My adventure with yoga started in Poland, nearly 15 years ago when I was still a university student. My friend suggested we tried yoga which back then in Poland it was a very little known exotic activity. Since my first class I fell in love with yoga and I did not miss a class for about a year. After I finished Uni I spent some time exploring different cultures, living and working in various countries in Europe. With exception of my very imperfect and inconsistent home practice I kind of lost contact with yoga for about 10 years. My interest in yoga was re-kindled in 2009 when something deep within me told me to sign up for a yoga foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga. A 500 hour teacher training with BWY followed and I became a qualified yoga teacher in March 2016. My burning desire to go deeper into the psychology and philosophy of yoga did not allow me to stop my enquiry for very long and in Feb 2017 I had a great privilege to take part in and complete a month long life transforming Jivamukti Yoga teacher training with my teachers Sharon Gannon, Jules Febre and Yogeshwari.
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).
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!
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.
The practice of militant Bikram yoga after many years brought a thirst for a deeper more inclusive experience. They say when the student is ready the teacher appears and Echo found her teacher, Ashtanga.
Ashtanga immediately fascinated echo, with its structured flow carried by breath. The process of ashtanga guided echo to further develop her practice further. After years of practice Echo opened up to the more spiritual side of yoga and found not only did it help her address past traumas, she was able to let go of things holding her back. “I learnt moving my body with awareness solved what thinking has struggled to address”.
Echo completed her hot yoga teacher training (200hr RYT) when she was living in Amsterdam a few years back, since then she has completed Yogasana (200hr RYT) Ashtanga (200hr RYT) and Yin (50hr RYT). Echo teaches various styles of yoga classes across the midlands and between yoga classes, she reads about yoga, chats nonstop about yoga and does a lot of yoga. Echo is also trained in Reiki Level 1 and Thai Yoga Massage.
Echo practise what she preaches, so expect to surprise yourself in her class. Her delivery is graceful and centred towards you feel inspired with a challenging yet rewarding practice.
Her keen eye regarding alignment and building strength will invite you to break through from any personal limitations, and with permission echo will adjust and encourage you to work alongside your breath to deepen your practice of yoga.
Expect a fun, thought-provoking and nourishing class.
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.
Harjean went to her first yoga class when she was 18 years old. Since then she was hooked on yoga. She tried different types of yoga but her practice was very sporadic. It wasn’t until she moved to New York City in 2010 and found Ashtanga yoga that she was truly converted. Ashtanga yoga truly changed her life and transformed her mind and body. She fell in love with the grounding practice and teachings of Ashtanga and became dedicated to a 6 day practice. Even though her yoga practice was challenging (and at times painful!) Harjean felt that she had to continue with the practice and make it a part of her life.
She has seen and experienced the true healing of yoga and what a deep impact it can make in a person’s life. Being a qualified psychotherapist, Harjean has used yoga therapy to help clients suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, autoimmune diseases and stress. Harjean believes that through healing the body we heal our mind. Harjean is grateful for all the teachers that have led her on this path. She dedicates her daily practice to her teachers, Danny Paradise, John Scott, Manju Jois and the late Sri Pattabhi Jois.
‘Practice practice practice, and all is coming’- Pattabhi Jois
Kam started practising yoga in 2008 and over the years her love for the practice and values of yoga have deepened. Kam completed the teacher training in July 2015 and anticipates continuing this journey as a teacher for many years to come. Yoga has shaped Kam’s life and given her the strength to cope with the challenges that life brings. Finding the work, life, family and yoga balance has enriched her well-being, and she hopes to bring this energy to her classes.
Fav Quote: Body not stiff, mind stiff!
Fav yoga pose: Humble warrior, Baddha Virabhadrasana
Likes: Essential Oils
Katie’s yoga journey began when she attended a class to help improve her general health and meet new people whilst studying law at university.
Katie was initially drawn to the challenge of the physical postures of yoga due to her background in dance and rhythmic gymnastics, and was astonished at how yoga improved other areas of her well-being too, such as an improved ability to concentrate on her studies and manage stress levels for exams.
Katie later carried out a yoga teacher training in Thailand to deepen her practice further and learn more about the history of yoga and the benefits that it can bring.
Despite working full time as a lawyer, Katie finds the time to practice a varied range of yoga styles. She loves to teach and share her passion for yoga with others, offering postures that are suitable for all levels and conditions.
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.
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 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.
I first began to practice yoga in 2005 as a way of strengthening my core only to realise that its so much more than exercise. Ever since my first class I’ve been hooked on every aspect of yoga. I’ve practiced many styles over the years from Ashtanga, Dharma, Kundalini, Jivamukti …. and I enjoy all but my favourite being the Jivamukti mythology. After years of regulator practice at times 6 times a week I decided to train to become a Teacher and in 2013 completed my 200hrs Yoga Alliance TTC.
I’ve been teaching full time since 2013 in various venues in and around the Birmingham area. For me teaching has been very rewarding especially when yogis tell me their journey and how yoga has benefited them since attending my classes, also its such a joy to witness the evolution of new yogis from often at times nervous beginners to confident focused and aware Beings.