Promoting health and wellness through mindful yoga practice since 2004.


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Carol L. Bender, Ph.D., eRYT-500

Professional Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT



PH: (405) 747-9826 



Carol Bender (eRYT-500, Ph.D.) Registered Yoga Teacher  and Owner, Bender Yoga LLC: Yoga has been my go-to therapy for over 20 years.  For most of my adult life, I’ve been a scientist living in my head – so getting onto the mat has been kept me sane.  I’ve been teaching yoga since 2004 and have been through four certifications (see Resume) – the learning never stops!  I’ve been fortunate to teach yoga and wellness strategies in many different settings – several yoga studios, medical centers, corporate settings, conferences, and outdoor venues.  I've completed over 500 hours of training in hatha yoga, and I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance (YACEP). I’ve been teaching workshops (see Programs) since 2011 and am continually humbled by the vast number of people willing to learn how yoga can improve the quality of their lives.  I generally teach about 5-8 classes a week, present 10-12 workshops per year, and see private clients.  My classes, workshops and private sessions incorporate teachings from Integrative Yoga Therapy, which uses yoga postures, breathing exercises (pranayama), mudras (hand gestures), mantra (sound), chakra balancing, and yoga nidra. I also draw heavily from mindfulness-based stress reduction and the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Jack Kornfield, and Rick Hanson.

My students are 'my teachers' - teaching has pushed me to keep learning and connecting.   I work with beginners, highly inflexible people, athletes and sports teams, individuals recovering from illness, and seasoned yoga practitioners. In both classes and private sessions, I develop practices for individuals with musculoskeletal pain (back, knees, shoulders, neck, jaw), mood disorders (anxiety, depression, and chronic stress), body image issues, eating disorders, and basic inflexibility or strength issues.  My personal mission is to help individuals develop a yoga practice that supports their journey towards health and wellness. 

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