mural - Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Carlotta is an elder teacher, having studied yoga for most of her adult life, and a certified teacher since 1992. She teaches to who shows up in her classes. If a student comes in with back pain, then the class will include movements to soothe and stabilize the back. If someone comes in with a broken heart, or lots of nervous energy or insomnia, then the theme for that class will develop accordingly.
Her specialties are Yin Yoga, a quiet, low-to-the-ground practice that involves holding poses for extended periods of time, breathing through intense sensations and watching how the mind inevitably resists these meditative holds. She also teaches meditation, including Yoga Nidra, a guided, restorative practice done lying on the back; and for those who want a more traditional “workout,” she offers an original slow-motion standing flow called Crosswalks that develops balance and confidence.
Like many U.S. yoga students, Carlotta first came to yoga to look good. She first became aware of yoga while studying dance at Joy of Movement in Cambridge - now Dance Complex - in the 1970s. At that time, she taught herself yoga from a paperback book. In her eagerness to become more fit and flexible, she naturally skipped over what she now considers to be the heart of yoga: meditation, pranayama (breathing practices) and the Yamas and Niyamas (ethical practices said to ensure happiness).
In 1990 she found her first in-person yoga teacher: Kali Ray, the founder of TriYoga, and she began taking classes with Kali every day. There she learned that a regular practice, indeed, develops overall fitness and that feel-good feeling we get when we stretch ourselves physically and mentally. However, she was surprised to find herself changing in other ways. Healthier posture. Self-acceptance. Mental focus. An energetic, positive outlook. The courage to dream big and believe in the vision enough to allow it to happen.
Example: in December 2018 she did something she had been vaguely talking about her whole life and spent a month in India.
These are some of the benefits of yoga postures, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy that she shares with her students.
In the spring of 2018, Carlotta moved to East Cambridge, and she now teaches classes from a yoga studio in her home.
One-on-one yoga and coaching sessions
Sleep Better, Feel Great!
A workshop for people with insomnia
Tapping the Source
A Workshop on Yoga, Meditation and Writing