Charlotta Martinus

Charlotta Martinus has worked with teenagers most of her adult life. Firstly, as a language teacher both in the UK and abroad, exploring different pedagogical frameworks within different cultures.

Charlotta Martinus Portrait 2015

Charlotta started working with teens in the 80s when she started as an educator in the UK and Sweden. After a hiatus, working for the BBC, she returned in 2003 to teach young people yoga and quickly founded the Teen Yoga Foundation. She is a yoga therapist for mental health as well as a teacher trainer in yoga and has a clinical license for working within the NHS. The Foundation became a charity in 2016 and has trained 1600 teen yoga teachers. It has collaborated with Sport England, the BBC, several UK universities and also with the European Union. It is currently the Lululemon Here to Be partner. Charlotta’s book was published in 2018, Teen Yoga for yoga therapists and has sold 3000 copies worldwide. Charlotta is a regular contributor to the Om Magazine and Yoga Journal Australia and USA and also speaks regularly on the BBC about the importance of yoga for young people, she is the mother of two young men. In 2020 she was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Master of Yoga award by the International Yoga Alliance.

Charlotta came to yoga in 1998 whilst pregnant with her first son and then started teaching young people in 2003, straight out of her Teacher Training Course.

She is tremendously grateful to be graced by the guidance and blessing of her Master in India, who teaches within the Sivananda tradition. Moreover, she has had the benefit of teachings from Dr Uma Krishnamurti, of Bangalore University, whose yoga and psychology course she has attended four times as well as personal teaching from the great Mukunda Styles, Bruce Bowditch of the Anusara tradition and a 300 hour training with Heather Mason of the Minded INsitute.

Charlotta has been employed by the NHS as a Yoga Therapist for Mental health since 2013, where she works with sectioned patients at the Callington Road Hospital. There she collaborates with Doctors, Psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists to care for those suffering from psychosis and severe depression.

She has taught over 5,000 teenagers yoga over the last 13 years and trained over 650 yoga teachers to share yoga with teenagers. She has rolled out whole school initiatives in her home town in Bath, where 95% of the schools now offer yoga to their students. She collaborates with Sport England and has done since 2004, delivering the Yoga Girls Can project within the South West. She has been fortunate enough to work in Africa, the US, Australia and around Europe, sharing her understanding of what it is to bring yoga to young people in a therapeutic way. The TeenYoga course builds on the psychotherapeutic understanding of holding a safe space as well as within the pedagogical framework of student led discovery.

These two building blocks also form the basis of the teaching methodology of the course itself, where students can have some space to reflect and delve into their own younger years in order to better understand their current relationship with young people.
Her most impactful teachers have however been her own two sons, who are now in their late teens and who she has brought up by herself.

She is honoured to be the expert on yoga in education in the APPG for Indian Sciences which convenes with regular intervals at the House of Lords. She is also a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University on Yoga in Education

The charity, Teen Yoga Foundation, which is linked to TeenYoga, exists to promote the advocacy of yoga for young people and solidarity work at home and abroad, supporting young people to become empowered. It runs awareness raising campaigns and supports researchers within the field. The charity works with the Anna Freud Centre in London (UCL Psychology dept) as well as several other charities within the field of mental health. She has a regular slot on BBC’s Thought for the Day and writes regularly for leading yoga magazines.

We bring our graduates, policy makers and researchers together every year for an annual conference called Instill in London.