Charlotte Bell has been practicing yoga since 1982, and began teaching in 1986. She has established and taught regular classes along Utah's Wasatch Front, and in California and Hawaii. She has also taught workshops, teacher trainings, and yoga for cancer patients and their families at the Cancer Wellness House in Salt Lake City. She has taught at national yoga conferences and international yoga teacher trainings and on women's river trips on the Green and Colorado rivers. In 2013, she will teach trainings through Avenues Yoga Studio and the University of Utah's Department of Health Sciences.
Certified in 1989 in the Iyengar style of yoga, she enjoys learning from teachers of many different yogic perspectives. Charlotte's teaching has been influenced by the work of Donna Farhi, specifically the fluid interweaving of breath and asana. She received her 500-hour certification from Yoga Alliance in 2000, and is currently registered at the organization's highest level, E-RYT-500.
Vipassana meditation practice has had the most profound influence on Charlotte's work. She began her practice in 1986, and has attended many 10-and 30-day meditation retreats since then. Her practice has been guided by her spiritual mentors, Pujari and Abhilasha of the Last Resort in Cedar Breaks, Utah, since 1985. Charlotte has conducted vipassana retreats annually since 1997, including annual retreats combining yoga and vipassana meditation.
All these influences combine to form an evolving style of yoga that acknowledges the alignment principles of the Iyengar system while applying mindful attention to gain insight into the truth of each individual's asana practice rather than striving for preconceived goals. She encourages students to explore and trust their own experience in their asana practice, and enjoys learning new perspectives from her students.
In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Charlotte writes feature stories for several publications, including Catalyst and New York Spirit magazines. She has modeled and served as editorial adviser for Hugger-Mugger Yoga Products catalogs since 1986 and currently writes and edits their blog. She has written feature articles for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's program since the early 1990s, and has participated in research and writing for a book about the festival's history. She has served as editor of the Intermountain Iyengar Yoga Association's newsletter. Her first book blends the principles of mindfulness with the practice of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. The book is titled Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and was published by Rodmell Press in 2007. Her second book, Yoga for Meditators, was published by Rodmell Press in 2012 and was one of 10 books recommended in Yoga Journal magazine's "Yoga Books of 2012" list.
Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony; the woodwind quintet, Scherzando Winds; the chamber folk ensemble, blue haiku; and with blue haiku, Kate MacLeod and Hal Cannon in the folk sextet, Red Rock Rondo. Red Rock Rondo's 2009 DVD has won two Emmy awards and an award from the National Educational Television Association.