Charlotta Martinus

TeenYoga Founder – Charlotta Martinus

Mother of two teenage boys, 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 a primary school 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 4 trained teachers who deliver the course worldwide and 500 alumni.


Charlotta contributes to Om yoga magazine on a regular basis, as well as BBC SouthWest with thought for the week and Elephant Journal. She is finishing her book on Teens and Yoga. She collaborates together with the Psychology Department at Leeds University 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.

The main aim and mission of the research, training and work that is undertaken by TeenYoga is to alleviate suffering among young people in the UK. 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.

If you would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate, we are free on Wednesdays on 01761 470 658 or just pop me an email at

Upcoming Courses

Jan 23

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teens course, Abu Dhabi Jan 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 Feb 2018

14th February 2018 - 18th February 2018
The Yoga Lounge
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