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Carrie Mandigo

Carrie Mandigo

I am a self- proclaimed gym rat and a runner. I have run 16 marathons, countless half-marathons and raced more 5K’s than I would like to admit. Running centers me, allows me time to myself to think and relieves stress. It also provides me with a sense of accomplishment like no other form of exercise ever has. I knew that pounding the pavement for all these years would take its toll so I began cross training and exploring various forms of yoga. I never really liked yoga. I admit it was the last thing on my list each week and something I felt I had to do instead of something I wanted to do. If I had little time to spare, I always chose a run over a yoga class. I practiced yoga on and off for about 20 years never really embracing it before I found what I was looking for in Lava Yoga. Their classes provide all I am looking for … strength, balance, flexibility, detox, stress release, mindfulness and even spirituality. I leave class feeling happy, peaceful, energized and accomplished… whether I’m lying on the mat the whole time or if I practice each pose. I know Lava Yoga classes are not only a great workout for me, but they will also allow me to continue running, lifting weights, walking the dogs, paddle-boarding and traveling. My time in the studio has become what I like to call “Life Support”. As I move deeper into my yoga practice, I find that I am more resilient, more flexible both mentally and physically and I am more patient with my family, our family owned business and with myself.

I have a B.S. in Exercise Science and a B.S.N.

I worked as an R.N. for many years specializing in all forms of cardiac care with my favorite being Cardiac Rehab. I simultaneously worked as a certified fitness instructor before making the life altering decision to stay at home my two boys. With the boys doing well and almost on their own, I am ready to be me again. I have completed my 200 hour R.Y.T. and I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Lava Yoga team.

Beth and Leigh are a gift.

Now I am a Yogi.