“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” ― T.K.V. Desikachar
My name is Angela and I’m the owner and founder of Yoga Blackpool, originally from London I have travelled and lived all over the world. In 2008 I settled in Blackpool with my partner and had our 2 children; Zac and Beau. I began practicing Yoga over 20 years ago, and have been fortunate to have had some very kind and knowledgeable teachers who provided a solid platform to begin my yoga journey from.
As I move through life and change, so does my Yoga. In my 20’s I enjoyed the physicality of yoga and the confidence that came with learning postures that required strength and physical skill. During pregnancy, yoga helped to keep me mobile and strong but also taught me how to be soft and to find courage. Now, in my 40’s and with 2 young children and a busy hard working partner, life is very full and can get very stressful. Yoga shows me how to STOP and RELAX and ENJOY moments that sometimes get easily lost in day to day life! Yoga is also helping me to discover myself, and to recognise and reach my fullest potential.
In 2010 I began my enquiry into teaching yoga and completed the Inner Yoga Trust’s year long Foundation course in Manchester. Then my 2 children came along and the focus changed to becoming a mum and raising babies. In 2012 I enrolled on the Yogacampus Teacher training programme and after 18 months of study and practice I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Teacher Training Diploma. Since then I have attended workshops and courses with Donna Farhai, Liz Lark, Noah Maze, Jay Brown and Mark Whitwell.
In 2016 I met Mark Whitwell for the first time on a week long retreat in Crete, this was a wonderful experience and many connections and friends were made. In 2017 I completed The Heart of Yoga Teacher training by Mark Whitwell in Mainz, Germany. I continue to learn with The Heart of Yoga Association, which is rooted in the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, T.K.V. Desikachar and U.G. Krishnamurti and I apply the principles of practice in my teaching.
I spent 4 years teaching my classes in different studios, gyms and halls in Blackpool and dreamed of being able to offer a dedicated space for people to come and practice Yoga. In 2016, myself and my partner restored the beautiful premises on Redbank road - on our first visit we knew as soon as I walked in that this was the place I had been searching for. I am so happy that we were able to create this special haven, overlooking the sea, a safe and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.
I teach Hatha Yoga, which, contrary to common understanding and uses, actually means all physical forms of Yoga practice and not a specific "style". Hatha yoga is a purifying and re-balancing practice where breath and movement are one. The practice includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises which move, activate and increase Prana, vital energy), Bandha (energy locks), Meditation, Relaxation and Chanting. Hatha yoga helps to bring balance, strength and flexibility in the body and a sense of well-being and a deep connection to the self, improving relationships with friends, loved ones and our environment. My yoga practice helps me to live the life I have with kindness, tolerance and love for myself and those around me. Life isn't always easy, yoga helps.