The TeenYoga Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teens Courseis taught by our highly qualified and motivated trainers. Whether it is Charlotta or another of our trainers leading your course, you can be assured of the highest level of teaching, organisation and enthusiasm!
Charlotta started her professional life as a school teacher before going on to complete her degree in modern languages from UCL, and becoming a yoga teacher within the Sivananda tradition.
Charlotta 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.
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.
TeenYoga now has 4 trained teachers who deliver the course worldwide and 500 alumni. The teachers below have been carefully selected to teach the TeenYoga course to an exceptional standard.
Yvonne has practiced yoga for over 13 years, exploring many styles but most extensively Iyengar. Yvonne has worked as a counsellor in schools and community settings for 10 years working with some of the most vulnerable young people. In 2012 she decided she wanted to find a different way to work with young people, using yoga and mindfulness. This is when she met Charlotta Martinus. Yvonne went on to complete her teen yoga training and her yoga alliance TTC with Charlotta and has worked closely with her ever since. Yvonne brings together her experience as a counsellor and yogi to inform and inspire both young people and yoga teachers.
Ed is a teacher of yoga and languages based in Norwich. He trained with the Sivananda organisation in Austria in 2011, spent six months working as a full-time staff member in Paris, and has been teaching yoga to adults in London and Norwich since then. He completed the Teen Yoga training with Charlotta in 2014, and his 500-hour yoga teacher training in South India in 2019.
Between June 2013 and July 2019 he worked at a West London academy chain as a teacher of Spanish and French, where he also offered yoga classes to staff and young people from year 7 to year 13.
He has worked closely with the Teen Yoga Foundation over the past six years, accompanying the team to Spain on four occasions to support the delivery of the course, and now working as a tutor for the online course.
Ed’s interest in yoga has extended into a passion for Indian classical music and the practice of kirtan, which he now offers in Norwich with his wife.
Dianne is the founder of Mettamind Yoga and a senior yoga teacher and mentor with the Teen Yoga Foundation. She is a fully qualified Yoga and mindfulness teacher based in North London where she also works as a teacher and Wellbeing & Mindfulness Leader in a local secondary school.
Dianne began practising yoga twenty years ago, initially teaching yoga to adults then teenagers in 2011. It is her belief that yoga and mindfulness not only help empower teenagers with positive ways of coping with the demands and challenges of life, but that by providing them with the tools to look after their own wellbeing, to be resilient and compassionate, that these adolescents will develop into a generation of positive change in the world.
After training with the Teen Yoga Foundation in 2015 Dianne has remained an active volunteer working with us on several projects, mentoring, delivering workshops, assisting on the London Teacher Training Course and at the annual Instill conference. Dianne has a wealth of experience teaching yoga to 11-24 year olds in schools, studios and sports clubs, and for organisations including the Hive Outreach Centre, The Life Centre, National Citizenship Scheme, and also running wellbeing, yoga and mindfulness sessions in schools for both staff and students throughout London and the South East.
Dianne’s style of teaching is adaptive and compassionate; aiming to meet the individual needs of students in a friendly and relaxed manner regardless of their level of fitness or experience. Through yoga and mindfulness she hopes to provide a genuine experience where students can learn the value of self-worth and gain confidence to be authentic, and above all; to value themselves as unique individuals.