Charina began her yoga journey…
in 2004 seeking to find peace in her fast-paced life as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and mother. From the very first practice on the mat, Charina discovered how yoga provided an unparalleled reprieve from stress and reminded her of the opportunity for calm and reflection during difficult times. Since 2004 Charina’s been grateful to have studied various yoga traditions from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative yoga.
In 2009 Charina began her work with elder adults through social service at her family’s skilled nursing facility. Seeing how movement, breath practice, and meditation benefitted patients during post surgery rehab, Charina was compelled to share the therapeutic benefits of yoga with others.
In 2011 Charina completed her yoga teacher training through Avalon Yoga International. Since then, Charina has travelled to India (2015 & 2016) to deepen her study with her teachers, Sarawasthi and Sharath Jois.
From 2014 - 2018 Charina maintained a daily practice through the guidance of her teacher Magnolia Zuniga at Mysore San Francisco. Currently, she is studying under the guidance of Tonya Ruddick and Beata Skrzypacz, both KPJAYI authorized ashtanga yoga teachers. Charina would also like to thank the countless teachers she’s had the fortune to study with over the years at Darshana, Avalon Yoga, and Yoga is Youthfulness.
Since she began teaching in 2011, Charina has worked with many populations including: young children, teens, elder adults, college athletes, engineers, and expecting and postpartum moms.
Yoga is a very personal journey. The practice resonates with each student in a unique way based on their life experience and constitution. In the tradition that Charina’s studied, she believes in teaching the student, not the pose. Physical postures are just one component of the vast practice of Yoga. Yoga works deeply with each individual in a nourishing and empowering way when applied with the right intention and knowledge. This is the main philosophy in Charina’s approach to teaching.
Charina is available for private yoga instruction and also teaches online through Ompractice. Please visit main class schedule for where to practice with Charina.
When Charina is not on the mat, you can find her spending quality time and snuggles with her family, soaking up the sun in the great outdoors, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, or off on a travel adventure.