Name: Carol Snape
Profession: Yoga teacher
What is your favourite, most inspiring quote?
You are exactly where you need to be.
What does empowerment mean to you?
It means being able to stand on my own two feet and having control over my life. Saying no to things I don’t want to do and living life free and independently.
What part of your body do you love the most?
I’d say my eyes. I’ve been told they’re striking as I have naturally fair hair and deep brown eyes.
What is your favourite quality about your personality?
I have a very non judgmental personality. I like to think people can come to me for advice and I never judge anybody for their behaviour, even if it’s something I wouldn’t do.
When you were growing up can you remember being aware of what you looked like? Were you influenced by anything in particular?
Being blonde and tall, I quickly became aware of people making comments like ‘ditsy blonde’ or remarks on my long legs. I never thought anything of this until teenage years where suddenly a lot of your value is judged on your looks. I feel like that made me become more of a cautious and anxious person as I didn’t want to stray from what I was being stereotyped as.
What insecurities have you overcome that were holding you back?
I used to be quite an angry, unhappy person. I blamed others for that and always found a reason why I was angry… but never looked at myself. Turns out my anxiety was deep rooted and needed to be addressed in order for me to sustain a healthy relationship with not just myself, but another person. That’s where yoga came in. It allowed me to clear my head, breathe away the anxieties and peel back the layers I’d built up over the years. I’m now a more calm and considered person and when I’m feeling anxious or angry, I look to myself for the reason rather than another person.
Who do you look up to and why?
My mother. She raised five children while my dad worked a lot and never appeared frazzled. She is one of the most positive people I know and always thinks of others before herself. If I could be even half the mother she is, I’d have done a good job.
What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?
I’d tell myself to do exactly what it is that I want. To ignore all the crap that comes with school, the nasty comments, the bitchiness and focus on myself. I wasted a lot of years doing what I thought I should be doing rather than what I actually wanted to be doing and put up with a lot of rubbish on the way. I’m making up for it now but occasionally I feel sorry for my younger self as I put myself in a lot of uncomfortable, unnecessary situations.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love a good workout class. When you’re teaching a lot, it’s hard to stray away from ‘teacher’ mode so when I get to go to another class I get a chance to truly switch off and focus on me.
I also love walking with my other half and our little dog. We live a few metres from the beach so it’s lovely being able to walk together daily.
What inspires you to shop consciously when buying clothes?
Like anyone, I struggle in the current climate where conscious can mean expensive, but it’s very important to me and I try my best. I am inspired by other yogis who wear clothes made out of recycled materials or have eco friendly mats and props.
What advice would you like to share with other women?
There’s that saying, ‘when women support women, amazing things happen’ – and it’s bloody true! We waste so many years tearing each other down, bitching about each other and fighting over men. The majority of these issues stem from insecurities and jealousy and if we could just let that go, the world would be a better place. And probably run by women!
Carol wears Hannah Playsuit
Find Carol on Instagram @the.yoga.body