About the Models
Carol comes from a strong fitness background and has been working out consistently for over 20 years. She found yoga to compliment her fitness discipline and was captured by the power of the practice not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Yoga has inspired her to evolve and opened the door for growth at all levels. It has given her the endurance to go through challenging life situations or long days with her four children. She has trained with many skillful instructors and has found her own practice to be her greatest teacher.
As Carol states, "The practice of yoga has allowed me to find stillness within myself. Even before I became of mother of four children I lived a busy life. I'm pretty sure I came that way. The gift of yoga is that you shift and grow without of even being aware that it is happening...I've been practicing and teaching for over 15 years and I continue to find more and more gratitude for what my practice teaches me about myself and why it is that I am here.
Being a teacher gives me an opportunity to contribute and to connect to others. I do believe that ALL of us want to remove the obstacles that stand in our way of peaceful and joyful heart. It is not about what shows up all around us... it is all about what shows up within us.
How do we share our practice? I hope I can create a little bit more stillness in a very noisy world."
Take classes from Carol at:
3500 NW Boca Raton blvd
Boca Raton. FL 33431
When people ask me why yoga is an important part of my life, I say, “Because it is my life.” I was diagnosed with Poly-articulate (meaning all-joints), Systemic (arthritis affects inner organs as well as joints) Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 13 and movement, although some days a challenge, is necessary. As much as modern medicine (like the many pills, injections and infusions) is a necessary part of my health regimen, a balanced and strong spirit is even more vital. Yoga is a way for me to incorporate spirit and strength into my life, all which helps me sustain a healthy life and support system to my disabled joints and body.
My mother, who is a yoga instructor, introduced me to Iyengar Yoga in 2005 – I was always so intimidated to go to class, given my limited range of movement. During that first class’s shivasana, tears flowed as I realized how amazing these movements felt to my body and soul. I also learned that yoga puts ego aside, and over the years have become less focused on what I can’t do, and what I can do. I now practice vinyasa yoga with the assistance of many stick-e props. It is OK if I can’t flatten my hands on the ground, or do a handstand, because I am where I am. Yoga has helped me in so many ways, I cannot count, but overall I do know that yoga has given me movement, life, and vision. Even on days that I cannot physically make it to my mat, yoga is a fundamental part of my life.
Briana resides in Delray Beach, Florida, with her amazingly supportive husband, Cyrus, and their two ‘fuzz babies’, rescued Pomeranians, Marvin and Mila and their horse, Whiskey. She is a graphic designer, marketer and advertiser by trade and also donates her time to the Arthritis Foundation of West Palm Beach and a local animal rescue.
B Creative Marketing & Design
I am reminded every day of how important Yoga is to me. Living with a stage 4 Scoliosis has inspired me to straighten my own spine with out the help of modern medicine or severe surgical correction. Born in Sun Valley, Idaho and grew up in Cave Creek, Arizona on a horse ranch. I thank my mother for instilling the yoga gene in me at an early age by raising me on holistic alternatives as well as yoga, as a means for health and well-being.
After graduating from Arizona State in 2007 with a degree in Business & Mass Communications, I had given thought to moving to NYC to pursue a career in fashion & advertising. I spent a summer in a state of limbo only to find that my deep appreciation for my yoga practice would eventually lead me to my teaching career. I enrolled in At One Yoga’s Teacher Training in the fall of 2007 and along the 10-week journey I was fascinated to learn how the physical self and the power of energy can alter the body’s state of being.
In this chaotic world we live in today, the more time we spend looking within ourselves for honesty and compassion, the greater respect we will have for ourselves and those around us. I encourage my students to accept where they are physically and mentally and to use that perspective to cultivate inner peace. The most important thing to do is take that “peace” created on the mat into everyday life.
I have been practicing Yoga since 2000, going deeper and deeper into my practice of mental, physical and spiritual growth day by day. In 2008, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance after studying Iyengar, Anusara and Vinyasa styles of Yoga. My class unites these styles, which emphasize anatomical alignment of the body, coordination and control of the breath in order to better still the consciousness in the present moment.
In 1999, a back injury left me incapable to do the things a regular 18 year old could do. On the path to healing, I first sought out conventional therapies for the injury including strong doses of anti-inflammatory steroids and painkillers plus physical therapy. The drugs left me in a daze and were degrading to my daily life. Later that year, while attending the Le Cordon Blue School of Culinary Arts, I found non-toxic therapies including chiropractic care, where Yoga was recommended to aid in the recovery of the spine back to health. The body’s innate ability to heal itself was unlocked and the world of Yoga unfolded. Yoga became a foundation of life for me. I am now teaching, where I share all of my knowledge and love for life to everyone and offer philosophy that can be applied to everyday life on and off the mat.
I recently began a new journey by becoming a medical student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. This state of the art school integrates traditional and conventional modalities of medicine to unlock the healing power of nature by treating the cause rather than the symptoms of disease. My love, passion and appreciation of all life are invigorated by others and continue to grow towards a bright future as a Yoga Instructor and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
April Bennett, Souls Image Photography
My mom always said, "Whatever it is that you decide to do in your life make sure you love doing it!" I spent over 10 years in New York City surrounded by photographers and was always inspired by what they did for a living. Throughout the years I watched and learned from the professionals and always made sure I had a camera with me to capture the moment as it happened; I eventually began to develop my own style.
For me photography is like magic because it has the ability to freeze a moment in our lives. Photographs are a beautiful way to hold onto our memories…such as the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth, holiday moments, and other special events in our lives.
Like many photographers, my career began as a fun hobby. I bought a simple digital camera and started taking photos everywhere I went and of everyone I knew. When I shared these photos with my friends and family they soon began offering to pay me to take pictures of them for special occasions. I took this as a sign and decided to use the gift that God gave me and make a career out of it. I don't believe my gift is just about taking photographs, it's about the way I see people…I am able to see the beauty in everyone and everything and I believe that is what comes through in my photographs. I also have the gift of being able to make even the most shy and uncomfortable person relax in front of my lens when I am shooting them. I usually take a few shots and then show them to the client and they are always amazed with how they look and they'll say things like, "Wow, you are really great with angles…" and I say, "No, this is how I see you." By the time we are done shooting my clients are so comfortable and enjoying themselves so much they don't want the session to end. With my gifts and your beauty, I guarantee that we will get a lot of great shots of you and your family and friends..
I tell everyone that I see SOULS not faces and if you have a beautiful soul you will see a beautiful photo of yourself.
photography by april