Hey there! My name is Kirsten Carroll and I'm the person behind Equanimity Unlimited.
Equanimity can be an unfamiliar world. I get asked a lot what it means. The textbook definition goes something like "calm or composure even in hard times." To me, equanimity is something that is inside each of us. When we can access that inner place of calm and stillness, we are more able to experience life and be present through the good and the bad. So even if a storm is raging outside, inside we are still able to stay present and aware. It isn't a dulling of the life experience, it's an expanding in it.
To that end, I've spent a lot of time in mindfulness practices. I started out exploring Buddhism and meditation in my teen years. As an adult, I've discovered Ashtanga yoga and developed a daily meditation practice. At the beginning of 2019, I confirmed my path of working for compassion and the betterment of all beings by taking the Tibetan Buddhist refuge vows in the Kagyu lineage.
In an effort to continue to expand my knowledge and experience of practice and philosophy, I frequently seek out training and study. For several years, I have practiced with several well-known Ashtanga teachers and I completed Yoga on High's 100 hour Ashtanga Immersion in 2014. I have studied extensively with my meditation teacher, Kelly Morris and the Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training program. I take a lot of inspiration from teachers like Michael Stone, Ram Dass, and Roshi Joan Halifax. I have also completed multiple reiki and pranayama trainings. As I am always looking for more ways to learn and delve deeper, I have embarked on an 800 hour History, Literature, and Philosophy course through Traditional Yoga Studies. I also hope to soon join Upaya Zen Center’s Buddhist chaplaincy program.
Teaching meditation and mindfulness is a great privilege. I hope you'll take a peek at the offerings and reach out. I work with people from all religious and social backgrounds, levels of experience, and have a strict non-discrimination policy both for myself and for the spaces in which I work. My offerings are donation-based so that all can find them accessible.