Syl Carson, Bodhi Yoga Founder
- Bodhi Yoga’s founding, director. In 2000 Syl Carson obtained her certification as a Yoga Instructor from the White Lotus Foundation, with Ganga White and Tracey Rich (a non-dogmatic foundation that certifies from a therapeutic Hatha yoga approach). Following her certification, Syl founded the parent company of Bodhi Yoga, White Mountain Yoga, located in Provo, Utah, at the base of Mt. Timpanogos, in the heart of the Wasatch Mountain Range where Syl was born.
She returned to White Lotus for advanced training in yoga instruction as well as a Thai Parter Yoga Certification. Syl has also completed 1000-hour apprenticeship in lymphatic massage therapy, with accreditation pending as an LMT. She has chosen, deliberately, not to obtain her massage therapy license, and keeps her work in the realm of both group and private yoga study and practice.
Through her practice, Syl has logged over 10,000 hours of teaching and study in over seven separate yoga modalities, including: Ashtanga (with Richard Freeman and Pattabhi Jois), Kundalini (with Guru Mukha Kalkalsa), Iyengar/Hatha (with Rodney Yee), Restorative, Chakra Yoga (Anodea Judith), and “Nuad Bo Rarn”-Traditional Northern Thai Partner Yoga (Saul David Raye).
She uses her broad understanding of the more subtle nuances of mind-body interplay, in leading classes with compassion and humor.
In 2004, Syl began producing and filming yoga DVDs and audio CDs, in response to students requests who could not find what they were looking for elsewhere. During her 20 years of study and practice, Syl has released five yoga, chant, and meditation audio CDs (available on iTunes), nine yoga DVDs, and two workbooks.
In addition to the release of DVDs and CDs, Syl has written and illustrated four certification manuals (which compile over 1,000 pages of in-depth yoga study) for the four certifications offered through Bodhi Yoga, including: yoga teacher training, therapeutic partner yoga, chakra therapy and quanTM energy healer. It was her 18-year career in the financial world that prepared her to develop these important trainings. Her past experience also includes serving on the Utah State Board of Education Advisory Committee, where she helped write the program for bringing financial literacy into high schools, as a requirement. In addition, she also served on the UDOT 800 North Orem, expansion Advisory Committee.
She has also been a regular guest on the KJZZ TV morning program called “The Home Team” with host Maria Carr, as well as guest facilitator in several courses on the Chakras, (that were based on her Seven Sacred Centers Chakra Therapy workbook, written in 2001).
In the fall of 2012 she launched goyogaonline.com, offering Bodhi Yoga’s online yoga classes, workshops and certifications worldwide.
Syl is an experiential teacher, who found the deeper layers of yoga through a rheumatoid arthritis and fibromayalgia diagnosis. Any wisdom that came from healing fibromyalgia and chronic pain RA management, has been put to use in the development of the Bodhi Yoga curriculum.
In addition to her previous physical health challenges, during 2011, with no family history, Syl was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She spent the year in treatment and is happy to say the “fire is out”. Through this experience, her compassion and wisdom in the practice of yoga has, yet again, deepened. She has dedicated a section of www.goyogaonline.com to “The Yoga of Adversity” for others who are going through cancer treatment and would like to find support, in their conversations with cancer.
Syl’s life work is dedicated to help others find both passion and contentment, regardless of your circumstance.