Charlotte Clews is a nature-nerd, long-distance runner, triathlete, mother and wunder-twin who teaches Yoga, Pilates and Ayurveda in Downeast, Maine and beyond. I have a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and a M.S. in botany from the University of Vermont.
Training and Experience
- 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings in addition to thousands of hours of study with master teachers such as K. Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Angela Farmer, Deb Neubauer and John Friend (1996-2014).
- Beginner and intermediate Pilates mat teacher trainings with Power Pilates (2014, 2016).
- 300-hour Pilates Apparatus Training with Power Pilates (2018) currently working on 600hr certification
- TRX group class qualified
- Studied Ayurveda at Naropa University in 2000, advanced study with Cate Stillman and Claudia Welch from 2009-2013.
- Completed over 30 marathon distance races, over a dozen “ultra distance” trail races (between 30-50 miles) and two full-length Ironman races and a 100 mile trail race.
- Section-hiked the Appalachian Trail (1994) and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (1999) and Continental Divide Trail (2002).
- Completed two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology at University of New England (2014).
- Worked with hundreds of students since 1998, teaching yoga, functional movement, strength training and injury rehabilitation.
I teach weekly Vinyasa yoga and Pilates classes to a wonderful community of good humored, hard working students in Blue Hill, Maine. My classes are instructive and upbeat. I teach hatha yoga in the vinyasa style though my classes are slower and more precision- oriented than the average vinyasa class. 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 strive to integrate the most modern understandings of therapeutic alignment, breath and movement to help my students feel more at home in their bodies.
I also teach Pilates mat classes using the traditional sequence of beginner and intermediate exercises. My Creative Core classes are a fun integration of Pilates mat exercises, hip strengthening and TRX. In the TRX portion of class we use suspended straps and the resistance of our own body weight. The exercises are easily scaled to allow students of all strengths to participate and improve their core strength and mobility.
I work one-on-one with students either on a Pilates Reformer and/or using a variety of yoga and therapeutic exercises to help build strength and coordination, to recover from injury or to prepare for more advanced athletic endeavors. I give priority to students who can attend at least 6-weekly sessions but I have room for a few drop-ins each month. Contact me to schedule your one-hour session.
I grew up in Blue Hill, Maine where I attended a Waldorf-inspired School, cultivating my love of art, nature and philosophy. After graduating from Cornell University in 1998 with a degree in ecology, I banded flocks of black-capped chickadees for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, prepared many bird study skins including one very memorable Canada goose, 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. Later I combined my biology and rock-climbing skills working for the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica (1998 – 2002) and National Outdoor Leadership School (1996 – 2002) 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 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 started teaching yoga in 1998, and completed my first teacher training with Richard Freeman in 2000. 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 live with my husband and two daughters in Blue Hill, Maine, just a short bike ride away from Acadia National Park.