After years of competitive sports and physical training, Charlie took his first yoga class in 1995, hoping to increase his flexibility and balance. What he found was both a passion and a practice, where he could create strength and experience physical and psychospiritual openness in a serene, non-competitive environment. For over a decade Charlie practiced and studied variously under Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, Heather Duplex, Malachi Melville, and Julie Kleinman.
He began teaching in 2005, emphasizing (though not limited to) Ashtanga and Iyenger methods. His teaching style focuses on mindfulness and presence, attention to breath, alignment, and movement/flow, all leading to stillness.
As his many students will attest, Charlie has a natural talent to create a peaceful environment where ego release, mental calmness and emotional openness naturally lead to self-acceptance and growth. When Charlie is not in the yoga studio, you'll find him rock climbing, hiking, and mountain unicycling.
A sequence designed to meet the needs of beginners or the more advanced practitioner, with lumbar, sacrum or sciatic issues. Emphasis on sacrum, hamstrings and psoas to open and balance the relationship between the three so you feel freedom from pain and regain ease of movement.
A hatha flow class that builds some nice heat, great for days when you have a moderate amount of energy, and want to open it all up. A seated warm up focused on the shoulders leads to twisting, inversions, core work, backbends and deep hamstring and quadricep stretches. A block is helpful.
Legs, legs, legs! This class will tone, strengthen and elongate the leg muscles. The upper body will be lengthened and wrung out as well. Class includes deep hamstring and calf stretches, challenging seated poses, twisty core work, inversions, backbends, and, of course, Savasana.
A basic Hatha (non-flowing) class that moves at a pace that allows the student to understand the nuances of poses that are typical in the moderate flow
classes. Standing poses are followed by backbends, and seated poses.
A vigorous flow class where we hold poses that require strength,
flexibility and stamina. This class works the shoulders andvstimulates the spine with deep twists. Arm balances, core work, backbends and seated poses follow the standing sequence.
Gentle backbends and seated poses are the warm up for a class that focuses on lateral twists in postures like Triangle, Side Angle Pose, and
Half Moon Pose. Inversions and core work round out and balance the
class. Then back to the floor for hip openers and Savasana.
Dive into the hips in this flow class that challenges your stamina, and
stretches out your hips and hamstrings. Core work, arm balances, and
backbends lead to a seated series that will continue to create space in
the sacrum, hips and hamstrings.
An extremely peaceful class leading up to a supported shoulder stand.
After opening up the hips and hamstrings, and most importantly, the
upper back, this basic class offers either a supported backbend or shoulder stand. One block is needed.
Stay focused, from the first few minutes in tree pose all the way to
Savasana. A mindful sequence opens and strengthens the hips, legs and shoulders. After opening up the
shoulders and the upper back, headstand is taught, with options for those that want to skip it. A block is helpful.