Charles has been practising yoga for 26 years, during which time he has studied Astanga, Shadow, Sivananda and Satyananda variants of Hatha Yoga before finding his teacher Christian Pisano who teaches in the Iyengar tradition in 1998 with whom he undertook a four year apprenticeship. He is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and has been teaching for over 20 years. He specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga postures using props and supports.
“My aim is to inspire a curiosity for self discovery, to open peoples minds and bodies to the joys and benefits of self knowledge. Using these ancient practices, I aim to cultivate ‘the art of listening’ which lies at the root of healing.”
Charles has studied T’ai Chi Chuan and Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong. He is also a certified Thai masseur, and practises Vipassana meditation.
What can you expect from your Iyengar yoga practice with Charles?
The student is instructed to perform postures through physical example and very clear verbal instruction which gradually grows in detail and refinement instep with the students capacity. Instruction is given to move into, stay in and come out of a posture in accordance with the breath and the motions can be vertical, horizontal, spiral, expanding or contracting. The instruction and the subsequent motions are applied to the different parts of the body growing in specificity until they become detailed actions of alignment in establishing and unfolding of the postures. Gradually through a process of repetition the student’s sensory perception and coordination of his/her body move from the gross to the subtle as he/she performs increasingly demanding postures. Singular to this methodology is the Use of Props; belt, blankets, bolsters, bricks, chairs and wall ropes. The props are a signature of BKS Iyengars methodology and have been adopted by many teachers of other styles of Hatha Yoga. In this tradition the props provide a unique aid for understanding the structure of an asana and to help awaken sensory perception…’the felt sense’ in the student. They also facilitate the unfolding of the variations, modifications, and intensifications of postures enabling the elderly, injured, tired or ill students to benefit from a “supported” asana practise requiring less muscular effort or for a more experienced student to deepen his practice.
“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”