama and niyama. By keeping these great promises in mind, then every thought, word and action becomes the practice! These are promises I keep for myself for my own evolution and though I may not always succeed, I know I only have to wait for the next thought, word and action to try again.

 

What lights me up and excites me most when I'm teaching?

Well, for one, when students truly understand how this ancient science of Yoga makes so much sense now, today, for them personally. Then, helping that student find her unique path in this practice: there is one great infinite Source but with an infinite array of paths to It – no right way, no wrong way, just your way. After all, that Source is within you – why wouldn’t your path be personal and singular? It’s exciting to figure out what the right work is at this moment.