Charles David Tillotson’s Yoga experience spans 15 years. He started his Yoga practice in Oakland, California, in 2004 and continued practicing in Jacksonville, Florida, and Houston, Texas. He practices Yoga all over the country between business trips as a means of managing stress. He is a 35-year logistician and stevedore with corporate and military experience. He has traveled the world for work and pleasure and works under constant stress and pressure.
He is a certified Yoga Alliance Instructor receiving two RYS 200 hour Yoga Alliance Accredited Teaching certifications. First, he completed a 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2016 through Yoga Den in Jacksonville, Florida. Second, he completed a 200 hour Kemetic Yoga Training in Negril Jamaica in 2017.
He holds a BA in Business Management and an MBA. He is a Certified Global Logistics Specialist and a graduate of the US Army Management Staff College. He is also a US Navy Veteran. Charles graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in Houston, Texas.
He lives his life as a Yogi to aid himself in staying calm amid major life stressors. He lifts weights, runs, cycles, and swims. His hobbies are golf and travel. He is vegan and aims to live a holistic lifestyle. He actively uses Ujjayi yogi breathing to help him with yoga, exercise, hobbies, work, and life in general.
He currently resides in Houston, Texas, and works on the East Coast. He is the father of four and a member of a large Texas family. He has two AKC Pedigree Chow Chows.
I have experience in the following forms of yoga: Ashtanga, Baptiste, Boustany Hatha Yoga (Pralaya Yoga), Hatha, Hot, Kemetic, Power, Aerial, and Vinyasa Flow. The classes I teach include a mix of elements from this variety.
Initially I was drawn to hot and power yoga for its physical demands and benefits, but I quickly embraced the emotional and rejuvenating qualities of the practice as well. Additionally, many other rewarding qualities including health, happiness and patience have come to me as a result of practicing yoga.
I am enjoying a beautiful lifelong journey and a fresh lifestyle that have emerged out of my commitment to yoga. In 2013, I studied Hatha Yoga under Lex Gillan, Founder of The Yoga Institute in Houston, Texas and Founder of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers (NACYT). I received a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification and a 200 hour NACYT certification from The Yoga Institute. My decision to become certified developed out of a desire to give others the opportunity to fall in love with yoga as I did. I feel privileged to have found something that will never feel like a routine, something that will always be magical, alive and mindful.
In 2015, I completed the Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program offered by Your Body Center (YBC), facilitated by Ernesto Cardenas (Owner, YBC) and Amanda Field (200 RYT).
In 2017, I completed my 500 hour RYT in the form of a 12-18 month apprenticeship with Robert Boustany (The Pralaya Yoga System).
I currently study Ashtanga Yoga under Rachel Nystrom (Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Houston).