PROJECTS & SPECIAL INTERESTS
Charles played a key role in organizing
and bringing together the Austin Yoga Association and continues
to work towards building community among yoga teachers in Austin.
In 1999 he was instrumental in conceiving and organizing the first
annual "Free Day
of Yoga". Twelve studios around Austin opened their doors
to the public for free yoga classes. Over 40 teachers participated
in this highly successful event, and many classes were overwhelmed
by the response with as many as 120 people showing up for some
of the classes.
The second year Austin saw 1400 students
take advantage of this
day of yoga in 2000, and over 2000 students in 2001.
is co-founder of Texas Yoga which organizes the Texas Yoga Retreat
- a statewide event featuring 35 teachers from across the state
and 250 students, and also offers yoga teacher training.
Since 1990 Charles has offered free
yoga classes to the public. These outdoor classes are held once
a month, on the Full
Moon, on top of Mt. Bonnell, overlooking downtown Austin and
the Colorado River.
Over the last 12 years attendance
at these gatherings has steadily grown and now often exceeds 100
students. These gatherings are very informal and participants
often bring friends, colleagues, spouses, children, babies, and
regularly take the philsophies of Raja Yoga into the business
world, offering workshops on "Peak Performance", "Team
Building", "Stress Management", and more to corporations,
government agencies, schools, colleges and hospitals. These programs
are availabe as Key Notes, workshops, and seminars. For more information
visit Charles' business web-site at ExpandingParadigms.com.
was recently a panelist at the Southwest Yoga Conference answering
questions on this program as well as his work with at-risk-kids. Charles was on the board of advisors for
the 3rd Annual Southwest Yoga Conference, in addition to being
accepted as a presenter, speaking on Devotion in the Workplace.
In addition to offering
open yoga and meditation classes for the public, Charles has been
active for many years reaching out to groups with special needs,
including pregnant women, blind children, people with building
sickness, heart disease, AIDS, MS, and Parkinson's. Charles has
also worked for two years with Seton Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation
Patients, meeting twice a week with a group of 8-10 students to
practice yoga and meditation. Later he worked for two years with
the Hearts & Minds cardiac rehabilitation program at the Austin