Yoga Experience

EDUCATION  & CERTIFICATIONS


200-HOUR YOGA TEACHING CERTIFICATION: Centered Yoga, Ko Samui Thailand, Ashtanga Lineage of
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, Teacher: Paul Dallaghan. Yoga Alliance Accredited, June 2017

LIFE COACH CERTIFICATION: Coach Training Alliance, International Coaching Federation
Accredited, January 2016

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER: AFAA, September 2015

ADULT CPR & AED: American Red Cross, July 2015

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: Graphic Design, Marietta College, 2008

EXPERIENCE


YOGA TEACHER
6.16-Present | Multiple Locations

Teach classes that increase strength and decrease stress, focusing on the foundations of yoga: breathing and mental development

Introduced yoga poses and breathing techniques in beginner classes to Gentry Locke Attorney’s Team, 6 week program in 2016

Taught yoga classes at Spine and Orthopedic Rehab of Virginia (Physical Therapy Office) 6.16-3.17

HEALTH & WELLNESS LIFE COACH
CAROLINE MCKEAN, LIFESTYLE COACH
July 2015 – January 2016

Hosted a women’s Loving Kindness Retreat to help women understand and open their minds to self-care and self-love. I guided the attendees through meditations, yoga postures and designed and wrote self-care manuals to help them reflect on life and continue what they learned in the retreat. 

Encourage and support clients through life transitions asking open-ended, thought-provoking questions

Provide suggestions, in an unattached manner and hold space for client to commit to their own goals.

Ask for client’s commitment to their goals and provide support and accountability to achieve goals

COACHING PHILOSOPHY: Each client has the answers within them, I help them find those

answers and believe in them, as well. I use open-ended questions and encouragement to help clients find clarity and commit to goals. When a client is struggling to commit or maintain a goal I use a positive, encouraging voice but hold each client accountable to his or her commitments.

ACTIVITIES


Professional: YogaTeacher (2016 – Present) Owner of Caroline McKean, Lifestyle Coach (2015 – 2017), Certified Personal Trainer (2015-2017), Roanoke Valley SPCA Board Member (2013 – 2015) RVSPCA Volunteer (2011-2015), Volunteer Basketball Coach (2000-Present)

Personal: Elephant Volunteer, Surin, Thailand (June 2017), Hiking, Skiing, Avid Reader, Roanoke Valley SPCA Board Member (2013 – 2015) RVSPCA Volunteer (2011-2015), Volunteer Basketball Coach (2000-Present)

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GL Yoga Classes

Welcome Gentry Locke Team! 

I will be with you for 6 weeks of yoga on Mondays at 5:30 pm.

(If you all LOVE it, it will be more!)

Schedule

Classes start Monday November 14th.

They will continue on Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5, 12, & 19.

These yoga classes will take you into the holidays as a more centered soul. Who doesn’t want that? Oh and the bonus, it’s an awesome workout.

My yoga classes are for beginners and up. I modify for all levels of yoga practitioner. I practice a vinyasa form of yoga, so it’s matching breathe to movement. It really helps build strength, release mental and physical tension, and the hour-long class flies by!

Investment

It’s $60 for all 6 sessions or $13 for each individual class.

I ask that you purchase via Paypal in advance of the class. You can do it moments before class, if you forget! :) 

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Yoga Class Waiver

Please download, print, sign and return this waiver before your first class. 

 

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Loving Kindness Retreats

Loving Kindness One-Day Retreats

A Day of Self-Acceptance and Empowerment

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Recharge and build a new foundation of self-acceptance for a rewarding, happy life.

Is your inner critic out of control? Are you tired of self-help books that make you feel overwhelmed and add to your self-improvement to-do list? Do your high standards for how you live your life, set you up for failure? Do you tend towards people-pleasing, over-giving, and always questioning yourself?

If you said yes to any or all of those questions, you are welcomed with open arms to a day of encouragement and empowerment to start accepting yourself as you are and integrate self-love practices into your daily life. It’s a day to tap into your intuitive power and learn to trust that you hold the answers to what will make you the happiest!

In this one-day retreat, you will create or personalize the following strategies to continue on your path to living an authentic and hugely rewarding life. (Because, let’s acknowledge the fact that you have your life together and you are rocking many elements of it, it’s just that you need a little more support in making self-care and self-acceptance the priority!)


 THIS RETREAT IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF, RELATIONSHIPS, AND FUTURE! YOU DESERVE IT!


Investment

Loving Kindness Self-Acceptance Retreat – $150

5 Hour Immersion Workshop

Transformational Retreat Package – $250

5 Hour Immersion Workshop
+

4 Weeks Email Integration Coaching
(This is where you get one-on-one support from me, to integrate what you learned at the retreat and ask personal and specific questions to truly be on the path to self-acceptance, self-love, and self-care practices that support your goals.)


Loving Kindness Retreat Strategies:

Slowing down and accessing your intuition:

More importantly, finding the courage to use this intuitive knowledge to benefit yourself and others

Reconnecting with your personal needs, desires, and body’s natural rhythms

Tap into your personal creativity and build creative problem-solving practices

Move your body through gentle, restorative and strength-building exercise:

An hour long energizing and restorative yoga class will be part of the retreat

Creating a personalized self-care menu for consistent self-love and support

Identifying the story you tell yourself about who you are and rewriting that story!


Who is this for?

Women: 21 & up, no yoga experience necessary
Connect with like-minded women as you embrace a new way of loving yourself, nourishing relationships and experiencing inner freedom and joy.

Also Included:

Complete workshop binder, including worksheets and empowerment exercises
Healthy Snacks, Coffee, Tea & Water

Yoga Class

Additional Benefits

Connecting and conversing with like-minded women on the same path to self-acceptance

Transforming your mindset to encourage self-acceptance

Understanding the importance of self-worth and self-acceptance and how everyone in your life will benefit when you set boundaries, include self-care practices into your daily routine, and make the relationship with yourself a #1 priority!


Praise

 Life Coaching

“Caroline is very intuitive and listens with both her heart and her soul. She brought out the best in me during  our coaching. Her practicality in creativity is her greatest strength.” - Lisa Jo B., Writer

“A had a book rejected because I “lacked a social platform.” I was discouraged but as a writer, I wasn’t a quitter. Caroline was excellent at centering me, an artistic type, that needed concrete goals. I knew I wanted to launch a website and contribute to a blog regularly. She asked me poignant and clarifying questions about practicalities and obstacles. She has a centering and calm dynamic to her questions. I felt zero judgment on my answers and perhaps past shortcomings and setbacks. Together, we figured out what I needed to do to launch and maintain www.bravetutu.com. I’m thrilled to say that LinkedIn reminded me of the year anniversary of Brave Tutu this week. I’m going strong with the solid foundation Caroline helped me set up and sustain. I would recommend her to anyone looking to take their career, dreams or daily “life goals” to the next level.” Rebekah M., Writer

 Yoga

As a teacher, I needed something to take the stress off of my day. Caroline offered a class that was not only an exceptional workout but a stress reliever as well. Her calming voice and fun upbeat attitude was just what I needed. Take the class. You will not be disappointed!” – Candace B., Music Teacher and Studio Owner

“I left feeling way stronger (and maybe sweatier) than I’d expected leaving my first yoga class with Caroline. The time went by so fast and it’s a great workout for both body and mind!”  - Liz L. Author and Editor

Caroline is a great instructor! She provides a relaxed atmosphere to practice where you can feel at ease and get a great workout. She definitely offers what I look for in a yoga class and a yoga instructor! “ - Caitlin J., Environmental Scientist


Photos from Retreat

Loving Kindness Retreat

Loving Kindness Retreat

 

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About Me

About Me

Caroline.

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I volunteered with elephants in Thailand June 2017. This was “my” elephant Dok Yaew. We were swimming together

(I just have to say, I love my name.)

I was born and raised in the beautiful, rural  Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. My roots there are deeply personal, as I feel my surroundings & family greatly shaped my life. Relationships are the most important thing in my life: I connect with those I love often and in very meaningful ways. (Though let it be known, I am very much a happy introvert!)  I love wine, dark chocolate, cookies, yoga, skiing, a good book and my dogs.

Who am  I?

I am an Explorer.

  • : to look at (something) in a careful way to learn more about it : to study or analyze (something)
  • : to talk or think about (something) in a thoughtful and detailed way
  • : to learn about (something) by trying it

My Current Mantra:
Do no harm, take no shit.

My values:

Freedom Exploration Personal Growth Travel
Purpose Love Gratitude Community
Stability Integrity Conscious Wealth Balance
Acceptance Nature Yoga Well-being

My aspirations:

  • Be a role model
  • Spend as much time with my family as possible. The more vacations we take together and the more cards we play, the better.
  • Explore the country
    • one small town,
    • one trail,
    • one campsite,
    • and one bakery at a time!
  • Be well-read, listen to music, and create (I have a BFA in Graphic Design)
  • Share & teach the joy and healing power of yoga
  • Express gratitude in every moment: practicing presence & mindfulness
  • Smile more
  • Drink more Prosecco
  • Go to Mexico (again) to eat!
  • Visit Thailand, to eat (duh) and love on some elephants!
    • (I achieved this one, y’all and it was unfathomably transformational!) 
  • Set more fires…campfires oh and fire people up (I can be metaphorical too)
  • Coach women’s basketball (again)
  • Ski more mountains
  • Love, accept, have faith, be patient
  • Be free, be purposeful
  • Love animals, be kind to the environment, respect Mother Nature – it’s all we have
  • Assume the best in others intentions, release all form of expectation
  • Remember to laugh, see the humor in everything 
  • Own cabin on a lake, in the woods

I am Caroline. And this is my mission:

I am on a soul-serving journey of radical self-acceptance. I am here to be a teacher and facilitator of the only freedom that matters: that which comes from within.

I am all for exploring the light and dark sides of life. For sitting with and accepting the feelings and emotions of life. I am about offering the opportunity to liberate yourself from the self-limiting bullshit that we each internalize, create and believe on our journey to adulthood.

I believe in the conscious creation of wealth, meaning:  self-acceptance and self-care for our mental and physical health, the purposeful building of monetary and material wealth, and the creation of healthy, empowered relationships.

Blessings of light and love.

Genuinely,
Caroline

Certifications & Education:

200-Hour Yoga Teacher, Centered Yoga, Ko Samui, Thailand June 2017

Coach Training Alliance Certified Life Coach, January 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Minor in Journalism, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, May 2008

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Yoga

Private & Group Yoga Classes with Caroline

Yoga Class Schedule

I am currently working out a12 teaching schedule at Snowshoe Ski Resort.

Caroline Yoga Picture in Ko Samui Thailand

Yoga Self-Practice in Ko Samui, Thailand


Benefits of Yoga

Improved Mobility

Hear that y’all? It’s the most common excuse for why people don’t want to do a class, ‘I am not flexible enough.’ If you are inflexible yoga will help you so much, it’ll release tension and discomfort. Time to find a new excuse, folk. Oh and if you are really flexible, yoga will help strengthen those muscles and joints. It’s all about mobility of the joint which is controlled motion, not flexibility! 

Improved Strength

Yoga’s gonna make you strong. Stronger than you imagined, mentally and physically. You might even experience less road rage. Bonus!

Relaxed State Afterward

Yoga is one of the few up-regulating and down-regulating workouts due to matching your breath to movements. This means that you body not only gets amped up but ‘zened’ out, as opposed to running or weightlifting where you feel a little cracked out afterward. Yoga leaves you strong and zen

Improved Bone Structure

Yoga puts more pressure on the bones than gravity when encouraged bone cell growth. Don’t believe me, read some of the technical stuff here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/12-minutes-of-yoga-for-stronger-bones/?_r=0

A consistent practice also improves posture, emotional resiliency, balance, functional movements, strengthens muscles and joints, and helps prevent injury in all ages.

It’s also low impact and a powerful cross-training tool for athletes and people who want to move when they are 90.

About Our Yoga Practice Together

I practice and teach a mostly vinyasa yoga which is matching breath to movement. It’s a very flowing and organic style. My classes are modified to all different levels. I encourage a focus on proper form for safety and comfort but want my students to know that what a pose looks for me will be totally different for you. We are not in a yoga class to compare ourselves to our teachers or other classmates, but instead set an intention and turn inward. It’s a time to focus on our strengths, improve our weaknesses and let go of expectations.

This is why yoga is such a successful tool for stress relief, physical and mental rehabilitation, and building personal strength. It’s a deeply personal practice and very empowering.

A Request

As a student in my classes, I will ask for patience and compassion with yourself, with me as a teacher, and with other students. We will all seem strong, resilient, and in-tune with our bodies and at other times completely inflexible, wobbly and uncomfortable.  Your practice is a small representation of your life. If you can take this hour to release some tension, concern and frustration; that will flow into the rest of your life.

I have a sense of deep gratitude to have the health and body to teach yoga and look forward to sharing this incredibly powerful, fun, and relaxing workout with you. I look forward to teaching many yoga classes in the future so please stay tuned to new locations, times, opportunities for private yoga classes and retreats. 

Namaste

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Coaching Policies

Working with me is simple & straightforward! 

I like to communicate the way I run my business up front so questions  can be addressed immediately. I appreciate your effort in this department, if something is unclear regarding an invoice, price or what you receive from my services, do not hesitate to ask! I am here to help you build your foundation of success, without you I would not get to work at my passion each and every day.

Policies

  • I collect payment before I provide services each month. 
  • No refunds for one-to-one coaching nor group coaching.*
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for a call or session it will not be extended or rescheduled. The same for no shows. 
  • Please fill out a pre-session form each time we meet, in advance of the session so we both understand the topics for the day’s discussion.

*I am compassionate to emergency situations should a situation arise, please connect with me and we will find a mutually beneficial solution. Most likely in the form of a credit to another coaching program or month of one-to-one coaching.  

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Coaching Services

Coaching with Caroline

via Email, Phone & In-Person

It’s never enough is it?

You never quite feel like you said the right thing, made the right decision, or helped the most people. Your path to perfection is eating you alive. Will you ever feel like you are enough?

Who I work with

Successful professional woman balancing it all: work, love, fitness, and your other passions. Or so it seems, but secretly it’s not all it’s chalked up to be. You strive for perfection, you avoid confrontation, you feel selfish when you stick up for your needs.

You want to do something for yourself but you don’t know how. There are so many people you could potentially disappoint by shifting gears and changing your life to fit your highest values.  You want to make a change and live a more assertive, empowered, happy life. Yes, it looks like you have that on the outside and that makes you feel guilty for, internally, you need and want something more fulfilling. You want your inner critic to shut up already! You want to stop the comparison game and always feeling like you are competing for the best friend, best partner, best mom, best anything award that never ever comes.

You want a break. You don’t want to feel resentful or guilty anymore. You want to change and know and believe that you can.

What our work is about

  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-care
  • Forgiveness
  • Resilience
  • Feminine Energy

The work we do together will be about accepting your flaws and forgiving yourself. It’s about gaining the courage to change your values and acting on them. It’s building resilience to saying no and disappointing others, learning to forgive yourself, and let go of the paralyzing fear that change is going to result in something other than life-affirming, powerful outcomes. It’s about slowing down and connecting with your natural rhythms and listening to your body. It’s about understanding and accepting that life is not perfect and seeing each challenge and each choice as your opportunity and responsibility to take on new growth and therefore new happiness.

When & How (Email, Phone, In-Person)

Anytime, if you choose email coaching! Our coaching can be done via phone, as well. The women I attract to my coaching programs are introspective, tend to be introverted and have a skill for articulating their biggest fears, dreams, and goals via the written word. Email coaching is the opportunity for us not to be confined be schedules, appointments, and interruptions. I customize my email coaching packages to you based on needs and goals.

Of course, phone coaching is a powerful option too and that’s on a consistent, biweekly or weekly day and time.

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I am here for you. Because this path of perfectionism lead me to be a codependent shell of a woman, afraid of confrontation and disappointing others. I only ended up hurting myself and hurting my key relationships. It’s my life’s work to change that in myself and guide other women to do the same beautiful work and make steady, consistent change towards self-acceptance, confidence, love, and resilience!


 Results/Outcomes

  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Resilience
  • Value Identification
  • Decision Making based on Your Value System
  • Self-Acceptance & Forgiveness
  • Self-Care & Relaxation
  • Seeing life as an opportunity to always grow and improve and that the pursuit of happiness, will not always be happy
  • Strategies for the life-long practice of maintaining self-esteem, resilience, self-care, and living a life based on your values. Resulting in internal fulfillment and love. This fulfillment and love will allow you to give to others in your life in ways that you never imagined. You will learn to live life on your own terms, accept challenges and turn them into opportunities, and grow beyond your fear and limitations.

I offer a free, introductory 30-minute coaching call to see if coaching is right for you!

Please email me at Caroline@CarolineMcKean.com to schedule a time to chat!

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Together we’ll create enduring change!

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