The story behind Amala Movement

Hi there, I’m Charlotte, the founder of Amala Movement

A dance and yoga teacher who loves empowering individuals to look after themselves and encouraging communities to celebrate creativity and movement. 

I’m passionate about both working with conscientious women who struggle to give themselves a break as well as communities of adults and children with physical and/or learning disabilities, sharing the joy of creative and person-centred movement.

In a world where we deal with overflowing to-do lists and strict schedules, we need opportunities to engage in mindful practices, make time for ourselves and experience joy.

The 3-year-old dancer in me is so proud of where I am now. I’ll tell you my story this far.

Amala Movement

My story

It’s been quite a journey to get here and I’ve learnt so much along the way…

I’ve been dancing for like forever! Since I was 3, I’ve done all sorts of dance classes like ballet, modern and tap. I then pursued dance professionally, taking it at GCSE and A-level before spending a year studying dance at London Roehampton University. Wanting to take my love of dance even further, I applied to dance schools in the UK and got into the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. It was a dream come true. But also a challenge.

Unfortunately, in my first year I got a back injury. It was bad. At one point lifting my chin would hurt my lower back. It was really hard emotionally to sit and watch my classmates do what I dearly loved doing – dancing. I could only make notes when I was itching to physically participate. It caused me to experience a lot of self-doubt as many dancers do when faced with an injury. I wrote about my journey and changing the mindset around injuries in detail in this blog

I had to keep going and find a way forward. That’s when I was led down the route of exploring breathwork and the connection between the mind and body. I met some life-changing teachers, namely Fabiano and Jennifer-Lynn, who introduced to me the deep work of somatics, body-mind learning and integrative movement which helped me to keep dancing with my injury. They inspire me to this day. 

During this time of working on my physical well-being, I also needed to look after my mental well-being. I embraced yoga, not for the physical benefits necessarily, but for the headspace it helped me get into. After being so frustrated with my body due to my injury, I could return to a place of self-love, understanding this too will pass and I was loved no matter what. 

The soft practices of gentle and restorative yoga helped me to keep doing what I loved, dancing. I continued to explore movement and mindfulness by learning about different types of yoga, getting involved in both traditional and creative yoga practices. It was so exciting when in the summer of 2016, I went to Bali to do my yoga training. It was such an amazing experience to fully immerse myself in yoga and the philosophy behind it.  

After that, I graduated from Northern and I found myself really enjoying teaching dance and yoga because it was a shared space for people to express their creativity, feel good and develop connections. I got to witness precious moments of people expressing their stories through movement. Bringing people together in this way is so inspiring I can’t quite put it into words! I want to share the experience with as many people as I can.

I’ve always been passionate about advocating for inclusivity in the world of dance and yoga. Even before graduating, I was teaching classes and reaching out to inclusivity programmes to see how I could get involved. I’ve now worked with Leaps and Bounds since 2017 and West SILC, a school for children with multiple and profound learning difficulties, since 2018. 


There’s something so magical about the deep connection forged from dance, yoga and person-centred movement, whether you’re a professional dancer or have never taken any kind of movement class before. Amala movement is how I share that magic with the world. 

My ethos 

At Amala Movement, we believe in:


I want to empower others through person-centred movement and mindful practices, especially people who are often left out of such opportunities. Joyful dancing and restful yoga are transformative for everyone. It creates a much deeper connection than we could ever verbalise.


Self-care and nourishing movement don’t have to be expensive or complicated. You don’t need to go on a luxury retreat abroad to look after yourself. Take a few moments now to decompress. Roll your shoulders, move your neck from side to side and reach your hands towards the ceiling. Small movements fill your cup.


You are enough. Let me repeat that, you are enough. You don’t need to do anything. As you are, you are enough. Be your beautiful self. So many of us are surviving in high-pressure and hierarchical environments and aren’t given the chance to thrive as we are.


Creating opportunities for meaningful connection is so important to our well-being. With mindful practices, you can make time to catch up with your body and mind. In group sessions, we prioritise connection, people, communities and care.

Check out my YouTube Channel for a taste of my work. 

yoga on youtube

My training 

I’ve invested in various trainings to help me to help different people in different ways. 

A taste of my experience 

  • To follow my passion for inclusivity, I did inclusive dance training at Candoco and StopGap.
  • I have delivered chair-based sessions for various communities including stroke survivors, Hard of Hearing groups, and older adults.
  • I’m so proud of a recent project I did at West SILC in Leeds. During a 10-week collaboration between myself, Jemma Clancy and students of the school, we created a dance film to be premiered at Expressions (Northern Ballet) in July 2023. This is an annual showcase that celebrates inclusive dance.
  • I was a workshop leader and speaker for the Dance Futures conference at Yorkshire Dance. The workshop explored “The value of a person-led practice”.
For a comprehensive overview, check out my CV.
Image fom Leaps and Bounds, Yorkshire Dance. Photo credit Camilla Greenwell
Leaps and Bounds (Yorkshire Dance). Photo credit Camilla Greenwell