About your teacher - Charlotte Ranz
Charlotte has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching yoga since 2000. She is a certified yoga therapist through the member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She also has attained the highest teacher designation through the International Yoga Alliance (ERYT500, YAREC). Her teaching style, called Scaravelli Yoga, and her philosophy stems from her yoga lineage - Vanda Scaravelli - "Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose."
Excellent yoga teachers in the Raleigh, NC, area such as Chris Moore, Judith Valerie and Joy Doherty helped Charlotte start down the Path of Yoga as early as 1995. Her love and respect for yoga grew into a desire to teach, so in 2000, she began an arduous two-year teacher training program under international yoga master, Esther Myers, who studied directly with Vanda Scaravelli. She established Red Elephant Yoga in 2000 and ran her studio while continuing advanced yoga training with many outstanding teachers including Eric Schiffman and Monica Voss, as well as receiving iRest training from Richard Miller. Her special interest in therapeutic yoga - especially for seniors - grew out of the training she received from Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson through Duke Integrative Medicine where she also completed Yoga of Awareness for Cancer Professional Training from Krucoff and Carson. Additionally, Charlotte has completed courses in Nuad Boran for Yoga and Bodywork, Accu-Yoga with Michael Gach, and has her Reiki Jin Kei Do Master Practitioner certification. Most recently, she completed Introduction to Buddha EnerSense System of Natural Healing with Keith Webb and iIntroduction to Subtle Yoga for Chronic Pain led by Kristine Kaoverli Weber and Ashley Lester.
Growing her business in Fuquay Varina, NC
While living in Fuquay Varina, Charlotte expanded the studio to include a certified Red Elephant School of Yoga for individuals wanting to teach the Scaravelli style of yoga. She received accreditation from the Yoga Alliance as an ERYS500 school which she ran until retiring to Ocean Isle Beach. She also started a free outdoor yoga class for the community, Yoga in the Park, held every Sunday morning during the warmer seasons, affords anyone the opportunity to see what yoga is really all about. Other area yoga teachers also volunteered their time to come and teach this one-hour session that continues to be taught these many years later.
Retired - but not from yoga - in Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Charlotte and her husband moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2011 and shortly thereafter she began teaching yoga. She has taught yoga classes at the Old Sunnyside Schoolhouse in Shallotte thanks to the wonderful support of The Town of Shallotte and its staff. She has also voluntarily taught yoga to residents at Summit Place, an assisted living facility in Little River, SC. Charlotte currently teaches a very gentle yoga class at the Brunswick Senior Center in Shallotte and also helps individuals in private sessions who are in need of therapeutic assistance to manage chronic pain, becoming stronger, more flexible and maintaining their balance.
Charlotte's style of teaching
in general, is relaxed and individualized. Her main areas of focus: providing a safe environment for you to practice in; increasing flexibility, stability and balance; learning the importance of the breath and how to use it to help you relax and reduce stress and/or pain; and, most importantly, learning how to accept the wonderful individual you are.
Private Yoga Therapy - Some individuals prefer to work on specific health issues alone - not in a classroom setting. Charlotte will customize a plan for you following an assessment based on medical information provided by you and/or your health provider. These appointments are 1 1/2 - 2 hours in length. For more detail or questions, please phone at
On a very simple level, the red elephant is a happy, solid, dependable friend who represents the fact that anyone, any size, any condition, any age, can practice some form of yoga. You may think that you are "out of the ordinary", but you aren't when it comes to yoga. There is a safe place for you here.