Anna Malan Annastarted practicing yoga in 2012 when, as a runner, she discovered how much her running improved with the strength and flexibility gained through a regular yoga practice. Drawn to a movement-based, dogma-free approach to yoga,Anna undertook her teacher training with the Freestyle Yoga Project in 2016 and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. Annateaches dynamic vinyasa yoga and movement. Her interest in running and callisthenics has led to a strong belief in continuously staying curious and drawing on movements learned from other disciplines to keep her yoga fresh and interesting. Classes allow students to develop their physical abilities as well as their mental focus and control. Her approach is fun, grounded and informal. She loves working with beginners and more experienced practitioners alike, and gets particularly excited by working with athletes looking to develop their skills through yoga.
Becca Harrison Becca first discovered the power of yoga in her late teens whilst at university in Birmingham as a means of keeping fit and healthy and also dealing with the pressures of student life. It became a regular part of her post college, adult life and she later followed her passion to India where she trained as a teacher of hatha yoga in the Sivananda tradition. She is also trained in childrens yoga under the tutelage of Jo Manuel at The Special Yoga Centre. Becca has taught at several yoga centres both in the UK and also overseas including Triyoga and the Special Yoga Centre in London and the world renown Esalen in California and is delighted to be now teaching in Cambridge, the city of her birth. Becca truly believes that by incorporating yoga alongside meditation and holistic therapies such as massage and reiki, there is a way to move through the challenges of modern life with a sense of greater sense of ease, understanding and empowerment. She loves to share the knowledge she has gained over the past twenty years with her students so they can find good health, flow and even an increased sense of joy in their own lives. Laughter is no stranger to Becca's classes!
Beverley Nolan Guest tutor, Beverley, is a yoga teacher with 30 years experience registered at E-RYT500 and YACEP level with the international Yoga Alliance. She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator with ISMETA. Based in Cambridge, she travels widely sharing new ways to think, move and feel through the body. When she is not doing this, Beverley facilities creative journaling projects on line, in workshops and in the landscape.
Bryony Vickers Since having her first child at 23, Bryony has always had an interest in supporting others through the journey of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. She studied permaculture and sustainability and has worked in both Australia and the UK in community engagement roles, supporting groups to work towards environmental responsibility and community cohesion. Bryony has practised yoga in various forms since 2003 and discovered Birthlight during her second pregnancy. She was so inspired by the ethos of Birthlight and the positive effect it had on her whole family through her second journey into parenthood. Bryony says: "It is always such a privilege to work with families through this exciting and often daunting time of their life. Bringing a gentle and deep yoga practise to this journey can really ease the transition into parenthood, providing a solid foundation with which to grow, birth and nurture our babies and ourselves." Bryony is also a firm supporter of the Health at Every Size and Body Positivity movement. Her classes are designed to be inclusive- for all body shapes, all fitness levels, all styles of parenting; a warm and nurturing space where each individual, babies and adults alike, is welcome to be just be themselves, have fun and make friends, as we all take steps towards ease and peace. Bryony teaches Birthlight classes in Pregnancy Yoga, Nurturing Baby Massage, Mother and Baby Yoga and Parent and Toddler Yoga. She also trains teachers for Birthlight across the globe and works as a birth and postnatal doula. In her spare time she loves to spend as much time as possible with her gorgeous family, do various crafty things, practice yoga and work on her allotment.
Carolyn Pallon Carolyn combines the 23 years experience she has as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, working across all age ranges in Mental Health, with her absolute, heartfelt dedication to and experience in meditative practices, predominately the liberating power of resting deeply. Knowing ourselves deeply, welcoming the whole of life, trusting we are absolutely part of it & belong, supporting others to be more at ease, to find friendliness towards themselves and their experience has been and continues to be a lifelong passion of hers. Carolyn's own practice (which combines meditation, silence, nature & basically everything that comes my way) has revealed what is possible when she stops trying to reach out beyond herself for answers, for satisfaction. She continues to be curious and open to what we are really capable of when the pressure is off and the kindness is on! Carolyn is delighted to offer this class for Satyam Yoga centre
Deborah Hempstead Deborah has been practicing yoga since her 20`s. Originally with a degree in Biology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education she taught Science in secondary schools for 7 years and then in special schools for a further 5 years. Realising the value of a regular yoga practice and from the desire to share and pass this on to others, she trained to teach yoga with the British Wheel. For the past 8 years Deborah has been teaching yoga, during which time she has completed a "Learn to Teach Yoga Nidra" course with Uma and Nirlita Dinsmore - Tuli, trained and qualified as a "Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs" teacher in 2013 and has since taught eight 12 week Yoga for Backs courses. She is currently undertaking a 6 month pranayama course with Philip Xerri. Deborah teaches gentle hatha classes and she has a particular interest in the therapeutic benefits yoga can bring.
Edie Stuart Edie, originally from London, has spent the last nine years living in the US and has just moved back to England (Cambridge) a few months ago. She has been practising yoga for as long as she can remember, but she really committed to her practice five years ago when living abroad because she found it to be an amazing way of grounding herself during times of anxiety and transition. She is a graduate of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Yoga of Yoga and Aryuveda in Massachusetts (USA).
Edie is also a trained primary school teacher and a certified Children’s Yoga teacher, having completed her training with the Little Greene Teacher Training Program in Glasgow, Scotland.
Emma Kerr Emma has been teaching Pilates since 2001 when she gained her qualification with the Pilates Institute under Micheal King and Malcolm Muirhead.
As an ex dancer she is able to bring a feeling of fluidity and creativity to her classes alongside the fundamental principles of this tried and tested discipline. Pilates works extremely well as a supplement to all Yoga practices and is helpful to everyday functional movement. The work is on breath patterns, alignment, posture, strength, flexibility and body awareness. Emma is delighted to be part of the team and looks forward to seeing Satyam Yoga flourish.
Felicity Pearce Leaving her corporate job in November 2014, Felicity made a choice to drastically change her life, embarking on a adventure of exploration and self discovery. Completing her first Teacher Training in India, Felicity then travelled to Ubud in Bali and completed a second training with Anna Forest trained teacher Les Leventhal. Over the months Felicity was teaching in Malawi, Cape Town and Sydney, returning to the UK in February 2016 to help deliver her first niece and make home in Cambridge. Felicity passion for life and colourful personality is reflected in her teaching, encouraging you to reconnect to your body, finding freedom in your flow. Aiming to lengthening and strengthen your mind and body, Felicity’s Vinyasa flow classes are normally taught to uplifting music with a modern twist. “Since returning to the UK, it is beautiful to think everything I do and everyone I meet is built on a foundation of love and of new life.”
Har Hari Kaur Har Hari's initial training in Pilates was with The Pilates Institute in 2000 and she has been teaching ever since. Prior to that training she had studied yoga, mime, dance, and acting (including a strong dose of physical theatre). She will soon embark on further training, with Madeline Black which will deepen her knowledge of functional anatomy.
She says "my classes are all basic introductory level which focus on centering, breath-work, body awareness, alignment and relaxation. This doesn't mean they are easy! It's my hope that the classes are always enjoyable and worthwhile though.
For me, the Pilates method has the potential to support us intelligently in our physical bodies right through into our later years. Just as Joseph Pilates intended (and as he himself demonstrated), it's possible to have a strong relaxed body well into your 80s".
Hayley Steadman Hayley teaches Jivamukti Yoga having studied with inspiring teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Jules Febre and Ruth Lauer Manenti. Hayley's interest in philosophy and psychology was sparked in her early teens. During a trip to Asia in 2009 she became particularly interested in Eastern philosophy and Buddhism.Whilst working in events and hospitality she was introduced to yoga and found that it bought calm and clarity to a busy mind and tired body. Yoga quickly became an integral part of her life.In 2015 she left the UK to spend several months studying and travelling in India and completed her 300 Hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in February 2016. She now lives and teaches in Cambridge and continues to study with mentor Andrea Kwiatkowski. Her classes incorporate a dynamic physical practice, an uplifting soundtrack and a lot of laughter. Hayley fully believes in a causal relationship between practicing yoga and a life filled with peace, love and happiness. Forever a student, she is truly grateful for all the teachers in her life that share their knowledge and continue to inspire.
Hermione Fairbairn Hermione found Yoga 10 years ago whilst living and working in London. She found it to be both the perfect complement to her training for triathlon events as well as an oasis of calm at the end of a challenging day's work as a primary school teacher. During a career break travelling in 2010, she was drawn to the Samadhi Yoga Centre in Australia (now Jivamukti Sydney) and completed her Yoga teacher training there. Her teachers (Katie Manitsas and Idit Hefer Tamir) inspired in her a style of Yoga which she would describe as Hatha Vinyasa with a Jivamukti ‘flavour’.
Hermione has come to really value the role of mindfulness meditation, both during practice and everyday life, and you will notice a strong emphasis on this in her classes. She more recently completed the MBSR course at the Buddhist Centre in Cambridge. Balance and 'coming into balance' is a key theme for Hermione (both on and off the mat). Finding a connection with our bodies, our environment and other beings through breath and movement is a grounding and balancing experience that she hopes students will share through her teaching. She likes to incorporate an eclectic soundtrack into her classes to enhance the Nada Yoga experience. Yoga has played a really important role in every stage of Hermione's journey into motherhood, during pregnancy and post-natally. She now enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with her two young children (not always as idealistic as it sounds!)
Howard Daly Howard first became interested in yoga about 20 years ago when he was working as a carpenter / joiner. He studied martial arts as a way of keeping fit, but he sustained a number of injuries & initially practiced yoga to help 'fix' these. Eventually he sustained a serious injury & found that yoga & acupuncture were the only things that helped him. His interest in yoga grew and gave him a greater understanding of energies, the mind body connection & how yoga can heal on many levels. He started practicing Ashtanga Yoga, which inspired him to learn to teach. Howard is a qualified yoga teacher, he has studied the art of adjustment, is a level three Pilates instructor & a Thai yoga masseur. All of which has given him a greater understanding of how the body works, which informs his yoga teaching. Howard has studied with Louise Palmer, Mark Singleton, Abby Hoffman, Mark Freeth, Brian Cooper, Hamish Hendry, John Scott, David Swenson, Manju Jois & Denise Martin-Harker. Howard's aim is to make yoga and Pilates accessible & enjoyable for students of all ages & abilities, giving them the tools to deepen their own knowledge & understanding of their own bodies & minds.
Iir Prihatinawati Iir is originally from Indonesia, training in Bali before moving to Cambridge in 2015. She is an Associate level II with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. She began her yoga journey early in her life to help with asthma, gradually evolving into regular asana practice. From then on, she has been practicing yoga for more than half of her life and yoga has become her way of life. Iir never planned to be a yoga teacher but during her home practice, friends started coming over and encouraged her to take her teaching qualifications. After exploring many different types of yoga, Iir formally qualified to teach Vinyasa from Frog Lotus Yoga (FLY) International. In August 2016, she completed Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, which she found deeply empowering. She is now under the mentorship with Jambo Dragon, one of the Guardians of Forrest Yoga. Iir comes from a places of kindness from the heart when she gives hand-on assists in her classes. With her passion to learn and philosophy of constantly being a student in life, she is regularly attending workshops and trainings from world-known teachers to improve her practice and her teaching skills. She never missed David Swenson’s visit in Cambridge, love learning from many different teachers such as Leslie Kaminof, Marcus Veda of Rocket Yoga, Dylan Werner, Alexandra Crow, Doug Swenson and Michael James Wong. She intends to continue this because she believes onecan not give from an empty cup. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, Iir taught languages for 12 years, so teaching is something she is very familiar with. With her Master's Degree in Psychological Education, she brings her understanding of progression into her classes. She breaks poses into smaller components and sequences mindfully and intelligently to reach a peak pose, with strong emphasis on the breath-movement connection, integrity and mindfulness. Connection between breath and movement.Focusing on our breathing encourages us to focus on your own body rather than those around us, making us more aware of its strengths but also its limitations. Muscular integrity and hands-on assists. By moving around the class as she teaches, she helps her students to be more aware of theirmuscular activities, keeping the body safely aligned and engage the relevant muscles, which allows students to get safely deeper into the pose. Mindfulness. As we focus within, maintaining our muscular integrity, we are encouraged to understand yoga as a personal journey of physical and mental fulfilment and improvement. Everyone follow their own journey in life and in yoga, but all living bodies are a wonder. Appreciate yours not what it can’t do, but for what it can.
Janine Tandy Janine has spent the past 16 years developing her personal practice and teachings through daily asana, pranayama and meditation. She feels deeply blessed to have met Jude English and Isaac Pena 12 years ago in NYC, where she has studied vinyasa yoga with them through their Sankalpah Teacher Training, many focused workshops, and home practice. Through their guidance and support, she has developed a deep understanding of alignment based sequencing with the important incorporation of breath led movement and meditation. This instilled the love she has of a strong movement and stillness practice.
Janine has expanded her yoga study and teaching to include the Yin Yoga level I and II with Depth Psychology teaching certification with Sarah Powers, and is currently enrolled in Sarah’s Insight Yoga Institute (500 hrs) to deepen this aspect of practice. She has completed Therapeutic Yoga teacher certification with Cheri Clampette and Arturo Peal, as well as becoming a licensed health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Combining yoga teaching and her wellness counseling, Janine founded NourishYourself in 2011, to offer a holistic and integrative approach to health and well-being. She continues to study with Sarah Powers and her Vinyassa teachers.
Janine holds two bachelor degrees from The University of Rochester in Political Science and Public Health and holds a Master of Public Health from New York University.
Jo Darking Jo was first introduced to yoga and meditation as a teenager in the 1990s and it has been at the core of her life ever since. Her teaching is inspired by her training in the Satyananda Yoga tradition which she took in London from 2009 - 2011 with Swami Pragyamurti Saraswati, amongst other wonderful teachers. Previous to this, Jo had discovered a love of the dynamic style of Ashtanga Yoga whilst studying for her degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS. In 2003 she trained to teach this method with Brian Cooper from Union Yoga. However Jo soon realised that her heart lay in a slower, meditative practice and her classes focus on developing mindful awareness of the body, mind and breath, allowing for the release of tension and the freeing up of energy. Her sessions are deep and uplifting, moving between slow, meditative postures and more dynamic flowing practices. Jo teaches practical tools for living and liberation - by fully and consciously acknowledging the contents and the qualities of the mind, body and breath, we make way for a spaciousness within, a silence from which we can listen more readily to the wisdom of the heart. This allows us to live our lives more fully, more freely. Having worked with children, young people and their parents for 20 years and in various supportive and therapeutic roles (including FIP and MST), Jo went on to qualify as a Children's Yoga & Mindfulness teacher, training with Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre in 2015. She also teaches regular Family Yoga sessions as well as 1:1 sessions with both adults and children. Jo is the Founder of Satyam Yoga Cambridge and also of Satyam Yoga Reach, a community interest company working to increase access to yoga and meditation for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jo Gough Jo has been living holistically for 20 years; practising embodied spirituality, connecting with the spirits of the natural world, honouring the Divine and working with Universal Energy to bring comfort and healing to her family, friends and clients. She loves working with others as they discover and deepen their connection to their own interpretation of Sacred. Jo has been surrounded by sound for as long as she can remember. Growing up in two musical families, she was able to pursue both her interest in natural sciences and sound. Reaching a crossroads, Jo chose to read for a degree in Music and Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. She went on to study for a PGCE in Secondary Music Education, but part way through fell ill, and her path changed, leading her to deepen her interest in holistic healthcare. It is nearly a decade since Jo moved to Cambridge, and it was here that she fell seriously ill again – major life changes followed, and today Jo is fully immersed in supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing on all levels. Jo is a passionate Sound Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Companion and Doula committed to bringing integrated holistic support to all. Her blend of evidenced based techniques and grounded presence is both practical and deeply comforting. Jo offers individual and group sound baths, one-to-one Reiki healing and teaching, Sound healing and Spiritual Companionship, as well as creating simple ceremonies to mark important life milestones. Jo will be offering sound baths as a part of the Friday Restoration Hour Sessions.
Karim Niangane Having gone from being super active and very athletic all of his life to a rapid deterioration in his health - struggling with constant lethargy, weight gain, depression, low self-esteem and the emotional and financial consequences that come from this - Karim was inspired by a friend to empower his mindset as a way of creating long-term and sustainable changes within himself. He joined the Body Transformation Academy of London, to study the science of Body Transformation, including neuro-muscular connections, nutrition, body sculpture and athlete-winning mindsets. He learned that lasting change can happen in as short a time-frame as 8 weeks and he now wants to share these techniques with others that may benefit. If you have the will, Karim has the ways.
Karin Eklund Of Swedish origin, Karin moved to the UK in 2000 to take up a job in an Arts organsiation in London. At the same time an increasing interest in Yoga took her to Mysore, India where she studied Ashtanga Yoga with BNS Iyengar. Upon her return to London she started her teacher training with Lara Baumann, founder of Quantum Yoga, who inspired her to be creative with her practice.
Always looking to broaden her perspective and experience of yoga, Karin has studied with a number of well respected teachers including Clive Sheridan, David Swenson, Danny Paradise, and Andrew Eppler. During her first pregnancy Karin also trained as a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher with Dr. Francoise Freedman, founder of Birthlight, who has been a great inspiration and mentor.
She started teaching in London before setting up her own yoga classes on the Isle of Mull on West Coast Scotland. She moved to Cambridge in 2010 to do an MA in Illustration at Cambridge school of art. She now works full time as an illustrator and artist as well as yoga teacher. Karin now favours a powerful flowing style of yoga with special attention to the breath and alignment to help strengthen and energize the body. She enjoys a strong practice with a creative approach to sequencing.
Kim Bloemers Kim is originally from the Netherlands but has been living and working the last 20 years in Italy. She discovered yoga 10 years ago while workingas a PR and Communication manager for fashion brands in Milan. Leading an extremely busy and hectic lifestyle, yoga brought a sense of peace. A few years ago she decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga. She started studying and then went to India where, after completing the 200 hour course, she received her Hatha Yoga teacher certificate. Kim loves to travel, especially to South East Asia, and feels very lucky that she had the chance to have her first Yin yoga class in Bali. She fell totally in love with it.The bliss, the connection with the inner self, the stillness, it felt like it was exactly what she was looking for all these years. A few months ago life brought Kim from Milan to Cambridge and after concluding a Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark in Vancouver she is now looking very forward to sharing her passion for Yin with others.
Liis Võrno Liis first met yoga in early 1990s but then it got put aside for 'some day'… Which came in 2008 when only yoga classes in her local gym in Tokyo seemed to fit the chaotic schedule of lecturing on Buddhist thought, running a school, teaching Japanese and trying to squeeze out a positive answer to question: "So, when are you going to hand in your PhD thesis?" It was all a mess and time was ripe for a change! She is an ISHTA Yoga 500-hrs trained teacher and has been teaching since 2012. Her first full training was with Yogacampus London which was followed by more specialised training under ISHTA Yogaraj Katrina Repka, and senior teachers Emily Reed and Michael Bartelle. She has had the honour to learn directly from Param Yogaraj Alan Finger and her approach is also influenced by Satyananda yoga as taught by Swami Shantamurti.
In her classes you'll encounter mindfully flowing asana, some space for pranayama and the stillness of meditation. She may also include optional kriyas, mudras or mantras. However, your focus will be on you and on yourself and the only thing that matters is how you will feel all through and by the end of a class. But you won't know before you come and try …
Lindsey Smith Lindsey started practising Pilates in 2011 as a means to keep fit and provide headspace around a desk job and long commute. Keen to share her positive experiences with others, Lindsey qualified as a level 3 mat-based Pilates instructor in 2014 and more recently trained in BarreConcept.
Having competed in national gymnastic competitions when she was younger, Lindsey finds the key to progression and greatest fitness gains is through mastering the basics and focusing on precision and form. These concepts are taught in her classes with the aim of building core strength to improve posture, movement and body awareness. Lindsey’s teaching style is relaxed and her classes provide a safe and informal space to develop strength and technique. The exercises taught are varied in order to keep the mind focused on the body and are always adapted to suit different fitness levels.
Lindsey moved to Cambridge to study for a PhD in Physical Activity and Public Health. She adopts the philosophy that Pilates and activity can benefit absolutely everyone and lead to improved health and well-being.
Lisa Norman For over 25 years Lisa has been exploring and developing her practices in massage and bodywork, yoga and chi kung. A certified hatha yoga teacher, Lisa trained in Rishikesh India with the Yoga Alliance. Her classes are inspired by her studies in Iyengar, Scaravelli Satyananda and Anusara yoga. Lisa also teaches chi kung, teaching various forms including Eight Brocades; Shibashi Taiji Chi Kung; Universal Healing Tao practices, meditation and deep relaxation techniques.
Lizzie Cutmore Lizzie started teaching yoga in Cambridge in 2008 - having trained with the Amrit Nam Sarovar Yoga school and then with Camyoga. She started teaching because yoga has made such a difference in her own life and she enjoys passing on what she has been taught. Lizzie practises and teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. A blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. She is also certified in Ayurvedic Kansa Vakti foot massage and Gong relaxation.
Louise Foster Louise has over 20 years experience working with children and their families. She qualified with merit as a yoga teacher after several years of personal practice, in 2014 at Camyoga; then trained with Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre for children in London. She is currently training with Siri Arti at Starchild Yoga and teaches yoga to children and teenagers exclusively. Louise is passionate about empowering children to discover and use their mind-body-heart connection to feel embodied, healthy, happy and peaceful. She believes that the best teacher you have is yourself and that practising yoga and mindfulness at an early age equips you to be self-aware, attentive and more ready to manage life’s challenges. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga helps bring the body into balance and therefore maximises children’s potential from within to be the best version of themselves. Her work as a Psychiatric Nurse in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and as a Matron and Teaching Assistant in schools, has led her to have a special interest in working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has an honours degree in Mental Health Nursing as well as some training in Family Therapy, Mindfulness, ASD and ADHD and Reiki. Louise is available to hold 1:1 sessions with children at the centre also. Her teaching is relaxed, creative and fun and her classes will include postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), mindfulness exercises (meditation), sound and relaxation. She is mother to 3 children, she likes being upside down, and her favourite pose is Tree.
Lucy McMahon Lucy trained to teach yoga while writing her PhD. She realised at a certain point that the body as well as the mind has stories to tell and places to explore. She has now been teaching yoga classes in and around Cambridge for three years. She feels that yoga has something to give that she hasn't found anywhere else. She often hears from her students that yoga has changed the way they feel, live and see - and none of us really quite understand how this happens but she actually really likes the fact that she can't put this in writing! In her yoga classes she has an opt-in system for adjustments, and her classes are inspired by her further training in Forrest Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety/Depression, AcroYoga and Thai massage techniques. She is also a local dancer and choreographer, with around fourteen years experience teaching and working with different forms of movement - including classical ballet, contemporary dance, a one off Bollywood performance(!), and more recently Brazilian funk and Kuduro. Building on this, Lucy has just trained as a barre teacher. She feels Barre is a brilliant complement to yoga, is really strengthening, and very uplifting!
Melanie Hastings Melanie started practicing Yoga 11 years ago after hearing about the benefits of breath regulation, anxiety reduction and increased wellbeing. This took her on a journey of many different styles ranging from Sivananda, Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha to Restorative Yoga. After continuous Yoga practice, Yoga has become one of her tools to feel present, connected and joyful, and soon realised she wanted to share the wonderful teachings of Yoga. Melanie studied a foundation Yoga course in 2012 and then completed her 200hr Yin & Yang Yoga training with Simon Low at The Yoga Academy in 2015 and an advanced 50hr training with Simon in 2017. Yin and Yang Yoga is a balance of the Solar & the Lunar, the Dynamic & Passive, and the Masculine & the Feminine energies within. The essence of this practice is to bridge connection between body & mind, generate exploration, build energy, enjoy, and to raise bodily awareness through pranayama and asana. In 2016 Melanie completed the TCTSY (Trauma Centre Trama Sensitive Yoga) 20hr training with Alexandra Cat and taught Yoga for the Cambridge Mental Health Trust. She is currently studying a body based trauma and tension release therapy called TRE with Steve Haines in London.Melanie’s teachings are very much from the heart and she endeavor's to offer classes which are mindful, harmonious and created for all levels with a Bhakti feel!
Dr Rebecca Myers The experience as a scientific researcher Rebecca has gained over the last 20 years has helped her form a rich approach and style of teaching and communicating matters Yoga. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of Cambridge and is a chemistry graduate of Imperial College, London. What drives her in life, yoga and chemistry is a deep sense of enquiry for getting to the truths underpinning the Universe – the inner and the outer. Rebecca holds several yoga teaching certificates and diplomas including Insight Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Powers Mindfulness & Inner Practices in Yin Yoga; Insight Yoga & Psychological Inquiry: An Integrated Approach; Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation. She also loves it hot and holds a500-hr RYT Hot Yoga Integrated Studies Teaching Diploma as well as 200-hr RYT General Yoga Teaching Diploma.
Shaili Shafai Shaili is a professional Iyengar Yoga teacher from Tehran, Iran. She took her first Iyengar yoga class more than two decades ago at the age of ten and ever since yoga has been a constant source of strength and inspiration in her life. Through yoga, she has had opportunities to travel widely, including several times to the RIMYI Centre in Pune, India, where she experienced first-hand the light of Guru ji, B.K.S. Iyengar, and his family. Her first teacher, Mahyar Raz, transformed her understanding of yoga forever with her profound knowledge of anatomy and yogic philosophy. She has attended more than six hundred hours of intensive workshops led by Mr. Faeq Biria, a world-renowned yogi based in Paris, from whom she earned her first teaching certificate in 2007. Since moving to Cambridge at the beginning of 2014, she has been a student of Sasha Perryman, the Chair of the UK Iyengar Association, who helped prepare her for her Junior Level III assessment and whose humility and dedication to a life of yoga is an inspiration to all.
Sophie Leek Sophie BA BWY is a yoga teacher who specialises in teaching Vedic chanting in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. She completed the KYHF Teacher Training Course in chanting in 2013. She also has links with the Mandala Yoga Ashram where she completed year-long courses in Meditation and Kriya Yoga. Sophie has a strong interest in the psychological benefits of yoga, exploring these through the practices of pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and the use of sound and chanting in yoga.
Suryamani Suryamani loves teaching and practising Meditation in a wide range of settings. She runs twice weekly drop in Meditations for Addenbrookes staff and leads Walking Meditation and camping retreats along ancient trackways in East Anglia. She has also taught at local Festivals and events as well as teaching Massage to Carers on respite retreats and both Massage and Meditation to University students at Cambridge. Suryamani has a rich and extensive experience of Meditation of over 20 years duration. She draws directly on her experience of Buddhism, Yoga, Chi Gung and Karate to maintain embodiment, subtle awareness and openness to change. Because of her background in bodywork through Massage, Reiki and Kinesiology, Suryamani also emphasises a deep body awareness in her Meditation teaching. Inspired by Buddhism and Druidry she also loves Ceremony in nature and Meditative journeys through ancient landscapes. She is also deeply nourished by the creative arts, especially music, poetry, painting and sculpture. She is honoured to be teaching at Satyam Yoga and will be offering a Drop in Meditation space every Tuesday at 6pm.
Tahnee Fournier Tahnee Fournier, an ERYT-500 and yoga teacher trainer holds almost 2 decades of yoga experience. Originally from Canada, she has lead trainings and workshops from the Caribbean to Ireland. Tahnee’s classes are steeped in ancient philosophy, structured alignment and flow movement. www.tahneefournier.com
Tiffany Bown Tiffany has been practising Yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2010. She first tried Yoga when she lived in China and was looking for support when she had difficulty conceiving her first child. Along with Chinese medicine and radical changes in diet and lifestyle, this (after a painful four-year fertility journey) eventually did the trick. That journey proved to be the gift that turned Tiffany’s life round and set her on her path of discovery. Her passion now is to help other women navigate their own healing and empowering transitions to a life that is aligned with the cycles of nature and their own authentic selves.
Tiffany practised Iyengar Yoga for 8 years, before - by now living in Italy - discovering MogaDao Yoga, which brings asana together with Chinese Five Element theory. Tiffany trained to teach MogaDao Yoga with founder Zhenzan Dao. She is also a qualified Naturopath and Reflexologist and a certified teacher of MogaDao Qigong and MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality practices for women. She also had the pleasure of training to teach Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga and Fertility Yoga with Francoise Freedman and Womb Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Tiffany returned to the UK in 2011 and has since been teaching MogaDao Yoga, MogaDao Qigong and Wise Womb Women’s Circles in Cambridge. In her Yoga classes, she favours slowness, encouraging people to feel in deeply as they move with self-reverence, precision and grace.