Charlotta Martinus trained with the Sivananda organisation in the USA to become a teacher in 2004. After only a few years of doing yoga, she took her first pilgrimage to India and became initiated after a deep spiritual experience. She trained briefly with Yoga Therapist, Mukunda Styles and studied Anusara therapeutics with Bruce Bowden. Her most influential training of late was the Yoga Psychology training with Dr Uma Krishnamurti. She is currently studying to become a Yoga for the Mind therapist with Heather Mason. When the opportunity arose to teach yoga to teenagers in her local town, all her experience came together. Realising the difficulties in teaching this age group and the benefits the students derived, the teacher training module was developed. Charlotta currently lives in Somerset where she runs a yoga and retreat centre called Universal Yoga.
Presenter Spotlight Q&A: Charlotta Martinus (Chandrika)
reaching teens through yoga
Please share what you do in 10-15 words:
I run a company called TeenYoga, which trains yoga teachers to work with teens in creative and inclusive ways, following the main principles of yoga.
Why do you do what you do?
Because I have two teenage sons who I feel have been very misunderstood as have many other teens and I think yoga can help with issues that they are facing. I think many people are scared of teens and do not believe they can be helped. I believe yoga is a treasure to teach them the three Rs: relax, repair, and relate.
What are you currently fascinated by in your work?
I have recently finished a two-year programme in neuroscience and I specialised in the neuroscience of the brain, I am currently writing a book on this topic and including recent research in mindfulness for teens too.
How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers?
When I was given a job in a school and the boys started hitting each other with yoga mats and the girls started texting during yoga, I knew there had to be a better method in working with them, the aha moment was the first time Yoga Nidra and my principles worked on them!
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I am reading the Bhagavad Gita (always) and also just finished Dharma by SImon Haas.
Have you been to the Yoga Retreat before?
I have not, though I look forward to it!