At this point in my life, I could rest on my laurels, enjoying the fruits of my labor. I could. But I haven’t and I won’t! I was restless still wanting to create new experiences, new challenges. Enter yoga, the Paskels; Eric and Caren, and Life/Teacher/Transformation trainings. A whole new world has opened up to me. I was tentative at first. I took baby steps, testing the waters, slowly putting into practice what I had been learning from the lectures and the group exercises, both physical and behavioral. I was challenged mentally as well as physically and loved it all. Eric is to be commended for creating such a viable, doable program; a blueprint for living, emphasizing what IS really important in life. The best part of going through the trainings is that the real ME has emerged.

Caren has continued, through her presence and knowledge, to help keep me grounded and on my toes. Yeah, I can and sometimes do take direction from the young ones.

I am in love with life!

Endless waves of transformation have brought me to this point!
— Barbara Terner
“Do yoga,” said the infertility doctor. “You need to calm down to become pregnant.”
I was willing to do anything to have a baby. So I prepared my Type A overdrive for chanting, meditating, and levitating with a tiny man in a robe.
Instead, I found myself rocking poses to Cat Stevens, The Stones, and Jay-Z. And it was hard. My legs ran over 40 miles a week. But lifting it in the air had it quivering and begging for mercy.
But I kept coming back—not because I enjoy torture. Rather, I came for the words. Caren Paskel studied the ancient teachings and had the ability to transform into everyday language and experiences. It changed my life. Yes, you read it correctly. It changed my life.
I woke up to just how unhappy I was. I was so busy just trying to survive my day I didn’t stop to think about how I was living my life. Did I want to be so stressed out? Was my job worth it? Could I be a better wife, daughter, and friend? What am I doing to my body? It was not supposed to live on a tiny amount of sleep. It was not supposed to always have a racing heart. It was not supposed to be this skinny. I told myself I was happy. But my mind and body were in misery. No wonder I couldn’t become pregnant! Who would want to live in this stressed out place for 9 months?
After my wake up call, I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing. I quit my job and pursued what I always wanted to do: writing children’s books. My debut picture book was just released and many more exciting projects are coming soon.
I would like to also say I gave birth to twins.
But I didn’t.
I adopted. And became a mother with less than 14 hours’ notice. Like any new parent, I was scared. But I knew I had Caren’s teachings.
Three months later, the doctors said my baby girl was blind. I took a deep breath and knew this was a very special call to service. My daughter is eight years old. Every day brings new challenges, but because of Caren’s teachings I can handle them.
This is what makes Caren’s studio different from all other studios. EnSoul Yoga builds your mind, not just your muscles. If I wanted a “workout” I would have just stayed at the gym. I come for the “work in.” At ESY you are not a customer, you are part of community. You come together to help each other live better lives. This is why I followed Caren since 2002. Her teachings help me deal with all the changes in my life.
When she left one studio and getting ready for ESY to open, I rediscovered how much I needed Caren’ teachings and the love she fosters in class. This is why I always tried to attend her pop-ups and whenever and wherever she taught class.
So join ESY if you want a strong mind. Get that into shape and I’m sure you will also have a tight tush. Joining might even change your life.
— Lisa Chottiner
After reaching new levels of stress from work and my highest weight, I was afraid that getting in shape and enjoying a happy balanced life were silly, unrealistic dreams. I was lucky to have a friend bring me to a class with Caren Paskel just for fun. That first class completely changed my perceptions of what yoga was. Not only did I get a killer workout, I actually had so much fun, I was completely in love. The benefits started with losing weight, but spilled into every part of my life. I soaked up all the wisdom and lessons possible in classes and found myself growing into a more balanced and patient person. I wasn’t held back by the fears from my past and was able focus on better dreams for the future. Even with a full time job, I jumped into Life and Teacher Training with Caren Paskel and made time for every workshop or lecture possible. Every minute spent in practice has been exponentially rewarding, improving my relationships in love, family, friendship and business. I am so thankful to have met such inspiring teachers and look forward to seeing EnSoul Yoga continue to prosper with their energy and love.
— Sarah Gailey