Hey there! My name is Kirsten Carroll and I'm the person behind Equanimity Unlimited.
Equanimity is a pretty weird word, yeah? 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 meditation in my teen years. As an adult, I've discovered Ashtanga yoga and developed a daily meditation practice. No one's life is always easy. I've faced my share of trauma as well as mental and physical illness. My daily life is busy and can be quite stressful. The difference between pre-mindfulness and now is the way that I handle all of these things. Learning to be present and to expand my awareness has made life quite a new type of ride.
In an effort 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, such as David Robson, Kino MacGregor, and Tim Miller. I also 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, Krishna Das, Ram Dass, and Alan Watts. I have also completed multiple reiki and pranayama trainings. As I am always looking for more ways to learn and delve deeper, I am about to embark on an 800 hour History, Literature, and Philosophy course through Traditional Yoga Studies.
Outside of teaching and studying, I also do a great many things that my practice helps support. I am working on my master's level acupuncture diploma. I am a coach for Ohio Roller Derby as well as a member of its Board of Directors. Music is one of my great loves and I frequently travel to see concerts, as well as to visit family and friends.
Teaching meditation and mindfulness is a great privilege, so I hope you'll take a peek at the offerings and reach out. While I generally specialize in people just beginning their practices, I am happy to work with all in exploration, accountability, and support.