Charlie originally trained as a musician, playing trumpet and piano from a young age, she attained a Bachelor of Music in 2004 she subsequently completed her Masters in Music Therapy and now teaches yoga & works as a music therapist alongside leading regular Gong Ceremonies at some of the leading yoga studios in London. Charlie began playing with yoga as a child with her friend who was Hindu whose mother was a yoga teacher. Years later, she rediscovered yoga in 2001 whilst at university, she began teaching in 2011 after she travelled to Northern India to do her yoga teacher training with Sivananda in traditional hatha yoga and here in began her formal training in sacred sound. As her yoga practice evolved along with her knowledge and experience as a crystal and sound healer, she became more and more aware of how yoga and healing practices were interconnected and interrelated, a combined practice becoming a fundamental part of her own healing journey as well as empowering others through healing and yoga. As a size14 yoga teacher, she is adept at making the practice accessible for all shapes and sizes and teaches workshops for bigger bodies.

Through her experience as a trumpet player, Charlie has had a strong relationship with breath and importance of breathing since she was 8 years old, so it's not surprising that her yoga classes pay particular attention to the experience of breath and body with time taken in each class, to breathe and deepen the powerful connection to breath.
Charlie dynamic classes are influenced by her own practice of Dharma Mittra, Jivamukti, Iyengar yoga and Kundalini yoga. She teaches alignment based strong flow and dynamic asana, she is a certified Yin teacher having trained with Norman Blair & Sarah Powers and a Restorative Teacher through her study with Judith Lasater. She furthered her knowledge of sacred sound with Anne Malone and studied the power of the Gong with world renowned Gong Masters Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre and runs gong baths monthly around London. Charlie first experienced the power of the Gong in 2007 through her practice of Kundalini yoga and was amazed by the profound healing qualities that the gong possess and felt a strong desire to help spread the healing power of sound and the gong and is currently completing her Kundalini teacher training through Karam Kriya.

Charlie Merton MA (Music Therapy)

Charlie instructs the following:
  • Vinyasa yoga with meditation
  • This is a profound vinyasa asana class which can move your practice on.  It is a steady, flowing, sequence of postures, with particular emphasis on alignment of body, quality of breath and focus of mind. An hour of postures, is followed by 10 minutes relaxation, then 15 minutes of pranayama (breath work) and meditation to still the mind. You are encouraged to find your own balance as you are led through your practice. 

  • Vinyasa Yoga L2-3
  • Vinyasa means a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point. It is sometimes described as the “breathing system,” or the union of breath and movement that make up the steps.

    The word vinyasa has been popularized and is now used in many yoga classes to describe the connection of one pose to the next, as in the Sun Salutation that you described. It is now a commonly used “shorthand” in many flow classes.

  • Yin Yoga
  • Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or more per pose is typical, as this gives time for the stretch response to be activated. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. A great class to be taken following a vinyasa class, or also good on its own, and ideal for all students including beginners and, especially good for those wanting to increase their flexibility.