Carleena lara-Bregatta

For me, yoga began as an exercise practice to distract myself from ever-looming anxiety and depression. I became attracted to the intense yet calming structure of asana classes. It was as if I was burning off the enemies inside myself. Yet this practice quickly became much more! I learned the healing powers of a yogic lifestyle and aimed to make this my life passion. We all enter this world pure and good but with our life traumas and experiences, we can easily become distracted by our truest light. Through yoga, I was able to strip away these stories and get closer to my essence of being joyful, excitable & whole as is. I am now a full time yoga instructor living out my dream to practice yoga as her life's work.

My teaching style blends traditional yogic philosophy with Western yoga to make my classes fun, engaging and somewhat educational! My passion is to really teach yoga, more than just the physical postures, but going deeper into the layers of what embodying a yogi means.

Teaching at SHINE has strengthened my spirit, connecting me to my inner power and strength. I feel liberated and continue to find both practicing and teaching at SHINE incredibly therapeutic. I currently teach 6 classes at all 3 studios and am the SHINE Medford Manager and Events Coordinator for all 3 studios.

I am a 500 Hour E-RYT with my training in Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga. I studied at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India for 2 months of intensive study under Swamiji Sudhir Anand, among many other unforgettable teachers. Along with my primary asana training in Ashtanga & Hatha, I also underwent immersive trainings in Power & Baptiste Yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Restorative & Yin Yoga, Tantrik Shaivism, The Yoga Sutras & The Bhagavad Gita.

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