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Sharon Cox-Button

Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga

Sharon 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 early teaching was influenced by, and coincided with the raising of her three children. She developed an interest in both pregnancy and post-natal yoga, doing further training with the BWY, helping women (and partners) to look after their bodies and minds throughout pregnancy and into family life.

She no longer runs a pregnancy yoga class in Dorchester but still offers baby massage and mother and baby yoga.

She teaches well-established beginners  and intermediate classes for men and women, Restorative Yoga workshops and Yoga Nidra classes. She has practiced different styles of yoga, and been inspired by many teachers, although the Iyengar system has influenced her personal practice the most. She is a member of DHIY (Dorset and Hampshire Iyengar Institute). 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 offers specialised one to one yoga sessions for individual needs, and yoga therapy 

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

Her more recent training includes Yoga NIdra and Antar Mauna with the Satyananda Yoga Centre, Birmingham. In 2019 she graduated from the The Devon School of Yoga’s  Postgraduate Teaching and Therapy Course. She is currently studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Vedic Chanting with her teacher Sarah Ryan.  

As well as her classes, she offers specialised one to one yoga sessions for individual needs, and yoga therapy.  

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.

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Mobile: 07742 821 937

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Arianna Moretti

Yoga

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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Mobile: 07790 506 821

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Chrissie Haskett

Yoga

Chrissie qualified as a yoga teacher in 2014 with Sivananda after more than thirty years of attending classes, retreats and personal practise. More recently she completed further teacher training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Lo and has also assisted Sarah on a training course.

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 is very excited by 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.

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Mobile: 07341 820 716

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Isabelle Taylor

Yoga

Isabelle 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. Isabelle’s teaching combines the precision of Iyengar with the flow and breath awareness of Ashtanga.

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Mobile: 07970 772 963
Yoga Sadhana website

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Jazmin Velasco-Moore

Tai Chi

T’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 black 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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Mobile: 0790 500 3367

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Jez Culley

Yoga

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 physical 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. 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.

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Mobile: 07580 169 622

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Kim Jones

Yoga

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.

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Mobile: 07990 501 207
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Kim Mackie

Yoga

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 (watch this space). 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 has chosen to share the wonderful tools and benefits of Yoga based on tradition and honouring the lineage from which it is taught. Kim currently teaches Led Ashtanga Vinyasa, a dynamic Āsana sequence based on the Primary Series, synchronising Body, Breath and Mind.

kim@km-yoga.com

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Mobile: 07990 978 949

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Marj Snape

Meditation

Marj has been practising Yoga for 30 years and teaching in the Dorchester and Weymouth areas for over 15 years. She holds the British Wheel 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.

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Mobile: 07769 949 947
Fordington Yoga website

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Michelle Skelland

Pilates

Michelle “discovered” Pilates in 2011 when the 1610 Dorchester sports centre opened up. She found that her core strength, flexibility and general fitness was improved significantly by performing the slow and well targeted exercises offered in a Pilates class.

She qualified as a Level 3 Pilates instructor in 2018 and has enjoyed taking classes at the 1610 Dorchester sports centr§e ever since.

Experienced and newbie participants are welcome to join the class. All moves can be modified to suit individual levels of fitness and flexibility.

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Mobile: 07771 305 199

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Nancy Chantrell

Yoga

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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Natasha Hope

Yoga

Natasha found yoga in an ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepal, back in 1998, and has continued her personal practice at dawn ever since. Yoga has been a huge asset and source of strength, enriching her days and enabling her to deal better with life’s twists and turns.

In 2018 she completed a Foundation course with The British Wheel of Yoga and is currently studying on a 2-year Teacher Diploma course with Devon School of Yoga. She is keen to continue with their holistic approach to teaching.. 

in 2019 she started teaching at the Wessex Traditional Martial Arts Gym in Weymouth and Corscombe Village Hall.

Natasha is also a keen Martial Artist, having taken up Goju Ryu karate back in 2011 with both her children. She is currently a Nidan (Second Dan black belt).

Natasha focuses on strength, awareness, compassion and the Inner Warrior in her teaching. She believes that by listening closely to what is right for our bodies, we connect more authentically to the needs of others, and to the world around us.

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Mobile: 07984 663 526

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Sam Stevens

Yoga

 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 couple of years ago with a perfectly balanced mix of fear and excitement I began training with the British Wheel of Yoga. Completing my BWY 300hrs teaching training this year.

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.”

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Mobile: 07484 831 090

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Sarah Ryan

Yoga

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.

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Landline: 01258 839 230

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Sophie Russell

Pilates

Sophie Russell is a personal trainer and fitness instructor who has taught a wide variety of classes since qualifying in 2004 and currently holds a Diploma in Stott Pilates. Her Pilates journey began in 2006 as the perfect complement to all the running, jumping, cycling & weights work she also loves. She discovered the power of Pilates lay in working from the inside out to help re-connect mind with muscle in a bid to correct postural imbalances, strengthen areas of weakness and lengthen tight spots.

Sophie’s classes are informative, specific and fun. She focuses on ensuring everyone has a strong grasp of the essential foundation of Pilates practice and then layers modifications and progressions according to each individual’s body and ability. Whether you have been practising for years and know your swan dive from your double leg stretch, are a novice who is simply curious to give it a try or have a particular niggle you wish to address, Pilates can offer a gentle way of tuning back into your body’s needs.

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Mobile: 07522 938 654

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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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Jane Collison

Kinesiology

Jane is accredited by the Kinesiology Association to teach Kinesiology to Diploma (professional) level. She has a busy Kinesiology clinic and also offers Aromatherapy Massage and Healing. Jane first started training in natural health in 1995 and is totally passionate about nutrition – she has run her own health food shop. 

Like most therapists, Jane became interested in Kinesiology because of how it helped her with her own health. When she experienced first-hand how it can change lives and transform wellbeing, she was hooked and enrolled on the Foundation course ‘just out of curiosity’. Five years later, she was teaching her own first Foundation course! Jane has teaching qualifications and a background in teaching other subjects. She is motivated to teach Kinesiology because if she can inspire others the way she was inspired, she can spread the word about how amazing Kinesiology is more effectively than through her one-to-one clinic. 

Whenever she can, Jane grabs time out and exercise on the sea – kayaking and SUP are her obsession. She is so grateful to Kinesiology – without it she would not have been fit and well enough to take them up at 50+

Email Jane
Mobile: 07961 184 753
Equilibre Health website

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Jem Shackleford

Mindfulness

Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness, internationally and nationally, for over eight. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing. He runs mindfulness courses for adults and young people. With a background in secondary school teaching and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education, Jem is Schools’ Liaison Consultant for Oxford University’s MYRIAD project. He is also a director of iBme UK, a non-profit organisation that provides transformational residential mindfulness retreats for young people. 

A keen exponent of ‘wave meditation,’ he is often to be found on his surfboard in the sea. Working with the fluidity of the waves, not striving to overcome their power and capabilities, brings him equanimity and balance. Jem has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is registered with BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches).

 

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Mobile: 07709 911 987
Mind How You Go website

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Leanne Jones

Yoga

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.

Email: leannehutchings@btinternet.com
Mobile: 07766 221 848
LeAnanda website

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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

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