Carmen first began practicing yoga in 2008. She was initially seeking only physical benefits and practiced a physical, heated form of yoga. Although she enjoyed it, after a couple of years she felt rumblings of something more. After spending four days at Kripalu, she realized that there was so much more to yoga than she had ever imagined. Soon after this she discovered the warm, welcoming community at Wake Up. Even when she found the classes physically and emotionally challenging she kept coming back to practice.
In 2015 she completed Wake Up Yoga’s Foundational Teacher Training as well as Yin Teacher Training. She is forever grateful to the wise and inspiring Corina Benner for leading her along this path. She is very thankful to her amazing and knowledgeable teachers Felicia Graham Comisar, Julie Pogachefsky, Tricia Bendik, and Heather Goldner Kinsey. With their guidance and the loving support of her fellow teacher trainees, a transformational spark was lit and the journey toward finding her true, authentic self began.
Carmen is continuously amazed at the gifts that yoga brings to anyone who listens with an open heart. She believes that yoga is accessible to people of all levels of physical ability, knowing that the true practice of yoga asks not for physical perfection, but to use the asanas as a means for inner transformation. She is honored and humbled to be teaching at Wake Up, where she hopes to create a warm, safe space for her students to practice and discover their authentic selves.
Originally from Ohio, Carmen has lived in Philly for over 10 years. She currently resides in South Philly with her talented musician husband, Scott, and their four felines. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, you will find her teaching Spanish and math to high school students.