I started practising Yoga over 10 years ago I soon realised how everybody’s differences are celebrated and embraced through this amazing practise. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how flexible ( or "in") flexible you are, how strong ( or weak) you are both physically and mentally - Yoga has something for you – and I love that!
After a long career in the fitness industry I decided to train to become a Yoga teacher teaching a variety of classes from vinyasa- inspired by my love of ashtanga, restorative to hot yoga. My yoga shares my love of fluid movement, alignment and joint stability which links to my work as a sports and holistic massage therapist.
I feel very lucky to work in teacher training and assessing for YMCA & Yoga Professionals on their level 3 Yoga Diploma, helping to guide the next generation of yoga teachers. I am hugely inspired by my mentor and the founder of Yoga professionals Conrad Paul who has helped me to deepen and develop my practise "Om Namah Shivaya"
Yoga is my passion and a way of life I have been practicing regularly for over 10 years. I am endlessly fascinated by its ability to strengthen and heal the body and calm the mind. Originally a dancer, then fitness professional I went on to train as a holistic therapist after which I began my teaching journey.
My practice has been influenced by a range of styles including Vini yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa and restorative yoga. Inspiration is drawn from Eastern sources and my own experiences has taught me that yoga is a wonderful way to connect with the physical and inner self, where you can enjoy all the benefits ranging from strength and flexibility to enhanced awareness and inner balance. I also have a particular interest in meditation and its healing effects on the mind, an interest which lead me to India to deepen my knowledge and study Ayurvedic therapy and yoga.
My yoga classes could be described loosely as Vinyasa flow, although my inspirations are wide ranging and continually evolving. I aim to offer students an experience away from daily life where they can connect with their body and mind.
My first yoga class was in 1989 at the age of 19. However, at that time I chose to follow the T'ai Chi Ch'uan route for 10 years. In 1998 my life path changed and I returned to Yoga taking it more seriously and practicing regularly. As a result Yoga has helped me both physically and mentally, especially during periods of hormonal imbalance and mood swings and episodes of anxiety and depression.
Today I practice various styles of Yoga with wonderful teachers and have developed a strong and continuous home practice that includes postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), relaxation, chanting (mantra), and meditation. My practice also includes yoga retreats, workshops, courses, satsangs and kirtans (gatherings with Q&A, music and chanting). My teaching focuses largely on the importance of the breath and linking it with each posture. This in time becomes a moving meditation creating emotional balance, mental clarity and wellbeing. I am a 200 hour Yoga Alliance UK affiliated Yoga Teacher .
My yoga journey started when I went to my first yoga class with my mum and dad back in 1995 in my native Finland. I have been practicing yoga ever since exploring the different styles, teachers, traditions yoga has to offer. My style of teaching is a combination from all the great teachings I have been enjoying over the years. I love guiding my students in their yoga journey whatever stage that is and everything I share comes from my heart and my own practice and experience.
My philosophy as a yoga practicioner and a teacher is to always pay my first attention to the breath and finding stillness and in asana practice listen to the messages from my body - to respect the body just as it is in that moment because that is exactly where I need to be.
My favourite styles of practice are Yin and Flow yoga - a soft flow lead by the heart. I also practice Buddhism and meditation and teach mindfulness meditation.
Emma has been doing yoga all her life and firmly believes that anyone can, and everyone should, do yoga. Emma currently teaches to yogis ranging from just 3 months old (in her baby yoga classes) to 78 years young, and loves showing people how they can adapt and modify their yoga practice to suit their bodies. Emma teaches gentle hatha yoga and uses flowing sequences to release tension, improve balance and strength, open up the body and make your heart shine bright.
More recently, Emma has become a passionate practitioner of mindfulness and is keen to share this simple but effective practice, so everyone can learn how to calm their mind and lift their spirits.
Rachel has been practicing Yoga for just over 8 years. Her journey begin in London, moving to Barcelona and now in the West Midlands. She particularly values and is grateful for her time in India where she has completed her 200 hour teacher training in Hatha Yoga and her 300 hour in Ashtanga Vinyasa in Mysore (where this particular stream of Yoga originated). She believes that Yoga with its therapeutic values and with daily asana (pose), pranayama (breath control) and meditation practice you can help keep our mind body and souls in harmony creating deeper connections with ourselves, others and the world around us.
Jo first discovered yoga more than a decade ago, and was hooked from the outset, intrigued by the magic that happens when we connect consciously mind, body and breath. Supported by a succession of very talented and generous teachers in the intervening year, she embarked on a training programme to enable her to share her precious find with others and to spread the word about the benefits of yoga. Qualifying in 2012, Jo continues to attend workshops in order to broaden her knowledge and understanding of this wonderful science.
Jo teaches authentic, restorative Hatha yoga, suitable for all ages, each class encompassing asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation techniques, as well as touching on yogic philosophy. She is passionate about yoga and keen to pass on her skills.
Becky has been practicing yoga for 3 years and teaching for 18 months after achieving her 200 hr Yoga alliance international certification.
Becky considers Yoga something that has changed her life, in many ways, relieving stress and anxiety, and giving her the tools to lead a healthier, more compassionate and happy life.
Becky is passionate about yoga, her classes offer a traditional element of yoga practices, sometimes infused with qi gong, an ancient chinese practice for shifting energy.