I had the privilege of being one of Carolyn Relei's first Yoga students 40 years ago in Mt. Shasta, CA. She was the first person who gave me an inkling of Truth. I still remember the sun pouring in on us as she taught us the Salute to the Sun. I was filled with awe and wonder as she led us through the basic asanas, and ended with relaxation and meditation. She slowly and perfectly demonstrated each posture, helping and gently correcting us, always with encouragement, kindness, and enthusiasm. She also taught us the kriyas, chanting and various pranayamas with patience and joy.
She was an inspiration to me in so many ways, as she was "living the life of a Yogi". I learned about healthy food and eating habits...which was entirely new to me. She had a love of the earth and a respect for all living things.
I am now 74 years old and still practice yoga and meditation daily. I will always be grateful to Carolyn, whom I consider to be a great Yogi teacher. Any student who studies with her will indeed be fortunate.
E.C., M.A. (Mt. Shasta, CA, 2009)
Carolyn has been a wonderful blessing to my life. she introduced me to the many facets of yoga. She is my inspiration to continue my study of yoga's direct communication to the body through its spirituality, intent, visualization, postures, and breath.
I looked forward to her class that started with the salutation to the sun and in the end the peaceful, relaxing dead man's pose.
We were always shown the postures slowly from different angles. Our questions were welcomed and encouraged. Her individual guidance on every posture was full of helpful insight. She always encouraged us to patiently and gently ask our bodies to express our desires.
Every student is blessed by Carolyn Relei's in depth knowledge and wisdom of yoga. As each individual comes in with different physical issues she has always recommended gentle, positive postures that correct the imbalance. Always showing and explaining the correct posture and how to eventually attain it. We always want to come back.
J. U. (Mountain Ranch, CA)
I first experienced Carolyn's knowledge of the subject of yoga in 1975. While having dinner at her home, I had a chance to look in the bookcase and found quite a few Indian scripture translations as well as textbooks of Hatha yoga. During casual conversation it became obvious that she had read most if not all of these books and continued to study them on a daily basis. She told me of her first yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay area who was in direct succession to Swami Sivananda and learning not only yoga from him but also Indian dance.
Over the years since then I have taken classes from Carolyn and attended classes with her. Some of the teachers we both took instruction from include Ramanand Patel, Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin, Alice Plato, Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, various Sivananda style instructors whose names I don't recall and last but certainly not least, the late K. Pattabi Jois.
Between 1985 and 2002 I attended classes that Carolyn has taught ranging in size from a handful of students in a small room to well over 50 in a large junior college gymnasium and found in all instances that she is capable not only of holding the attention of a group of any size but also gives quality instruction to all who attend.
R.J.H. (Rancho Cordova)
I took a yoga class from Carolyn Relei in the 1970's. Altho it has been more than 30 years, I still practice the relaxing techniques I learned from her. Carolyn had a nurturing way of teaching her students and helping us to achieve the results we desired from yoga exercises. She was knowledgeable about the body's anatomy and physiology, which explained the correct way of doing the exercises and how we could improve our techniques. Carolyn has always practiced yoga in her daily life and is well-trained to be yoga instructor.
F.D. (Lodi, CA)
Carolyn is the best yoga teacher I have ever seen and been taught by as well. She is versed in all forms of yoga and has a true love and understanding of the practice. Carolyn is also a GREAT teacher of yoga.
S.G. (Valley Springs, CA)
I was taught the basic postures and a few advanced along with the proper breathing techniques. I still do them at home. Child, Downward Dog, Cobra and lots I'd have to look the names up. We would always end with the corpse. I thought Yoga was just about stretching but found out it was so much more.
I have tried to take Yoga from other teachers since Carolyn moved away. I have never found anyone with her knowledge and teaching skills. She taught us more than postures. She would often explain about body types, food, go into historical background about Yoga and lots of other stuff. I would highly recommend her.
D.U. (Valley Springs, CA)