“So many! How can I choose??? At Charym we wear lots of Lululemon Athletica. They are famous for their luon fabric, a pre-shrunk, moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric built for movement,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd. “I love their Luon Groove Pants. They are available in many different colors and are reversible. We also are drawn to Beyond Yoga. Their line is comfortable, chic, and affordable. I love their original racerback camisole with a built-in bra. Their clothes are very flattering and high in comfort. Zobha is another line that we enjoy. Their pieces are designed to allow for easy and elegant movement. Their Essential Pant Capris are great! Balidog is a new favorite for me", Maureen adds. “Their clothes are manufactured in Brazil and hand-painted individually. They are beautiful!”
Setting the Mood
“A good musical flow for yoga should include any music that elevates your spirit, inspires your body to move and elicits a devotional quality to your practice,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd. “Music is fundamental to our evolution, sound and vibration are an integral piece of a modern yoga flow. Mantra, chant and all musical modalities can be drawn upon, the choices are infinite, that's why Charym yoga never gets boring.”
Position of Choice
“Impossible to decide on one, but in this moment I am appreciating the symbolism and archetype of the compassionate warrior,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd.
"When you first come to a class, you should expect three things,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd. “To fall madly in love with our version of modern yoga, to wish that you had started years sooner, and to feel more comfortable in your body, more expanded in your heart, an more peaceful and opti-mystic in your soul. You want to approach yoga being fearless and curious with absolutely no judgment of yourself or of others.”
Time to Unwind
“Whatever time you carve out of your life to create sacred space for your relationship with all aspects of your Self, mind, body and spirit,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd. “We are in a continual yoga flow in life, the body responds when called on, energy follows thought.”
“The Dosha reading is a way to identify individual's balance and trends within their body in order to identify which of the Doshic Oils they should use at that time. We do the Doshic quiz when Charym Caravan is doing an introductory class. We want to expose our guests to the dimensional nature of yoga and the healing power of these oils. We also want to show them an easy way to extend their yoga practice and meditation into daily life and ritual while taking care of their skin and bodies,” says Charym Yoga co-founder and creative director, Maureen Dodd. “We have two lines of Ayurvedic Oils. The Doshic Oils are healing and targeted on specific aspects of wellness and careful alignment with each individual makes them most effective. The Charym Doshic Oils include: Tridoshic, one that balances all constitutions, Vata, one for soothing, grounding, and warming, Pitta, used for heart blossoming and cooling, and Kapha, used for centering, invigorating, and warming. The Signature Oils have more of an aromatherapy and moisturizing appeal and can be used more frequently. I love them all, but in this moment I am very drawn to vetiver, rose and geranium.”
Co-founder & Creative Director
On an otherwise ordinary day last week, Boldfacers opened its doors to a posse of Lululemon-layered yogis for a Charym yoga session. The ambience: Soft music, Turkish. The accessories: Dozens of votive candles, multiple boxes of intoxicating scented oils, and orange mats laid out in a giant citrus checkerboard. The participants: A respectful mix of regular downward doggers, and some neophytes who hadn't touched their toes since kindergarten. The class was lead by Maureen Dodd, who gently explained Charym isn't about a proper position but a path. Toe-touching was trivial. A sigh of relief was squeezed from half the citrus checkerboard. Class began.
What is not trivial, though: making sure that path you’re on is in sync with your physical and psychic well being. And Maureen should know, because hers was not. In Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, the word yoga means "spiritual discipline," and the body serves as a bridge to the spiritual world. In her former incarnation as a HMO’s clinical coordinator, discipline meant cracking the whip over 25 internists and specialists; the only bridges were the short spans that carried her clients between quickie doctors’ visits and their next prescription fix. Living by popping pills and popping into doctors’ offices… it felt as if it were all about money, and a hand-to-mouth attitude toward personal health. She wanted to find more personal accountability—and empowerment—in the path to well-being. Exit HMO, cue Turkish music.
Instead, Maureen --herself a former ballerina -- found empowerment in yoga, and with Alexandra Champalimaud, co-founded Charym Yoga and Fitness along with founding partner Denise Korn last summer. Out of historic West Street Yard in Litchfield, Connecticut, comes a comprehensive program focused on transitions. Life’s hard, their philosophy goes; change—good or bad—is a given. To ease you through your life changes, the staff offers a spa, fitness classes and integral health services all in the name of nurturing what they refer to as the “body temple.” From restorative yoga flow to signature healing oils, Charym is devoted to placing clients in a safe space to learn how to embrace life's troubled waters. Think of it as a bridge to a better place.