Carrie-Anne Fields is one of the Gold Coast’s leading Yogis with over 20 years of experience in Australia, Europe, India, Thailand, Bali and America.
Not only has Carrie-Anne owned and operated My Health Yoga at The Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach since 1998, she also mentors hundreds of aspiring Yoga Teachers across Australia and worldwide.
We sat down for a chat with Carrie-Anne ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21st about partying too hard and why yoga isn’t just for fitness.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
It’s been 25 years living on the GC. I grew up on a farm near Beaudesert so in a way I’ve been a GC local all my life – 44 years! I went to university in Brisbane at age 17, then moved to London to work at age 21 but couldn’t wait to move to the Gold Coast!
What do you love most about living here?
The ocean and rainforest is what I love most about the Gold Coast. There is also an incredible spiritual community of people who care about eco-living and holistic health. I love that the GC has more vegan restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia!
What led to you becoming a Yoga Teacher and healer?
I partied way too hard when I lived in London at age 21 and came back to the Gold Coast determined to find more meaning from life. With my degree in psychology, I started a natural therapies clinic offering counselling and began training extensively in other natural healing modalities. The yoga movement was really gaining popularity around this time and it was the part of my business that really took off!
Can you share a story from one of the most memorable Yoga Teachers you studied under?
Kamala Devi is my favourite yoga mentor – she trained me for my Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training. She’s a normal Australian woman who lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW and is married to the local mayor! Despite her life supporting her husband in public office, she is devoted to the yoga way of life. She often works in ashrams in India and Canada where thousands of students gather – she is so humble and so inspirational! She reminds me not to get caught up in the dogma and rules of yoga and to always be your authentic self and have fun!
What does a normal day look like for you?
Meditation, coffee, emails, video chats with online trainees, filming content for our online courses or classes and having fun chats with our studio managers.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the yoga industry?
When I commenced practicing yoga, it was always done in community halls or at someone’s house with only a handful of students. Now we see yoga studios in every suburb as well as yoga in fitness centres, yoga online, corporate yoga, kids yoga, yoga fusion styles and more!
Tell us some of your career highlights to date…
Being featured on the cover of Australian Yoga Journal at age 40 – it’s great that yoga celebrates women of all ages. Also launching our yoga teacher training in Italy last year in Italian!
What are some of the biggest challenges in your business / industry?
Convincing people that yoga is not fitness, it is a spiritual practice.
How will you be spending International Yoga Day on Friday 21st June?
Doing yoga on a tropical island in Northern Queensland – my second home and where I film content for our My Health Yoga TV.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Café for breakfast: Blackboard Coffee in Varsity Lakes
Coffee spot: Madison’s at The Oasis Shopping Centre
Restaurant for dinner: Gemellini’s at Nobby Beach
Fave spots to visit on the weekend: Tallebudgera dog beach for a walk and the estuary for a swim with my partner and dog.