Charlotte is an internationally renowned yoga life coach and motivational speaker. She has taken the world by storm, London born and based in Sydney, teaches clients such as Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Gerard Butler, Basil Iwanyk, Phoebe Tonkin, Stephanie Rice, Lara Bingle and Leah Wood.
After a 15-year love affair with yoga in four different continents, Charlotte is a go-to source for the latest and greatest creative practices. A true advocate for the benefits of yoga and a holistic, healthy lifestyle, Charlotte is determined to empower others to make yoga and being positive a part of their life.
Charlotte Dodson provides bespoke regimes to people of ages, levels & medical backgrounds. Charlotte is a qualified yoga teacher who has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 15 years in UK, India, US and Australia.
Charlotte brings a wealth of experience to every class having practiced, hatha, ashtanga & kundalini yoga with teachers across four continents. She has completed a 3 year International Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching at Nature Care Sydney & Charlotte travels regularly to update her knowledge.
“With yoga I believe it’s really important who you have as a teacher, to me Charlotte is the best – her energy is really grounding & nurturing, it has become a part of my life,” says Miranda Kerr.
How to shine in every way
By practicing a flowing dynamic yoga sequence on a regular basis (for 20 minutes, performed two-to-three times a week), an individual will soon find themselves benefiting – on many levels – from that hours-into-weeks consistency; please feel free to explore the following physique-enhancing yoga workout that will make you shine and feel fabulous, from root to crown. So try not to brush a short practice (guided by these simple tips, below) aside – with just a little bit of effort, performed with a steady intention of commitment and belief, you will keep building strength, massaging your organs and toning your whole being. It’ll also give you a bright inner glow that everyone around you sees as it shines out into the world!
How we feel on the inside, simply shows up on the outside. By starting your day with a positive intention (and returning to it whenever times are challenging) can be a great way to stay level headed, giving yourself permission to shine in every way. You can be open with your intention, you just need to believe in whatever your affirmation happens to hold in that moment.
The power of your breathing keeps you anchored into the present moment, as well as massaging and oxygenating your body. Sit cross legged with your spine upright and chin tucked into your throat. Close your eyes and breathe deeply through both nostrils (with lips closed) and notice your breath as it breathes you, gently beneath your skin. Count to 1-2-3 (perhaps even to 4-5) on both inhale and exhalations. This will create an inner heat, and an inner spark.
Salute to the sun (Surya Namaskar)
This sequence can work for every-and-anyone, wherever your age, level or experience happen to reside. The sun salutations build strength and flexibility. Complete the following cycle to feel revitalized, and brighten up your whole day through these patterns. It works to warm up your whole body, keeping your mind focused on your breathing while also providing a feel-good body “depth” as you create shapes perfectly for yourself. There are various steps to this movement, with each flowing gracefully from one movement into the next; hold each pose for one breath (except in downward facing dog).
* NATURAL BREATHS: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Start by standing at the top of your mat. Feet together, legs active and your arms lengthen down by your side or into prayer at the centre of your chest. Breathe deeply for a few breaths.
* INHALE: Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)
Raise your arms out to the side and up over your head, palms together as you look up to your thumbs (take your gaze down to the floor if your neck is sore). Arms straight, legs strong and ground your feet into the earth (knees soft if your back is tender).
* EXHALE: Standing Forward Bend (Uttansana)
Draw your arms out to the side and down to the floor, fingertips or palms flat to the ground. Head towards your knees, keep knees bent slightly – especially if your lower back is sore.
* INHALE: Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
Lift up slightly onto your fingertips (or hands flat if possible) as you elongate your spine. Your legs are active, kneecaps lifting and hips lift up to the ceiling. Take your gaze forward, chin tucks slightly into your throat.
* EXHALE: High Plank (Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana)
Plant your hands flat into the floor, shoulder distant apart, your knees can bend more as you need to. Step or jump back one leg distant, toes tuck under as you gracefully lower from high plank to your knees and chest, or you can lower the whole of your front body to the floor.
* INHALE: Mini Cobra (Bhujangasana)
Lower your front body to the floor, keeping hands by your rib cage, lift your chest “a little” way – your hands can lift off the floor, too (this way you know not to lift too high, where you can dangerously ‘dip’ into your lower back). Shoulders roll away from your ears. Tuck your chin gently into your throat.
* EXHALE: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Strongly press your hands, arms active as your lift up onto your knees, toes tuck under and lift your hips up into downward facing dog. This is like a triangle, feet, hands and hips working actively. Feet are hip distant, your outer foot is inline with the outer part of the mat, and your hands are shoulder distant apart (your middle finger facing forward). Look to your navel as you keep your ears inline with your upper arms. This pose fully energises you and gives you vitality. Hold and breathe deeply into the pose for 5 long mindful breaths. If this feels too strong, you can drop to your knees at any time.
* INHALE: Step to your hands, half way lift – Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
From downward facing dog, step or jump towards your hands at the top of your mat. Feet together or hip distant apart, lifting up to your fingertips, legs active as you gaze forward.
* EXHALE: Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
On your exhale, fold forward with your head towards your knees as you lengthen your spine. Remember you can bend your knees at much as you need to in his movement.
* INHALE: Upward Salute ( (Urdhva Hastasana)
Swing your arms out to the side and up to prayer above your head. Take your gaze upward if your neck feels good.
* EXHALE: Mountain pose (Tadasana)
Come back to your standing mountain pose at the top of your mat. This is one sun salutation. Repeat a few more times to build your endurance, stamina, strength and flexibility. This sequence gives your an inner glow that shines through to your outer self.
These heating poses are energizing and oxygenating, and are best to practice in the morning. Start by laying on your back and bend both knees, with feet firmly onto the floor, hip distant apart. Exhale to raise your back body off of the floor, with your chin tucked into throat, and hands pressing down. As you turn yourself inside out, keep lifting your belly to the sky and your chest towards your chin. Hold for 5-10 breaths, before rolling back down on an exhalation. Hug your knees into your chest, and rock a few times to release your lower back.
This is one of the best remedies you could provide yourself with – with busy schedules, and hardly any ‘me’ time, it’s important to absorb your day, and stay calm and rested within the moment. Lay flat in ‘savasana’ (active sleep) for 5-10 minutes. It’ll rest your heart, calm your nervous system and put you in a great head space. That way you’ll begin to embody your life in a very tangible way, and live it with both an outer joy and an inner appreciation.