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Sharon Cox-Button

Sharon Cox-Button


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

In 2001 Sharon consolidated her 20 years of personal yoga practice and qualified as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), although the Iyengar Yoga system heavily influenced her personal practice at that time. She developed an interest in both pregnancy and post-natal yoga, whilst raising her three children, with further training with the BWY in those areas . At that time she was also a holistic masseuse and trained in Well Mother, IAIM baby massage and BWY Childrens yoga helping women (and partners) to look after their bodies and minds throughout pregnancy and into family life.

Sharon opened the yoga centre in 2015 and teaches well-established beginners  and intermediate classes for men and women. In 2015 she also completed a Yoga Therapy and Postgraduate Yoga Diploma with the Devon School of Yoga and since then has developed a keen interest in Restorative Yoga (Barefoot Diploma) and Yin Yoga, (studying with Bernie Clark). She discovered a love for chanting and yoga philosophy which she does with local teacher Sarah Ryan. Other training includes Yoga Nidra and Antar Mauna with the Satyananda Yoga Centre  

She was the British Wheel of Yoga Representative and Deputy for  Dorset for many years .

As well as her regular classes, she offers specialised one to one yoga sessions for individual needs, and yoga therapy, with a regular class for Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, and Chair Yoga for those less able.

As the owner of Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre, it has been her intention to build a timetable that offers a wide range of classes for all different abilities and needs, as she has a  firm belief that yoga is for everyone.

Email Sharon
Mobile: 07742 821 937

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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.

Email Arianna
Mobile: 07790 506 821

Bex Leonard playing her crystal bowls

Bex Leonard

Sound Therapy

A simple way to describe a sound bath would be like going to a musical concert that you get to lie down for with crystal bowls, gongs or other earthly instruments. At the very least, it can be a completely passive experience where you just listen to the sounds and relax (some people fall asleep), or you can enter a deeper state of meditation while being bathed by the healing vibration (hence the name sound bath!).

This healing session is good for you physically and emotionally, helping to cure chronic pain and lessen anxiety, stress and depression. And as a bonus, it can spark creativity. 

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Chrissie Haskett


Chrissie qualified as a yoga teacher in 2014 with Sivananda after more than thirty years of attending classes, retreats and personal practise.  In 2017 she completed a further training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Lo and has since assisted Sarah on courses. Chrissie has recently trained with Franziska Gottschlick in Myo fascial Release and Myo Yin and is very excited to integrate this new work into her classes and workshops

Chrissie trained in Shiatsu in the 1980’s and had a private practice in the Dorchester area for many years. She is also a Reiki teacher and loves passing this simple healing method on to others. Meditation and stillness are an important part of Chrissie’s daily life and form the foundation of her classes. Chrissie loves teaching Yin Yoga with its long held floor based postures which are designed to revive and invigorate the subtle energy or Chi, whilst simultaneously softening and creating space in the body. Mindful awareness of the breath, the emotions and any arising sensations in the body is encouraged throughout the class to slow down mental activity and to provide a time for quiet inward focus and stillness.

Email Chrissie
Mobile: 07341 820 716

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Claire Jones


Like many of us yoga had been a part of life off and on for many years. During that time, I have enjoyed attending classes of many different styles.

At the start of 2023, after months of thinking about it, I signed up to do my 250-hour foundation teacher training. Initially it was to further my own practice and then I realised how much I loved teaching and sharing my yoga practice.

From there I completed my Yin and Restorative teacher training, having enjoyed the benefits of both styles.

I am incredibly lucky to teach yoga in my place of work. My style is creative Vinyasa Flows with the added balance of Yin to help us learn to slow down and bring awareness to our body.
Outside of teaching yoga I love anything that gets me outside whether it’s walking, running, or swimming.

Email Claire
Mobile: 07841112686
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Claire Pullinger

Claire Pullinger


Claire, is an experienced meditation teacher with over 30 years of
personal practice, studying in Northern India and Nepal under the
guidance of several Buddhist masters within the both the Theravada
and Mahayana traditions.

Claire has been successfully teaching meditation classes in the
Dorchester area since 2019 and offers a caring and compassionate
approach to sharing the gifts of meditation in weekly classes, one
day workshops and weekend retreats.

Email Claire
Mobile: 07568 099 065

Ellen Wells

Ellen Wells

Sound Healer, Reiki Master and Priestess of the Divine Feminine

Ellen has always been interested in the spiritual and magical side of life; making potions and talking to the trees in her Grandma’s garden is one of her favourite childhood memories. More recently she has connected with the role of the Priestess, working with the Goddess Gaia, Mother Earth, to help people feel more connected to themselves and Nature.

Ellen runs Fern Sanctuary (Facilitating Elements to Reconnect with Nature) where her intention is to facilitate a safe space where people can come back to themselves to feel more connected with their own purpose and life energy (dharma).

Sound Healing is a recent remembering for Ellen. She uses the Quartz Crystal Sound Bowls to create healing vibrations that allow people to release things that no longer serve them and to come back to realignment. The crystal sound bowls create beautiful vibrations that can be more gentle than other instruments, however they can still be quite intense at times. Ellen also infuses the space with Reiki for an extra boost of good energy. There are some contraindications for receiving sound healing, please see Ellen’s website for information, or contact her to discuss any concerns.

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Fred Burnham


I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and have worked in the NHS since 1997. I have always been fascinated with the “Human Condition” and an interest, bordering upon near obsession with Health and Wellbeing. I qualified as an RN in 2000 and went on to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in 2012. I worked in Respiratory Medicine for 4 years, then 12 years in the Emergency Department at Dorset County Hospital and the Weymouth Urgent Treatment Centre. I moved into General Practice in 2017, where I continue to work. I have a specialist interest in ‘Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System and Chronic/Persisting Pain’ including the associated suffering that people experience with these conditions. I continue this work for the NHS in the Weymouth Locality.

It was also in 2017 that I found a regular Yoga Practice, which I found had personal benefits, although I only dabbled at this stage with Mindful Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa. It was just after lockdown that I met with my teacher’s Yoga teacher, Āchārya Dr. Kausthub Desikachar and was introduced to Viniyoga. This was a pivotal moment in my life. I understood that Yoga had so much more to offer than strengthening the body and mind by making it more supple and toned. That you could have a strong body and contort yourself into unfathomable positions – to the point of injury, fatigue, and damage to one’s health but still miss the real point of Yoga and its subtler nuances that come about in our day-to-day living and derived from a personalised daily yoga practice given by an Authentic teacher. That Yoga is a multidimensional approach and a Spiritual Practice to us fulfilling our Life’s Purpose. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Bhagavad-gītā.
Last year I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training on-line with Himalaya Yoga so I could start to develop my own teaching style, I am very excited to be given this opportunity to teach at the Dorchester Yoga Centre. I have a real passion and drive to deliver this wonderful model of Health and Wellbeing to those who wish to learn and Practice, as I am continuing to do so.

I have just completed my first year, (comprising of 2 modules each year) of the 1000-hour Viniyoga Therapy course, again with Dr Kausthub Desikachar, relaying the teachings of his father TKV Desikachar and his grandfather, Yogācārya Śrī T Krishnamacharya.
I am also about to start my 100 hours Prāṇāyāma Course with Āchārya Dr Kausthub Desikachar next month.
I am gaining from the Viniyoga teachings; particularly the Pañcamaya model, I am beginning to understand how other systems within the body such as the energetic system can have a profound effect on an individual’s well-being. I have a newfound motivation to incorporate both the Ancient Eastern approach to help people empower themselves with the Modern Western Modalities of care which still have a crucial role when people become unwell.

My other hobbies and interests include playing the guitar, golfing, family walks and outings as well as the occasional drop of ale. I am a dedicated Father of 2 children, Husband, and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. I am very much looking forward to this next Step in my journey
with you all.


Mobile: 07975 832150


Helen Heger


I qualified as a teacher with British Wheel of Yoga in 2011, after over 30 years of attending classes as a student. I originally trained with Wendy Haring and have attended classes at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai on several occasions. In 2016 I completed a course on “Yoga for people living with cancer” with Julie Friedeburger. Since then I have given group classes and helped individuals in one to one sessions. 

My style of yoga is based around breathing well and exploring the capabilities of the body safely and slowly. My aim is for everyone to enjoy their practice whatever their level of experience of ability. I run classes for beginners and improvers, with a particular interest in teaching over 50.s 

Email Helen
Mobile: 07958 042 131


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Jess Obermeier


In 2018 Jess completed her first teacher training with the British wheel of yoga.

Jess then went on to complete a second TT in Ashtanga with the Yoga Alliance.

Since then she has taken a 50 hour training in Rockett yoga and is about to embark on a 50 hour in somatic yoga.

Jess is passionate about feeling good in body and mind, a true believer in the power of yoga.

Email Jess
Mobile: 07875 848 680

Kim Jones doing yoga in the countryside

Kim Jones


Kim 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.

Email Kim
Mobile: 07990 501 207
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Kim Mackie


Kim’s interest in physical yoga started at the age of 18 while she was still dancing professionally. She developed a serious practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa about 10 years ago when she settled here in Dorset and now in her forties, a more appropriate Prānāyāma focused practice is being explored and experienced.  Kim studied with Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, Goa, India (TT) and practised with Manju Jois (Primary Series TT), John Scott, Jane Piddington and Scott Johnson, regularly attending their courses and trainings. Kim has also completed a course in teaching yoga to children led by Susannah Hoffman at Triyoga, London with a view to starting her own Yoga school for children . Kim is always a student and practitioner first, so wishing to explore Yoga further, was drawn to the origins of Ashtanga as taught to Pattabhi Jois by Krishnamacharya. It was at a seminar with his grandson Dr Kausthub Desikachar, that Kim finally found her Teacher and Tradition. She is currently studying Viniyoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga and Healing Foundation, Chennai, India with a view to completing her Yoga Therapy qualification whilst also continuing her Vedic Chanting and Patañjali Yoga Sūtra studies with Sarah Ryan (of the same tradition).  Kim currently teaches Led Ashtanga Vinyasa, a dynamic Āsana sequence based on the Primary Series, synchronising Body, Breath and Mind and Yoga for Teens

Email Kim Mackie
Kim’s website
Mobile: 07990 978 949


Marj Snape


Marj has been practising Yoga for over 30 years and teaching in Dorchester and Weymouth for more than 20 years.  Having completed the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma with Derek Thorne she is now a prominent member of the Vedantarama Community ( formerly YogaLiving). Marj teaches Hatha Yoga in a meditative style incorporating posture work, breathing and relaxation, and runs several meditation groups including Early Morning Meditation at DYTC . She offers, retreats, workshops , days and Spiritual Direction.

Marj’s meditation practice and teaching is  rooted in the timeless wisdom of Advaita Vedanta – exploring the eternal reality  and oneness at the heart of all things. Developing the capacity to turn within and explore inner stillness is of benefit to all.

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Mobile: 07769 949 947
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Nancy Chantrell


Nancy completed the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma course with Derek Thorne and has taught yoga in Weymouth and Dorchester since 2001. She first encountered Yoga when taken to a class in Edinburgh by her mother when she was 17. Hooked, she has practised over the years with a variety of teachers.

She teaches classical Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, incorporating posture work, breath, mantra and meditation. She is happy to teach all ranges of experience and prefers to keep the practice gentle, though not without some challenge!

Email Nancy
Mobile: 07956 534 152
Landline: 01305 750174

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Ness Sherry


Yoga has been Ness’s lifelong anchor. She discovered simple Hatha yoga postures as a child, and this practice has remained a constant source of support throughout her life. Throughout her career as a photographer, Ashtanga Yoga served as both physical realignment and a medium for profound life lessons, connecting her to inner strength and centeredness. Ness’s teaching focuses on the energetic aspects of yoga, blending her expertise with 18 years of energy training.Ashtanga vinyasa yoga has been her practice for over 15 years. She’s had the privilege of learning from remarkable teachers, including Louisa Sears of Yoga Arts, the remarkable BNS Iyengar in Mysore, and inspirational John Scott, with whom she completed her Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training. She is continuing her journey under the guidance of John’s senior teacher Sandra Howlin actively pursuing her 500-hour JSY certification. Forever the student.

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Mobile: 07956681788

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Nikki Oakley


Nikki Oakley is the owner of Pilates Re. Form and has been teaching Pilates and Yoga for over 25 years.

She originally trained in contemporary dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, and then pursued a career in contemporary dance, whilst simultaneously studying Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation. She went on to gain her Yoga teacher training qualification with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in New York State.

Around this time, an injury led her to Pilates, and in 1992 she began her training in London with internationally renowned educator Alan Herdman. Since then, her passion and belief in the Pilates Method have led her to continue her training and education with many of the foremost classical pilates instructors from around the world.

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Mobile: 07905 976 392


Rowan Woodhouse

Rowan Woodhouse


Rowan describes breathwork as “his medicine”, supporting him through relationship collapse and renewal and using it as a grounding tool while caring for someone during a mental health crisis.

Rowan’s love of working with the mind-body connection began in his early 20’s when he discovered Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The movements and breathing patterns guiding him into a wonderful calm meditative state. As an instructor he enjoyed sharing this practice for a couple of years before his mother died, at which point he closed off to spiritual practices for a number of years.

Breathwork as a separate discipline came into his life during the integration period after an Enlightenment Intensive in 2017. Rowan was blown away by the effects on him. He had found his medicine and his exploration of breathwork began.

Rowan trained with the Hale Center in Stockholm, broadening and deepening his knowledge and experience of Breathwork whilst honing his facilitation and space holding skills and abilities and is currently mentoring other breathwork trainers.

Today Rowan uses and guides a broad range of Breathwork styles, from deeply calming and healing breath, through invigorating and energising to diving deeply into the subconscious to generate bliss or reveal and release trauma and suppressed emotions, all to carefully selected music to support the journey. He encourages students to explore how the different breathwork techniques can be used to support their mental health and resilience in their daily lives.

Email Rowan
Mobile: 07908 906322


Saira Francis


Saira first discovered yoga in a leisure centre in Salisbury in 1994, she went on to dip in and out for many years, eventually finding an inspiring teacher who opened her eyes to the deeper spirituality of yoga in London in the late 90s. Since then Saira has often described yoga as being her ‘saviour’!

After starting to run retreats in Dorset, she took the step of completing her teacher training in Devon at the British School of Yoga in 2013. Since then she’s been completely absorbed in running 100’s of day and weekend yoga retreats, working as a Holistic Therapist, Sound Healer and Reiki Teacher, whilst bringing up her three, now nearly fully grown children.

Saira’s style of teaching is inspired by Vinyasa and Ashtanga which she has always loved to practice.

The Sanskrit translation for ‘vinyasa’ breaks down into ‘nyasa’ meaning “to place” and vi “in a special way”. Vinyasa Flow combines breath with movement which creates a ‘moving meditation’, this leaves you feeling rejuvenated, energised and peaceful.

Saira likes to bring in mindfulness practice, pranayama breathwork, meditation, sound healing and yoga nidra to the classes. She often encourages students to look deeper into how the ancient spiritual teachings of yoga, can help us deal with stress and overwhelm, mental health issues and how to use these teachings within our modern daily lives.

Email Saira
Mobile: 07809 141 815
Website: mellulah.co.uk/yoga-in-dorset

Sam Stevens


 Like many people I have dipped in and out of yoga over the years. I had always enjoyed yoga though never truly connected, but then I found DYTC and I found my teachers and that was it! The time was right for yoga to become a meaningful and necessary part of my life.

It is very hard to describe what a regular yoga practice, in all its forms, adds to how a person exists in and experiences the world. It is profound.

On my yoga journey (yes, I am using that word) I reached a place where I knew I needed to pass it on, as my teachers had to me. So a few years ago with a perfectly balanced mix of fear and excitement I began and completed 300hrs training with the British Wheel of Yoga.

I continue to regularly practice a range of different classes, alongside an ongoing study of yoga history and philosophy. I also can’t resist a workshop.

I teach vinyasa style classes. Always challenging but accessible. Centred on the fundamental principle of the ‘flow within the flow’ –  Body, Breath, Focus.

My day jobs for many years as a nurseryman, plantswoman and gardener feed and fuel my yoga as does my love of herb and plant lore and the natural world.”

Email Sam
Mobile: 07484 831 090

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Sarah Ryan


Sarah 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. As Sarah has trained not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a yoga therapist, her classes are ideal if you have specific problems, as she can help you do what is best for you.

Email Sarah
Landline: 01258 839 230

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Sharon Morgan


Sharon is a creative and experienced clinical APPI Pilates instructor, cognitive therapy facilitator, and sea and river swimmer. She has a particular interest in movement, women’s health, and the links between our balance and our brains as we
age. Sharon believes in retraining and strengthening movement over time, celebrating the
small steps, laughing lots – and enjoying the journey.ABOUT APPIEstablished by physiotherapists, the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute is recognised world-wide for its scientifically researched base, high-quality instruction, and progressive CPD opportunities.

Email: sharon@westdorsetpilates.com
Mobile: 07855 548404

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Sue Fisher

Mini First Aid

Somerset-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.

Mobile: 07890 400 461
Mini First Aid website


Tim Button

Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Tim’s first interest in Chinese arts began in the early 1980s when he studied Kung Fu. He became one of the school’s senior students and was eventually invited to teach several classes for his Master. His teacher also taught Tai Chi and other “internal” martial arts and this is when Tim first developed his interest in Tai Chi.

Since then Tim has been able to study different styles of Tai Chi, including Yang and Sun styles. 

He has also been able to train in other internal fighting styles including Xing Yi Chuan, Yi Chuan and Bagua Zhang. Alongside these arts Tim has had a longstanding interest in Qi Gong. Most Chinese martial arts have elements of Qi Gong practices within them.

Married to Sharon, DTYC owner, Tim has also practised yoga for many years but these Chinese arts have been his passion and he has now decided to start teaching again thus enabling him to study more these arts more deeply. He still works full- time but is keen to develop his teaching in Qi Gong and Tai Chi. 

Tim is currently training with the Deyin Institute, an affiliate of the International Health Qi Gong Federation. Master Faye and Master Tary Yip have a direct lineage to the originators of the 24 Step and 42 Step competition Tai Chi routines as well as to Sun style Tai Chi. 

He is a qualified instructor with the British Health Qi Gong Association and the Deyin Institute .

Email Tim
Mobile: 07857 118 959

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Toni Franklin


Toni has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and completed her 500-hour certificate with British Wheel of Yoga, and an additional 100-hour certificate in Yin yoga with Kashish yoga, India. 

Toni teaches an intuitive, organically integrative practice where body and spirit meet and move together. Drawing from a variety of Yoga traditions including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative, her teaching focuses on heart-centered movement, breath-work, and meditation.  Each class aims to encourage a positive relationship between the Self and body-temple and bring forth the inner wisdom and light that shine within each individual. As her own teachers have done for her, Toni hopes to hold space and provide support for students to trust themselves as they move through this lifelong practice. 

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Mobile: 07570 345 541