Ambra Vallo

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image1 (1)Ambra is a former Principal ballerina with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Throughout her career she enjoyed the chance to perform on stages all around the world. She turned to yoga on a path to recovery from injuries that naturally result from the strenuous training regime, and as well as becoming a hobby she also credits it with helping to enhance and prolong her career. Slowly over the years she fell in love with the more subtle, spiritual parts of the practice.

Retiring from dance allowed her the time to focus on her passion and to undertake further training in Ashtanga Vinyasa (500hrs), Rocket Yoga (300hrs), and Dharma Yoga (500hrs). Ambra’s teaching is fun and spontaneous following the lineage of Larry Shultz and Sri Dharma Mittra. Since she retired from professional ballet she has been teaching regularly in teacher training courses, has worked with performers and athletes helping to rethink their traditional training regimes and introduce yoga to drive better performance and increase their enjoyment of sport and performance. Her aim is to guide others so as they may also experience the many amazing benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul.

Aside from being a facilitator, and a practitioner, Ambra also hold a Masters in Philosophy in Sports Psychology. She is a trainee with the Yoga Sport Science, and loves spending time with her beloved Baxter, a fore-paw standing Border Terrier frequently gracing her Instagram posts (@ambrasana).

 

Anita Arnold

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Hi, I’m Anita Arnold, and yoga for me means happiness, it brings me joy and focus. I love sharing yoga with others, guiding others to build their practice and encourage them to challenge their bodies, and their minds. I started teaching in 2003, when I embarked on the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course. This for me, was a massive step and a leap of faith, as I lacked confidence and self worth. Yoga helped me, move through difficult times in my life and opened my eyes to a new path of being. It was not easy, yoga is challenging and I struggled just like everyone does when starting something new, but my yoga practice also gave me the strength, and the drive to keep going.
This is why I teach yoga, I want to assist others in moving through the challenges of life , expand perspective and build strength, emotionally as well as physically. I hope that I can help others to experience the magic that yoga brings.
My passion for helping others extends to all aspects of my work. I found energy healing because I wanted to work on my self development, let go of fears, blocks and self doubt. This brought me to discover Source Energy Healing, I have been a practitioner of other forms of energy healing for over 10 years, however, this very powerful healing is a great way for me to personally help people deal with greater issues on a much deeper level. I believe, it is important to teach and guide from what we ourselves have experienced.
I look forward to seeing you in class!

 

Claire Jukes

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I took up Yoga as a means to improve my physical health and well-being. I had always enjoyed keep-fit and running, but wanted to try something which would also improve my mental health. I wasn’t disappointed and took to it straight away.
My tutor at the time thought that I was good enough to train as an instructor myself. I wasn’t so sure! However, after much cajoling and a great deal of trepidation, I travelled to India to train as a Ashtanga Instructor.
I was very homesick and missed my husband and two children terribly, but it was a very intense training, and with no distractions I was able to immerse myself fully in the course and, I am glad to say, left India a qualified instructor.
Since then I have also undertook a 200 Hour course in Hatha Yoga and I am a qualified teacher in Pregnancy and Post Natal. I’m also a qualified 300hr vinyasa flow, Yin yoga as well as children’s and teens now!
Having also learned much about the philosophy of Yoga I have found that through practice I have developed a serenity that I never knew existed.
My aim now is to pass on as much knowledge as I can to as many people as I can and especially those with special needs so that they may explore their own personal path of Yoga and experience the joy and life-changing benefits that Yoga can offer.

Dave Glover

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Dave first decided to give yoga a try around 2005, after hearing about this “Ashtanga style yoga” from some friends who described it as a really hard workout!

Always up for a challenge, he began practicing with James Critchlow in Birmingham, and was soon hooked on the graceful, energetic flow of Ashtanga.

Studying with James, he developed a daily Ashtanga practice, and began to appreciate some of the deeper and more subtle levels of the practice, and just how much more there was to learn!

Some years later, after much study, Dave began working towards teaching Ashtanga himself.

He studied with world renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott, completing his teacher training course and further deepening his knowledge and appreciation of the practice. During this time he studied anatomy with David Keil, philosophy with Greg Nardi, as well as asana, and teaching skills with John Scott and Lucy Crawford.

Dave has also completed a teaching course with David Swenson, another great world famous Ashtanga teacher.

 

Emily Lacy

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Emily first started practicing yoga in 2010. Despite the intensity and severity of her first experience on the mat, a burning desire to return persisted, that is still with her every day.

She was introduced to the Jivamukti method some time later. Fascinated by the depths of the teachings, an awakening to the intricate connection between the breath and movement became apparent. She is still mesmerized and intrigued by the impact of the teachings: How the sense of freedom perceived on the mat is expanding into our every day lives off the mat.

Emily dedicates her life to teaching and practicing yoga. Her daily sadhana practice is serving her as a reminder of our inherent blissful state and that which we desire is not separate from what all other beings desire.

Her aim is to relate, engage and inspire. To create an opening for students to connect with themselves and the class community and for this level of connection to be then taken with them into their daily lives, to all other beings and the world in which we live.

Emily is an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher (800 hours) based at Sangye Yoga School (Jivamukti affiliate) in London.

Gratitude always to those who continue to uplift and inspire her each and every day.

 

Katja Sweeney

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Becoming a yoga teacher has been a total contrast to my life before.

I was the typical girl next door; unfit, out of breath just climbing a few stairs, no energy and little exercise. As a mother, I’ve had a succession of uninspiring jobs just for an income, and felt directionless as a result.

Yoga found me at a time I needed it the most; almost by accident, just trying something out with a friend on a beach. Change is hard, and that is exactly what I needed in my life at that precise moment; it sparked an idea that it was something I could do to help myself. Fast forward to now; that seed grew into thinking about sharing yoga with others. Hundreds of hours of practice and three teacher training courses later, I have arrived at my dream job; a vocation that lets me be myself, for myself.

My greatest wish for every practice I share is that you enjoy yourself; your body, your breath, your movement, and your growing strength in body and mind. Yoga is a transformative gift that is personal to you; take from it what you need and enjoy the journey.

 

Raman Devi

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Since completing my teacher training in Rishikesh in 2014. I was inspired to combine my love of yoga with traditional indian classical music. Being by the river Ganga and walking through the streets hearing the sounds of the Mantra and traditional music, struck a sound deep within me.
Prior to that I have been practicing yoga since 2010 and have practiced many various forms of yoga but the one method that I had a deep connection with was Jivamukti. I was lucky enough to complete my training at the Govardhan Eco Village, Maharashtra in India.
Being inspired by the ancient teachings of yoga and Bhakti Yoga resonate within me and lights up my soul.
Yoga is much more than a physical practice and the realisation of the Oneness of being is the goal of all yoga practice.
I’m a firm believer that the universe will conspire and make things happen for you, if you truly with your heart want to do it.

 

Richard George

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Richard George has been teaching yoga since 2006, and has trained with many different schools and styles.

He completed his British Wheel of Yoga Diploma in 2008, and has since completed a 2-year diploma in Yoga Therapy, and studied intensively the soft architecture of the body, known as fascia. He continues his study of the mind, body and spirit through intuitive movement and shamanic practices.

He is also recognised by Yoga Alliance as a Senior Yoga Teacher.

Richard’s classes are fun and creative, and cater for all individuals needs, regardless of experience or ability. He is brilliant at explaining some of the most complex philosophies in a simple and understandable way.

 

Rosanna Meyer

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‘I first came to yoga, as many do, looking for a new way to keep fit. I instantly fell in love. From years of burning the candle at both ends for work, feeling a bit rubbish was just ‘normal’. Through yoga I quickly started to feel physically, emotionally and mentally invigorated. I knew that I wanted to share these benefits with everyone around me.

I opted to do a two year 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training diploma with FRYOG yoga school (Friends OF Yoga) in order to fully immerse myself, starting to get to grips with Yoga, and its many intricacies. I felt such affinity with the FRYOG mind set and history, that I went on to join the Executive Committee for the school as the Marketing Officer. Another step closer to helping spread the benefits of Yoga to the masses.

I enjoy practising and teaching many forms of yoga, and I firmly believe that yoga is for everyone! In my classes I aim to make it enjoyable and lively, to an upbeat soundtrack, catering for people from any background and fitness level. While making the class accessible in the modern age, I feel it’s important to ensure that classical yoga is still prevalent, with elements such as Pranayama (breathing), Mantra (chanting) and of course Asana (postures), as well as a nod to Chakras, Bandhas and Mudras amongst many others, in every class.

Going on to further train in Pregnancy yoga, my exciting journey has only just begun and I can’t wait to share it! Xxx’

 

Zuzana

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I discovered and fell madly in love with yoga about 7 years ago.

Completed 2 months teacher training in Kaivalyadhama Lonavla Ashram (India) under spiritual guidance of Swami Maheshananda (June 2013) and my life has never been the same since :))).

Why yoga, why teaching?

We are here to LIVE. It is our birthright to have daily experience of joy, bliss, love and freedom. Yet we often settle for much, much less. It is the science of yoga together with regular practice that holds the key to our full human potential. It’s not that we are not whole and perfect already, we just forgot. So let’s all meet on the mat and remind each other how awesome we are so we can live lives beyond our wildest dreams :))).
Suzi xxxxxxxxx