I have been practicing yoga since my early 20's, Since then, I have explored many of the various yoga traditions and I draw upon all of these teachings for my own classes, with the ultimate aim to find freedom and ease in both body and mind for the students.
I completed my Yoga teacher training in 2012 with Laura Gilmore at Bristol City Yoga. I have also completed a foundation course in Viniyoga of Yoga with Paul Harvey at the Center of yoga studies. I am yoga alliance accredited. I am also a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher.
Ellie discovered yoga more than five years ago and instantly fell in love with the practice. Yoga helped her to deal with the challenges of a demanding degree course and has since become an intricate part of her life. She believes that yoga helps to re establish the connection between body and mind, and that everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga.
Ellie completed her yoga teacher training in Goa, India in 2015. Her classes are a dynamic sequence of physical postures linking movement with breath that are thoughtfully sequenced and allow students to build strength, flexibility, coordination and vitality.
I first began teaching yoga in 2011 while working on cruise ships – around this time (and despite my complete lack of flexibility) my competitive nature was drawn to the practice of Ashtanga yoga. With time my reasons for practising and teaching yoga have largely changed, however my own practice of Ashtanga has continued to serve me as an important tool for helping navigate through life.
As an ex-personal trainer with a MSc in Exercise Psychology I approach movement and yoga holistically with a view to the long-term. I believe that yoga should value function over form and my classes reflect this key principle.
German-born Sophie brings you flowing sequences and smooth breath awareness to release tension in your body and relax your mind. Sophie completed her teacher training in India and is well educated in all forms of yoga from Hatha to Ashtanga Vinyasa and she weaves many elements of these styles into her friendly and nurturing classes. Her teaching is intuitive, sharp, powerful and sensitive to the comfort of her class. She invites students to use modifications suitable for their bodies so they can connect not only physically but also emotionally, through breathing, movement and simple stillness.
Gemma has been practising yoga for over 15 years. Initially drawn to its aesthetics, she found that meditation and breathing practises alongside mindful movement were hugely beneficial for her mind as well as her body. It is this holistic style of yoga that she loves sharing with others.
Gemma trained to teach with the British Wheel of Yoga (500 hours Diploma) and has additional training in pregnancy and post-natal yoga.
Gemma draws on her experience and training in mental health and physical rehabilitation, aiming to provide inclusive classes that are accessible to everyone. She is passionate about providing opportunity for deep relaxation and recuperation. Gemma believes that rest is underrated in our society. She feels that yoga can be invaluable in helping us to navigate through lifes challenges and uses yoga daily to help her find balance in her busy life and to aid sleep.
Katherine first discovered yoga during a trip to India over twenty years ago and has been teaching for more than five.
For Katherine yoga starts with the body. It is a point of focus, a kind of meditation as we explore postures. If done with attention and compassion, over time the body naturally becomes more flexible, stronger and more balanced. At the same time the mind starts to quieten, giving rise to a sense of peace and well being.
Katherine holds a 500 hrs Yoga Teaching Certificate with much of her teaching inspired by the great teacher B.S.K. Iyengar as well as her interest in Mindfulness. The yoga approach you will experience in the classes focuses on poise and alignment with an emphasis on bringing oneself to the present moment.
I began practicing Yoga over 8 years ago in 2012, when my chance to travel the world was realised I took a regular, grounding asana practice with me all over the world. I then studied for a year and half at the Yoga Barn in Bali with some of the leading teachers in Yin Yoga, Hatha and vinyasa. And taught abroad at some gorgeous locations around the southern hemisphere. I am so grateful to be on this path of learning and sharing, creating a warm compassionate space for any individual in our classes.
I'm now settled in Cardiff and offer a style including breathwork practices, strengthening and conditioning sequences and long held nourishing postures to give a supported and insightful class aimed at releasing trauma and tension and connecting BodyMind with an experience of Embodied Awareness.
Namaste. I spent 4 weeks living in an ashram in Rishikesh, India, to complete my teacher training, where I began learning about the different limbs of yoga such as breathing control and mental focus. I consider myself to be learning every day and am very much a student of yoga. My classes start and finish in a relaxed environment with energising flow sequences, strength and balance work built into the main body of the class.
Jo brings the qualities of compassion and kindness to her teaching and is motivated to teach by her genuine interest in people. Jo is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, Well-Woman Yoga therapist, Total Yoga Nidra facilitator & teacher, and Gentle Years Yoga teacher. She has further experience and intensive training in pranayama, meditation and philosophy. An experienced yogi, Jo has been practicing yoga since the mid-nineties after discovering the practice both beneficial and restorative during a turbulent time in her life. For Jo, integrity and clarity developed in her life as she furthered her practice, ultimately going on to study yoga with a particular focus on holistic health, wellbeing and meditation.
With extensive personal and professional experience of supporting people with mental health problems, Jo advocates the healing effects of a yoga practice. Her classes support you to use yoga as a process to find your own way authentically, and to reconnect with yourself. Jo works in an empowering and insightful way, taking a holistic and dignified approach to her work – with an emphasis on bringing greater awareness and renewed vitality to the mind and body.
Yoga, with its balance of physical and spiritual practice, encompasses all the components of the holistic discipline I was seeking in other disconnected practices. In a relatively short time, yoga became—and still is—my passion. I began my personal yoga journey in 2009 with the practice of hatha yoga and since then keep exploring; experimenting in different styles - Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow.
Presently my facilitation and teaching focus primarily on the practices of Asthanga, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow. Having been an active person I both appreciate and enjoy the benefit of the yoga every day.
I completed my TTC at Level 4 in 2015 with BWY. I also completed an 1 month intensive course in Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, in India.
For me, Yoga is a life long experiential journey, both in and out of the classroom.
As a teacher, facilitator and student of this spiritual practice I aspire to "Lead those behind lovingly & follow those ahead graciously."I look forward to sharing in this wonderful practice with you.