NIMBLE INSIDER – we talk to celebrity trainer, Charlotte Dodson

Nimble Insider | Charlotte Dodson

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We first met Charlotte Dodson on a relaxing wellness week on Lord Howe Island (read more about that here). As keen yogis, we jumped at the opportunity to spend a whole week practicing yoga with Charlotte. Since then, Charlotte has become a friend, yoga mentor and a lover of Nimble Activewear.

Charlotte is an internationally renowned yoga life coach and motivational speaker. London born and based in Sydney, she has taken the world by storm and teaches clients such as Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Gerard Butler, Basil Iwanyk, Phoebe Tonkin, Stephanie Rice, Lara Bingle and Leah Wood.

Please share with us a little more insight into how you came to be on this path?

Yoga actually found me — it was a blessing in disguise! It became a huge part of my healing after I broke my arm surfing. It was my awakening to the life-altering benefits of this practice — after a decade of studying, participating and teaching across four continents, yoga is now my full-time focus. I realized there was much more I could offer to others in life, more ways I could serve the greater good. Yoga is my pure passion and it will stay with me for the rest of my days.

What type of yoga do you practise? Is this a different style to what you teach?

I personally practice Ashtanga yoga every morning with my incredible teacher, Eileen Hall. She has aided me immensely in deepening my knowledge and appreciation for yoga. I meet my clients wherever they’re at – whether they are new to yoga, or have practiced for years. Every class may differ, depending on their emotional, mental and spiritual state, as well as the physical side of things. I pride myself on progressing (and adjusting) my clients to ensure they get the most out of their practice.

 

What does your typical day look like?

I’m an early riser and practice yoga everyday, even if it means getting up at 3am! Whether I’m hosting wellness weeks, media events or filming – my day is jam packed with spreading good vibes, loving the people around me and enjoying the moment!

What motto or mantra do you live by?

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start yoga?

Any yoga practice is a great place to start, whether it’s at your local gym or yoga school – you’ll always take something home from the experience. You can always join my Yoga TV site – charlottedodson.tv – and ask me any questions along the way via the Live Chat option. With your teacher and yoga style, it’s a personal choice – so if you haven’t yet found a yoga you resonate with, please keep trying! Yoga is for every shape, size and background, and once you find your ultimate yoga space, you’ll be forever grateful.

 

What are you up to next?

I’m so blessed to have so many exciting projects on the horizon! As well as featuring in a new branded entertainment TV show as the resident ‘Yoga Life Coach’ (airing early next year)… I’ve recently been approached to develop a specialized entertainment program as the Content provider and Global Brand Ambassador for a new health related channel which will be available world-wide… stay tuned, more details to follow!

Lastly, what are your favourite Nimble Activewear pieces and why?

I love the pastel range because they’re so pretty, light, refreshing with a feminine yet sporty touch!

 

Learn more about Charlotte Dodson and connect with her through her Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Boys love yoga – VIDEO

Boys love yoga

UK-based “Boys of Yoga” is an urban yogi movement spearheaded by six males, all hellbent on uplifting the male yogi’s status in the global community of yoga folks.

To them, yoga is a solid, hardcore, and centering practice that’s as perfect for spandex-clad women, granola-munching hippies, and raw vegan activists as it is for the average guy.

In this video, MJ, Charlie, Marc II, Lord Veda, Carl, and Adam each speak their truth on their passion for yoga and how it’s changed their life for the better, despite common beliefs of yoga as a “females only” zone.

“Some guys think that yoga makes you less of a man,” says their website’s ‘About’ statement. “The truth is, it makes you a better one.”

… to read more <boysofyoga.com>

VIDEO: Tighten your tummy – MiNDFOOD

Video: Yoga to Tighten your Tummy

Your middle will feel worked with this short practice which activates the belly to protect your spine. Watch as yoga instructor Charlotte Dodson walks you through this yoga sequence.

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VIDEO: Miranda’s yoga instructor – The Morning Show Ch7

 

Charlotte Dodson, celebrity yoga instructor, shares her tips and tricks for a lean bod.

Wellness with Charlotte Dodson

Lord Howe Island is known as a place of peace, tranquility and seclusion. For many guests, a week on Lord Howe is their only chance to escape the persistent phone calls, emails and traffic jams of the ‘real world’, and enjoy a much simpler lifestyle that rejuvenates mind, body and soul.

A Pinetrees holiday has always featured healthy food, daily exercise in spectacular locations, massage, socialising with like-minded people and, of course, sleeping. From 18-22 May 2015, 30 August-4 September 2015, 19-23 October 2015 and 16-20 November 2015, we’ll structure these activities, engage some expert practitioners and host four rejuvenating Wellness Weeks.

Over five days, we’ll offer a daily program of yoga, spa treatments, massage, adventure fitness, wholefood cooking classes and organic gardening classes, as well as our ‘normal’ repertoire of swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, walking, golf, biking and mountain climbing. Combine these activities with three gourmet meals every day, organic wine tasting and a complete disconnect from the outside world, and you’ll experience one of the most rejuvenating weeks of your life. You’ll also learn a range of new skills to help continue a healthier lifestyle at home. Our Wellness Weeks have had great feature articles in the Australian Yoga Journal, Green Lifestyle Magazine, Women’s Fitness Magazine and The Glow. More details at www.pinetrees.com.au

Thanks to film maker Andy Lloyd for his creative talent and enthusiasm. www.andylloydcreative.com

Thanks also to Charlotte Dodson for her patience and grace.

Benefits Of Yoga For MEN (VIDEOS) – AskMen

Benefits Of Yoga For Men

Bro-ga: Why All Men Should Be Doing Yoga

Rob Lyon

“The woman on the other side has wrapped herself up into what seems like an inhuman position — while you are sweating bucket-loads just trying to touch your toes.”

For whatever reason, yoga has been typecast as a modern health and fitness discipline that belongs in a “woman’s world”. Most classes and studios are geared towards the female population, and a recent study conducted in the US showed that 4 out of 5 people who practiced yoga regularly were women. If you do see a man in a yoga class, more likely than not he has been dragged there by his partner.

An interesting note however, is that yoga was originally devised by men, for men — yet somehow this got lost in translation when it migrated to western culture from its roots in India, as far back as 500 BC. It has only been around in the Western world for the past 80 years or so, yet its popularity has really skyrocketed in the last 15-20 years.

Now, it’s big business. Classes, studios, DVDs and yoga retreats are popping up everywhere, and it seems that every second woman these days is covered head to toe in Lululemon clothing. At its core, however, yoga remains one of the true classical forms of exercise. My favourite part of yoga is that it’s a deeply personal workout. It allows you to connect with yourself, focusing on your own breath and movement whilst ignoring the distractions and constant chatter going on inside your head.

What else is yoga good for? I’m glad you asked. Let’s find out.

1- Yoga will compliment your training schedule

The benefits of yoga are many, from improving flexibility and range of motion in major joints (particularly your hips and shoulders) to improving balance, control and core stability. This supplements your efforts in the gym by building control in your stabilising and synergistic muscles — not to mention awakening some deeper muscles that you will never work in a typical gym workout.

Yoga can be used as a substitute for your core workouts, or even strategically placed as an active recovery session, during times in your program where you feel a little over-trained.

… to read more

The Morning Show – Celebrity yoga styling

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Her clients include Miranda Kerr and Gerard Butler but today yoga teacher to the stars, Charlotte Dodson, shows Larry the secret moves. Charlotte also talks travel tips having partnered with Westin Hotels & Resorts – to mark the launch of their Global Westin Well-being Movement.