Teachers

TEACHERS

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Rachel Bohadana

Iyengar Yoga

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. 

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Kirsty Robinson

Hatha Yoga, Yogilates and Sports Massage

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. Yogilates, 4.45 – 5.45 pm. Hatha Yoga, 6.15 – 7.30 pm. Visit the link to book: https://app.ubindi.com/Kirsty.Robinson.6726 or call 07971 045267.

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Johanna Graham

Kundalini Yoga, Chakra Dance and Gong

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.

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Hannah Nunes

Pilates

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 Class every Tuesday. Gentle Pilates, 9:30 – 10:30 am. Mixed Ability Pilates, 11 am – Noon. Dynamic Pilates, 6 – 7 pm. Call 07412 383569 to book. 

Fiona McCoss

Sensual Woman

Guiding you into unapologetic expression, feminine & erotic embodiment, radical empowerment, pleasure and intimacy.

Sensual Woman on 1st Saturday of the month, 6 – 10pm. Call 07305464008 or email fiona@fionamccoss.com to book.

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Maria De Francesca

Adult Ballet

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. Private class on Mondays. Call 07800 511784 or email maria@mcgowandance.com to book. 

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Sylvia Robert

Yoga

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 sylviaroberts2810@yahoo.com to book.

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Liz Thomas

Tai Chi Qi Gong

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, 9 – 10 am. Call 07809 763984 or email liz@holisticbalancing.co.uk to book. 

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Justine Smith

Yin Mindful Yoga and Gentle Hatha Yin

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. Yin Mindfulness Yoga 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Gentle Hatha Yin yoga, 10 – 11am. Call 07795 512034 or email justinesmith9@yahoo.co.uk to book. 

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Shilly Nakedmoon

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. 

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance every Wednesday, 8 – 9 pm. Call 07484 803810 or email shilly@shillynakedmoon.co.uk to book.

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Sarah Jones

Lotus Flower Yoga

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 Tuesday, 7.30 – 8.30 pm and Thursday, 7 – 8 pm. Call 07817 917426 or email lotusyogacornwall@gmail.com to book. 

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Believe Academy

Kids Performance Classes

Believe Academy’s highly-skilled, dedicated personnel share their love and expertise for all things performance arts, with children and adults alike. The Academy was created due to our family’s love and passion for Dance, Acting and Singing, learning to express yourself through these mediums and, ultimately, believing in yourself. This mantra is what they try and instil in every single individual who performs with ‘Believe Academy’. Their practice includes multiple dance classes, events and workshops, ranging from contemporary dance to hip-hop street dancing. Their methods and teaching style will help nurture your raw talent and help you exceed in the dreams that you desire and ‘Believe’ in. 

Singing Class every Tuesday, 4 – 5 pm. Tap Dance every Thursday 4.15 – 5.15 pm. Cont ‘Release Technique! Class every Thursday 5.30 – 6.30 pm. Call 07711166869 or email Infobelieveacademy@gmail.com to book. 

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