Having a background based in biology and an interest in different philosophical systems, I discovered the benefits of a regular Yogic practice in my late twenties. As a life-long asthmatic I turned to the yogic breathing techniques when my doctor prescribed stronger medication for the condition. Instead of increasing the medication I am now almost totally free from the symptoms and medication.
I continue to develop my practice and understanding of the principles and philosophy of yoga by spending time on retreats in places such as Sweden, studying Asana and Meditation with the Satyanada tradition, and by attending long retreats in the Jungles of India led by internationally renowned teacher Clive Sheridan.
I also spent time studying Kalaripiat (a yoga based martial art) to broaden my experiences. I have taught and led retreats in Europe, Middle East and India. My wish is to pass on my experience and understanding of yoga instructively, yet also with delight and passion.
I teach regularly on the leading European Yoga website Ekhart Yoga– watch my tutorials here.
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I trained as a Yoga teacher in 2004 at the Yoga Arts School in Byron Bay, Australia after practising Yoga in the Ashtanga Mysore style for several years. I have been teaching Yoga since 2005 first in Italy, then Ireland (where I lived for 12 years). I completed my second teacher training in Ireland in 2007 with a direct student of Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, the original creators of Yoga Works in California. I also became more interested in the practice of Iyengar Yoga and I attended regular classes in Ireland and other locations in Europe. I refined my skills to deliver Vinyasa flow classes that are rich with self inquiry and with strong body alignment principles.
Over the years I have been pursuing my two passions – yoga and travelling, often combining the two. I have been attending yoga events and workshops with renowned teachers in India – where I return regularly to attend a special retreat with my beloved teacher Clive Sheridan – and in UK and Europe. Some of my experiences in India include a month yoga intensive with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha in Mysore, traditional Iyengar Yoga with Sharath Arora in Goa, classical Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh, Satsang and meditation in the Advaita Vedanta tradition in Tiruvannamalai. I trained with Sarah Powers and I enjoy the deep transformative effect of Yin Yoga: stilling the body to powerfully stimulate the physical and energetic body. I hold a Pregnancy Yoga teacher certificate upon attending a detailed course with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, a highly accomplished yoginis who inspires many all over the world with her books on yoga for women. I also have enjoyed practising with Donna Farhi, after reading and studying many of her books, appreciated her clarity and integrated some of her principles in my practice.
Very early in my yoga journey I became interested in the transformative aspects of Pranayama and Meditation. My passion for my own yoga journey allows me to integrate my experiences in my own practice before sharing it with my students; I firmly believe in self practice – including daily meditation, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Asana (yoga postures).
“[Yoga] is a way to restore our lost wholeness, our integrity as complete human beings, by unifying the personality around a centre that is silent and unbounded.”
Although I had attended various yoga classes throughout my life I had not attended one for several years. After years of bouts of clinical depression I started to attend a Dru yoga class and soon felt the benefits not only physically, but on a deeper emotional level.
After attending several workshops and retreats I felt drawn to learning more and applied to undertake my teacher training as my own personal journey. As I learnt more, this changed to a feeling of wanting to share this yoga with others. I have been teaching a class for Activity in Retirement for 3 years and taught for Age UK for 1 year. Earlier this year I also completed my teacher training in meditation.
I attend Pure Yoga classes and workshops with Andrew, Francesca and Emma as Yoga for me is a continuous journey, every class or workshop you attend deepens your knowledge and personal practice bringing you back to the still point within.
Yoga keeps me calm, balanced and happy, it completes my day.
My yoga practice began in 2003, but it was several years before I truly appreciated how much more there was to yoga than a set of postures on the mat! As my interest increased I completed the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation certificate, then qualified as a BWY teacher having trained on the Wirral with Sarah Beck. Today my teaching and learning continues to evolve as I attend other classes, workshops and teacher training events and it is wonderful to be able to share this knowledge and see others develop.
I love the variety and holistic nature of yoga. The benefits really are all encompassing – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual and it does not matter which direction you approach it from; as yoga is inclusive and everyone can benefit in some way or other. In my early days, I trained professionally as a classical dancer and then taught dance abroad for several years, so I naturally approach my teaching in a creative but sequenced way; drawing mainly on vinyasa and yin yoga styles and often integrating several different elements into class. I provide a strong focus on posture, alignment and breath awareness and encourage students to listen to their body and work to their own ability. I also aim to bring a sense of lightheartedness to the practice, as this is precious time to re-connect with yourself and re-balance the mind and body.
I look forward to welcoming you to the classes at Pure Yoga.
I first tried yoga when I was in my teens watching Lynne Marshall on television getting her books (and the tights!) and trying the postures at home. For the next few years I was very intermittent, dipping in and out of the odd class and bits of home practice, but about 11 years ago I turned back to Yoga believing it may help with some of life’s ups and downs.
I found classes at my local leisure centre in Bollington and as one class a week turned into two or more and regular class attendance turned into daily home practise, I began more and more to want to share the benefits I was experiencing. This led me to start my teacher training with Yogacampus enabling me to move into sharing this wonderful practice of yoga with confidence. I believe there is a yoga practice to suit everybody and once on the yoga path it will be there for you whatever life may through up in front of you.
As well as teaching yoga I am a practicing fine artist and a computer games environment artist. As an artist I find my yoga practice a wonderful place to explore my creativity, providing a valuable antidote to hours sitting at a computer work station.
I began my working life as a primary school teacher, teaching in the UK and in Kenya. That was a long time ago and much has happened since then. Some of it by design but much of it was unplanned. It turned out just fine.
On returning to the UK from Zimbabwe in the mid ’80’s I trained as a counsellor and worked both privately and within the public sector. I worked for several years at MIND as a counsellor and went on to be employed by GMP and St Mary’s Hospital as a Counsellor and Crisis Worker at The St Mary’s Sexual Assault Centre. Alongside my teaching in primary education and counselling I began my training in massage. Massage became my passion and for the past 17 years has been my ‘job’.
I began as a Remedial Massage Therapist dealing with injuries and general aches and pains. I went on to do Sport’s Massage and then No Hands Massage which prolonged my working life and gave me many tools to work with. On reaching 61 years of age (October 2016) The Universe poked me strongly and, after much deep thought I decided to ‘retire’ from my massage work. However, my knowledge of the body hugely informs how I teach yoga and so nothing is ever wasted.
Twenty years ago I went to an Iyengar Yoga class and stayed for nine years soaking it all up. Training to teach seemed the perfect next step and so I trained with Brian Cooper in Astanga Yoga. I went on to work with various wonderful teachers including Sandra Sabatini who was a pupil of Vanada Scaravelli and most recently Ana Forrest. I completed my Forrest Foundation Training in 2012 and have taught a small, very dedicated group since then. I currently teach one external class a week and several private sessions and from my Therapy Room at home. Ana Forrest’s training underpins all that I now share with my wonderful yoga folk. It has also been instrumental in healing me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The practice is intense but achievable and I, who can no longer take part in an Astanga/Vinyasa practice due to back issues, delight in my Forrest time on the mat.
Most recently I have returned to my interest in The Feldenkrais Method and Hanna Somatics to broaden my understanding of the body’s capacity to move, heal and feel. Three years ago I completed my Pregnancy Yoga Training with Sally Parkes and along the way I have trained in Reiki to Master Level and Reconnective Healing with Dr Eric Pearl. I am married, very happily to John who is a retired Civil Engineer and we have a gorgeous daughter, Katie. Last year I spent a wonderful two weeks teaching yoga to all who passed by during their stay at the beautiful Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. All my teaching skills proved immensely useful as I had a wide variety of people from the total beginner to those who practice daily back home.
I have been practicing yoga for 23 years. I came to it as a law student to manage the stress of my studies and it has sustained me throughout my “other” job as a lawyer. I qualified with the British wheel of yoga in 2009 having started my studies in 2003 and having 2 babies in-between. I completed the foundation course followed by the full diploma. I have been teaching since 2004 and attend a variety of courses with multiple teachers, which experience I bring with me to my own lessons. My philosophy is “pick and mix”, bringing the best from the different styles I have experienced. My teaching style can be described as “mindful yoga flow”.
When I’m not practicing law or yoga I have been known to flirt with fell running. I am a busy working mum with my own physical challenges and I get how important yoga is for people like me.
Simply, teaching yoga is one of the most rewarding things a person can do.
Since childhood, I had a strong foundation in Dance and Performance. I worked in theatre, television,
film and eventually attained a B.A (Hons) in Acting Studies. During my time at Drama School I was
introduced to a regular Yoga Practice and as my career progressed Yoga continued to be an important
area of my life both physically and spiritually. I have been very fortunate to practice with several
wonderful and inspiring teachers across a range of styles (Iyengar, Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga,
My career path changed when I chose to become a Secondary School Teacher of Drama & Dance
which has continued to be both a challenging and hugely rewarding experience. Having been
frequently asked to teach Yoga to friends, family members, colleagues and students I embarked on
my Yoga Teacher Training with Katy Appleton ( www.appleyoga.com ) followed by Pre & Post Natal
Yoga Teacher Training.
In teaching Yoga, I am passionate about sharing these precious teachings to enable others to support
one enhance their lives both on and off the mat. I aim to teach Yoga with a smile making Yoga
accessible to all. My classes are planned to offer safe teachings of the Asanas with a focus on
alignment and clear physiological understanding. Teaching predominantly in the style of Vinyasa
Flow, my classes combine Asana, Pranayama, Readings, Music, Meditation and Relaxation
Following our recent move from the hills of Surrey to leafy Cheshire I continue to practice what I
preach with a regular Yoga Practice and frequent training courses and workshops with
knowledgeable and inspiring teachers. I am passionate about the value of Yoga in our lives and feel
truly honoured to have the opportunities to share these teachings with my students.
“Be the change you wish to see in the World’ Ghandi x
My personal practice is continually evolving but at its heart is the connection between breath and movement, being mindful, gentle and kind to myself. Yoga fascinates me. The more I learn, the more there is to know and the more I learn about myself along the way! Yoga has become a way of life. My personal journey has taught me that yoga can
transform a person’s outlook and empower them with a set of tools to protect and nourish, both on and off the mat in this busy and fast paced world in which we live.
I first came to yoga some 15 years ago at a local gym – I enjoyed the physical work out but had no idea it could be anything more than that. I continued in this fashion practicing on and off at various classes and at home. Then in 2014, acting on a suspicion that there was more to it but not knowing what, I signed up for a year long Foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga. This was a transformative year under the guidance of a fantastic teacher, Emma Lloyd. I was particularly drawn to yoga philosophy and amazed at how transferable the teachings are to life today. I wanted to know more and to share it with others so was spurred on to apply for an 18- month teacher training course with Yoga Campus.
I’m really enjoying my ongoing training and especially the opportunity to learn under so many talented teachers. As a result, my personal practice is continually evolving but at its heart is the connection between breath and movement, being mindful, gentle and kind to myself many lessons but some of the greatest include slowing down and taking care of myself. I hope to convey this in my teaching and help people find some inner peace and quiet of their own.
I was first introduced to yoga at university and have practised intermittently since then, although it is only in the last ten years that I have deepened my involvement. I was inspired by Andrew Wrenn to study the practice and philosophy of yoga and eventually to train as a teacher. I teachVinyasa Krama yoga, an approach developed by Sri Ramaswami based on his 30 years of study with Sri Krishmanacharya who is regarded by many as the father of modern yoga. ‘Vinyasa’ means variations and ‘Krama’ means steps so it is a classical yoga which explores many dimensions of each posture and can be adapted to any level of difficulty. In my classes I offer a gentle yoga which emphasises movement to maintain flexibility, balance and stamina. My classes include pranayama (breathing) and meditation to help reduce stress and create a sense of wellbeing. The classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and for people who are new to yoga as well as more experienced students. I enjoy teaching people aged over 50 and others who are looking for a healthy and positive lifestyle.
Yoga has brought me immense positivity on many levels and most especially in relation to my physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. The desire to explore deeper and wider aspects of yoga and to share my passion for yoga with others, led me to studying with the British of Wheel of Yoga.
My interest in yoga began some 30 years ago. Following escalating long term problems with my lower back approximately 12 years ago, I decided to develop my practice with the hope that the back pain and debilitating effects would be relieved by yoga. This has indeed been the case. The back pain coincided with a time in my life when I was under a lot of personal stress. Yoga gave me the release I needed and helped me through those difficult physical and emotional times.
My main teacher over the last 10 years has been Andrew Wrenn and more recently, Francesca Guisti at Pure Yoga where I regularly enjoy and benefit from attending classes.
I have further developed my personal practice and understanding of yoga through attending residentials and workshops. I have had the pleasure of teaching yoga to adults and to teenagers including some youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities.
I have recently taken early retirement and am now looking forward to having more time dedicate to yoga and to travel: to continue the journey of life and explore new horizons!
At the time I was a keen cyclist and enjoyed surfing too. I was therefore looking for something that would help me to maintain this active lifestyle. For the first couple of years I practised DRU with Saffron Harrison. During this time, I came to recognise the sense of ease yoga offered, not only for the body, but also for the mind. I found that yoga provided a place for me to pause and find a sanctuary even on the most hectic or stressful of days.
As I gained confidence I started to attend Andrew Wrenn intermediate classes. In this practise I still managed to find this sense of ease but also found I was building strength and stamina. I’m not sure if Andrew mentioned in passing about the teacher training course at Yoga Campus or whether I asked, but I do remember the applications had to be in that week and on a bit of a whim I applied.
Studying with Yoga Campus helped to open up the world of Yoga to me. Suddenly I was learning about 1000s of year old philosophies under truly inspirational, dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. It was clear to me that these philosophies held a valuable lesson that could still be beneficial in today’s society. Most importantly I learnt that yoga is a journey on which you are continually learning. That once we open ourselves up to the inquiry, even working with the most (seemingly) simple of postures alongside the breath, we cultivate space to learn more about the mind/body relationship and ultimately improve our experience of existence.
Since studying at Yoga Campus I have attended and continue to attend classes and workshops with many different teachers in order to explore and support my teaching but also my own self-inquiry. Alongside this I attend a Buddhist meditation group where we discuss and spend time reflecting and meditating on the Buddhist teachings.
I have a daily self-practise now but still regularly attend a Healthy Backs class and a Deepening your Practise class with Jane Craggs in Manchester which is about advancing mental focus using the tools of asana, pranayama, mantra and the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
I have a particular interest in using yoga to support people with Scoliosis. I am looking to deepen my knowledge and understanding in this regard by working with my own body as well as beginning to help others with the condition.
I aim to make the yoga I teach accessible to all that attend and work to encourage my students, through practises which I have tried and tested myself, to cultivate and touch that sense of peace that can be found within all of us.
It has literally changed my life: pre-yoga (as I like to call it!) I suffered from daily headaches, chronic tension, and felt like I was in constant competition with myself to always ‘do better’. With a regular yoga practice, I found myself softening – I became more aware of my breath which almost immediately reduced my tension and headaches; I am more patient and forgiving (with myself and others), and it’s even led to a change of my lifestyle as I am now vegetarian (which I never would have thought likely – she of the rare-steak-loving kind!).
I encountered yoga about 15 years ago through a fitness studio class; it was a fun hour that challenged me physically but it was all about the asana in a ‘fitness’ sense of the word. I had been curious about yoga, meditation and other alternative/complementary therapies before this so I knew that this wasn’t perhaps a true reflection of a yoga practice in its fullest form. Due to a lack of classes near me, I began to practice at home using videos/DVDs as guidance, and I attended new classes if they ever popped up – such as a Power Yoga class, and a few classes in village halls. However, as much as I enjoyed the guidance of a teacher, I felt like the sessions barely scratched the surface of this thing called ‘yoga’, so I continued to explore this practice at home for many years.
A few years ago, I saw an advert for the British Wheel of Yoga foundation diploma so I took the plunge and signed up to the year-long course in Manchester. It was with Emma Lloyd, a fantastic BWY teacher with decades of practice, and her experience, compassion and whole outlook was an inspiration to me. During that year, I learned so much about yoga, its traditions, the practices of pranayama and meditation, and most importantly it opened my eyes to who I could BE. It was almost inevitable, then, that a year later I signed up to an 18-month yoga teacher training course with Yoga Campus.
Beyond the physical benefits – allowing our bodies to unfurl, release and awaken – the practice of yoga is a doorway to lifelong self-discovery that is open to everybody. It offers space and time for us to turn our gaze inwards: to disengage from the habitual turnings of our mind; to breathe to our deepest, and live to our fullest.
I have trained with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) having successfully completed the BWY Foundation Course in 2012.
I enjoy yoga because of the sense of peace it brings. As a runner and tennis player I find yoga helps keep me healthy, flexible and strong. I teach hatha yoga and have found that teaching motivates me to keep learning and growing, as well as wanting to share with others what yoga can offer. I believe everyone can enjoy, explore and benefit from a yoga practice. In my classes I aim to build self-awareness and to integrate working with movement and breath to help my students feel refreshed, balanced and more focused. I like working with beginners and helping them lay the foundations of what I hope will become a life-enhancing and life-long practice for them.
I regularly attend classes at Pure Yoga and also enjoy attending other classes and workshops to continue to build my knowledge and experience of the art of yoga.
I have been practising yoga since I was 18.
It wasn’t until my late twenties that yoga went from a weekly class focusing on the physical benefits to a daily escape from everyday stress. Over the past 5 years’ yoga has become a sanctuary, offering me a place to become more in touch with my body, mind and spirit.
I decided to take it to the next level by joining a BWY foundation course. I was hooked and in 2015 started my teacher training. I couldn’t wait to start sharing all the benefits of yoga with everyone.
I love that yoga can be practised by anyone, any where. I don’t believe in perfection just simply doing yoga your way. There are so many facets to the yoga I practise now; breathing, meditation, asana and mindfulness. They all make me a better person and make life that little bit more wonderful.
I love teaching but still find time to go to classes and workshops as much as I can, I also love going on retreats – just really get away from it all.
I discovered Mindfulness when I was looking for a way to deal with long-term stress. Juggling work and a family, I was suddenly faced with my sister’s terminal illness – over a period of four years. Mindfulness, for me, was a life-line.
Slowly, it became an enjoyable way for me to replenish my emotional fuel tanks so that I didn’t become exhausted and burnt out. Over time, Mindfulness has helped me nurture a better relationship with myself and with my life, including the pleasures and pain of being human.
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