Why Charcoal Yoga?
Charcoal Yoga is not a style of yoga. I chose this name as a future proofing umbrella for my classes in case one day I end up working alongside 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 acts as a metaphor for the way I approach my yogic 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.