Welcome to Surya Chandra Yoga

I’m Charlotte Couse, a yoga teacher based in the Poole and Purbeck areas.

My teaching is based on the Sivananda style.

Soothing Simplicity: Yin Yoga Teacher Training

In Janary I attended a Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training course at Triyoga with Sarah Lo.

Peak Practice: Sivananda Yoga at Mittersill

In the taxi to Mittersill, where I was going on a week’s yoga retreat, my fellow passenger, an elderly Austrian woman, related the weather lore of the Ice Saints.

Sivananda Yoga

My first experience of Sivananda yoga was a husband and wife team who taught it in south London.

Hello! I'm Charlotte

My passion for yoga developed from my enjoyment of the physical and spiritual in the practice. It has always been a home for me to return to in stressful times, helping me deal with issues of acceptance and esteem.

I did my initial teacher training in Sivananda yoga at the organisation’s ashram in Austria in 2008; my advanced Sivananda yoga teacher training in 2013 at its ashram in the Bahamas; and the Sadhana Intensive (a course in advanced breathing techniques) in 2015 at its ashram in Madurai, India.

I also have a degree in acupuncture and have recently trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Lo (a form based on traditional Chinese Medicine). I have also studied yoga nidra with Melanie Cooper.

I have also trained in and practised yoga and meditation at ashrams, yoga centres, and monasteries around the world, including the Sivananda ashrams in Orleans, France and Neyyar Dam, India; Centro Ewam in Florence, Italy; Mandala Ashram, Wales; Samye Ling Monastery, Scotland.

My Style

In my classes, I try to foster a safe and encouraging atmosphere for my students. I teach a fully-rounded yoga class, starting with relaxation and breathing techniques (pranayama), moving on to warm-up and postures (asana), then finishing with 15 minutes final relaxation and spiritual reading. The classes are suitable for all levels and I try to give modifications for all postures.


I have a BSc (Hons) and a licence to practise acupuncture (Lic Ac) from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading (a three and a half year degree, including six months in clinic). I practise both traditional Chinese and Five Element acupuncture. Throughout the course I studied Western medicine and anatomy, which informs my yoga teaching. My acupuncture website can be found here.


I currently teach on Mondays 19.30 to 20.30 at Hall 2 in The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF.

You should bring your own mat and any other equipment you may need (e.g a block to sit on).

There are some car parking spaces outside, or you can park in Asda car park and walk to the Hall.

Classes cost £8 or £7 concessions.


Contact Me

07765 378975


Poole Yoga Centre

35 Denmark Road
BH15 2DE