Sharon Smith-Carter has taught yoga and movement since 1999 and has been the owner/director of path to stillness yoga studio in her community of Lindsay since 2004. She is certified as a yoga instructor (ERYT500), Clinical Somatic Educator, Somatic Exercise Coach Level 2, an AWA (Amherst Writers & Artist) Writing Group Facilitator and Shibashi Qigong instructor.
She has been interested in the therapeutic aspects of yoga and movement and teaches practices that are inquiry-based and settling for the nervous system. Sharon has trained with exceptional teachers with certification in many therapeutic practices including: Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Essential Back Care, Divine Yoga Nidra, Chair Yoga, and Nia. Her studies have been under Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi, Paul & Suzee Grilley, Tracey Sograhti, Biff Mithoefer, Robin Rothenberg, Jennifer Reis, Andrea Peloso and many years of workshop experiences with incredible teachers that gave diversity
to her teachings and education.
Side-lined by a back injury in 2013, she discovered the book "Move Without Pain" written by Clinical Somatic Educator, Martha Peterson, founder of Essential Somatics. This began her studies of Clinical Somatic Education with Essential Somatics completing Levels 1 & 2 as a Somatic Exercise Coach followed by completion of the 3-year Clinical Somatic Educator Professional Training in 2019, through Essential Somatics® with Martha Peterson and faculty.
Somatics has given both Sharon and her clients an accessible yet powerful practice
to work towards balance and healing within their bodies and whole-being. She believes that a somatic practice uncovers the re-set button of awareness of moving throughout our lives with a more vivid sense of presence. With a special interest in mental health, she incorporates somatics, yoga and qi-gong practices as a way for her clients to access their bodies in a safe and gentle way.