“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.”
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 helped me 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 helps me 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’syear 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 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. 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.
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.
"To the best of my ability, I try to pass on the teachings which I have learnt. I do not pretend to be a master of these arts, rather, a student"
I am a teacher of Hatha Yoga and Tantra, Aikido, Meditation and Thai Massage and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Lancaster University. I am currently a Gestalt therapist in training at Manchester Gestalt Centre. I began Aikido and Yoga together in 2003. Since then I have traveled the world living in both modern and traditional dojo and ashram for a total of about four years. I teach Aikido, Yoga and Tantra as arts of self-transformation in the North West area (Lancaster, Blackpool, Preston and in and around the Forest of Bowland) as well as further afield!
I teach a form of Yoga and Tantra which is modern and systematic in its presentation, while having roots that can be traced back several hundred years. It is a systematic approach which includes the whole spectrum of yogic teachings. We work together gradually from the simplest postures such as sitting, standing, lying down, through the more subtle practices of body-breath co-ordination, breath development, sound vibrations, relaxation and concentration. I teach from my own experience while following the teachings of the Gitananda Yoga tradition as passed on to me by my teachers Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani (Ammaji) and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, and several of their senior instructors, specifically Yogacharini Latha and Yogacharini Cathy Davis. I undertook a six-month live-in training course with them in 2016, after nearly a decade of correspondence and guidance.
The last several years I have focused on academic studies and writing, recently finishing a PhD in Religious studies at Lancaster university. My thesis and my interests are in comparative philosophy and transformational practices.
To the best of my ability I try to pass on the teachings which I have learnt. I do not pretend to be a master of these arts, rather, a student. I teach from my own experience, and in all earnestness, I try to pass on the same teachings I myself have been fortunate to receive from my exceptional teachers.
“Yoga enables me to connect more with all that is, to treat myself and others with compassion, to feel good and to feel OK with feeling not so good.”
I began practicing yoga over 10 years ago, travelling the world through work enabled me to learn from many different teachers. I am very thankful to my first longer term teacher Julie, with whom I studied Ashtanga. I no longer practice Ashtanga but appreciate these formative years where I developed a love for Asana, discipline and a strong connection to breath.
After moving to Blackpool I found Angela’s classes and just loved what she was teaching and how she helped me with my practice, it was with her I developed a breath lead self practice following the principles of T.K.V Desikachar. Angela encouraged and inspired me to do my teacher training, after which I taught at YB, Rehabilitation centres, schools, colleges and also privately in one to one sessions.
I recently returned from a 5 month trip to India - a magical place where I stayed in Ashrams, monasteries and learned new meditation and Yoga techniques including Yoga Nidra. I’m currently studying towards a second teacher training online with Rod Stryker on the principles of Vinyasa Krama.
I practice Yoga for many reasons. It enables me to connect more with all that is, to treat myself and others with compassion, to feel good and to feel OK with feeling not so good.