Charlotta Martinus

TeenYoga Founder – Charlotta Martinus

Mother of two teenage boys, expert in yoga for young people, Charlotta started working as a school teacher at the age of 19, as a supply teacher for I.B. Swedish literature, then later on French and Swedish O’Level and working in Sweden for a year, then back to the UK to teach languages. She has a degree from UCL in modern languages. Charlotta worked as a TV Production Assistant, Researcher and Producer between 1993-2000 at BBC London. She became a yoga teacher in 2003 within the Sivananda tradition, followed by several years of training with Mukunda Styles, Dr Krishnamurti, Bangalore University and then took the 350 hour Minded Institute Yoga therapy for Mental Health course with Heather Mason. She started Teenyoga in 2004, supported and encouraged by Jo Manuel of the Special Yoga Foundation. Together with many colleagues within medicine, osteopathy, psychiatry and psychology as well as steeped in the yoga tradition, the TeenYoga course was born and developed in the subsequent years. It now has 3 trained teachers who deliver the course worldwide and 650 alumni.

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An expert on yoga for young people, Charlotta contributes to Om yoga magazine on a regular basis, as well as BBC Radio and TV with Thought for the Day. She is finishing her book on Teens and Yoga. She collaborates with the Psychology Department at Leeds University, UCL, Westminster, NTNU, Trondheim and the European Union in researching the outcomes of the work of teachers working with various teen populations. She presents at conferences globally and is keen to speak publicly about the work Teen Yoga and the charity Teen Yoga Foundation, is currently undertaking, including solidarity work in Sierra Leone and Kashmir. She is also involved in two APPG at the Houses of Parliament promoting yoga as a form of preventative health measure in schools.

The main aim and mission of the research, training and work that is undertaken by TeenYoga is to promote wellbeing among young people. While many young people are well, vibrant and have a strong voice in the world today, yoga supports and helps those who do not, through simple tools that alleviate stress, relieve trauma and empower young people. This is the work of Teenyoga. We do this y regularly consulting our team of Yoga ambassadors and including them in our annual conference to ensure a strong pupil voice.

if you would like an interview, conference workshop or speaker, or to find out more about our work or collaborate, please get in touch on Wednesdays 10-5pm on 01761 470 658. or email info@teenyoga.com.

Upcoming Courses

Jan 23

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teens course, Abu Dhabi January 2018

23rd January 2018 - 27th January 2018
The Studio, Corniche
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Feb 14

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teens course, Manchester February 2018

14th February 2018 - 18th February 2018
The Yoga Lounge
Manchester
United Kingdom

The introduction of yoga to the teens of the UK is the best introduction to the whole journey of life I have seen in a long time. A wonderful inspiration.

Vicky, Yoga Teacher, London

Charlotta, the course lead and founder of TeenYoga is truly an inspiration. The great depth of her knowledge, insight and experience is far surpassed by her powerfully generous, honest and humble heart. Charlotta shares her vision with such contagious love, light and joy, that it ignites a fervent empathy for our current generation of adolescents. Leaving each of us eager to play our part in bringing about the revolution of sharing the liberating and nurturing gift of yoga. The TeenYoga training was life changing and life affirming, words could never do justice to the acute wisdom of the course tutors and students, and the unique and mighty intimacy we found in each other.

Naomi, Mental Health Worker, 2014

I am very excited about teaching yoga at the school where I am a classroom teacher. I can see how enormously beneficial yoga is going to be for the young people in my school, especially in the run up to exams when the pressure is enormous.

Emma, Secondary Teacher, Berkhamsted

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