Meet Charla

  • E-RYT 500 Yoga Therapy

  • Ayurveda Wellness Consultant

  • Hatha Gong Master

  • Raven Keyes  Medical Reiki InternationalMaster Practitioner

  • International Ballet Barre Fitness Association Certified

  • Medical Qi Gong Instructor

  • Certified Lifeline Technique Practitioner

  • Body Code & Emotion Code Practitioner

Charla started practicing yoga in 2000 and was hooked immediately! Her daughters noticed how it affected her and would say “Mom, go to yoga!” Upon the realization that it was transformational not only physically but mentally, she embraced it even more. Upon moving to Phoenix in 2009 and having the time, she was now intent on following her dream to share her love of yoga. Having previously been an elementary school teacher, she wanted to pursue teacher training to combine these two passions and began her teaching journey in September of 2011, finishing the 200 hour program in January of 2012. She immediately enrolled in a Master Program of Healing Emphasis Yoga, finishing in December, 2013.

Charla is the co-owner of Joyful Yoga Studio in Tempe, AZ, where she lives with her husband and 2 West Highland Terriers.  The studio focuses on the healing aspect of yoga with complimentary movement classes:  Qi Gong, Pilates, Barre, TRX, Pound and Zumba.  

Charla has 2 daughters that are both living their dreams!  Her older daughter, Chelsea is the general manager of Ohana Surf Project in Waikiki, Hawaii  Her younger daughter, Shannon is pursuing comedy through stand up, sketch and improv in Hollywood!   

Her yoga philosophy is the breath, posture, and patience. She loves to learn and to impart that knowledge to her students, emphasizing those principles. Her love of learning led her to study Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, through the Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America to compliment her healing emphasis. She specializes in TRE or Trauma Release Exercises developed by David Bercelli, PhD, as well as postural work using the Egoscue Method. She incorporates the gong and crystal bowls into her yoga classes for a vibrational healing experience.  She discovered the Lifeline Technique, which incorporates  numerous healing modalities that she was already trained in, into one manifestation system to bridge the conscious and the subconscious mind to alleviate physical symptoms and emotional stresses She is also a Reiki Master and sends love and healing in all of her classes. She is currently studying Acupressure.  

Charla studied ballet from age 5 to 20 and has loved returning to the Barre! She has found it to be a wonderful compliment to yoga and loves teaching Barre! She spends her summers in Wildwood, NJ managing her family's seasonal business, started in 1922 by her grandparents, and teaching Yoga on the Beach since 2012!