I got my wake-up call at 31 years old when I survived a heart attack.
At the time, I was working in a stressful Human Resources job that didn't inspire me, and even though I was in good physical shape as a triathlete, I felt disconnected from myself. I was stressed out, and unsure of what I really wanted in life.
I was caught up in the common belief in our society that the measure of your life is how busy you are, and how accomplished you are in your career.
My near-death experience opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to change. I wanted my life to be full of passion, adventure, love, and laughter.
After learning more about heart disease - the #1 killer of all Americans and 80% preventable with lifestyle changes - I decided something needed to change.
Too many people die from heart disease, and I believe we can change that! I wanted to help others get off the hamster wheel, and lead healthier and happier lives.
I embarked on a long journey that included education in nutrition and life-coaching methods to become a holistic health practitioner, cleaning up my diet, and training to become a yoga teacher. As an inflexible athlete, I never thought yoga would be "my thing," but much to my surprise, it was exactly what I needed. I dove in head first and have continued my exploration of the world of yoga well beyond that initial teacher training.
I dipped my toe in entrepreneurship while I was still working full time in HR. My path wasn't always easy, and I found myself slipping back into old habits time and again. I consider myself a recovering perfectionist.
But, along the way I picked up tools and resources that helped me connect to myself, find my way, and stay on track. In 2018, I took the plunge. I left my corporate job to focus full-time on operating Firefly so that I could reach more people, and stop splitting my energy between my passion and the ball-and-chain of the corporate world.
My wish for all of us is that we be connected to self, others, nature, and our food; that we ignite our souls, thrive in life, and shine brightly.
Which brings me to you, and why I started Firefly Community!
I'm here to help you ignite inner light, so you can thrive and shine at your brightest.
I want you to have fun. To be healthy. To feel fulfilled in all areas of your life. To be passionate about your work AND play. To have loads of energy, a strong heart, clear mind, and unmistakable glow.
I lead and coordinate yoga and wellness retreats internationally and domestically to ignite your inner light, and provide a supportive community and resources so you can thrive when you return home.
Firefly serves the corporate community by offering onsite and virtual yoga classes, and wellness and stress management workshops.
"I literally just had one of the best weeks of my life! Thank you for your guidance and support throughout this journey! Thank you Thank you!!" - Becky, yoga retreat participant
"I have been doing private yoga classes with Carrie in my home for some time and have really enjoyed the experience. Private sessions are a great opportunity to focus on your unique needs with a customized class each and every time. This was perfect for me as I was a yoga novice and had specific things I wanted to learn as well as focus areas. I look forward to our class each week - the yoga is great and Carrie is a pleasure. I would highly recommend that you reach out to Carrie and take an introductory yoga class to experience this for yourself." - Irene, yoga student
"Carrie - you are a true gem! Thank you for such a transformative experience!" - Melissa, yoga retreat participant
"I've been taking classes from Carrie for two years. She is an excellent and diverse yoga instructor. She has always been very sensitive to the needs of the class, and to those of individual students. I am an older athlete that has concentrated a good portion if my fitness time in the gym going various resistance based training methods. Through Carrie's methods, my flexibility, my resistence to injury and quickness to recover has greatly improved. I am true believer that strength, endurance, balance and flexibility training are the secrets to slowing down the effects of aging, all of which you get in Carrie's yoga classes." - Steve, yoga student
"I have had the benefit of attending yoga classes taught by Carrie at two companies in Broomfield over the past several years. Her patience and skill in leading these classes is quite amazing. She always sets a very relaxed mood using her fun, but peaceful personality, appropriate music, and readings on yoga and meditation. She is very attentive to individual students, being mindful of their limitations and needs for alternative or adjusted poses and props. Her Yin classes especially have helped me tremendously with back issues and muscle soreness from surgeries, exercise, and sitting at a keyboard for 8-10 hours a day. She has a very deep knowledge of yoga and its affect on the body. Thanks, Carrie." - Craig, yoga student