Carol began her yoga journey in 1995. She spent many years teaching vinyasa yoga before being introduced to the Ashtanga yoga method. Carol felt an immediate connection to the discipline and tradition of the practice. She is committed to the practice of Ashtanga yoga as Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and is now taught by his grandson R. Sharath Jois. This past fall she traveled to the Himalayas to study with Sharath. Some day she will travel to Mysore to study with her teacher. For now, she is blessed to have four beautiful children that teach her what life is truly about.
Carol, along with her fiance’ Thomas Olofsson, also a devoted Ashtanga practitioner, are the owners & founders of Delray Yoga Shala which they created in order to share their mutual passion for the Ashtanga yoga method & offer a space for education, healing and personal growth.
D.J. first began his journey in 2012 while in school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. He would gain strong knowledge of human anatomy & physiology; also at the time he got exposed to the idea that we are more than just our physical bodies. For the next two years he studied the depths of human consciousness; Reading anything he can on different philosophies and metaphysics. Within that time he was meditating daily and dabbled in various other spiritual practices. It wouldn’t be until 2014 that he discovered yoga. At the time he was dedicated to bodybuilding and running, and trying incorporate meditation within the two. He blindly went into his first yoga class after his daily workout for “a nice stretch”, and quickly realized that this is what he was subconsciously looking for. One week, three more yoga classes (at the gym), and after much research he canceled his gym membership and dedicated himself to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Immediately he was drawn to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga for the lineage, tradition, and systematic approach of opening the body, mind, and spirit.
After a decade of training for Olympic level volleyball, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in early childhood special education, and spent another decade teaching children of all ages. I came to yoga in 1999 hunched over, broken down and tired. A whole new world opened up for me in my first savasana when the teacher reminded me to make space for my heart. That space permeated through the rest of my life.
I give thanks to all my teachers including my family and first volleyball coaches, who instilled in me the importance of a diligent practice ethic similar to Patthabi Jois’ “99% practice 1% theory ” philosophy. My first Ashtanga vinyasa teacher was James Kigar of Yoga South, and my first teacher training was with David Swenson in 2002. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of now studying with Ana Guerra, and Angelique Sandas, Mysore style at the shala.
I believe strongly in the healing and invigorating power of a daily Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice. My classes are designed to meet you wherever you’re at and cultivate spaciousness in your body, heart and mind. I have also been a practitioner of Thai massage for over 10 years, which is described as “a physical application of loving kindness.”
“Yoga is intimacy with reality as it is.”– Krishnamacharya