Harmony is a combination of imperfection and perfection – that’s how we know it’s real.
I began teaching in 2011 after a decade of self practice, initially training & teaching within the tradition of Sivananda yoga. Since then my style has evolved into a slow, creative hatha & breath-based flow practice, with a focus on alignment and joints. I am passionate about delivering yoga for all, with an inclusive approach to making yoga accessible for everyBODY. In my popular monthly workshop I offer a unique combination of integral practices in which we chant, we breathe, we move and then we relax deeply with a sound bath.
I have received extensive training in Yin and Restorative Yoga under the guidance of Norman Blair, Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, and Bernie Clark, and have completed a number of other trainings in Kirtan, Teen Yoga, Childrens Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). I am especially interested in tantra, and spend a lot of time studying the philosophy and practices with Christopher Hareesh Wallis.
I am also an experienced and qualified crystal and sound therapist, and have a varied background teaching adults, children working within mental health and special needs with a number of disciplines. Before yoga, I trained as a musician and taught instrumentally for many years. I am an HCPC registered Music Therapist with a Masters in Music Therapy, and I run regular gong baths across London’s top studios.
As a musician and a student of Energy Medicine, Healing and Yoga, I have developed a deep understanding of how all of these practices (Healing, Yoga, and Music) are interwoven and compliment one another, as everything is ultimately about vibration they come together to combat dissonance felt in the body, heart & mind to transcend into harmony and bring back the balance of the heart-mind.
On completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training I was initiated as a teacher and given the spiritual name Nadapriya (Beloved of the Spiritual Sound that fills the Cosmos/creator of the divine sound) and I have chosen this as the name of my yoga, healing and therapy practice as it encompasses every aspect of my work/dharma.
BMus University of Leeds (Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and composition)
MA Master of Arts (music psychotherapy) University of Roehampton
Initial yoga teacher training 200 hour Sivananda yoga Vedanta (Vrindavan, India)
Crystal Healing Diploma (ACHO certified) 2 year course, Valerie Pitts School of Crystal Healing
Reiki level I & II Michael Kaufmann Clinic
Gong Master Training, Aidan McIntyre & Don Conreaux, 10 day intensive
Advanced Gong Master training, Aidan McIntyre
Soul rescue sacred healers shamanic healing with Terry & Natalia O’Sullivan
Further yoga training
Yin Yoga foundation 30 hours & advanced 60 hours training with Norman Blair
Yin & Insight Yoga Level II, Sarah Powers, Triyoga, 30 hours
Yin Yoga training 50 hours with Bernie Clark, Vancouver
Judith Hanson Lasater
Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga teacher training, 30 hours, Yoga Campus
Experiential Anatomy yoga campus, 30 hours
Pranayama intensive yoga campus 30 hours training
KYTA Kundalini level 1, Karam Kriya, as taught by Yogi Bhajan 200 hour training
Kirtan leader training, Nikki Slade 200 hour
Children’s yoga teacher training special Yoga centre, Jo Manuel
Teen yoga teacher training, Teen Yoga, Charlotta Martinus
Empowering The Heart: The Abode Of Sacred Joy, Healing And Power
Para Yoga: Rod Stryker 30 hours
Charge & the Energy body, online course with Anodea Judith 10 CPD credits
Chakras Illuminated, Online Course with Christopher Hareesh Wallis 10 CPD credits
Plus continued study with Hareesh attending lectures in London, India & online study.
Many people misunderstand, form assumptions or have misconceptions about yoga – this excerpt I read in Rod Stryker’s book, ‘The Four Desires’, I think, sums up what yoga truly is for those who are interested in discovering the truth and depths of yoga:
“When yoga is understood in its totality, it is not a religion; it is a practical and comprehensive science for realising life’s ultimate aims. The yoga tradition provides one of humankind’s most effective systems for achieving enrichment and happiness in every aspect of life.
In short, in the same way that the physical practice of yoga so effectively benefits your body and mind, the larger science of yoga is similarly powerful in unlocking the vast potentials of your body, mind, and spirit.”
“Charlie is an exceptional teacher. A natural. Always so prepared and her classes informative and yet so spiritually engaging with it.
Have been to numerous gong and yin classes and they are such a treat. A slice of Paradise amongst the background of a noisy and fast-paced London city. So look forward to going on one of her retreats which sound like brilliant value for money.”