Meet Your Team
Karen and Katie are a mother and daughter team dedicated to helping women discover empowerment through pregnancy and birth. Karen Carola, Director of Midwifery for Ocean Gynecological and Obstetrical Associates has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 30 years and has delivered more than 3,000 babies. She strongly believes that prenatal yoga gives women the support they need to fully experience and enjoy their pregnancies. After witnessing the powerful effects of prenatal yoga on her patients, she became certified to teach and brings her immense knowledge into all facets of her classes. Katie Carola has been a Certified Yoga Instructor for 13 years and is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in Prenatal and Perinatal Massage. She has developed her own Fear Release rituals designed to help women move through some of the fear that holds them back from fully embodying their true power.
Katie Carola fell in love with yoga 18 years ago. Having studied classical ballet from a young age, she has always been inspired by movement. At the age of 13, she became a Reiki practitioner, which sparked her interest in energy and healing; and through yoga, she found the beautiful combination of movement and healing.
After completing her BA in Philosophy, she went to Kripalu Yoga Center in MA to earn her 200-hour yoga instructor certification. She has since returned to Kripalu to work in their marketing department and to assist in their teacher trainings.
Katie teaches both vinyasa flow and prenatal yoga classes. Vinyasa translates to "movement linked with breath." In a vinyasa flow class, you will move through a series of yoga poses designed to build heat in the body. Katie's vinyasa classes are full of high energy, creative flow sequences with solid alignment cues and lots of pranayama (breathwork). Her prenatal classes are designed to offer pregnant women ways to safely enjoy moving their ever-changing bodies, while incorporating breathing techniques for labor and birth.
Continuing her study of health and wellness, Katie completed her 600- hour massage therapy training at New Jersey School of Massage. Katie received her Prenatal Massage training from Carol Osborne. Katie currently has massage offices in both Avon and Toms River.
In her free time, Katie enjoys swimming, hiking, and learning to waltz.
Karen Carola: Meet Your Midwife
Karen Carola, BSN, MSN, CNM, RYT-500 hr is a Certified Nurse Midwife with over 30 years of experience. She graduated from Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Midwifery in 1986 and has since helped more than 3,000 women birth their babies. Karen is the Director of Midwifery for Ocean Gynecological and Obstetrical Association at Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ. With the recent increase in cesarean section rate, Karen sought more positive methods to help her patients. She became certified to teach yoga to give women the support they need to fully embrace the power of pregnancy and birth.
Karen holds a 200- hour yoga instructor certification with Laurie Greene at Yoganine, a 500 -hour yoga instructor certification with Yogaworks, a prenatal certification with Jacqui Reynolds at Kripalu Center for Health and Healing, and a prenatal immersion with Sue Elkind at Dig Yoga. Karen's classes emphasize the importance of good alignment, building strength, focusing on breathwork and tuning in to your intuition.
An avid runner, Karen has completed 15 marathons. She enjoys exercise, yoga, and studying nutrition.