Bridget Rolens MA, BSOT,teaches mind-body medicine classes at the St. John’s Center for Living. In addition to an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy and masters in liturgical theology, she has formal training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a mind-body medicine model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Bridget has taught this method of stress management since 2005.
Thirty years of experience in traditional health care, mind-body medicine and a variety of meditation practices have given Bridget a strong understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit in promoting health and well-being. Bridget’s deep passion is to help people attain freedom from the forces that bind the mind and heart in suffering.
Carol Dunaway is a former nurse who has been a student of yoga since the 1970’s. In 2003 she began studying to teach yoga, in 2007 she received her 500 hour yoga teacher certification through the American Viniyoga Institute with founder Gary Kraftsow. She has also studied extensively with Parayoga founder Rod Stryker. Other teachers Carol has certifications from include, Judith Hanson Laseter, restorative yoga, Paul Grilley, yoga anatomy, and Saul David Raye, Thai Yoga. In 2009 Carol completed a 2 year yoga therapy certification from the American Viniyoga Institute, and in 2011 she completed a month long study of yoga philosophy in Chennai India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandrim (KYM). The KYM is devoted to the teachings of Krishnamacharya who was an influential teacher of Gary Kraftsow. Carol is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists.
In addition to yoga, Carol is fully certified in Pilates mat and equipment work through Stott Pilates. She specializes in working with individuals who have injuries or special needs.