Gomukhasana  / photo credit: Callaghan Walsh

Gomukhasana / photo credit: Callaghan Walsh

Yoga: 

Hatha Yoga

I teach Hatha Yoga following the teachings of Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar.

Blocks, bolsters and belts are used as a guide for self-learning and to bring stability and correct alignment to each pose.

Classes emphasise precision and prioritise quality of movement over quantity.  Students are encouraged to work steadily with awareness and control, rather than to push the body to do something before it is ready.

“My body Is my temple and asanas are my prayers” B. K. S. Iyengar

 

Private clients & classes

Please contact me for more information about private tuition or view the schedule.

 

Background:  Charlie is accredited with RYT.  Her primary teacher is Usha Devi, in Rishikesh.  She welcomes students of all abilities and believes that yoga should  be accessible to all.  

 

Why practice Yoga?

Contemporary readings of Yoga

Psychological Benefits: In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the second (much cited) sutra describes Yoga as, 'yogah cittavritti nirodhah'.  This is understood as, 'yoga is the cessation of fluctuations of the mind/consciousness' and today the practice of yoga is sought by many as a way to find inner stillness and equanimity of mind.  Regular practice of yoga helps to cultivate clear, single-pointed attention and regular students notice how that through the practice they are able to manage the stresses of life more effectively.

Physical Benefits: The practice of asana increases suppleness, strength and stamina.  Asanas lubricate joints and bring fresh blood supply to organs and tissues of the body, improving one's overall sense of health and wellbeing.  Regular practice raises energy levels, reduces stress and helps to regulate hormone function.  

A Spiritual System: Yoga is an ancient system for spiritual realisation, of which the physical is just a small aspect (in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, only 3 of the 196 aphorisms of yoga relate to the physical postures).  The intricate science of yoga is intended to lead the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant/student) towards knowledge of the divine Self within and to experience profound states of bliss - samadhi.