By Lesley Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
“If you build it they will come.” Carrie Wallace created Yoga in the Center, Mill Creek Town Center’s newest yoga studio, as a result of a dream she had.
Carrie said that she had a dream encouraging her to create a place for yoga in Mill Creek, “Very much like the movie ‘Field of Dreams,’ there were people gathered of all ages, races, religions, and needs. Some needed physical healing, others emotional. There were people, teachers giving instruction and people receiving. But all were there because they wanted/needed a place to gather in a community that could support them in whatever need they had.”
“I called my dear friend CJ, a brilliant dream weaver, and told her of the dream. She guided me through it all and then came her last question. ‘What would you name this dream?’ I replied, ‘If you build it they will come.’”
“Bruce (Carrie’s husband) and I want to build a studio where people of all walks of life can come, practice, heal whatever needs healing, make new friends or connect with old. A place where teachers can be free to teach what they love, and new teachers can feel supported and nurtured as they develop.”
Yoga in the Center celebrated its opening on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, at its spacious location across the street from Azul, on the second floor of the Creekside Village complex.
The celebration started with a special intention setting class for the New Year and was followed with an Open House that included an opportunity to meet the instructors, tour the studio with its beautiful spa like setting, enjoy refreshments and enter drawings for great prizes.
Bruce and Carrie Wallace are long time residents of Mill Creek. They have raised two children here and volunteered their time at school and sports activities.
They love the Mill Creek community, and it was after attending a concert in the Town Center last August and observing the community being united by the magic of music, they knew they wanted to share the magic of yoga with the Mill Creek community in the Town Center.
Carrie said, “Quite simply put, yoga is a practice that changed my life. In the beginning I was attracted to the physical aspect of yoga. I loved how strong yet flexible my body became. But what I didn’t notice, but my family and friends did, was that I was calmer, less reactive, more as ease. And this more than anything else is the gift of yoga.”
“It’s the gift my husband Bruce and I want to share with the community by opening Yoga in the Center. We both credit yoga for changing our relationship and our life for the better and wholeheartedly believe that everyone would benefit with a little yoga in their life. We wanted to create a studio that anyone could enter into and feel welcome, free from association of any religion.”
“Yoga is the practice that takes me back to my center, my heart, whether I am on my mat or off. And when I am in this place there is peace, this peace is what I want to share with our community and with world.”
Carrie went on to say, “This life is so focused on getting somewhere, doing, achieving, faster, faster, faster! We can’t sustain that. All life can’t be effort. Pushing through can’t be the only way to make change or create success. You have to go in to get out! It’s a simple as that.”
“You need time each day to go inside the mind and just be in your body. Returning to this practice day in and day out, you begin to feel more at ease with yourself, less reactive to stressful situations. The ease and steadiness you learn to find on your mat becomes more of who you are when you are off your mat.”
“Yoga gives us the tools that allow us to step away from the noise and connect to the gift of living from our center. When you live from your hearts center, your light just naturally shines.”
Carrie is a former aerobics instructor, gymnast, and dancer, and a certified yoga instructor. She credits her amazing teachers Shiva Rae, Leeann Carey and Jules Mitchell, whose teachings have inspired and fostered her in-depth knowledge of body mechanics and her innate understanding of the complexities of movement.
Carrie teaches a variety of yoga styles including various forms of hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative and meditation, but most importantly she teaches self-acceptance and self-love, and an authentic desire to simply experience the body; without ego, judgment or expectation.
The studio is offering something for everyone:
- Yoga Basics
- Hatha Flow
- Baptist Power
- Slow Flow
- Oh~So~Mellow Flow
- Pre Natal
- Post Natal/Mom and Baby
- Private Yoga Sessions
- Tuning Forks
- Ayurveda counseling
- Sound Bowl healing
- Rieki Certification classes
- 1st year and 2nd year mentorship programs
- Teacher trainings
- Dream workshops
- Mentorship Program for new yoga teachers
- Yoga & Journaling workshops to come later in the spring and fall
Yoga in the Center is located at:
For more information and class schedule go to: www.yogainthecenter.com or telephone: (425) 949-9190.