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Our teachers and therapists

Alison Walker

Alison Walker

Pilates teacher

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Andrea Jackson

Andrea Jackson

Dru Yoga Teacher

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Chloe McKay

Chloe McKay

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Christine Rumley

Christine Rumley

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Clare Burgon

Clare Burgon

Yoga Teacher

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Clare Gough

Clare Gough

Tatty Bumpkin Class Teacher

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Daniela Pala

Daniela Pala

Reiki and Guided Visualisation Therapist

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Fran Harmer

Yoga Teacher

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Hannah Greenheld

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Jean Graystone

Jean Graystone

Pilates with Jean

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Joerg Sommer

Joerg Sommer

Shiatsu Therapist

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Karen Leaf

Karen Leaf

Sports Massage Therapist and Teacher

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Kate Goodwin

Kate Goodwin

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Laurie Prime

Laurie Prime

Yoga Teacher

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Nam Prakash Kaur

Nam Prakash Kaur

Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Gestalt Psychotherapist

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Nicky Thomas

Nicky Thomas

Hatha Yoga Teacher

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Regan Vanderwerff

Regan Vanderwerff

Pilates Teacher

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Stewart Richmond

Stewart Richmond

Ashtanga Teacher

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Wendy Jacob

Wendy Jacob

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

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Wendy Lamb

Wendy Lamb

Holistic Massage Therapist

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Zita Soanes

Zita Soanes

Core Toning and Sivananda Teacher

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At the heart of York Yoga Studio are the wonderful teachers and therapists who have worked hard to bring their passion and expertise for yoga, pilates and treatments to the community

Alison Walker

Pilates teacher

Alison has over 30 years extensive experience in teaching dance, fitness and Modern Pilates. After many years of teaching dance and fitness Alison made the decision to teach Modern Pilates. These clinical based Pilates exercise can provide strength, release stress, decrease pain, improve mobility and provide relaxation (amongst many other things), through the focused use of mind, body and movement. She enjoys helping people to improve their lives by assisting them to achieve better posture, strength and stability so that they can lead active, (and where possible) pain free, healthy lives. This passion is shared with people of all ages, whether 3 years old, or 90+. Alison enjoys helping people find clarity, peace of mind, fulfilment and happiness through learning more about their bodies and the movement they can achieve. Her central philosophy is that we need to look after our bodies and our minds, so that we can enjoy life, remain active and achieve some happiness. No matter how small our movement may be or not be, it is incredibly important for our long term health and well being, regardless of age or ability.Alison has a BA Honours Degree in Communication: Dance and is a fully qualified professional One-To-One Pilates Personal Trainer. She is professionally certified to teach advanced Modern Pilates relating to: Diagnostic Pilates 1: Postural Assessment & Shoulder Stability, Shoulder Conditions, Diagnostic Pilates 2: Pelvis & Lower Limb, Specialist Hip and Knee Conditions, Diagnostic Pilates 3: The Spine (& Abdominals), Spinal Conditions. She is a teacher of Modern Pilates Matwork (Diploma - CYQ Level 3) and has achieved the CYQ Level 3 Award In Adapting Exercise for Ante Natal & Post Natal Clients (QCF) with Cherry Baker (Director of Modern Pilates). She has also attended many intermediate and advanced level workshops; keeping her skills updated for the benefit of her clients.

www.ultimatentityfitness.co.uk

Andrea Jackson

Dru Yoga Teacher

Andrea took up yoga in 1996 after a difficult time of anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks, practicing mainly Hatha and Ashtanga styles. One day, she went to a Dru taster day and loved it! She immediately signed up to train as a Dru teacher as she felt the healing potential of the inner stillness, the spirituality and energy focus of Dru, and she has been practising ever since. In 2009 she began teaching, and now helps the teacher training course in Leeds, bringing new students on and inspiring people to take this path. Her aim through her classes is to send people out into their day with the smile that arises from the positive effects of Dru yoga, and to help people to feel better about themselves in an ever changing world, feeling safe and secure through the constant changes that happen in life. Each class resonates with vibrations of love and kindness in the hope that when students leave her classes happy and open, they will then pass on that feeling to others who may be in need of a little lift - the effects of yoga can be far reaching! This is Andrea's passion - she lives and breathes it, and is grateful for the honour and the privilege of teaching and living her passion. Andrea is also a Massage therapist, Aromatherapist and Reiki level 2 practitioner.

www.womenswellnessyork.co.uk

Chloe McKay

Chloe McKay has recently returned to her hometown of York after living and teaching in Western Australia for the last two years. We are delighted that she is available to bring her Ashtanga practice to the studio. Chloe originally gained her BWY and YA accreditations at Triyoga in London in 2012, but she has continued to train extensively, including a 40 hour Ashtanga Intensive with David Swenson in 2013. Chloes teaching is influenced by Buddhist mindfulness and the work of Sarah Powers among others. Her classes are relaxed and playful with an emphasis on mindful breath awareness and conscious movement, supported with proper, safe alignment. Chloe likes to include some philosophical teachings alongside the asana practice, and she offers an inclusive class, with options for different abilities.

Christine Rumley

Christine qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2005 after practicing yoga for 20 years. She has undertaken further rigorous training and assessments to teach at junior intermediate level 3. She has a relaxed friendly manner and is passionate about the benefits that yoga can bring to general health and wellbeing. For more information please visit her website www.yogaeastyorkshire.vpweb.co.uk

Clare Burgon

Yoga Teacher

Clare has been practising yoga for health and pleasure for over 10 years. In 2013 she combined her interest in yoga and a lifelong ambition visit its birthplace – India. Here she undertook a 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training course and also fell in love with India. On returning to the UK, Clare began teaching yoga in York combining this with cooking for a living in various parts of the UK and Europe. In 2014 Clare chose to deepen her knowledge of yoga and returned to India in 2014 where she trained at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai before travelling around the south of India, teaching yoga in Goa, spending time at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala and taking part in the 10 day silent mediation retreat – vipassana. Clare now teaches yoga at the studio, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga to help people lead happier, healthier lives through better knowing their body and mind and how they affect each other. Clare currently combines yoga teaching with working for the NHS as a data analyst.

Clare Gough

Tatty Bumpkin Class Teacher

Clare Gough - Yoga–Inspired Teacher for Babies and Children. Clare is the owner of Tatty Bumpkin York and has been working with babies and children since moving to York a number of years ago. Her Tatty Bumpkin training is accredited by CACHE - Council for Awards in Childrens Health and Education and lessons have been developed by physiotherapists, educationalists and yoga-teachers for a unique, fun, developmental concept. The Baby Bumpkin classes run by Tatty Bumpkin have been nominated in the Whats on For Little Ones Awards 2016 for the Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years).
Tatty and Baby Bumpkin classes are fun, yoga-inspired stories designed to encourage movement and enhance development in babies and children 10 weeks - 7 years. Multi-sensory classes are age appropriate and the unique music and stories help sessions focus on a firm foundation for social, emotional and physical confidence - all required for future happiness and success. Classes work on building core strength, balance and co-ordination and all sessions are aligned to the Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 years) curriculum. At Tatty Bumpkin they believe in unleashing the untapped creativity that comes with childhood, and using it to motivate and inspire children to achieve their maximum potential.
The Baby Bumpkin activities and postures work in the developmental sequence. The poses encourage appropriate skills for your baby at the right time for them i.e. tummy time, foot play, independent sitting, crawling, standing and toddling. Contact Clare on 0771 532 5662 or email york@tattybumpkin.com.

web: www.tattybumpkin.com/york

Daniela Pala

Reiki and Guided Visualisation Therapist

A Reiki Master/Healer and Guided Visualisation & Affirmation Teacher, Daniela has been practicing Reiki since 2007, receiving her Master in 2009. She studies and believes in the simplicity and authenticity of the Usui Japanese style of Reiki taught by Reiki Evolution, focusing on self-healing and spiritual development through self-practice, meditation, hands on healing, mindfulness and following of the 5 Reiki Precepts. Whilst pregnant with her daughter, Daniela continued to follow a daily Reiki practice, with regular hands on healing, distant healing and meditations. She also ran her first Reiki Shoden Level I and Reiki Okuden Level II Courses. She found using Reiki in pregnancy empowering and calming; she believes it helped bring balance and allow a deeper connection with her baby. Whist pregnant, Daniela also attended a Guided Visualisation & Affirmation Teachers course run by Anna-Louise Haigh, in Harrogate (a course accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists). She finds working with Guided Visualisation and Affirmations a highly enriching and creative experience. Daniela used Visualisations and Affirmations to release any fears she had about labour and birth and went from feeling terrified about giving birth to knowing birth was a powerful, yet natural event and the outcome would be a positive one. Together with Reiki, Guided Visualisations and Affirmations are useful tools to use in healing someones past, enriching their present and empowering their future to live a life more authentic, and to become the person one was born to be.

www.mystillpoint.co.uk

Fran Harmer

Yoga Teacher

Hannah Greenheld

Hannah Greenheld is an experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapist working as an Mindfulness Teacher in the NHS and Private Sector.

Jean Graystone

Pilates with Jean

I trained as a PE teacher at college, where I found I loved the study of movement and dance. I continued this love of movement by training with the KFA (Keep Fit Association) and taught classes part time alongside my PE work in York schools.I discovered Pilates over ten years ago which I felt perfectly fitted my style - individual with a touch of creativity! Teaching Pilates allows me to really know the person - my clients, whether in a group or individual setting. The opportunity to teach in a more relaxed and individual style appeals to me as does the pleasure of teaching itself. I trained with Modern Pilates and have continued my training with them and APPI (the Australian Physiotherapy Association). My Pilates career started with the Hilton Group (now Bannatynes) and Fitness First. I currently run private classes. I keep fit myself doing a mixture of tennis, badminton and of course plenty of Pilates. Working at York Yoga Studio will be such a pleasure. My classes are always relaxed and focused on making you feel at your best through a variety of Pilates exercises. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to help you achieve your goals, whether they are rehabilitation, relaxation or just to take an hour out of your daily life to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

Joerg Sommer

Shiatsu Therapist

To book appointments with Joerg, please contact him directly on 01423 797665 or 07930 908911 or email hansjoergsommer@yahoo.co.uk.

www.joergshiatsu.co.uk

Karen Leaf

Sports Massage Therapist and Teacher

Kate Goodwin

Kate Goodwin first began Iyengar Yoga lessons 12 years ago and has been practising ever since. The Iyengar Method appeals to her because of its unique precision and depth. Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification is a long and thorough process, and Kate recently passed her Level 1 & 2 Introductory Teaching Training. Kate says, "Having my children gave me a new respect for my body. As many of you will know being a parent demands a lot of physical and mental energy. My yoga practice has kept me happy and strong despite the ever increasing daily demands of life. Though at times challenging yoga remains a constant source of peace and joy. My aim is for all my students to leave a yoga class feeling refreshed, revived, restored and relaxed and ultimately better than they did on arrival!"

Laurie Prime

Yoga Teacher

Laurie brings an exuberant American feel to her yoga as she trained at Sun & Moon Yoga Studios in Mankato Minnesota Sun Moon Yoga with Yoga Alliance and she still maintains strong links with the US yoga community. She is the owner and proprietor of York Yoga Studio and offers Hatha Yoga classes suitable for all levels, Vinyasa Flow focusing on breath and movement, and Introduction to Yoga ideal for beginners. Her particular passion is bringing yoga to new students, as she believes strongly that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice which develops strength, mobility, awareness and serenity.

Nam Prakash Kaur

Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Gestalt Psychotherapist

I believe that happiness comes from having great energy and great relationships. If you can be really connected and loving and bring the energy you need to any situation then everything you need is going to come to you and most importantly you will be victorious.
Without energy nothing exists and without nourishing relationships (particularly the one you have with yourself) everything in life can seem dull.
On my own journey I have found that the most useful tools I have come across for helping me develop great energy and great relationships have been Gestalt Psychotherapy and Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). I feel so blessed to be able to bring these tools into your life now.
I am a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist and Couples therapist. I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), I am CRB checked and I receive regular supervision. As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher I am registered with the Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association, KYTA.
“Happiness is Your Birthright”

Nicky Thomas

Hatha Yoga Teacher

Nicky Thomas has enjoyed the practice of yoga for over 20 years and completed the Yoga Alliance training while living overseas. Informed by her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nicky has an understanding of many health problems, which she likes to address through her yoga practice. She believes that yoga can be a good source of healing, not only in its ability to relax the mind and ease anxiety but also in being able to provide relief from various physical symptoms and conditions, such as tension headaches, neck and shoulder tension, low back pain and tiredness. Through stretching and deep breathing yoga teaches us to let go of constriction and tension in the body that may be causing stress and pain, so that our energy can flow more freely. Nicky’s classes are tailored to the needs of her students. All ages are welcome as her classes are designed to take into account any physical limitations that a student may have, whilst still deriving all the positive benefits such as greater strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation.
Nicky also trained in Qi Gong and Tai Chi, which are strands of Chinese Medicine, with two Chinese martial arts specialists during her time overseas. Qi Gong is a series of gentle fluid movements combined with deep breathing that help to improve the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body; strengthening joints and muscles that may have become weakened through repetitive use or age; improving energy and relaxing the mind.
Nicky’s love for both forms of movement inform her practice today and she regularly incorporates a little Qi Gong into her yoga classes to help students combine movement with deep breathing, enhancing relaxation and developing a greater awareness of the body.
In addition to teaching yoga here at the Studio, Nicky practices acupuncture at York Yoga Studio and York Natural Health and is a Clinic Supervisor at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Regan Vanderwerff

Pilates Teacher

For information, please contact Regan directly on 07921 210820.

Stewart Richmond

Ashtanga Teacher

Stewart is a fully qualified ashtanga yoga teacher, offering lessons for both beginners and improvers. Yorkshire born and bred, Stewart brings a direct but warm and supportive approach to his teaching. As York Yoga Studio�s only regular male teacher, Stewart is also especially keen to highlight the benefits of yoga to men, who like himself before, may feel hesitant about trying yoga for the first time. Stewart is doctor of health science (PhD), has two further degrees in psychology, holds an honorary position as a visiting research fellow at York University, and is an active member of Yoga Alliance UK. Having worked as a health scientist for many years, Stewart has conducted and published findings from various clinical trials of alternative and integrative therapies for conditions including arthritis, chronic pain, and depression. This, together with his own personal journey and passion for the study, practice and teaching of yoga, has led Stewart to develop a deep respect and appreciation of the benefits of yoga for both physical and mental wellbeing. As Ashtanga is a very dynamic practise, Stewart recommends that beginners should either be moderately fit or have some previous experience of yoga before joining one of his classes. For more information call / text Stewart on 07787 588208, e-mail sydera@hotmail.co.uk or check out: www.SyderaYoga.co.uk

www.SyderaYoga.co.uk

Wendy Jacob

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

Wendy Jacob has been teaching regular yoga classes and workshops since 2004. She is a BWY teaching diploma holder and a Senior Yoga Alliance member. As a professional journalist she contributes regularly to yoga publications. Recent training with Wendy Teasdill (on the BWY yoga for pregnancy module) and the perfect environment and facilities offered by York Yoga Studio have encouraged Wendy to set up these classes aimed at encouraging women of all abilities to discover the benefits of yoga during pregnancy. Contact Wendy at info@myyogajourney.co.uk, or have a look at her website http://www.myyogajourney.co.uk

www.myyogajourney.co.uk

Wendy Lamb

Holistic Massage Therapist

After many years on the receiving end of different complementary therapies, Wendy trained with Lotus Holistic Academy, an affiliated school of Professional Reflexology, and gained a Reflexology Mastership in Clinical Reflexology at Level 5. This is currently the highest level of Reflexology training in the UK and these qualifications are accepted by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulatory body for complementary therapy and recognised by the NHS. Wendy then went on to train in Body Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Indian Head Massage and Finger Free Reflexology.She is a full member of Professional Reflexology (PR), the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
To book with Wendy, call 07717 511811 or email wellbeing@hippyholistic.co.uk

Zita Soanes

Core Toning and Sivananda Teacher

www.zita-fitness.co.uk