Contributed by: Ashley Erickson
In case you missed it, this is a part of the “5 and Up” post series showcasing speakers at the We are Girls Austin Conference that will be shared throughout the week. These 5 presenters continue to help girls #findtheirpower through their incredible work and deserve some recognition for all that they do. Next up, Caroline McCarter!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Yoga Therapist, a Feminist, a Nature Lover, and a seeker of harmony within myself and the world.
What is your company’s name and what do you do?
Yoga RX is my small business in which I provide one on one Yoga Therapy to the Austin community. Yoga Therapy is very different than a Yoga class for we do a holistic approach to help individuals create home practices of movement, breathing, meditation, journaling, and more to create more ease in their body, mind, and lives. I also teach small groups specializing in eating disorders and mental wellness.
When did you hear about the Girls Empowerment Network?
When I was starting my practice in 2007 I was looking to offer a 12 week course on Yoga for Eating Disorders. Within my research of Austin I researched any and all groups that help females reach their full potential. This is when I stumbled upon GEN and was amazed by the work they were already providing to the Austin community.
How long have you been presenting at the We Are Girls Conference?
Wow….I believe since 2009!
Why do you keep on coming back to WAG? What is your favorite part about WAG and why?
It’s obviously the best informative conference and networking opportunity for girls in Austin!! My favorite part would have to be the wide variety of offerings that the participants can choose from.
If you could tell your 12-year-old self anything, what would it be?
Care less about your appearance – your looks are only a small part of who you are and don’t play into who you want to be.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing girls, today?
Stemming from my last statement, I still see a huge challenge in how young women are urged to view themselves. The false pressures that your appearance is your most important feature, hurrying to wear makeup & heels, and trying to be sexy. You are inherently sexy and beautiful. You don’t have to play the part, just be who you are without falling into the false beliefs that our culture (media, magazines, fashion, movie/music stars) pressures you into. I’d love to see our next generation move beyond that.