My name's Oliver. I began practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2014, Mysore style, under the watchful eye of my teacher Sarah Hatcher. I still carry the rigour and dedication of Ashtanga yoga to this day, but have since moved into a less traditional approach where it is blended with alternative forms including classical Hatha sequencing. In 2017 I achieved my RYT 500+ hrs with Indea Yoga under the direct tutelage of Bharath Shetty. Currently I teach online and in real life around Aberdeen city and shire, Monday through to Sunday.

Why Charcoal Yoga?
Charcoal Yoga is not a style of yoga. I chose this name in case one day I open a studio with other teachers. In that instance, ‘Yoga with Oliver’ would sound rather odd, wouldn’t it, not to mention rather dull! Instead, I have picked something that symbolises the way I approach my practice...

Art, medicine, industrial energy, horticulture… charcoal permeates every area of life as we know it. Take some vegetation, burn it with a low oxygen supply over an extended period of time, and there you have it: solid black charcoal, which itself burns cleanly, without much smoke. So it is with the body, finely tuned through asana. Fire yourself daily on the mat, control your breath, have patience in the process and you will yield the results.