Rachel started taking an interest in yoga in her teens and began practising Iyengar yoga in 2001 with Charlie Worthington. After discovering the sense of balance and other health benefits of her practice this led to her doing the teacher training. Rachel has been teaching since 2013 and has continued to learn with senior teachers. Rachel also works part-time in the social care team at a drug and alcohol detox unit and as a musician.
Over 50s Iyengar Yoga Class every Monday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Call 07568 592289 to book.
Kirsty has worked with the body for over 20 years, firstly qualified in Advanced Sports Massage, Pain & Injury Management and Fitness Instruction in 2000. Shortly afterwards completing a degree in Sports Science she travelled the world treating patients from all walks of life from professional athletes to dancers and musicians. Working in a physically demanding job soon took its toll and Kirsty started to suffer from daily lower back pain. Understanding this work was not sustainable without self-intervention she started practising Iyengar Yoga with Lucy Aldridge in St. Ives and training in level 3 mat work Pilates teacher with Body Control London and Fitness Pilates Guildford (RSA) 2012. Kirsty has completed over 700hr YTT with two schools in India, Thailand and UK and has been teaching multi-style Yoga since 2015 accredited with Yoga Alliance. Hatha Yoga – The foundations of all Yoga roots. Asanas or postures are practised slowly and held for a length of time to improve alignment, posture, strength, flexibility and balance. Pranayama (breathing practise) and meditation are practised to calm and steady the body and mind. Yogilates- A low impact, mobilising & energising flow practice. Combining traditional Yoga and Pilates exercises learn how to strengthen your core, reduce back pain and reduce further risk of injury. Improve your posture, correct alignment, improve body imbalances and improve flexibility. Practised with gentle rhythmic music.
Classes every Wednesday. Hatha Yoga, 6.15 – 7.30 pm. Visit the link to book: https://app.ubindi.com/Kirsty.Robinson.6726 or call 07971 045267.
Hannah is a member of IPTA (Independent Pilates Teachers Association). Discovering Pilates has transformed her life. Following the birth of her daughter 6 years ago she began Pilates classes predominantly to strengthen and stabilize her lower back that gave her daily pain. During her childhood, she suffered periodic lower back pain partly due to her posture and rigorous gymnastics training. On attending her first class she knew that Pilates was for her. It left her inspired to become immersed in this movement practice and study to be a teacher. With a background in Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and dance, Pilates brought Hannah back to her roots by way of a movement practice that makes her body feel centred, strong and supple. It empowers the individual through exercises to improve posture, and create better health for themselves. Hannah completed her training course in Pilates Matwork in the summer of 2014 at the Scott Studio with the renowned Suzanne Scott. She is a qualified First Aider and regularly attends professional courses and workshops to keep her practice inspired and my classes fresh. Hannah teaches Joseph Pilates Original Repertoire as well as the Evolved Repertoire, incorporating a rehabilitative approach for those that need it. As well as the group classes Hannah also teaches individuals and pairs.
Pilates Classes every Tuesday. Call 07412 383569 to book.
Maria De Francesca
Maria was born in Southampton to Anglo/Italian parents. She lived in Bristol for many years and had two children before travelling through Central America and the Caribbean. Maria moved to Cornwall in 1995 and had another child, and with her partner, renovated a barn near Madron. She became a yoga teacher and then studied for a Degree in Dance and became a ballet assistant to Penzance’s infamous ‘Miss’ Diana McGowan. Maria has taught GCSE, BTEC Dance for many years – in secondary schools in Penzance and St Ives, and she is currently teaching Classical Ballet at Truro College. Maria inherited the McGowan School of Dance in 2016 and undertook her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Teaching qualification. The school is thriving and she loves teaching a range of students from baby ballet all the way up to older students – having just qualified as a Silver Swans RAD Teacher (gentler ballet for the mature dancer).
Adult ballet class every Wednesday, 11.30-12.30pm. Mondays Evenings. Call 07800 511784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Rebecca was introduced to Yoga & Meditation as a teenager in the 1970s, and has been teaching since 2014. In her classes, she draws on the influences of a range of body-mind practices – some thousands of years old, some contemporary – including Hatha Yoga, Yin-Restorative Yoga, Somatics, Feldenkrais & Yoga Nidra.
She loves to teach people of all ages and levels of experience in a way that encourages a deep inner listening with a sense of ease, pleasure, and fun. As someone said to her once – Yoga is too sacred to take too seriously!
She is Certified as a Yoga Teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (https://www.bwy.org.uk) and as an iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher with the iRest Institute (https://www.irest.org) and is currently undergoing training in the Feldenkrais Method (https://www.feldenkrais.co.uk).
Thursday Mornings 11.30 – 1pm HATHA FLOW *** Starting 16th June and the FIRST CLASS is FREE
These classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners. However, a degree of physical fitness is advisable as the classes will often involve periods of flow (continual movement with the breath) and sometimes work towards stronger postures. The classes are great for runners, cyclists, swimmers, surfers, climbers, walkers – or anyone non-sporty, who wants to develop a more vivid and comfortable relationship with their body and the world around them.
Sylvia has explored many different approaches to the teaching of yoga having been actively involved in its practice since 1969. She began her training with The All India Board Of Yoga and, in addition, has gained teaching qualifications with other schools of yoga, including; Dru Yoga (Life Foundation School Of Therapeutics) FRYOG (Friends Of Yoga Society International), Vinyoga and The British Wheel Of Yoga. Whatever age, ability and limitations, Sylvia’s classes are a time for students to cherish themselves learning to unwind slowly and naturally in a safe and comfortable environment. Students will work gently, systematically and with awareness through progressive gentle stretches to revitalise the body, increase its potential for movement and release deep-rooted tensions. Breath control and awareness improves the circulation, helping to promote calmness.
Health & Healing yoga class every Wednesday, 9.30 – 11 am. Call 07980 058778 or email email@example.com to book.
Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is a gentle, beautiful and flowing Qigong exercise routine that is both a joy to practice and deeply relaxing. It is designed to improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion. Chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma. The overall effect of the exercise is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body. This Qigong is very effective and easy to learn. The gentle movements are suitable for people of all ages as it does not put too much stress on muscles and joints and can be practised sitting or standing.
Tai Chi/Qi Gong class every Monday, 10 – 11 am. Call 07809 763984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Justine has practised yoga since she was a teenager trying several styles including Iyengar, Kundalini, Hatha, Scaravelli inspired and Vinyasa. Then she took a Yin class and was hooked. Justine has completed a 300 teacher training course and has over 100 hours of specific Yin teacher training with Bernie Clark, Norman Blair and Sarah Lo who invited Justine to be one of her teaching assistants. Lockdown allowed Justine the opportunity to train regularly with Peter Blackaby and Catherine Annis and this is how Yinfusion has begun to evolve. Using a combination of Scaravelli inspired standing asana and flows, moving with the breath, then coming to the ground and into some Yin, inviting students to take their inner enquiry deeper. It has evolved from Justine’s personal practice and is still evolving. In Yin classes, the asana is held for 3-5 minutes and she uses poetry, music, many props and candlelight to help create a calm, nurturing space for the practice. Justine is also a Reiki Master, Spiritual Healer, Indian Head and Ayurvedic face massage therapist. All levels are most welcome. She also offers one to one sessions.
Classes every Thursday. Gentle Hatha Yin yoga, 9.30 – 11am. Call 07795 512034 or email email@example.com to book.
Helen Stacey is a long term and ongoing practitioner of Pilates. She completed her intensive certification training with Body Control Pilates UK. Helen’s commitment to Pilates led her to explore the many different schools of Pilates and whilst she was in the USA she studied and practised the Classical Pilates Method , continuing her professional education with The Pilates Center in Boulder and ran her own studio In Boulder Colorado, until her return home in 2021. Helen has worked as a teacher in the education field for many years and is a qualified aromatherapist and massage therapist. She draws on these experiences to enhance her teaching skills supporting clients to progress safely and effectively through the different levels of the Pilates programme, helping them to move as their bodies were designed to move. Helen works with clients privately and in small groups ,to help them develop core strength, flexibility, stamina and a healthy spine and healthy joints. She also offers rehabilitation sessions that work with clients who have specific requirements, to help strengthen and sustain a healthier body.
Call 07543 524670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Sarah has been on a yoga journey for the past 20 years. Yoga comes from the heart. When we practice yoga we have an opportunity to connect with our bodies. Centring ourselves amid a hectic modern life. In her classes, she ties together the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga for a rounded balanced experience. All postures of her style Can be fully modified to suit any ability.
Yoga by Candle-light every Thursday, 6 – 7 pm and 7.30 – 8.30 pm. Call 07817 917426 or email email@example.com to book.
Märta is a Swedish, ocean loving, flow sequencing and playlist making yogini. She has been practicing yoga for ten years and deepened her practice through a Vinyasa & Hatha teacher training in India in 2018. For the last three years she has been teaching daily classes on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, while running a surf school and caring for stray dogs, cats and pigs. In her classes Märta encourages her students to truly listen to their bodies to explore and learn, and guides them through themed sequences syncing breath with movement. Her classes are an opportunity to arrive into the body and leave the mind. Open to all abilities and modifications are offered.
Vinyasa Flow – Thursdays 11.30-12.30pm
Nicolette Whitley completed her degree at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Her experience as a performer spans across Film, TV and Theatre throughout the UK and internationally. Nicolette has most recently been working with award winning company Fallen Angels Dance Theatre under the guidance of former Royal Ballet soloist Paul Bayes Kitcher.
Nicolette’s professional career commenced as the joint founder and choreographer of the contemporary lyrical dance duo Alleviate. Alleviate were the runners up on Sky 1’s Got To Dance series 2 and went on to star in the hit dance show Flash Mob at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre in the West End. Alleviate were also invited to perform for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and appeared at An Evening with Strictly Come Dancing Stars Karen and Kevin.
Her commercial credits include: The Inbetweeners movie, 8 out of 10 Cats, Hollyoaks, Adidas, Stella McCartney, Topshop, BBC3 Amazing Humans, VOGUE Brasil, Guess, Gap, Move Dancewear, Sweaty Betty, Shayne Ward 2021 music video Coming Home and commercials for Argos, Virgin and Oral B featuring Shakira.
Her performances includes; The Royal Opera House, The London Science Gallery, collaboration with Birmingham Royal Ballet,TEDx, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Latitude Festival, 59th FilmFare Awards (India) and 3D Filmusic Barcelona, collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Marco Goecke via FADT company.
Nicolette started her journey into contemporary dance in Barcelona with Martz Contemporary Dance Company (MCDC) working in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. In the last four years she has been working with Tuckshop Dance Theatre on productions FLAMINGOS, Neverland and Alexa Are We There Yet? funded by ACE, performing in the UK.
Nicolette has an ever growing passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of artists. She has taught at events such as The Dance World Cup, Move It, Can You Dance and currently guest teaches in the UK at a range of schools, colleges and universities. She has lectured for a year at the Institute of Arts Barcelona (IAB) and two years at Chester University. Further international teaching credits include Switzerland, India, Portugal, Ireland and China.
Johanna specialises in Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Naad Yoga & Gong Meditation. Naad Yoga is the science of how sound vibrations affect the body. Kundalini is a powerful and profound sacred practice, which notably affects physical mental and spiritual change. Best of all it is done to heavenly and beautifully relaxing music which as a singer is what Johanna was drawn to. She has tried many practices throughout her spiritual journey. She has been practising meditation for 28 years and loves this ancient technology. She has found it powerfully healing and transformative in her own life. So much so she learned to teach so she can share this with others. Johanna is also a devotional singer and has an album out of Kundalini Yoga mantra called In Devotion. Kundalini Yoga is also known as the yoga of awareness and transformation. It is to be experienced, it leaves the student feeling blissfully connected to all that is and comfortably inhabiting the body.
Gong Meditation on the 1st Sunday of the month, 11 am – Noon. Visit the link to book a class: https://app.ubindi.com/Johanna.Graham or call 07973 694760.