Cara McCarthy began her yoga practice while studying ballet and modern dance at The Ohio State University.
She found yoga to be a compliment to her dancing, allowing her to use intentional breath and movement to experience her body in a new way. She continued a regular practice on her mat, helping her stay grounded as she completed her Master's degree in Counseling at Wake Forest. She became a high school counselor in Charlotte, working with students on psychosocial development, academic growth, and college readiness.
In 2012, she realized that she wanted to integrate her love of yoga into her work helping students. Her yoga journey led her to 200-hour teacher training with Grace Morales, which she completed in 2013. Shortly after, Cara became the curriculum writer for the local nonprofit Yogarteens, an afterschool yoga and art program founded by Kelsey Chen. Cara loves sharing yoga with people of all ages, and you can currently catch her teaching classes and leading teen yoga workshops at Charlotte Yoga. She is also pursuing her 500-hr RYT through Asheville Yoga Center.
Outside of school counseling and teaching, Cara is also currently embarking on a path as an Academic Life Coach, working with teens and young adults to help them identify their strengths and goals, and move forward towards the direction of their future aspirations. Beginning in 2018, you can find Cara working with young athletes at OrthoCarolina's Wellness Center, delivering programs and meeting with students on motivation, stress, performance, well-being, goal-setting, and college planning.
Cara loves to be active, which translates into her yoga practice and teaching style. Coming from a dance background, her classes guide students to find their body's own alignment while flowing with their breath and listening to their inner teacher on the mat. She appreciates the mental and emotional benefits of yoga as much as the physical, and believes coming onto the mat can help us quiet our thoughts enough to hear the intentions of our hearts.