Teachers


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Our weekly teachers:

Monthly teachers, workshops and courses leaders:


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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Bridie Appleby-Gunnill

Yoga has always been a part of Bridie’s life since she was a little girl when she would copy her mum’s yoga practice. Yoga helped her develop a positive relationship with her body in her teens, and not only helped her loose three stone, but also helped calm her anxiety and foster a positive outlook on life.

Bridie is now on a mission to help others do the same and teach them the ‘life tools’ which Yoga and Ayurveda has to offer us all. A particular passion is women who suffer with gynaecological conditions such as Endometriosis and PCOS. These are both conditions which have dominated Bridie’s life until recently and Bridie is passionate to help this wonderful group of women to fall back in love with their bodies and take back control of their lives by sharing the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda with them.

Bridie has travelled near and far to complete her training, completing the BWY foundation course in Glastonbury, Ayurveda therapy and massage in India, and Somatic Yoga Teacher Training in Bali. Bridie is offering two different classes a week and private sessions.

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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. 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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Grace Martin

Grace had a wonderfull 35 year career as a nurse and midwife, during this time she Yoga, Dorchester, Sharon, Cox, Button, Therapy, Centre, Dorset, Baby, Pregnancy, Massage, holistic, mindful, meditation, meditate,realised the importance of supporting individuals to become proactive in their own health and wellbeing. To this end in 2008, looking towards the end of her NHS career she trained to become a Gym instructor, and then achieved a diploma in Pilates instruction, continuing with the theme of individual respect and self belief.

She furthered her training gaining certificates in antenatal and postnatal exercise, women’s health, core stability and care of those with special orthopaedic conditions and group exercise. All of the above life experience has enables Grace to value the life she lives, and the people she meets, also to appreciate the wonderful diversity of every individual. Graces Pilates classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, the programme can be adapted and progressed to suit everyone.Grace also has a role as a preschool gymnastics coach at the YMCA dorchester.

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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. 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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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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Robert George

A qualified Energy Healer and Tai Chi practitioner for many years, I have practiced meditation for over 20 years both alone and in groups.

My wish is to help people relax and experience the sense of peace and connection a guided meditation
can bring.

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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. 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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Sophie Russell

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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Toni Franklin

(Toni is a trainee teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga)
Yoga has been a part of my life for many years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

I study with the British Wheel of Yoga and attend many yoga retreats, classes and workshops to further deepen my practice and stay plugged into the wonderful world of yoga.

I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.

In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

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Toni Roberts

In 2005 Toni qualified as a 200hr Barkan Method teacher, returning a year later to
to become certified to teach Level II & III and Hot Vinyasa Flow. Since 2006 Toni has gone on to train in Classical Yoga for children and teenagers (The Special Yoga Centre), Pre and Postnatal Yoga (Classical Yoga with Jane MacKarness), Raja Yoga Meditation (Brahma Kumaris), Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga History, Philosophy & Ethics (Max Strom), Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Conditions (The Minded Institute), Heather Elton Yoga, Shoden & Okuden Reiki and is currently training with Mark Freeth of; The Freestyle Yoga Project.Toni has also received intensive instruction and training from many world renowned teachers including Manju Jois (Astanga Vinyasa), Ana Forest (Forest Yoga), and Sharon Gannon & David Life (Jivamukti).

This continued and diverse background of learning enables Toni to teach a variety of classes that range from the challenging and dynamic, to the mindful and restorative. T

Toni leads retreats, workshops and teacher training’s in the UK and abroad as principal teacher trainer for yogahaven (2008 – 2017) and The Yoga Garden (2013 – ongoing). Her love of running inspirational, life-affirming retreats culminated in the launch of her company Lokya Retreats in 2016; bringing people together to reconnect in stunning, handpicked, natural landscapes.

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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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Monthly teachers, workshop and courses leaders:


Alison Purnell

Alison is an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher and member of the UK network of Mindfulness Teachers. She currently works part time in the NHS,  teaching the Mindfulness for Health course for people who suffer with chronic pain. As an Occupational Therapist and Counsellor, Alison is interested in helping people to improve their quality of life, and to change their relationship with life’s difficulties; whatever life brings. The Breathworks approach combines mindfulness and compassion together to help people grow in moment to moment awareness, self-acceptance and kindness, which can have a deeply transformative effect.

Alison came to mindfulness through a personal interest in meditation and the study of Psychology and Mental Health, and has found it invaluable in keeping her balance and perspective in her life as an NHS health professional and mother. She believes that we can all weave mindfulness and self/compassion into the busiest of working and family lives.

As well as teaching Mindfulness; Alison has a particular interest in the area of Compassion, and has trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living course, and is now a registered MBCL teacher. Alison is delighted to be able to offer this course, hosted by Mind How you Go, in Dorchester to anyone who’s done a standard Mindfulness course already.

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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

Leanne Jones photo

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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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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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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