CHAR WILLINGHAM YOGA & WELLNESS
Char’s lifelong study of movement has taken her on an incredible and ever-evolving journey from dance and competitive sports to an Interdisciplinary Movement Specialist. Her professional training and integrative teaching journey include dance and movement, holistic wellness, nutrition, professional fitness industry specialties, and complementary practices; paving the road to her training in several mind-body modalities, including becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, PRYT & YACEP. Char’s yoga teacher training and twenty-plus-year yoga practice are deeply rooted in alignment-based Vinyasa, emphasizing Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Baptiste lineages, and she’s completed much of her advanced yoga teacher training within these ancient yogic traditions. In addition to her advanced training in Yin & Restorative Yoga. She is also a trained Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher & Mindfulness Guide, Reiki Practitioner/Master Teacher, Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner and Professional Sound Healer. She’s also an official TRX Trainer & Coach, Pilates Instructor, Aerial Yoga Teacher & Anti-Gravity Fitness Instructor, and a specialist in Self Myofascial Release, Corrective Exercise, and Functional Movement. She continues her ongoing education in each of these specialties, which includes the supportive education of nutrition, movement science, prehab, and post-rehab modalities and she offers a variety of classes and workshops drawing from her ever-growing multidisciplinary teaching toolbox.
Char’s twenty-plus-year yoga practice began in Hatha yoga. However, fifteen years ago, she discovered Hot Power Vinyasa at the urging of her acupuncturist following a high-speed collision and a lengthy recovery. She immediately fell in love with the smooth, dance-like movements, and revitalizing effects offered by each sweaty class. As a result, she decided to train in alignment-based Power Vinyasa with a strong foundation in Ashtanga, Iyengar & Baptiste lineages and teaches fusion classes incorporating elements of these traditions in both neutral & heated rooms. Char was born with a genetic autoimmune disease, having endured a lifelong battle with a physically debilitating and degenerative musculoskeletal disorder with chronic and systemic pain and inflammation. This tumultuous journey motivates her to offer additional integrative healing practices. Such as Reiki, Aromatherapy, Bodywork, Meditation, and Sound Healing, Accessible & Adaptive Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative Yoga for their ability to rehabilitate and regenerate the mind and body. Especially for certain musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, chronic conditions, trauma recovery, and mood disorders. She’s also trained to work with breast cancer survivors at all stages of detection and care. Including those with Lymphedema, Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, and those in need of palliative support.
The goal of Char Yoga Fitness & Intuitive Wellness
Char’s holistic and integrative approach to wellness, injury prevention, and recovery is a combination of techniques that help to improve clients’ somatic map, kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness. Through various methods, modalities, and practices that enhance fundamental movements, build strength, increase flexibility, release fascia, utilize core stabilization, and improve spine & joint mobility. At the same time, reinforcing principles associated with physical endurance, mental stamina, and emotional intelligence. Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Bodywork & Sound Healing to assist her clients in experiencing deeply transformative and long-term lifestyle improvements, through her intuitive guidance and mind-body, wellness & fitness offerings.
Yoga, Fitness Meditation & Sound Healing Events & Workshops with Char