About Carolyn 2018-05-13T15:45:19+00:00

About Carolyn

Carolyn Smith, is a yoga teacher who is registered with Yoga Alliance and experienced mental health professional who has managed services in the NHS and a Local Authority since 2005. Carolyn Smith Yoga is the culmination of her work, experience and desire to share the ancient science and wisdom of yoga alongside recovery-based approaches to health and wellbeing.

Movement and health has been a part of Carolyn’s life since childhood. While training as a dancer, Carolyn performed in various professional theatre productions and spent Christmases surrounded by custard pies, glitter and sequins in pantomimes at Nottingham Playhouse in the early 1980s.

Fast forward a few years, Carolyn had a young daughter, returned to education to read sociology at the University of Nottingham and then studied for a Diploma in Social Work and MSc in Social Work Studies.  A career in mental health followed alongside further university study in leadership and management in health and social care. Her career includes managing an NHS addiction service and a wide range of mental health services in the NHS and a Local Authority at a senior level. Designing and facilitating training and therapeutic groups, plus providing supervision, coaching and mentoring have been key components of her career.

While managing a hectic work and home life, Carolyn discovered the benefits of yoga for her own physical and mental health and was soon practising 6 days a week. In a lightbulb moment, she made the link between her career in mental health and her yoga practice. The idea for Carolyn Smith Yoga was born. Yoga teacher training with Sun Power Yoga followed. Carolyn is continuing her professional development in the spring and summer of 2018 with additional yoga and mindfulness for mental health courses in London.

Carolyn lives in Somerset and has two children. She lives with her son and Badger the cat.

Carolyn’s approach

Carolyn’s yoga teaching is firmly rooted in the Sun Power Yoga approach, which provides a firm foundation for the additional specialist yoga and mindfulness training she is undertaking. The integration of the body, mind and breath, the unity of yoga, is carried through into Carolyn’s 1:1 and group work for recovery, emotional wellbeing and mental health, with yoga providing a complementary way to access the mind, overcome obstacles and release tension.

Sun Power Yoga is an eclectic mix of 4 traditional styles of yoga; hatha yoga for theory, philosophy and classical asana, Iyengar Yoga for alignment and posturing, Sivananda Yoga for subtle mind and breath work and Ashtanga Yoga for heat, flexibility and stamina.

The founder of Sun Power Yoga and course-director, Anne-Marie Newland is an internally renowned teacher who trained with Swami Vishnu Devananda at Sivananda centres in Canada and qualified in India at the Sivananda Centre, Neyyar Dam. The use of the breath and mind focus are central to Anne-Marie’s teaching.


Relevant Qualifications
200 Hour Sun Power Yoga Diploma (accredited Yoga Alliance School) and YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
Diploma in Social Work and MSc (Distinction) Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.
BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Nottingham.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Leadership Health and Social Care including module on coaching, training in Supervision, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Telephone Triage, Learning from Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation, Adult Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and attendance at numerous conferences including a Men’s Mental Health conference, Patient’s Association Conference and University of Manchester National Confidential Inquiry conferences.

Professional Registrations
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.
Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration number: SW61956.

Carolyn’s yoga work is carried out in line with her Registered Yoga Teacher status and with full insurance for teaching yoga. Recovery and mental health work is carried out as an Independent Social Worker under Carolyn’s registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.