Simona's professional background is in Psychology and she has also studied Classical ballet. Subsequent studies in Dance Movement Therapy increased her awareness of how inextricably the mind, body and inner spirit are linked. She initially trained as a Sivananda Yoga teacher in 1998, however, her love of yoga drew her to other styles of yoga including Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Vinyasa Flow. Over the last 5 years she has had the privilege of studying with Bridget Woods-Kramer and John Friend as an Anusara teacher and has gained Anusara Inspired Status and is now working towards full Anusara certification. Simona has been practising yoga for 13 years and teaching yoga for 11 years and has continued her yoga training and teaching while living in Sydney and the UK. She teaches at Yoga Bodhi, a dedicated yoga centre in Bath that she also runs. She is also responsible for teaching Subtle anatomy and children's yoga on The Yoga Academy Teachers Training Course with Simon Low. Simona's classes are both fun and challenging and encourage playful exploration of both the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga. Simona emphasises in her teaching that we may practice yoga in a group, but that the practice of yoga in itself is a very unique journey.
Angela is a long-term student of yoga and it continues to enrich and inspire her life. Shas been teaching yoga for over 16 years, having qualified as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. She is also a Senior Registered Teacher with Yoga Alliance,a Teacher Trainer, Yoga Sports Science graduate and teacher of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs. She is currently undertaking further study with her teacher, Paul Harvey, and her teaching,and personal practice, is inspired by the teachings of Sri T Krsnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. She is interested in looking for ways to free old tension patterns and unlock individual potential using asana, breathwork, sound and mediative techniques.. She sees yoga as a continuous journey of inquiry, discovery and learning and tries to pass this on in her teaching. Angela is also an aromatherapist and massage practitioner.
In 2010 Kamala qualified as an Integral yoga teacher, in 2012 as a reiki practitioner and more recently qualified as a British School of Meditation teacher. Kamala feels honoured to have a mix of skills to support people looking to re-centre themselves.
Kamala's approach to teaching meditation is for individuals to 'taste' an number of techniques and to explore through their own direct experience. Her aim is for individuals to find a technique that resonates with them - as it is a personal practice.
Her approach to the more physical practices (which are generally labelled as yoga) is to tune into the collective energy of class members. Individuals are encouraged to apply the use of breath and awareness through movement to allow the body to release and strengthen and the mind to relax.
Her classes employ a cocktail of different techniques. This can include creative free flow or more traditional asanas, Qigong, walking meditations, visualisations, pranayama and alert relaxation. Whilst different practices are employed (depending on the class), the general approach to each session is meditative with emphasis on noticing the inner stillness that already exists within.
Kamala has taught beginners and more advanced students on a one to one basis and at classes at Yoga Bodhi, Universal Yoga, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in Colerne, South Wraxall, Bathford and Larkhall. She contributes to retreats and workshops in the UK with a focus on meditation. She has held laughter workshops at Universal Yoga and also taught children's yoga at Yoga Bodhi, South Wraxall and at Bathford Primary School.
Eve has been teaching yoga for about 9 years and practising for over 15 years. She originally trained as a Personal Trainer with Premier Training and went on to complete Diplomas in Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy, Optimum and Sports Nutrition. Coming from a sporting background she soon realised how valuable yoga was and her interest grew. Her studies took her to an Ashram in Kerala where she completed the Sivananda Teacher Training course. This authentic experience taught her a great deal about yoga and life which Eve cherishes dearly. She has taught throughout London and Essex for many years and has run workshops and retreats. Eve is also a qualified Yoga Bugs teacher for kids and Birthlight Prenatal and Postnatal teacher. She has had the pleasure of training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli , Françoise Barbira Freedman, completed workshops with John Scott and many other renowned teachers from The Life Centre and Triyoga. Eve has worked in schools with little ones and teenagers sharing the benefits of yoga, along with adults with Learning Difficulties helping them physically, emotionally and mentally. Eve seeks to continue to learn as much as possible, wherever possible (tricky with two little ones!) and will be embarking on another teaching qualification later in the year. Her style of teaching integrates her own experiences from different styles of Hatha yoga. A sense of humour, fun and laughter are instrumental in making sure her classes are always light hearted, enjoyable and varied. You don't have to be a pretzel to enjoy her classes, breath work, postures, learning to relax and let go are integral to Eves' path of helping you find out who you really are.
“Feeling tired. Not in the mood. Your body's aching. Stiff. You've got other things to do. Can't slow your mind down. Just get on the mat". Eve is eternally grateful to her mum and first yoga teacher Vicki for setting her on her yoga path.
Tim has been playing music for over 25 years but it wasn't until his late twenties that he realised it was singing that gave him the greatest joy. After a spiritual awakening and some years experimenting with different kinds of voice and sound healing he did his first workshop with Chloe Goodchild and The Naked Voice in 2005. This transformative experience crystallised in 2006 with the release of his first CD Planting Peace, running regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has worked extensively with Chloe, becoming a Naked Voice Facilitator and been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting in particular.
Tim is a regular at UK Bhakti Festivals and yoga gatherings and in 2012 released a kirtan CD, Devotional Heart, produced by Tabla Tom. The follow-up 'Give It All Away For Love' was released in 2016. Both are available at the Yoga Bodhi shop!
"Tim is a dedicated pilgrim of prayerful chant and song. His devotional heart sound and meditative mantras, penetrate your mind, inspire participation, and awaken your heart." - Chloe Goodchild - Singer, Author "The Naked Voice"
Naomi's journey into the heart of the healing arts of yoga began in 2001 when, after many years of being depressed, anxious and overweight and always looking for a way to feel better she chanced upon a yoga dvd. Immediately she was hooked and gave up work, sold her flat and embarked on what was to be more than a decade of intensive transformational training and practice! In the process she has accrued more than 1500 hours of study and 5000 of teaching.
Naomi aims to share the teachings of yoga that have brought so much freedom and joy to her own life in the hope that she may provide the opportunity for others to find whatever it is that they are looking for, be it improved health, fitness and stamina, ease and peace of mind, healing from old wounds (physical and emotional) or a richer spiritual life.
Suzy is a qualified Lotte Berk Exercise and Yoga teacher (14 years + 5 years respectively). She has been practicing both for over 20 years and continues to learn and develop her own practise and knowledge.
Whilst they are different methods of physical movement both Lotte Berk and Yoga practices complement each other very well. Suzy's desire in working with individuals and groups is to help them to enjoy their sessions, feel good afterwards and progressively develop. She encourages each person to explore and refine their sense of proprioception (mind body connection) and how they feel in their bodies. The aim being to come to an understanding of their own balance between mind-body and strength-flexibility to create strong and supple minds and bodies.
Suzy is qualified to teach Yoga and Lotte Berk exercises pre- + post-natally. She is particularly passionate about supporting women before, during and after their childbearing years, including focussing on practices for pelvic health and fertility.
She trained as a Gentle Birth Method practitioner with Dr Gowri Motha. This is a programme of massage, self hypnosis and diet advice for women before, during and after pregnancy.
Suzy is currently doing a diploma course with Gary Carter deepening her understanding of anatomy and physiology especially in fascia and myofascial release.
Virginie has been professionally involved in the Health and Fitness Industry for two decades. A former dancer, she went on to work as a successful freelance Personal Trainer. Based for 10 yrs in Chelsea private members Club KX GYM, she became their Pre/Postnatal Exercise Specialist and set up her own holistic program Genesis®, earning her features in 'Tatler', 'GQ' and the 'Mail on Sunday' magazines and acquiring an elite international clientele.
A passionate advocate of the benefits of pre/postnatal strength training, she also trained as a Doula and studied perinatal nutrition. Her business Strong Mama is based around her dedicated Teaching Method, both practical and educational, of safe and effective specialised exercises with essential wellbeing information & advice. She has extended her work to the teaching of Core strength to all, creating her 'Core Fusion' classes.
In the Fitness field, Virginie has trained with YMCA, American Council of Exercise, National Academy of Sports Medicine, C.H.E.K Institute, Oh Baby Fitness; in the Birth field, she has trained with Nurturing Birth and Active Birth Centre; in the Nutrition field, she has trained with the Modern School of Naturopathy, Burrell education and Jessica Drummond (Integrative Women Health Institute). She also holds a BA Degree from King's College, London.
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Yoga has been a part of Emma's life for the past 17 years. The yoga Emma teaches is called Hatha Yoga, she trained as a teacher with the Sivananda School of Yoga in 2010. At the heart of this practise is relaxation, developed mental concentration and the gradual process of increasing the body's flexibility and muscle strength through a series of postures. Emma specialises in teaching yoga for beginners to intermediate students. Emma also brings to her yoga classes a meditative quality. She says, “Meditation has been a part of my daily life for the past 20 years. Having explored and experienced a wide variety of meditation techniques, I have found mindfulness meditation to be the most effective way of reducing symptoms of stress. It helps to cultivate an experience of daily well-being and fulfilment. The key to calming the mind is to give it an anchor; meditation traditionally uses the breath as an effective way to do this. Conscious breathing shifts the body into a state of relaxation and calm." The mindfulness meditation techniques that Emma teaches are simple, and can be used each day even whilst at work, on a train or standing waiting in a queue. The techniques invite you to experience a calmer present moment and richer daily experience of yourself and others.
Emma is also the Founder and Director of Inspirit Consultancy that provides Solutions Focused Personal Coaching (www.inspiritconsultancy.com).
Teacher of Yoga – Sivananda School of Teacher Training Diploma No. 25880
Advanced Executive Coaching at Postgraduate level with Human Technics and University of West of England
Youth Coaching Academy – Youth/Life Coaching Certificate – Level 1
BA Honours in Three Dimensional Design Ceramics
Christina has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching since 2006. Originally from the Isle of Man, she completed the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation course whilst living on the island, and went on to qualify as an RYT500 in Iyengar Inspired Karuna Yoga with Ruth White (a direct student of Mr BKS Iyengar) in Lesbos, Greece.
Whilst on her teacher training she met Gary Carter of Natural Bodies UK and inspired by his depth and understanding of anatomy and his teaching of Scaravelli Inspired yoga she began her studies with him on his Experiential Yoga and Movement Anatomy Course. This developed her understanding of how to work more with the breath, spine and gravity, and how to work with a thorough knowledge of anatomy to encourage kinesthetic awareness, ease of movement and efficient body use to make intelligent choices in her yoga practice and teaching.
Christina continues to expand her yoga knowledge and experience. Her teaching is inspired by many others including Diane Long, Sophy Hoare, Peter Blackaby, Shiva Rea, Simon Low, Cameron Shayne and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli whose Pregnancy Teacher Training she completed through Yogacampus, London.
She believes in the interconnected nature of the body/mind/spirit and that we cannot isolate one body system from another, that what we do to one part has a direct impact and relationship to all others. Christina is also passionate about taking responsibility for our own health and educating people to do this, in a functional, achievable way – bringing the body/mind back into balance.
Alongside her yoga studies Christina trained as a Massage Therapist and Nutritional Therapist. She received a Distinction from ITEC in Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, is an Advanced Therapist in the gentle but powerful NO HANDS® Massage and is Qualified in Clinical Massage Therapy.
Using a range of techniques including Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Power Effleurage, Craniosacral Therapy, Amma Fusion, Thai Massage, Trigger Point Release and Sports Massage Techniques Christina supports her clients to move out of Chronic Pain Conditions.
She holds a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), Brighton, where she lived, studied and worked for nearly 5 years before moving to Bath at the end of 2014. Nutrition, or diet, is an area which many people find confusing but can bring about vast improvements in health and must not be overlooked.
Her yoga is sensitive and inquisitive, gentle yet challenging, integrating the breath, the spine and gravity to help let go of tension.
This yoga teaches us to be present, to work with intelligence without pushing or force and to give the body and mind ample space. Then we can let go of our established holding patterns at all levels – emotional, physical and psychological – re-establishing balance so our body can go back to its original state….and rest fully in shavasana at the end of class….and beyond into our everyday lives.
Emma has been practicing Yoga since 2008 and completed her teacher training at Yoga Bodhi with Simona Hernandez and Angela Roberts in 2015. Emma is influenced by many styles of Yoga, from gentle restorative, to fast paced flow. As an athlete (in her spare time!) Emma also brings in sports science knowledge and physiotherapy exercises to help with common injuries, aches and pains. And as with her own practice, Emma's teaching changes pace and intensity depending on what is needed to maintain balance and health. Breath work however is in integral to Emma's Yoga and each class begins with breath focus and manipulation to relieve tensions in the body and mind. Emma's instruction is clear and precise, however she strongly believes in moving in a way that feels good, so wriggling around is allowed and encouraged. On a spiritual level, Emma considers herself a student of the Yoga texts and most classes are based around a philosophical theme for example ahimsa (non-violence) or aparigraha (non-attachment). All levels are welcome in Emma's classes, and modifications will be offered to provide a safe and enjoyable practice for all.
Lizzie's background is in Drama and Theatre and through studying performing arts she became very interested in massage and complementary therapies that during her career teaching Drama she retrained in Holistic massage and Aromatherapy. As soon as she started she realised this was a life long journey of learning and practise. She offers a range of massage (holistic, deep tissue, aromatherapy, indian Head Massage, thai Yoga massage, hot Stone massage and facials) and reflexology. She now specialises in treatments around the pre-conceptual, prenatal and postnatal period and so she has trained and continues to train in massage and reflexology specifically for this time in a couple's lives. Massage is such a wonderful way to release tension and bring awareness in to our bodies. This is the same for babies as it is for Octogenarians! Lizzie offers baby massage classes and 1-1s to facilitate learning massage, reflexology and body work for parents and carers. It is a joy to see babies and parents enjoying giving and receiving massage and communicating through touch.
Ruth has been practising yoga for nearly 20 years, exploring hatha, Scaravelli, yin, Bikram and Ashtanga. As a dedicated practitioner Ruth wanted to share her knowledge and love of yoga and so completed teacher training with The British Wheel of Yoga, with Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi (Yoga Alliance 200hr accredited) and with Ashtanga guru David Swenson.
Whether it's Ashtanga or Zen yoga Ruth encourages students to be mindful of their bodies, to practice with awareness of both body and breath and most importantly to love, and find joy in their practice.
Annie's love of yoga began during her travels around Asia in 2003. She found much inspiration and feel in love with the collective art of yoga, movement and meditation. Her intensive studies began 2004 in traditional 'Mysore Ashtanga' in Byron Bay Australia. Annie then settled in the South of France in 2005, and continued to deepen her yoga practice. She completed her yoga teacher training with 'Yoga Alliance' in India in 2007. She also fully qualified 'Family and Children's Yoga' with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, in the UK in 2009.
Over the last 10 years of teaching yoga, in the south of France, Annie has developed a fluid, feminine, creative style of yoga teaching. Specializing in Led Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga Weekly collective classes in English and French, with a strong international 'private' client base also. Her heart, roots and personal practice still in a traditional 'Mysore' practice. Annie has also had great honor to be asked to teach on a number of private yoga retreats in 2013 and successfully marketed/designed and ran her own 'Yoga/Detox Retreat' in the south of France in 2014.
Annie is a creative, lighthearted person who has a joyful and open-minded approach to her yoga and teachings. She studies and travels to keep her approach fresh, enjoying new fusion styles of yoga. Annie's yoga passions also include; yoga dance, yoga nidra, chanting, music, massage and relaxation techniques.
David Dodd is a business coach, yoga teacher, and the author of Radically Simple Yoga. He has practiced yoga for over 15 years and trained as a yoga teacher at Svaha Yoga in Amsterdam in 2007/2008. David has experience in a wide range of styles of yoga and his teaching style is infused with the belief that it is not the outer form our practice takes but rather our approach – or inner attitude – to our practice that makes it yoga. David's classes are usually simple, often surprisingly intense, and are always fun. For more information please visit www.radicallysimpleyoga.com
Hayley has taught dance for over 12 years and yoga intermittently throughout. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher and has held various workshops and weekly classes over Melbourne for kids, adults and professionals in many styles including contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, broadway, stretch and commercial funk.
Hayley's professional dance career flourished from 2005, performing internationally onboard Princess cruises, working for independent dance companies and choreographers and dancing at various special events. Hayley has also had experience choreographing for fashion shows, major corporate events and performances.
Besides her experience, Hayley has a Certificate 3 in Dance Performance, Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certificate obtained in Southern India. These qualifications allow her to use detailed instruction with an emphasis on healthy alignment and safe practices.
Donna has been practicing yoga for almost 12 years, teaching for the past 2 years on retreats in Ibiza and The French Alps - after taking the brave step to escape the corporate world and follow her heart. Having asked the question 'why shouldn't I do something that I love every day', she is now living what was once her 'desert-island dream' and flourishing as a Yoga teacher, Yoga Nidra expert, Reiki practitioner and Holistic Life Coach. Donna's goal is to help others to learn how to re-connect to body, mind and spirit. She teaches Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Post Natal Yoga and has trained with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Jason Crandell and Ellen De Jong (Baron Baptiste / Bryan Kest & Rod Stryker trained). Donna's classes are suitable for all levels. Classes will include a mixture of pranayama, strong & mindful movement, inspiring poems and music. Having experienced the reality of working in a fast paced and stressful environment for many years, Donna understands how hard it is to put your wellbeing first and make the time for yourself. She hopes to use her teaching and Holistic Health Coaching to empower people to develop the habits that support and work around their busy lifestyles – helping them to ultimately feel less exhausted, stressed and down on themselves and more in control and aware of what will nourish them and help them feel content with their lives.