Yoga found me in London in the mid 1990s amidst a haze of career, ambition and living/working/partying hard. Blocked in a masculine world fighting to be an equal and never achieving my very high goals. I found myself in an Ashtanga session one Sunday afternoon in a crowed chic gym surrounded by people in the know I left dripping wet, exhausted and intrigued. The journey had begun. After years of body issues, dieting, body-loathing, addictions, over exercises, guilt-tripping I slowly began practicing the odd Sun Salutation. A little breathing and meditation here, a change in attitude there…. to appreciate the subtle changes that started to happen in my life. My skin looked better, my tummy bloated and cramped less, I started to let go of what I thought I should be and started to be who I wanted to be. Facing demons, allowing changes to happen, being afraid but doing it anyway – what had made me be this person…. Yoga? Surely not. But my practice continued, developed, flourished until I found myself on a hospital bed with trainee doctors saying its crohn’s disease, the appendix, we need to operate…. Stop something radical had to happen. The good parts of life were filtering slowly in but persisting down a career path with no soul was not helping.
So I quit…. Quite simple quit a hugely well paid job and left for an ashram and dived deeply into fear and challenge. I left the UK, my job, married a ski instructor and started to build a new life.
I have been sharing yoga since 2002 in France. With firm English roots that I love to cultivate I am firmly rooted in Savoie where I live with my two daughters & partner. I totally make the most of the mountain lifestyle I am lucky enough to live within. With a healthy dose of fun, sport, and love for myself and those around me I have finally beaten the body demons and found the body and energy of a woman with curves, edges and perfect imperfections. And the yoga? It is so part of my daily routine it doesn’t even need to make it on the To Do list it just is.
Thanks and Gratitude to all my teachers
Charlotte’s style is now her own unique mix of many teachers and schoolings but here are a few of the influences along the way.
Main school certified teacher training: Sivananda Vedanta School, (TTC and ATTC) with Shiva Rea (Prana Flow 200 hours), David Swenson (Ashtanga), Amazing teacher workshops with Lara Bauman (Quantum) and Sarah Powers (Yin/Insight Yoga), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga)
Charlotte is founder of the Yoga Festival Val d'Isère, Co Founder of the Womens' Spirit Festival & the Annecy Yoga Festival. She is creator & director for the online yoga site www.yogachezmoi.com & teaches classes, workshops and retreats all over France, Belgium & Switzerland. To keep in touch with Charlottewww.yoga-with-altitude.net