Charlie has always been a lover of fitness and a true gym enthusiast. She would be at the gym 6 days a week where she would be weight training, tabata training, circuits, cycling or attending yoga classes. As much as she would hate to admit it she is naturally a very competitive person.
“I love being able to constantly push myself and improve so sport is perfect for me. It is also a great outlet; if I’m having a bad day I would go the gym to pick myself up.”
Charlie always knew how important form was but she never really listened to her body the way she should have done and didn’t give herself the time to rest. After over training on an injury she ended up having reconstructive hip surgery but that was after 10 months of no impact or weight bearing sport activity which pretty much ruled out all of her training apart from yoga. It was during this time that Charlie really understood the full benefits of yoga.
Although Charlie was unable to do many of things she wanted to do, Yoga ticked a lot the boxes she was missing from her training, the Self discipline, increased strength and stamina and that sense of achievement when you are able to get yourself into a position and hold it.Yoga also had many more benefits which has helped her to increase her mobility, flexibility and balance. It has also helped calm Charlie’s mind, “I have a very busy brain and like to over think things especially just before I go to sleep. The focus needed when practising yoga helps to clear my mind. Meditation has also helped, although I struggled for months to be able to sit still and not get distracted about random thoughts like what I was going to have for dinner, the techniques learnt have helped me with my anxiety and sleeping.”
Charlie’s recovery has been a long road with many setbacks (compressed discs, sciatica….) but in a way her injury has been a blessing in disguise, it’s given Charlie the chance to stop and really think about what would benefit her body through deepening her own yoga practice. It was during her recovery that Charlie decided to train as a yoga teacher, “I truly believe in the benefits of yoga and I want to share what I have learnt and what I will continue to learn with others.”
This is Charlie’s journey so far, so whether you’re a beginner or experienced yogi, come along to a class and start your journey as Charlie continues her’s.