born and raised in Brazil, has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teaches in a Bhakti lineage. She has a 20-year history of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and is strongly influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga.
“What a blessing to take time away from our daily schedules and allow ourselves to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate life in the sacred land of Esalen,” Charu writes. “We will gather in a sacred healing circle for yoga, meditation, reflection, renewal, soaking in the healing baths, walking on Esalen property, and detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit. Before you step into the swirl of the holidays this year, give yourself the gift of looking within.
“We are living in the most accelerated time of change in history,” says Charu Rachlis. “The challenge each of us faces is how to navigate these changes with wisdom, creativity, and joy. Yoga as an ancient art and science oriented toward reducing suffering is the path that will guide us in our time together. We will weave together asanas (postures), meditation, pranayama (conscious breath), and restorative poses. In times like now, there are huge opportunities for growth, which we can see as evolutionary gifts.