Sharing the practice of yoga.
Heather has been teaching for over 6 years in UK & India, including being an educator for trainee teachers and is the owner of Heather Yoga – a yoga school based in Saltaire West Yorkshire.
Heather enjoys the exploration of body & mind wellness & sharing her knowledge with others. Her ongoing 14 year practice of yoga has become an integral part of her life. She has practiced & studied with many teachers including her main teacher Jason Crandell who she has also had the opportunity to assist him on his visits to UK.
Heather teaches dynamic Alignment based Vinyasa and Ashtanga Primary Series, along with Hatha, Yoga For Sports, Yin & Restorative drawing from her various influences from the different schools of yoga, the philosophical texts & the teachers she has practiced with. Her classes are accessible & authentic, mindful & meditative, supportive & nurturing and inspiring with a focus on correct breathing and posture awareness.
Her training began on a four month trip to India at the end of 2010 which saw her undertaking a 200 hrs Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course in Goa. After qualifying at the start of 2011 she stayed on to work at the yoga school - teaching classes on a regular basis and assisting the main teacher with adjustments in class. She then spent the next 4 years returning to the school as one of the main teachers - teaching asana, posture workshops & specialising in Anatomy for Yoga whilst completing her 300 hrs Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificate.
She is constantly growing & evolving by practicing various styles of yoga, regularly attending workshops & trainings, and reading books & articles to further her knowledge & understanding. She recently completed a Meditation Teacher Training Course and is currently working through another 300 hours training, this time with her teacher Jason Crandell. Heather loves the fact there is always further to go in yoga and is happy to be a dedicated eternal student on the yoga path.
With a background in competitive running, Joe came to yoga asana initially as a way to complement his physical training for ultra distance events, but Yoga quickly permeated other aspects of his life as he developed a daily practice. Yoga eventually eclipsed Joe's sporting pursuits as he brought more balance to his life, and he was also inspired to commence a regular practice of zazen (Zen meditation) as a result. He is a committed Ashtanga practitioner, believing that it provides a traditional, disciplined and proven approach to slowly building strength and flexibility, but with the ultimate aim of quietening the mind, through its technique of joining together the breath, gaze and posture in a moving meditation. Joe completed his teacher training with Nichi Green and Brian Cooper at The Yoga Space in Leeds and qualified as a teacher in September 2016.
“Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can practice yoga.” T.K.V. Desikachar
Debbie first came to yoga as a way of dealing with the pressures of a busy job and as a way of managing the competing demands on her time; through regular attendance at class she noticed not only a change in her body through asana practice, but also a sense of space and calmness that she had not previously experienced. Through her classes, and through using the breath as a tool to integrate the body and mind in a way that is accessible for all, Debbie is keen to pass on this knowledge and to encourage students to take a step away from the stresses of modern life and to find a space for themselves through the practice of yoga.
In 2016 Debbie completed her studies on the Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma and became a fully registered Yoga teacher. She has also gained a teaching certificate in Relax and Renew© Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and has recently attended a six-day Yogic Mindfulness: The Essence of Yoga urban retreat with AG and Indra Mohan.
Yoga didn't really knock on Michelle's door until 2011. She was traveling in New Zealand and finding her body becoming stiffer and stiffer, she sought out a class. She started to discover that yoga was not just about flexibility but the connection between mind, body & spirit that comes with an awareness of breath. She found a place on her mat where she could push herself and discover more about herself than she had in 30yrs! Yoga started to change her life and her depressive tendencies started coming to the surface less and less. Her passion led her to India to spend time over the next few years doing teacher training and study. She is still first and foremost a yoga student and continues to learn through regular workshops and trainings. She teaches both dynamic styles of yoga and yin, influenced by her own practice and studies in India. She aims for students to develop introspection, an understanding of their own bodies needs and to accept themselves as they are in each class.
Louisa has trained in clinical yoga for physiotherapists and is qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University. She also holds a Masters in sports medicine where she worked in the sport and exercise field with leading businessmen, Formula 1 drivers and teams, and club and elite level athletes in rowing and triathlon. Most recently she has been working with the GB Mountain Runners.
As a physio she has worked in private practice with a variety of individuals from those looking to overcome injury, accident and surgery and improve general day to day function, to elite and amateur triathletes, semi-pro and recreational cyclists who want to prevent and overcome injury, and maximise performance. She has worked with many cyclists who were doing the Lands’End to John O Groats and other such like endurance events performing bespoke MOT’s and bike fits.
Louisa, in her past life, was a professional triathlete representing Great Britain in long course and ironman distances. She was 3rd in her first Ironman at Ironman Lanzarote but her career ended there following a serious biking accident. This did not stop her as several years later she retrained as a physiotherapist, which she loves, and keeps herself active, albeit at a more sedate pace. Her main focus now is to help others overcome injury, manage pain and chronic conditions and aid realisation of dreams, whatever that may be. She is passionate about what she does, enjoys a challenge and will work hard to get you where you want to be, like everyone at the clinic.
Louisa in her free time enjoys hill and mountain walks/shuffles, riding her bike, yoga (which she is incorporating into her treatments) and has a keen interest in cooking, diet and health and loves concocting real, raw and alkalising food recipes with a special interest in natural energy food sources for endurance, sports and health.
Kelly first came to yoga over 12 years ago whilst looking for something to do on rest days and help recover from running. Finding the practice helped with so much more than just her knees, hips and back, she developed a daily practice over the next few years. Finally, in 2012 she had the opportunity to train with YogaCampus and graduated in 2013. With a new baby in tow, her practice changed and evolved over time, finding there was always something in yoga to help with being a parent. Wanting to share this practice with her family, she trained to teach baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, and children’s yoga and has been involving her kids (and even husband) in her practice. There is always something new to learn about yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, every day is a new opportunity to experience the wonderful journey of life through our practice.
Serena studied dance from the age of 6 and began practicing yoga to improve flexibility and enhance her dance training. Physical movement has always been at the heart of Serena’s interests and over time Yoga became the vehicle for her inward exploration. She is qualified to teach Yoga for Primary Education and completed her Yoga Teacher Training Course with Nichi Green and Brian Cooper at The Yoga Space in Leeds. Serena is extremely committed to bringing a nurturing and safe environment for students to support inward focus and exploration of the body, mind and spirit for yogis of all levels. Her classes aim to stretch and lengthen the entire body in a light-hearted and playful approach.
Angela believes that yoga is for everyone and understands that everybody's journey is different and this individuality should be nurtured. Angela's classes have a relaxed, informal atmosphere to provide nourishment for the body and soul! Every great journey starts with the first step Angela wants to help you find your yoga path.
Angela was first drawn to Yoga in because it offered a welcome inner sanctuary away from the stress and anxieties of hectic life. Angela has a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology and enjoys exploring the similarities between Mindfulness and Yoga. Mindfulness increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality by paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This mindfulness approach can help combat anxiety & depression and is one of the underlying principles of yoga practice, which directs focus to the breath and body to provide a moving meditation.
Angela has been practicing yoga since 1998 and completed her teacher training with Brian Cooper (PhD) and Nichi Green in 2013. Angela is an experienced practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, studying with and assisting Joey Miles at Ashtanga Yoga Leeds, which has also provided firm foundations for her practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga.
Angela has attended workshops/training with internationally recognised teachers David Swenson, Tim Feldman, David Garrigues, Eddie Stern, Stu Girling, Esther Ekhart, Granville Cousins and Durga Devi.