Charene came to yoga from a background in physical education, having specialized in this during her teacher training at the Pretoria College of Education. She began her practice of yoga under the guidance of Swami Yogasagar in the Bihar system of Yoga, a comprehensive and holistic system of Yoga based on the teachings of Swami Satyananda of Bihar, India.
She started teaching yoga during 2000, teaching both at Yoga Connection Brooklyn and Loreto Convent in Pretoria. Charene opened the Centurion branch of Yoga Connection in 2001 and has been teaching yoga full time since July 2002. In order to further enhance her knowledge and teachings skills, Charene has completed an intensive 2 years yoga teacher training course with Durgana Inglethorpe that is fully recognised by the Yoga Teachers Fellowship of South Africa.
Her teaching philosophy emphasizes gentleness and gradual progress, an awareness of individual differences and the utmost importance of combining asana practice with mental awareness or mindfulness.