Carmen helps people who need and use yoga as a way to enhance their overall health and fitness.  She strives to teach a class that she would like to take- with creative, challenging sequences and opportunities to learn technique, anatomy and about one’s self in general.

Carmen has the unique ability to guide beginners through essential alignment and technique, while also challenging all of her clients to break through physical and mental barriers.

Carmen’s upbeat style of teaching is flowing, powerful and fun.  She infuses her classes with a good deal of Pranayama (breath work) so that yogis can discover new ways to calm and/or energize themselves.  She chooses a theme or focus for each class, weaving functional fitness into her curriculum.  Carmen is known for her skill of offering many options throughout her sequences, making yogis of all levels feel welcome.

You will leave her class feeling sweaty, relaxed, strong and rejuvenated.

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When she’s not teaching, Carmen is a mother to three boys and a grandmother to two spunky grandkids. She enjoys running, skiing, sewing, home improvement, and volunteering with youth theater. Carmen has a BA in Public Relations and Political Science from Gonzaga University.

Carmen was a dancer from the time she was very young, and was lucky to apprentice with a ballet company in college.  After that, she became  a group fitness instructor, and discovered yoga. She still continues to teach some fitness classes including Barre and HIIT, but her true passion is teaching yoga.

Carmen is happy to be a part of the Twist Family, as one of the original teachers that Jen hired back when she opened her doors over a decade ago. Carmen completed her 500 Hour Teacher Training with Twist in 2014, and now guides classes, workshops and trainings.


Carmen’s CV.

*2019 Feet on the Ground at Twist Yoga Samara Andrade; Trauma-Informed Yoga (20 hrs)

*2019 The Yoga Project Stacy Dockins; Injury Prevention and Yoga (20 hrs)

*2018 Twist Yoga Janell Hartman; Yin Yoga Training (20 hrs)

*2016 Twist Yoga Harvey Deutch; Anatomy (20 hrs)

*2014 Twist YogaMegan Carrol, Jen Mitchell,;  500 Hour TT (300 hrs)

*2014 Live Love TeachPhilip Urso and Stacy Dockins; Spirituality/Vinyasa(100 hrs)

*2007 Baptiste Power Yoga Institute Baron Baptiste; Level  2 Teacher training (100 hrs)

*2005 Baptiste Power Yoga InstituteBaron Baptiste; Level 1 Teacher training (100 hrs)

*2002 YogaFitStephanie Adams; Level 4 (40 hrs)

*2001 YogaFitYoga Stephanie  Adams; Anatomy (20 hrs)

*2000 YogaFitYoga for Seniors, Yoga for the Back (20 hrs)

*1999 Shakti Vinyasa YogaLisa Black; Art of Assisting (20 hrs)

*1999 YogaFit Stephanie Adams; Level 2 and 3 (40 hrs)

*1998 YogaFit Stephanie Adams; Level 1 (20 hrs)

*1997 Center for Yoga of SeattleRichard Schachtel- Iyengar Teacher Training (40 hrs)

*1996 American Council on ExerciseGroup Fitness Instructor Certification

*1994 Gonzaga UniversityBA in Political Science and Public Relations

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Favorite Quote:

“Suffering is Optional” -B. Baptiste


Favorite Yoga Pose:

Natarajasana (Dancer)


Favorite Yoga Teacher/Class of All Time:

Baron Baptiste


Favorite Place:

The Oregon Coast


Favorite Musical Instrument:

Piano-though I don’t know how to play it!


Favorite Book:

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle


Besides Yoga, Loves:



Favorite Thing About Twist Yoga:

The community of like-minded people who take their practice seriously, but take themselves lightly.


Anything Else You’d Like to Add?

So grateful to finally have a beautiful space to practice Yoga in Edmonds.