Spotlight On… Charles Pearson
1. Describe your yoga journey.
I first tried yoga over 20 years ago when I was living in San Francisco, but I didn’t regularly practice then as I was still caught up in the weight lifting and cardio machine craze without much awareness for what was going on with my body. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Red Hot Yoga 6 years ago, just after turning 51, that my interest and commitment to yoga accelerated. The variety of classes and instructors on offer at enabled me to have so many different experiences, as well to easily fit classes into my busy work schedule. I started thinking about becoming an instructor a couple of years ago and when I mentioned it to others, they would often say “you’d be great, you have such a nice voice”. I thought that maybe this was a sign that I should give it a go! The moment I started on the RHY Teacher Training Course I knew that it was for me – I enjoyed the assignments, the learning and the challenge of becoming good at something that seemed so awkward at the start. I now feel that yoga teaching is my calling.
2. Which is your favourite class to teach?
Hot Yoga … there’s an intensity in the hot room that literally fires everyone up, yet not being distracted by the heat is always a physical and mental challenge. As a teacher the hot room also places additional strain on the voice but, when the class is over, there is a great sense of accomplishment.
3. What’s your favourite pose?
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) because it took me a long time before I felt strong and confident in it, and it feels sooooo good when I’m in a full expression of this pose.
4. What do you bring to your class that makes it’s unique?
My personality and my American accent.
5. How often do you practice?
Every day – an asanas (postures) practice every day as well as a brief meditation, usually at separate times.
6. Top tip for a mindful practice?
Move slowly with control – there is no reason to rush – and think about the muscles which are being activated with every movement and hold.
7. What would your advice be to beginners?
Listen carefully to and follow cues, be patient with yourself, and practice consistently.
8. What inspired you to put together a yoga business workshop?
My observations began during my teacher training last year, it was evident that most yoga teacher trainees and teachers have no marketing or business experience in their background. They are also generally averse to the business side, including being somewhat anti marketing and sales. In putting together my upcoming business workshop, I am seeking to boost the confidence of teacher trainees and instructors so that they can comfortably pursue opportunities by marketing themselves and selling their services more successfully to teaching venues and students.
9. Top trick of the trade for promotion?
Regularly post, be creative, try new things, learn from your experiences and be confident yet humble. Did you only ask for 1?! I think that’s 5 or 6. 😊
10. How do you relax at the end of the day?
On the sofa cuddling with my husband and dogs.
Charles Pearson teaches a range of classes at Red Hot Yoga & Pilates – to find out which classes he’s teaching this week click here.
Read more about his forthcoming workshop Developing Your Yoga Teaching Business here.