I see yoga as a way of keeping the body and mind healthy. Through its emphasis on enquiry, awareness and positivity, it can bring about both calmness and renewed energy. I have been practicing yoga since 1989, originally in the Iyengar tradition where I trained and qualified as a teacher.
I now incorporate other disciplines in my own practice and in class, including flow sequences, yin yoga and meditation. My classes combine movement and strong posture work (vinyasa and asana) with quiet meditative practice (yin), adapting according to individual needs.
I first came to yoga in the mid '90's, and am now a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, with further training through the Yoga Biomedical Trust in Yoga Therapy. I teach a blend of practice drawing from different traditions, including yin, restorative yoga, Iyengar, and vini yoga, often working with props. For me, yoga really is about helping people to find the greatest freedom in their minds and bodies at this point in time. I work in a variety of settings, including mental health, and have a special interest in therapeutic yoga, including working one-to-one with people.
I first discovered yoga in 2001 quite by accident, after randomly picking up a yoga video in my local Woolworths. At that point, I didn’t even know what yoga was but within half an hour I knew I had found something that would change my life. I’m now a qualified teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and have been teaching at various gyms across Cardiff since 2008.
My classes and personal practice combine dynamic yoga sequences with slower, more meditative poses and deep relaxation, to balance both body and mind.
As a working mum with two small children, I know it can be hard to find the time and motivation to get to a yoga class during the week, hence my “Yoga Sundays” classes, which I hope will provide that essential “you time”, restoring you after the weekend and setting you up for the week ahead.
I have been practising yoga for many years and qualified with Yoga Alliance UK through Yoga Bodhi in Bath. My passion for nature and the outdoors greatly influences my yoga practice. At the heart of my teaching style is a wholesome approach to practice on and off the yoga mat being mindful of how we care for ourselves, others and the environment. My own study and practice continues to influence the style of yoga I teach which is rooted in Hatha yoga. Each practice includes the mind, body and breath revitalising you as a whole. Alongside yoga, swimming is also a passion, in particular how swimming can bring a sense of calmness, strength and energy.
Jo offers a space for you to seek wellbeing and balance through your yoga practice. Jo’s emphasis is on bringing greater awareness and a renewed vitality to the mind & body. Her classes support you to use the path of yoga as a process to find your own way authentically and to reconnect with yourself.
Jo brings the qualities of compassion and kindness to her teaching; she is motivated to teach by her genuine interest in people. Jo has extensive experience of personally and professionally supporting people with mental health problems, she advocates the healing effects of yoga practice. Jo works in an empowering and insightful way, taking a holistic and dignified approach to her work.
Claire has enjoyed a regular yoga practice since her first class in 1995 and has been teaching since 2003. Her style of teaching is encouraging and nurturing. She believes that one style of yoga does not fit all, and ensures that her classes are adaptable and accessible in order to suit the needs and ability of her students. She draws on her personal experience of different yoga traditions (including Ashtanga, Yin, Hatha and Dynamic Flow Yoga) to bring elements of each into her classes. Her aim is to encourage students to connect with the body and mind through breath and movement, and to leave the class feeling calm, refreshed and energised.
Claire is a fully qualified Yoga Teacher (including Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga). She is also a qualified Baby Massage Instructor and Hypnobirthing Instructor. She has trained extensively with The British Wheel of Yoga, Birthlight, Yoga Alliance, IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) and Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing Association. She continues to regularly attend workshops and training courses to further develop her personal practice and teaching skills.
Katherine has been practising yoga since 1999, having initially been drawn to it through her love of movement - be it through dance or sport. Almost 20 years on, this still remains an important aspect of her practice however, it is also the peace and stillness that it nurtures. Katherine sees yoga as a wonderful antidote for the stresses and strains of modern life. It builds both physical and mental strength, balance and flexibility so that life off the mat is a great place to be.
Katherine has been teaching yoga for four years and holds a 500 hrs Yoga Teaching certificate. Her classes focus on poise and alignment, with an emphasis on letting go of old habitats and bringing oneself into the present moment.
"Katherine’s calm classes have always left me feeling so much better than when I arrived; no more neck tension, better posture and a general sense of ease. She is friendly in her approach and is an excellent yoga teacher, adapting her classes to the needs of the individual." (previous student)