Carrie Owerko has studied yoga since 1991, taught Iyengar Yoga since 1996, and studied seven times for extended periods with the Iyengar family in India and hold an Intermediate Senior Certificate. Her primary teachers are Patricia Walden and the late Mary Dunn.
Spectators at a recent “yogathon” saw Carrie express her devotion to B.K.S. Iyengar and the Institute as she performed 230 repetitions of Viparita Chakrasana—continuous flowing backbends. She performed in and was co-choreographer of the yoga demonstration given in 2005 in conjunction with Guruji’s appearances in New York and at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado.
“Yoga is also an art form,” she says. “To share it with others is inspiring and fulfilling.”
Carrie earned a Certified Movement Analyst degree from the Laban Institute after in-depth study of the human body and its means of expression. “That is the lens I use to analyze everything else.” She has performed professionally in theater and dance, and taught movement and theater to groups, including young children and incarcerated women.
The philosophy of yoga is central to Carrie’s teaching and practice. Without that “we’re just doing something technical with the body. Yoga in the larger context is what transforms us, cultivating that wholeness that is always within.”