Rachel started taking an interest in yoga in her teens and began practicing 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.
I’m passionate about body-work, health, fitness and general well being. I also trained in London with Bodycontrol Pilates level 3 mat work and in India to attain my 500 hr YTT (Yoga Teacher training) certificate. My aim is to try to keep your body pain free and reduce the risk of further injury so we can be mobile and enjoy the best of life! I endeavour to give the best advice I can and an exercise plan to promote healing, injury recovery and maintain the body and mind to function in optimum condition. I love to work in a problem-solving manner, aiming to find the root of the problem to treat acute and chronic injuries and re-balance the body through correct exercise, healthy diet, meditation and mindfulness. I encourage you to have fun in my classes! We are all on this beautiful journey together.
Emma has been learning & sharing thru Kundalini yoga for the past six years. A mother of 5 with a background in dance, movement therapy, choreography, E.F.T & yoga. The focus of her classes is relaxing into being…..all levels of experience are most welcome.
Kundalini Yoga, Chakra Dance & Gong. Kundalini is a powerful & profound sacred practice, it notably affects physical mental and spiritual change. Best of all it is done to heavenly and beautifully relaxing music… I have tried many practices throughout my life’s journey I love this ancient technology, shared with us by Yogi Bahjan, I have found it powerfully healing and transformative in my own life. So much so I learned to teach so I can share this with others. I am also a devotional singer I have an album out of Kundalini Yoga mantra called In Devotion. Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness and transformation. Its is be experienced, it leaves the student feeling blissfully connected to all that is and comfortably inhabiting the body.
I am a member of IPTA (Independent Pilates Teachers Association). Discovering Pilates has transformed my life. Following the birth of my daughter 6 years ago i began Pilates classes predominantly to strengthen and stabilize my lower back that gave me daily pain. During my childhood I suffered periodic lower back pain partly due to my posture and a rigorous gymnastics training in my formative years. On attending my first class I knew that Pilates was for me. It left me 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 me back to my roots by way of a movement practice that makes my body feel centred, strong and supple. It empowers the individual through exercises to improve posture, and create better health for themselves. I completed my training course in Pilates MatWork in the summer of 2014 at the Scott Studio with the renowned Suzanne Scott. I am a qualified First Aider and regularly attend professional courses and workshops to keep my practice inspired and my classes fresh. I teach 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 I also teach individuals and pairs.
Maria De Francesca
I was born in Southampton to Anglo/Italian parents. I Lived in Bristol for many years and had two children before travelling through Central America and the Caribbean. I moved to Cornwall in 1995 and had another child, and with my partner we renovated a barn near Madron. I became a yoga teacher and then studied for a Degree in Dance and became a ballet assistant to Penzance’s infamous ‘Miss’ Diana McGowan. I have taught GCSE, BTEC Dance for many years – in secondary schools in Penzance and St Ives, and I’m currently teaching Classical Ballet at Truro College. I inherited the McGowan School of Dance in 2016 and undertook my Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Teaching qualification. The school is thriving and I love 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).
I have explored many different approaches to the teaching of yoga having been actively involved in it’s practice since 1969. I began my training with The All India Board Of Yoga and, in addition, have gained teaching qualifications with other schools of yoga, to include :- 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, I like to think that my classes are a time for students to cherish themselves learning to unwind slowly and naturally in a safe and comfortable environment. We will be working gently, systematically and with awareness through progressive gentle stretches to revitalise the body, increase it’s potential for movement and release deep rooted tensions. Breath control and awareness improves the circulation helping to promote calmness.
Yin Mindful Yoga and Gentle Hatha Yin – I first practiced yoga in my teens and over the years have done Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin which has become my passion. Along with my yoga, I am also a Reiki Master, Spiritual Healer, Indian Head and Ayurvedic Face Massage therapist with a daily meditation practice. Recently I completed level one intensive teacher training with Sarah Lo at Triyoga in London. In my day job I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner with e Psychology degree and PG Diplomas in Advanced Healthcare Practice and Pain Management.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Shilly has been studying Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for 9 years and is currently training with Rachel Brice on the Eight Elements Certified Programme. She has had the privilege to learn with incredible international teachers including Lakita, Samantha Emanuel, Colleena Shakti and Hannah Mi Anis. She teaches belly dance, burlesque and sacred erotic dance classes.