Teachers


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WEEKLY TEACHERS


Sharon Cox-Button

Sharon_IMG_5837Sharon Cox-Button is the owner of The Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre.

In 2001 she consolidated her 20 years of personal yoga practice and qualified as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). A lot of her work has been influenced by, and coincided with the raising of her three children. She developed an interest in both pregnancy and post-natal yoga, helping women (and partners) to look after their bodies and minds throughout pregnancy and into family life.

She has run a pregnancy yoga class in Dorchester since 2001, and teaches baby massage and mother and baby yoga. She also teaches well-established beginners (gentle) and intermediate classes for men and women. She has practiced different styles of yoga, and been inspired by many teachers, although the Iyengar system has influenced her personal practice the most. This style has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in asana, pranayama and relaxation. This way of working complements and draws upon her experience as a massage practitioner of 20 years. She also offers specialized one to one yoga sessions for individual needs.

She is currently the British Wheel of Yoga Deputy Representative for Dorset, and is also really enjoying working with Duncan Hulin and studying with The Devon School of Yoga on a Postgraduate Teaching and Therapy Course. She is excited to be the owner of Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre, with a firm belief that yoga is for everyone.

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Arianna Moretti

Arianna Moretti (Puran Udini Kaur) started Yoga at an early age, and went on to practise archer-poseHatha Yoga in her teens and twenties. She went to her first Kundalini class ‘because it was on at a convenient time’ in 2001 and was immediately struck by the benefits to her posture, her breathing and her emotions. She trained with Karam Kriya School, attaining Level 1 in 2008 and Level 2 in 2014. In addition she has also trained in Mastering the Addictive Personality. She loves sharing the technology of Kundalini Yoga and seeing the many benefits it brings people.

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Grace Martin

Grace_Martin_400x400Grace Martin qualified as a gym instructor, and level 3 Pilates instructor while working as a Midwife at Dorset County Hospital.This was in preparation for her early retirement from the NHS.Since then she has gained extra qualifications in ante and post natal exercise, also exercise for those with common orthopaedic conditions.Pilates is an exercise regime that can be adapted for all and Grace looks forward to meeting clients at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre.

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Helen Heger

0AB0834126544900881527A0B0621C77Helen trained with British Wheel of Yoga after attending classes for over 30 years. During her training course in 2009 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and treated by major surgery. She had been interested in therapeutic yoga practices before then, but gained added interest given my own health condition.

She found a sense of peace and tranquillity from the breathing and meditative practices and decided to follow this up with another course. She completed the course “Yoga for People living with Cancer” with Julie Friedeberger in London in 2015. She  concentrates on breathing and relaxation exercises. There is some physical practice but this is very gentle (and optional!) intended to help with rehabilitation following treatment.

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Isabelle Taylor

IsabelleIsabelle has been practising Yoga for the past twenty-five years and has been teaching since 2003. Her teacher training was initially with Godfrey Devereux and then with Jenny Beeken of the Inner Yoga Trust.She holds teaching diplomas with the British Wheel of Yoga, Windfire Yoga and the Independent Yoga Network. She is trained in Yoga Therapy with the Devon School of Yoga & has completed the British Wheel of Yoga Meditation Module. Isabelle is also a BWY Foundation Course tutor.Her style of teaching includes dynamic sequences as well as held postures and breath awareness. This all within a flowing structure that encourages students to focus internally bringing a deep sense of completeness and relaxation. Dynamic Yoga combines the precision of Iyengar with the flow and breath awareness of Ashtanga.

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Jazmin Velasco

jazmin_Velasco_400x400T’ai chi chuan: Jazmin started learning t’ai chi chuan, wing chun and kali in 1993 with Robert Kwok in Mexico city. When moving to London resumed her practice of external martial arts at the Bob Breen Academy, and currently she is a brown belt in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art that includes boxing, grappling, stick fighting and a number of other disciplines.Her practice of T’ai Chi Chuan continued with Paul Brecher and Dr. Mark Green under whose guidance she became a teacher of T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation.

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Jez Culley

Jez has been practising yoga for the past nineteen years and is passionate about sharing the benefits she has seen with others. Her personal practice has not only improved her DSC_0266physical health and fitness but additionally she has found benefit from the balancing effects on her mental and emotional wellbeing. She has deepened her spiritual knowledge through continued practice, study and training with the Himalayan Yoga Institute and enjoys taking part in kirtan, Kaoshikii dancing and chanting & meditation using Vedic mantras.

Jez takes a holistic approach to yoga and incorporates asanas, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness and colour therapy techniques as appropriate. She is fully qualified to teach Raja Dhiraja yoga (yoga of the king of kings) having spent a month training in an ashram in the Himalayas. Raja Dhiraja yoga was first developed over 2000 years ago and is the most complete and all round systematic process for the development of body, mind and soul. It focuses on alignment, proper positioning and good posture, develops strength and flexibility, balances the secretion of hormones restoring psychic and emotional wellbeing, correct breathing, and a quiet but persistent flow of movement. Time is always given for deep relaxation for assimilation of the results of the physical asana practice and to rejuvenate and revive oneself. ‘Raja’ means ‘royal’, implying that the yogi never feels subjugated by anyone.She has also attended a number of yoga retreat centres around the world to expand her practice.

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Kim Jones

Kim_JonesKim has been practicing yoga for 17 years and qualified with Yoga Alliance in 2002 at Yoga Arts, Byron Bay, Australia then further training at Frog Lotus Yoga in the U.S.A. Whilst working as a post natal doula/maternity nurse and having her son Kim qualified with Birthlight in baby yoga and the British Wheel of Yoga pregnancy yoga module.Kim is also a Natal Hypnotherapy practioner offering 1-1 and group workshops. In addition to teaching pregnancy yoga here at the centre Kim will be offering restorative yoga and yoga for runners workshops.

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Kim Mackie

kimKim studied with Yogashiromani Acharya Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre completing her RYS200  Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India accredited by Yoga Alliance.She has also completed a course in teaching yoga to children with Susannah Hoffman at Triyoga, also accredited by Yoga Alliance.Kim originally trained in classical ballet and had a 10 year career as a professional dancer but was introduced to yoga whilst still training and knew that yoga was a path she would eventually follow.Kim teaches an Ashtanga flow yoga which beautifully synchronises Breath, Body and Mind.

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Marj Snape

Marj has been practising Yoga for 30 years and teaching in the Dorchester and Weymouth areas for over 15 years.  She holds the BritishWheel of Yoga Diploma and teaches Hatha Yoga in a meditative style with a combination of posture work, breathing, and relaxation. Marj believes that Yoga is accessible to people of all  ages and has taught Yoga to 3 year olds and 90 year olds. In the past she has specialised in teaching Yoga to Children and  Adults with Learning Difficulties. She now focuses on teaching meditation and the benefits of turning within to find peace and wholeness.

Marj trained with Derek Thorne and is a prominent member of the YogaLiving Community. She teaches meditation and Yoga in the Advaita Vedanta tradition .  This is an ancient and authentic wisdom teaching which directs us to the oneness and truth underlying this whole experience. Marj runs a beginners meditation course “Exploring Stillness” at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre and offers an Early Morning Meditation session on Wednesdays. Marj’s  personal meditation practice is Self Enquiry  ( Atma Vichara). She offers Retreats and Days of  Yoga and Meditation at Hilfield Friary.

 

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Sammie McFarland

Sammie McFarland discovered the benefits of Pilates in 2006 after the birth of her 2nd child. After experiencing the positive effects on her own health Sammie qualified as a level 3 Pilates Instructor in 2012. She is a qualified Maternity Nurse, Breast Feeding Consultansammie-mcfarlandt and Fitness Instructor. She now teaches Pilates classes & personal sessions in the beautiful Dorchester and the surrounding community.

Born with a long term health issues, Sammie is passionate about providing inclusive classes, and encouraging everyone to be their best. Her teaching style allows different abilities to work together, using a mindful approach to develop body awareness. With a firm interest in  rehabilitation and pre and post natal exercise , Sammie’s classes are gentle, low impact, effective, usually delivered with a sprinkling of fun.

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Sandy Tubby

My yoga journey began because I wanted to improve my surfing and it seemed quite a few img_1886-2surfers benefitted from yoga! As a physiotherapist I found a natural interest in the physical practice and the breathing (pranayama) practices. After several years of Ashtanga yoga I also started more gentle yoga practices and suddenly found my body and mind changing in many ways. I decided to enrol on the BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) Foundation course which I completed with Tara Fraser – an inspirational tutor. During the 6 months of this course I began to feel and understand the more subtle changes that yoga can bring, particularly a calming of my ‘monkey’ mind.

I completed the 3 year BWY teacher training programme in December 2015. During the second 2 years of the programme I was teaching regularly at Shambala Studios in Leigh-on-Sea and also to international athletes as a form of recovery and for balance in their very strong, full time training schedules. My understanding of yoga comes from learning about my own practice which has introduced an esoteric/psychological aspect to my scientific physiotherapy mind. I am enjoying looking at the growing amount of scientific studies that are now beginning to show the benefits of yoga practice – there is plenty more to learn.

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Sophia O’Neill

My work with bigtoeslittletoes began when my practice as a Child & Family Therapist and researcher often led to a focus on peoples’ earliest relationships and I was running an increasing number of parent and child groups.

Baby Bonding and Toddler Bonding are now being commissioned by NHS Trusts and local authorities in the UK.  They are very gentle and effective attachment programmes for parents and their babies-in-waiting or babies. It can be delivered to groups, 1 on 1, or through a home visiting model.  It is designed to reach from late pregnancy (28 weeks) to babies on-the-move, with separate groups for older babies and toddlers.

Baby Bonding is based on the latest attachment research, which shows that supporting the earliest parent-infant relationship sets the scene for the best outcomes for children right into adulthood, that pregnancy and the early months after birth represent a window of opportunity to share new knowledge with parents.


I have a degree in BSc Psychology, a Masters in Play Therapy from the Association of Play and Child Psychotherapists, a Post grad diploma in filial therapy, and am a  trained and registered Clinical Supervisor.  I used to be Course Director for the APAC post grad MA in Play Therapy and am now lead therapist for “bigtoeslittletoes”.

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Yogi Lea

Yogi lea PictureYogi Lea has practiced yoga most of his adult life,  and has been regularly teaching yoga now for over fifteen years.  He has a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma, as well as Viniyoga and Yoga Alliance qualifications. Yogi Lea is a Yoga Elder & founding member of the Independent Yoga Network. He teaches Mindful Yoga and Vinyasa Flow styles which help develop stamina, strength and flexibility over the long-term, whilst also leaving a deeply relaxed, calm & centred state.

Yogi Lea has been inspired by many world class teachers mainly in the Astanga, Sivananda and Iyengar traditions.At the Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre he mainly teaches Mindful Yoga which is especially good for helping to quieten the mind, while also increasing strength, focus and flexibility. The practice encourages full attention on the breath and what is happening in each moment in the practice.

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Jem Shackleford

Jem Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over five. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing. Jem delivers a range of mindfulness courses to the general public both privately and in the NHS. His background in secondary schools and specialist training to teach Mindfulness in Schools Project .b programmes has enabled him to successfully deliver these programmes in schools to a range of students, and the adults who care for them.  He also trains teachers to deliver the .b programme themselves in schools. Jem is also a director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (UK) an organisation that runs mindfulness retreats for teens. Jem is registered with the UK Mindfulness-Based Teachers’ Network.

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Leanne Jones

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Leanne is a 300hr certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and 500hr British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She found yoga at a tough time in her life and has realized that slowly but surely it was changing her life for the better.

She completed  the BWY Foundation course with Sarah Harris in Letchworth in 2011, and trained with Andrea Kwiatkowski for her 3 year BWY diploma, who introduced her to the wonderful method of Jivamukti. Consequently Leanne completed the Jivamukti training at Gaunts House, in Dorset in 2012 with her beloved teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari & Patrick Broome. She had her first baby in 2014 and is enjoying exploring how her practice has changed since then.

Leanne is also a qualified Thai Yoga Massage therapist and completed her training with Ralf Marsden in 2015. Her classes are open to all levels. They will include some chanting, pranayama, yoga philosophy, vinyasa flowing sequences, massage, meditation and an inspiring playlist of music to practice to.

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Nadiya Wynn

Nadiya trained at the Devon School of Yoga, under Duncan Hulin (2011). She has a postgraduate certificate in yoga therapy, and has completed additional courses in subjects ranging from restorative yoga, yoga for ME and chronic fatigue, yoga nidra (guided meditation/yogic sleep), dance movement therapy and nutrition.  Nadiya is passionate about yoga, especially Restorative Yoga, which is a practise close to her heart. Having restored her own health and wellbeing with the nourishing practise she now enjoys sharing it so others can experience the many benefits. Nadiya is registered with the Independent Yoga Network, a member of the BWY (British Wheel of Yoga).

 

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Nikki Harman

Nikki began meditating 20 years ago after she qualified as a nurse. Over the years her practice evolved into teaching adults meditation, before undertaking the training to become a Connected Kids™ tutor, to teach children mindful activities and meditation.

Now a Connected Kids™ trainer, she teaches adults who work with children or whom are parents, how to teach children mindful activities. Nikki has also drawn upon her expertise as a nurse working within the NHS and with children in the clinical environment, to write a course specifically for healthcare workers who work with children in the clinical setting, which she is preparing to teach. Her experience and knowledge of working on wards gives Nikki a great insight into how being a patient in hospital can impact on their emotional well-being at a time when they are already feeling uncertain and unwell, so teaching ways of managing this has proven to be incredibly beneficial.

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Sarah Ryan

sarah ryanSarah has been fascinated by yoga since 1970. She worked with various teachers and became a teacher trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga before discovering the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar in the ’80s. Since then she has studied in that tradition, principally with Paul Harvey, TKV Desikachar himself, and his son Kausthub.She also teaches Vedic chanting, which helps deepen yoga practice and complements it. She loves going deeper into yoga’s beautiful teachings, gradually understanding more. She continues to visit India regularly for different courses, and has also completed a 4-year Yoga Therapy Programme with the Krishnamacharya Yoga and Healing Foundation.

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Sharon Bull

Sharon is an engaging teacher, experienced bodyworker and personal development coach with an easygoing and unique approach enabling her to work successfully through touchenergy since 1999. Now living in Bournemouth, she holds NHS contracts supporting unpaid carers in managing stress and change with complementary therapies, mindfulness meditation and relaxation classes.  Sharon is passionate about living life awake, nurturing the mind & body’s capacity for healing, the power of touch and empowering people to live life fully, happier and healthier.

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Sue Fisher

MFA-22Somerset-based Sue has worked in healthcare – commercial and clinical – her entire professional life. With 2 young children she is well aware that from adventuring in the woods and play areas to being in the garden and at home, there are many potential dangers to your family.

Covering the town, country and remote areas of Somerset, Dorset & Wilts. Sue is passionate that the skills taught by Mini First Aid can, literally, be life saving.  One day they may even be essential for those crucial minutes before the Emergency Services can arrive.

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Victoria Boast

Victoria first discovered her passion for yoga in 2010 after initially looking for ways to Warrior-Low-Resolutionimprove her flexibility to help with her dancing classes.

Victoria then moved to Shanghai in 2012 and with yoga studios on every street it was easy to develop her passion and she began to practice more intensively. At the start of 2015, she took part in the teacher training program at My Soul Yoga Studio in Shanghai and followed an intense but rewarding journey to the 200RYT certification accredited by Yoga Alliance. She is trained in Therapeutic yoga, Alignment and Vinyasa (TAV). Her classes focus on the principles of therapeutic alignment allowing students to deeply connect with themselves and become more self aware in their practice.

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