Meet Charlotte

Scientist, naturalist, yogi, runner, educator and healer on the Coast of Maine and beyond. Learn more . . .

Charlotte Clews 
M.S. in Botany, E-RYT 500hr.
Living the good life eaglearmsin Downeast, Maine . . .

Click here to read 25 things you should know about me .

I want you to feel the full, raw, wild power of your being. I want you to fall in love with your free and courageous self so that choosing your own authentic life is both vital and effortless.

I teach mindful movement of many kinds but yoga on the mat is one of the easiest ways to re-establish a respectful conversation with your body. Yoga is slow enough to attempt deep presence in moment-to-moment breath, movement and thought.  Like a baby bird in a nest we can stay safe and cozy on our mat, investigating and micromanaging every twitch and fiber of our being and like baby birds, once we feel some mastery over our wings, we will probably want to fly.

Flying for me is running over mountains, getting up early to bike around the peninsula, swimming to offshore islands and dancing with my girlfriends. Above all, I live for the sharp, vibrant feeling that comes when I push up against the limits of my own athletic competence.

I started yoga as a dull, aching, out-of-touch teenager.  My first Ashtanga Yoga class made my mind sharp and my body resilient in just the right ways and I was totally hooked. My new daily practice followed me everywhere. It was the thread that held me together as I pushed myself to the limits emotionally and physically through my 20’s.

After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in ecology, I put my rock-climbing skills to use working for the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica and the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska and the Yukon. In 1999 I hiked the 2,600mi Pacific Crest Trail alone, and in 2002  I hiked 2,000 miles of the Continental Divide Trail with my future husband. I started running long distances while  in graduate school at the University of Vermont because it was the most efficient way to get into the mountains and get to the spacious views I crave.

I live with my husband and two daughters in Maine and I still love to run for  wildness and the views. Fortunately Acadia National Park is my backyard, and is filled with no end of gorgeous trails.

I teach weekly yoga classes to a wonderful community of good humored, hard working students in Blue Hill and Ellsworth. And I offer nutritional consultations and seasonal cleanses to help people feel good about how they feed themselves and their family.

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photo by Sean Alonzo Harris, (Click photo to read the interview of Charlotte in Maine Magazine, April 2012).

Yoga

I started teaching yoga in 1998. My yoga classes are instructive and upbeat. I teach hatha yoga in the vinyasa style. Connecting breath and movement, the pace is slow enough to pay attention and cultivate good postural alignment but fast enough to cover a full-spectrum of poses in each class. I teach based on my extensive training in Ashtanga and Anusara yoga. Though I am no longer affiliated with these schools, I continue to use the most modern understanding of therapeutic alignment, breath and movement rooted in my thorough study and practice of classical yoga philosophy.

I completed my first teacher training with Richard Freeman in 2000. And another with David Swenson later that year. I spent several years in Boulder, CO studying classical yoga philosophy, physiology, anatomy, yoga therapy and Ayurveda. In 2004 I started studying with John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga and became Maine’s first certified Anusara Yoga Teacher in 2010. I resigned my license with Anusara in April 2012 due to irreconcilable differences with John Friend. I have had many other influential teachers along the way, including most notably Angela Farmer.

I am an E-RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance (which means an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with a minimum of 500 hrs of teacher training.) In the last 20 years, I have accrued thousands of hours of  teacher training. I’m a certified teacher trainer and regularly teach teachers, including 200 and 500-hr level Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Therapeutic Alignment As an overly ambitious and not particularly talented or coordinated athlete, I have injured almost every major body part – neck, shoulders, wrists, low back, hips, femur, knees, ankles, feet, toes . . . and I have learned how to put the piece back together, in many cases better than before. There’s a good chance I can help you do the same.

Living Ayurveda

I teach Ayurveda diet and lifestyle skills from a fresh living perspective. I began studying diet, nutrition and Ayurveda at Naropa University in 2000. Between 2010-2012 I completed two 9 month Ayurveda Living Skills courses and two years of mentorship with Cate Stillman and a 5-month internship with Dr. Claudia Welch. I am excited to be part of a growing group of rebellious yogis who are updating the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with a modern passion for fresh, local, living foods!

Natural History Education and Outdoor Leadership

I earned a B.S. in Ecology from Cornell University in 1998. I banded flocks of black-capped chickadees for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, prepared many bird skins including one very memorable Canada goose for the Cornell Collections, attached transmitters to unfortunate cow birds, drew blood from American kestrel chicks, hacked a rantallion of peregrine falcons on the Continental Divide for the Peregrine Fund, and joined warblers over-wintering in Domincan Republic cocoa plantations. As a climber, I spent several seasons in Costa Rica teaching graduate students how to conduct canopy research with the Organization for Tropical Studies (1998 – 2002). I attended the Field Naturalist Program at University of Vermont and earned an M.S. in botany in 2002. I taught wildlife biology and winter ecology for the Community College of Vermont and Sterling College (2002-2006). I have since worked as an interpretive Park Ranger for Acadia National Park (2003 – 2009) and was the Director of Stewardship at Blue Hill Heritage Trust (2009 – 2011).

I believe in the power of wilderness. I was a National Outdoor Leadership School (1996 – 2002) instructor in Alaska and the Yukon and have experienced first-hand the incredibly positive effect that the pulse of nature has on us mammals. I hiked the entire Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails alone and in 2002 I walked 2,000 miles of the Continental Divide Trail with my future husband, Jerome. Above all, these adventures gave me great hope as I was continually inspired by the abundance, generosity and beauty of the places and people I encountered each day.

Barefoot Running

I take my shoes off to run. You can too. I’ll teach you how. You’ll like it, you might wonder why you ever wore shoes. The earth will thank you, ahhh, that’s much better.