Oh Hey! My name is Charlie Redd.
I am a Yoga Teacher, Community Cultivator and Owner of Haven Yoga Studio.
I started my Yoga practice in 2010, because I thought it would be a great workout for me as a former student of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. What I thought was just exercise turned out to be so much more. Yoga has taught me to be patient and gentle, how to check in mentally and physically, and the importance of breathing through the good and the bad. The lessons that I learn on my mat are ones that I apply not only to my physical yoga practice but also to my everyday life. Through my yoga practice, I can continue to “do the work” to be the best person that I can.
I am Yoga Alliance experienced registered teacher (E-RYT) at the 200-hour level. I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Instructor training at Yoga District, a donation based yoga studio in Washington D.C, in 2015. During my training I focused on teaching yoga in a way adaptable and inclusive of all body types.
My time as an AmeriCorps Public Ally, sparked my passion for creating affirming and inclusive spaces for marginalized groups. Popular yoga and fitness culture often does not cultivate inclusive environments for people of color, people with disabilities, people with round bodies, people of different gender expressions, the LGBTQ+ community, people of lower socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. As a community organizer and activist with a passion for social justice, I see the dire need for spaces that actively address inequities and are welcoming to all people. My identity and personal experience drive my passion for creating healthy and affirming environments for all people.
Everyone has the capability to live healthfully but not everyone has access to the programs and education to show them their options. In regards to minority populations, there are very few programs that seek to inform about and facilitate healthy lifestyle choices in the community. I have heard time and time again, from people in community spaces that they know yoga can be great for them but they cannot afford it. I have made it my mission to teach a yoga and fitness that meets them where they are monetarily and physically.
Haven is a brave and safe place where you can come to be your whole self with people who care about your wellbeing. That is the essence of the work I do and the studio that I’ve created.
In my free time, I enjoy randomly dancing, reading, supporting the local arts scene in Indianapolis, chilling with pup Paisley, and spending time with my family.