Check out the retreats page for details of my 2017 dates.04 December 2016
I'm thrilled announce that my little webshop is open for business.
I'm starting small but will be listing more over the coming weeks and months...
You can expect to find items either made by me or sourced from inspirational creators with the intention of enhancing a conscious lifestyle.
I believe passionately in home-made, handmade and small batch items which come crafted with love and infused with the spirit of the maker.07 September 2016
A couple of weeks ago I recieved a lovely email from Poppy at CorkYogis, a small london based start up.
She asked if I would mind reviewing they mat and sharing my feedback. Having had a good read through about the product and the grand ethos I was happy to say yes.
I have to admit I was totally drawn in by the idea of a cork mat. I love cork. Having spent most of my life holidaying in the South of France surrounded by cork trees, the look and feel of cork evokes very happy memories for me (growing up we had a cork fruit bowl for as long as I can remember). And according to CorkYogis website their cork is sourced ethically and sustainably, the bark taken grows back in about 8 years. That seemed quite a while for me to start with until I reflected how long lasting cork is (fruit bowl case in point) and that most people don't buy a new mat very often. I have had my own mat for many years now and it is only just starting to show signs of wear and tear.
The real beauty of CorkYogis is the way they are supporting vulnerable women. This is their mission statement:
"Our mission is help women living in India, who are stuck in the sex trade, break free from the industry and find dignified employment. Each time a customer purchases a high-quality, ecofriendly yoga mat; our company is able to teach a woman a skill to secure dignified employment.”
My mat turned up in a beautiful jade green bag made from old sari fabric by the women at Destiny Reflection in Calcutta. Destiny Reflection is a non-profit social enterprise that provides dignified employment and social integration for young women and girls that have been sold into the sex slave trade.
This is not big business and big charity, it is one small start up making a donation to a small functioning charity every time a mat is sold.
As for the mat, well it's super lovely to practice on. It's well cushioned, grippy and looks divine. I used it at a workshop at Mila instead of my usual mat and just found it a dream. It's quite heavy to cart around from class to class but my existing mat is also heavy...I guess it's the price you pay for good padding and slightly thicker mat.
I will be bringing the mat back into the studio for anyone to have a go on...I'd love to know what you all think?
CorkYogis is trying to raise money and win support from Richard Branson through the Pitch to Rich 2016 campaign. You can vote for them here and also purchase one of their mats at great discount as part of their crowd funding.
Charlie28 April 2016
My latest yogic ramblings...on not setting NY resolutions, some words about dukha, a blessing from John O'Donohue and other bits...05 January 2016
Click here to take a look at my latest email - Summer retreat info, raw chocolate recipe and some thoughts on the yamas
Xxx19 November 2015
Today's savasana music was OM MANI PADME HUM 1 by Jane Winther see her site here - for those of you who use the service her music is on Spotify.29 August 2015
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19 August 2015
You really do you know...27 July 2015
My latest newsletter is out and is all about tapping into your creativity and how fulfilling and liberating that is...check it out here:
Also included are details of my upcoming retreat - less than a month to go and still a chance to join an amazing group of yogini a for a woodland yoga immersion.10 May 2015
Check out my latest newsletter...on how to be more you, abhyanga massage, retreat 2015 and staying weird.
Om shanti10 March 2015
I'm so happy to release this to the world. A commission to write about my yoga journey and motherhood (ups and downs) in Baby Surrey & Baby Hampshire.
Out now!06 January 2015
Join me this Sunday and a host of other teachers to celebrate our shortest day.
Xxx17 December 2014
If you haven't already received and read this months yoga need then click below for my ramblings thoughts on...well...rambling!
Charlie x22 November 2014
Join me on the 13th December for this one-off super fun intermediate flow class...less instruction,more time to play.
Email me to reserve your spot - £20 for 2hrs of yoga!
Cx16 November 2014
Do what makes you sparkle!05 November 2014
Yoga is a journey and one of moving towards happiness, openness and love.
Ask yourself: what can I do to make my heart more beautiful and open to loving today?
"The heart is the inner face of your life. The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful. It is here that love gathers within you. Love is absolutely vital for a human life. For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love, you grow and come home to your self. When you learn to love and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your own spirit. You are warm and sheltered."
~ John O'Donohue04 November 2014
Thanks to all who came along to my Lululemon class...a beautiful bunch of yogis who put their heart and soul into a challenging vinyasa sequence and really made the effort to work with connecting breath and movement.
And and extra special thanks to the ladies at Lululemon for affording me this opportunity...they really are doing a wonderful job spreading the Yoga love to our local community.
Cx19 October 2014
My latest newsletter is out and it's all about loving yourself.
The greatest gift you can give your friends, family and the world is to love yourself.
I hope you enjoy it. If you'd like to subscribe go to the contact page.
Charlie x10 October 2014
The metaphor of mind, body and Self as written in the Bhagavad Gita
"Know the self as a rider in a chariot,
and the body, as simply the chariot.
Know the intellect as the charioteer,
and the mind, as simply the reins.
The senses, they say, are the horses,
and sense objects are the paths around them....
When a man lacks understanding,
and his mind is never controlled;
His senses do not obey him,
as bad horses, a charioteer."