Leeds Forest Yoga Teacher: Driving Diversity

Leeds forest yoga teacher Charlotte Short has been named one of Eventbrite’s most innovative yogis for helping drive diversity in the practice – ahead of International Yoga Day on 21 June.

Charlotte, from Bramley, set up her Forest Yoga retreats in Gisburn Forest in 2023. She trained to be a yoga teacher in Nepal in September 2023 and set Aether Yoga in November 2023. She had practised yoga and meditation for 10 years prior to achieving a Yoga Alliance 200 hours teaching qualification.

Novel yoga formats on event marketplace Eventbrite – such as SUP, alpaca, laughter, goat and forest yoga – are growing in popularity as they bring the benefits of the ancient practice to whole new audiences. Eventbrite recorded a 55% uptick in people attending yoga events over the last year (2022 to 2023), when almost 200,000 attendees enjoyed more than 12,000 yoga experiences all over the UK.

Charlotte’s forest yoga events sell out fast and such is the popularity of the retreats that next year she will host two a month instead of one.

Charlotte: “The retreats are held in the beautiful Gisburn Forest on the Yorkshire Dales/Lancashire border and include yoga sequences, breathwork and meditation. We practice Vinyasa and restorative yoga, which involves connecting one pose to another in a smooth flow. Attendees tell me that the forest helps them feel more meditative, calm and relaxed.

We have people of all ages attending, from 18 to 70, and families enjoy the retreats together too, including sisters and fathers with their daughters. The stunning location helps people feel more connected and there’s a great sense of community at the retreats, where people enjoy the big chef-prepared lunch together around the table and leave as friends.”

Eventbrite’s Sebastian Boppert : “Yoga provides many body and mind benefits through poses, breathing techniques and meditation, but there’s no rule book to say you can’t have a little fun when doing so. Some yogis may prefer to do things the traditional way but doing things a little differently can be equally effective and Charlotte’s Forest Yoga classes are a great example of this.”

Main image: Aether Forest Yoga.

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