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Carolyn Smith Yoga and Mental Health

Butleigh, Somerset, BA68SW
Phone: 07988655439
Website Address: www.carolynsmith.org
5 based on 2 review(s).

Classes are now being live streamed online due to COVID 19. Please visit the website for more details.

Calm the mind, lift the spirits, learn skills and practices to manage stress, anxiety and life challenges while improving fitness, strength, stamina and flexibility.

There is a very good chance you will feel calmer after your first class.

Classes, workshops, courses and events take place in and around Glastonbury, Street, Butleigh, Barton St David and Shepton Mallet.



Vinyasa Yoga – Level 3. Energetic and challenging for those with some yoga experience and beginners with a reasonable level of fitness.

Move with the breath with an Ashtanga-influenced practice. Slower than many Ashtanga practices, there is time to experience and feel each pose, find the right alignment for you and encourage the body to be strong and mobile. Much of the class is energetic; you will generate natural heat in the body with sun salutations and sequences that include planks and downward dogs. Vinyasa yoga is suitable for those with some yoga experience and beginners who have a reasonable level of fitness. You will need to be able to get up and down from the floor easily for the flowing transitions between poses.

Modifications are given so you can work where you at. Hands on adjustments are optional.

Classes end with a ten minute savasana (relaxation).

Mindful Yoga – Level 2. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. 

If you ever feel tense, stressed anxious, too busy or prefer a gentle practice, mindful yoga will encourage you to breathe more deeply, soothe the nervous system and calm the mind. You won’t break into a sweat and there is no need to be strong or flexible! There are standing poses and you will need to be able to get up and down from the floor easily plus sit and lie down on the floor.

This is also a good class to try if you are new to yoga or if it has been a while since you have done physical exercise. For experienced yoga practitioners, this class offers a deeply somatic and embodied practice.

While much of the class is floor-based there are some standing poses. It is sequenced to build towards a deeply soothing 25 minute yoga nidra (yogic sleep or deep relaxation).

Yoga for All – Level 1. Suitable for total beginners and those with reduced mobility. 

Work at your own pace in this friendly, fun and accessible class.  You can use a chair for all or part of the class. Work to improve functional mobility, posture, muscle tone, strength and balance alongside boosting your mood and energy levels. Each class ends with 10 minutes of relaxation.

The class moves at a much slower pace than vinyasa classes and is suitable if you experience reduced mobility, find it difficult to get up and down from the floor or are recovering from illness or injury. Individual modifications are used throughout the class so everyone can participate throughout. It is an ideal class for total beginners.


All classes and events are trauma sensitive and non-competitive. You are encouraged to come as you are and work where you are at. There is a strong sense of community in all classes.

Carolyn integrates teaching yoga with her extensive knowledge and experience as a mental health professional and senior manager for mental health services in the NHS and a Local Authority. Specialist courses and workshops include Yoga for Stress, Burnout and Anxiety and Yoga for Addictions. Private lessons are also available.

While regular yoga classes can provide a valuable contribution to health and wellbeing, individual emotional and mental health support, that is beyond the scope of group classes, can be provided in 1:1 therapeutic mental health programmes. These programmes are provided under Carolyn’s registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council. Carolyn is also registered with Yoga Alliance.

Bookings for classes and events can be made online via the website.

Opening Times

Opening Times: Monday

17.30 – 18.40 Vinyasa Yoga, Shepton Mallet.


10.30 – 11.45 Mindful Yoga, Butleigh Pavilion,

18.30 - 19.45 Beginners Vinyasa Yoga, Butleigh Pavilion.


17.45 – 18.45 Yoga for All, Barton St David Village Hall.


9.30 – 10.45 Vinyasa Yoga, Butleigh Pavilion.

Please check the current timetable on the website as occasionally there needs to be changes.

Location Information

Location/Directions Info: Weekly classes take place at Butleigh Pavilion, Barton St David Village Hall and in Shepton Mallet.

Visit the website for more information and to check the current timetable.


2 Reviews/Comments on "Carolyn Smith Yoga and Mental Health"

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Clair Chapman
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I love yoga classes with Carolyn, she starts us off in an easy to understand way & gently builds on the poses & our understanding of the principles of yoga, she is a caring, talented & enthusiastic teacher.

Jane Leakey
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Carolyn is a lovely, kind person as well as being a great yoga teacher. She has an enthusiastic, yet gentle style of teaching. Her classes are very accessible and beginners are soon put at ease. She always has time for people: whether a friendly chat after the class or yoga/wellbeing advice via email: Carolyn is there for you. If you want to give yoga a go – Carolyn’s classes are for you!

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