Her yoga classes are a lot like her hair: ever-changing, colourful and full of joy. Meet Carly Greene Hill. She’s a yoga teacher, poet and spoken word artist here in Victoria, BC. Often found with a cappuccino in one hand and pen in the other, Carly creates avenues of self-expression under her pen name tiny.writer. Her yoga sequences offer something for everyone – be it encouragement, heart, funk, flow or rejuvenation. You’ll come for the sass and soulful tunes, but stay for the vulnerability and newfound sense of freedom.
When Carly isn’t giggling and getting stretchy, you’ll find her in the city. She loves to dance, perform burlesque and serve the odd cocktail (or two). More often than not, she has her nose in a book, glass of wine in hand and arms around her favourite infamous companion, Ari The Cat.
– Carly Greene Hill –
Describe your personal yoga practice. You know how hummingbirds never really stop flying? They zoom from place to place like tiny, joyful helicopters. That’s me. I feel like I sprint around this city, usually wearing a big smile, and it takes a lot for me to settle in one spot. When I do hit my mat, I love to bounce and wiggle and move. The best part is moving through all that fiery energy, and teaching myself how to embrace stillness. By the cooling postures, I am ready to lay and think and write poetry from the floor.
Do you have a personal philosophy you live by? Yes. During high school, I was a huge English Literature nerd (go figure). I read a lot of good stuff back in those days, but when I was in grade 12 we were tasked with examining The Alchemist. Little did seventeen-year-old-Carly know that’d she bump into the sentences that would help to co-create her future path:
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. …And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
I can’t sum it up much better than that. I believe that coming back to the kooky idea we’re all connected is the most important thing. Recognizing our humanity is the first step in understanding we’re all in this together. And if your heart and my heart is on the line, it means you and I are a trillion times more likely to do the improbable in the name of helping out planet and each other.
So, life looks like learning again and again how to love ferociously.
What is your favourite song to practice yoga to? Why did I choose to answer this question? Picking one song is like picking your favourite child. Those little rugrats keep me sane, inspired, understood and safe. One tune that is a tried & true way to get me feeling energized is ‘On + Off’ by Maggie Rogers! Honourable mentions? A Moment Apart by ODESZA, What If I Go? (Nighttime Version) by Mura Masa and Cigarettes & Chocolate by Chet Faker!
What do you do to spur your creativity? To me, any activity can be a creative one. I have some things I do for a restoration of energy, like read, collage, lay by trees and beaches or make playlists. But I also found that weird activities give me the biggest access to creativity. Some of the strangest things I’ve done have included a visit to the studio to get my septum pierced, or a spur of the moment excursion to a used book store so I can see what books I serendipitously encounter. Matter of factly, I got into dancing burlesque and dabbling in acro yoga as part of a creativity regimen; I was on a kick of doing activities specifically because they scared me or got me out of my comfort zone!