This week our spotlight falls on Charlie from Creative Yoga. We met Charlie for the first time when she ran an exclusive social yoga class at Wonderush HQ, which our attendees absolutely loved. It’s a unique mix of relaxation and teamwork, and it’s a great idea, so we thought we’d better get her to answer a few questions:
How did you get into yoga, and then into teaching?
I started practising yoga when I was studying at Cambridge. I loved the course (Political Philosophy) but found it pretty draining. Yoga really helped me relax by providing time every day to tune in with the breath and body. After graduating, I worked in various areas – organising arts festivals, for a photographer – but always had the niggling sense something wasn’t quite right. When I finally made the decision to train as a yoga teacher, everything seemed to fall into place.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Alignment based vinyasa flow. Uplifting and energising classes that build strength and heat in the body, with a hefty dose of zen. My classes are grounded in philosophy and centred around self-care. Challenging yourself but never pushing your body into a space it shouldn’t be in. I encourage students to slow down, focus on the breath and begin to cultivate present moment awareness.
Music is a big part; I love creating different playlists to help students get into the flow and reach a deeper level of relaxation in Savasana.
Why would you recommend your class?
Our Creative Yoga classes are a fun, light hearted way to get moving, raise your heartrate, and learn something new about your body. Yoga is all about connecting and we like to create interesting experiences to make this really tangible – through partner yoga, teaching at Morning Gloryville, outdoor classes in Regent’s Park, couples yoga, yoga raves.
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
I performed Heal the World on stage with Michael Jackson in the 90s. I treasure my signed photograph of him stroking a panther.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at Creative Yoga?
Kettlebells and colouring-in.
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there? (Shops, businesses etc)
I spend most of my time in Broadway Market. You can normally catch me either teaching or attending a class at Stretch yoga studio. After class, I always go to Tiosk, a speciality tea shop where brewing is an art. My favourite is the Gyokuro green tea or if you’re looking something with more of a kick, their matcha lattes are great. For coffee, it has to be Climpon’s. La Bouche for laid back lunch. Holistic health for me time treatments – massage, EFT, crystal healing. Swimming in the outdoor lido is the best, especially on a rainy evening.
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
I would like to train as a contortionist and travel with the circus. Giffords ideally
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