Sharing the practice of yoga.
Heather has been teaching for over 8 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.
Born in Shropshire, Freya moved to Leeds aged 19 to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance gaining a 1st degree in 2014 and a choreographic and creative practice award. During her time at university Freya began practicing yoga to supplement her physical dance training but it wasn’t until she started working as a professional dancer that she really began to experience the deeper benefits of her practice.
Since then she has continued to develop her own personal practice and found a deep passion for vinyasa flow yoga. As a working contemporary dancer Freya loves being creative within her practice and enjoys exploring unusual flow sequences and transitions between the asanas. In 2015 Freya decided to embark on a teacher training course in the hope to pass on her passion for yoga and begin running her own classes. She spent time over in India training at Trimurti Yoga in Goa and received her 200HR Yoga Alliance certified certificate in multi-style yoga. During her training, she explored Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga practices as well as mindfulness and philosophy. As well as being a dancer, Freya is also a keen climber. Bouldering both indoors and outdoors on the beautiful Yorkshire gritstone; she climbs every week and works part time at her local wall in Leeds.
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.
Having trained from a young age as a ballet dancer, Hannah joined the Hamburg Ballet Company at sixteen where she performed and toured around the world. Upon returning home,Hannah taught adult Ballet classes for the Northern Ballet where she discovered the joys of sharing her knowledge and watching students improve and grow. A good friend told Hannah about local yoga classes in Saltaire and from there a new journey began with Heather. Very quickly Hannah recognised not only the physical benefits of a continuous practise, but also the more subtle energetic benefits. Over three years of attending Heather’s classes, her passion and desire to learn has led her to attend several workshops and eventually to pursue teacher qualifications. She decided to complete her 200-hour teacher training in India with Himalaya Yoga Valley in February 2018. Her goal is to continue her studies and expand her knowledge on yoga, and she is looking forward to sharing it with you.
Louisa qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 but also has 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. She more recently has trained in clinical yoga for Physio and is woking with the GB mountain Runners Team.
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.