Alison Winn

I am a busy mum of 2 with an office based day job, and find that I turn to yoga to help keep me grounded and retain a true sense of perspective on life.

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.

 

Deborah Graham

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.

Gill Slater

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.

Sarah Clayton

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.

Helen Glen

Since childhood, I had a strong foundation in Dance and Performance. I worked in theatre, television,helen glen
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,
Vinyasa Flow).
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
Techniques.
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

 

Angela Riley

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.

Lyn Barbour

I was first introduced to yoga at university and have practised intermittently since then, although it is only in the last Lyn portraitten 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.

 

Jan Smith

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!