Isis du Jour

Yoga teacher Isis du Jour

When did you start practicing yoga?
I have first came in contact with yoga myself during my first trip to India, many years ago.
The practice of yoga made me realize the change which appears, the moment you integrate yoga into your daily life. The moment you start practicing yoga on- and off the mat, something magical starts to happen. Through further study, I really became convinced, that yoga is always going to be a part of my life and lifestyle. I did my first teacher training in 2013.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
When I speak for me as a person, yoga has become a great part of my life through the years. It is something that has grown slowly and evolved with me along my own path. The more I started to practice yoga the better I felt, not just physically but also mentally. This made me interested in yoga and made me want to learn more about it.
I believe in following your intuition and the flow of life and practicing yoga is one of those things for me. There is something which makes me want to practice over and over again. The moments I don’t feel like it, is when I most need it and I know now that is when I have to follow and just surrender.
Yoga has a great way of teaching you to deal with bigger issues, just by learning to accept what is there and by challenging yourself and exploring what happens in those moments.
As a teacher yoga means a never-ending journey. After completing my first teacher training I came to the conclusion that there is still so much more knowledge to gain and so many more new lessons to learn. Therefore I believe that besides a teacher, I will forever be a student myself as well. I challenge myself to keep practising, learning and exploring new ways, by an intensive self practice and by trainings and workshop led by other inspiring teachers from different styles and disciplines.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
All my teachers along my own yoga path as a student have inspired me and shaped me to the teacher that I am today.  I am inspired by many other yoga teachers from all over the world and the parts of their teachings that resonate the most with me, are what I take on in my own practice and pass on to my students.
The interesting thing about practicing yoga is that it always evolves in a way that supports you where and when you need it. The self-practice I did 10 years ago was different from the self-practice that I do now, but in the heart it is always the same.
I think as a teacher you should never lose focus on your self-practice.
The moment this became a strong fundament and a routine in my life, it changed my outlook on yoga and made me not just understand and feel yoga for myself, but also made me a better teacher as I have experienced and explored the asanas and sensations myself.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
When you would come to one of my Vinyasa Flow classes, you can expect a strong and dynamic class, but always with a gentle warm up and a focus on breathing. There is always space for everyone to explore and observe their own body, emotions and consciousness, rather than just following a routine. I also always like to integrate small moments of complete relaxation and stillness.
When you would come to a Restorative Yoga  or more gentle class, you can expect a personal approach with a bit more focus and attention on each individual needs.
As a teacher I am there to guide you through your experience on the mat and will take you through the postures step-by-step. I feel privileged to be there for my students and want them to have a real ‘experience’ rather than just a physical work-out.
Music is always an important element is my classes as I love to listen to music myself and think it has a beautiful way to compliment a yoga practice.

What is your favourite asana?
Viparita Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior) as it gives you this amazing stretch and feeling of freedom. And I love all types of forward bending, especially Paschimottonasana as it gives you the opportunity to focus inwards and quieten the mind.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Exploring and enjoying English countryside after moving from Amsterdam (Netherlands), spending time with my family (son and husband), friends, music, reading.

Isis teaches the following classes:
– Monday 19:00-20:00 pm | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Monday 20:15-21:15 pm | Restorative/Yin Yoga
– Tuesday 9:30-10:30 am | Restorative/Yin Yoga
– Tuesday 10:45-12:00 am | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Friday 17:15-18:15 pm | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Saturday 10:00-11:00 am | Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Find out more about Isis here: www.soulflowyoga.co.uk

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Kate Anderson

Yoga Teacher Kate Anderson

When did you start practicing yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching from 2013.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
Yoga keeps me sane, as well as fit and healthy. It’s been a constant and grounding presence in my life through huge changes and emotional upheavals and has helped me to regain my physical strength after having 3 children. These days I practice each morning surrounded by the chaos of our family home and it helps me to find my own place of calm within that. I feel really privileged to be able to teach something that I enjoy so much.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
My very first teacher, Lili Millar who at that time worked in Covent Garden, London. She is an inspiring teacher and a down-to-earth person, as well as a hugely experienced and knowledgeable yogi, who always  encouraged me to explore my own practice and continues to encourage me as a teacher today. These days I love to learn from teachers who explore new ways of moving and sequencing asanas, and also those who combine anatomical awareness and study with their moving yoga practice.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I specialise in teaching vinyasa flow, hatha yoga, restorative, pregnancy, and postnatal classes. I aim to teach the kind of classes that I’ve always loved to practise myself – ones which get the energy flowing, strengthen the body and calm and ground the mind. I see my own practice as a constantly evolving journey which I like to share with my students, and try to keep things fresh and avoid falling into obvious patterns. I want my classes to work for everyone – from the complete beginner to someone with an established practice who wants to develop their practice. Students can expect to be challenged physically, if that is what they are looking for, but always with an option for taking things easier if they need to!

What is your favourite asana?
For me personally I like Pigeon Pose as I love a good hip opener! For my students a restorative childs pose is often very popular.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
My kids, my husband, music, and exploring the world

Kate teaches the following classes:
– Wednesday 10:45-12:00 am | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Wednesday 13:30-14:30 pm | Yoga for Beginners
– Thursday 9:30-10:45 am | Hatha Flow Yoga
– Sunday 8:30-9:30 am | Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Find out more about Kate here: www.kateandersonyoga.com

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Georgia Worsfold

Yoga Teacher Georgia Worsfold

When did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga in 2014, I found my first couple of classes incredibly hard, but something kept bringing me back each week!
At the end, I fell in love with yoga an practiced often.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
As a student, it’s a way for me to take time out and check in on how I’m feeling mentally and physically. It’s so easy to ignore how we actually feel and yoga gives us the mindfulness to find out.
As a teacher, I’m able to share my love of yoga and help people also find the benefits of regularly moving the body and the calm it brings to the mind.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
All of my teachers since I started practicing have influenced me with my style. I find myself constantly evolving to different classes I go to. I’m devoting more and more of my time to reading, which is a great way to continue my learning and help with class ideas.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I am very passionate about Vinyasa Flow, I love moving from one posture to the next and finding movement in the postures. My classes are fluid and focus on the breath as we move. But finding stillness is also important t me, so my classes begin and end a little slower, closing with a 5 minute savasana.

What is your favourite asana?
Bakasana! (Crow Pose) It’s such a fun pose to practice. I love the feeling of weightlessness it brings.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
I really enjoy Kyokushin Karate, which compliments yoga so well! I also like to draw, paint and read.

Georgia teaches the following classes:
– Tuesday 17:30-18:30 pm | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Thursday 18:00-19:00 pm | Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Find our more about Georgia here: www.omzaktiyoga.com

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Nalini Deane

When did you start practicing yoga?
When I was around 22.  I went for back pain and I was lucky to have a brilliant teacher as my first experience.  As well as healing my back, her classes opened me to the deeper meaning of yoga as a life-style, not just as exercise. I started practicing meditation with a London group dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi) which led me to Italy where I lived in the Ananda yoga and meditation retreat centre for 14 years.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
Yoga is a way of life and the teachings influence my life at the deepest level.  For me, yoga isn’t just the physical movement, it is the full spectrum of how to live and to have a connection with the divinity within us.
Training in Yoga Nidra has integrated my personal practice and expanded my experience.  I also trained with Uma Dinsmore -Tuli in women’s wellness yoga which I really enjoy.
Sharing yoga nidra and giving others the possibility to deeply rest and relax brings me great joy.  I see how effective this is and how needed for the busy, overwhelming lives so many of us lead today

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
My greatest influence is Paramhansa Yogananda and I am a devotee on the path of Kriya Yoga.  Living and working in a yoga community that shares his teachings changed my life and Ananda remains my source of renewal and inspiration.
Other teachers who really inspire me are Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (author of Yoni Shakti) with whom I trained in women’s wellness yoga.
I also trained in iRest Yoga Nidra which is Richard Miller’s awe-inspiring offering to the world.   As well as being deeply relaxing, yoga nidra also works on the health of our nervous system and is a great tool for conditions such as stress, anxiety and PTSD, and is also beneficial for sleep issues an pain relief.
My dear friend and colleague – Kathryn Premshakti Varley who I met on my return to England in 2014, has been and continues to be a huge source of inspiration to me.  As a yoga elder with many years, experience, and who really walks her talk on the yoga path, she shares her knowledge, humour and experience and I feel truly honoured to be walking the path with her.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
My classes are generally gentle and laid back with a focus on ‘feeling’ into the body and the breath.  I encourage students to be their own authority, and with guidance, to find what works for them, adapting poses accordingly.  I bring meditative practice and Yoga Nidra into classes and share tools and techniques that you can use regularly at home to increase well-being and contentment. My women’s wellness classes are a nourishing approach that connect women to their own bodies and hearts and to the earth.

What is your favourite asana?
I love warrior as it enables me to feel grounded, empowered and alive!  I also really enjoy most restorative postures as they induce a deep sense of well-being and restedness. I think the restorative pose in which Yoga Nidra is done is probably my absolute favourite to be honest!  It allows for such a deep sense of ease and the body and mind love it.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
I love nature and live surrounded by healing plants, many of which find their way onto my workshops or into my natural products.  Making my own range of natural and vegan skincare products ‘Nalini Natural Skincare’ brings me a lot of joy. I run workshops called ‘Practical Magic’ where I share knowledge about healing herbs for common complaints and teach how to make natural products at home.
I am a Dance of Awareness teacher and find conscious dance a great practice to release stress and connect with my heart and love teaching it.
I am really passionate about educating and mentoring women into health and wellness through the embodied wisdom we have through our menstrual cycle and menopause.

Nalini teaches the following class:
– Friday 7:15-8:15 am | Rise & Shine Yoga (start 13th September 2019)

Find our more about Nalini here: www.michellenalinideane.com

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Victoria Cooper

When did you start practicing yoga?
I started pracising yoga and mediation when I was about 18 years old when I lived in Brighton near the Buddhist centre in the lanes, actually I lived on the same street so this made it very easy! I was also training as a massage therapist at the time and really found that yoga helped me deepen my understanding of the body.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
My experience of Yoga is that it gives us the opportunity to contact and be with ourselves in our truest form.
To experience ourselves just as we are in that moment, in that breath.
I feel it is a felt experience or expression of the body and mind connection, a meditation in movement.Yoga reminds me to view myself and the world as a whole and has given me a better understanding and strength in difficult times in my life. It grounds me and gives me a sense of peace and freedom and it truly is a beautiful life science for better health and well-being for all living beings and that is why I love sharing it so much!

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
I really love and feel very inspired by the work of Donna Farhi however the list is endless of teachers and masters, past and present that inspire and influence my teaching. I love to read and listening to Pemma Chodron, Deepak Chopra, Osho and Jon Kabat Zinn to name a few 🙂

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
I would say my style is slow, gentle yet powerful, focusing on the breath and meditation. Student can expect a different sequence every class but a rhythm and flow to the class that follows a similar formate each time, with plenty of space to connect, breath and be still.

What is your favourite asana?
Childs pose, I love the surrendering and yielding energy of this pose. I love to start my morning practise in this posture of gratitude.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Music, dancing, art, being out in nature, walking my dog, my little caravan and of course my beautiful children!

Victoria teaches the following class:
– Tuesday 13:00-14:15 pm | Mindful Hatha Yoga

Find out more about Victoria here: www.mindfulnesshathayoga.com

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Kate Brushwood

When did you start practicing yoga?
I trained and performed as a dancer and took an Ashtanga yoga class in 1999 at a dance centre when the dance class I was going to was cancelled. I was struck by the wonderful flow of the movement and breath sequences, but also by the fact that it was how the movement felt, rather than what it looked like, that mattered. This was such a revelation and release after years of professional dance and I have been practicing ever since.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
As a long time mover and educator in movement I am passionate about finding ways for everyone to keep maintain or improve the strength and mobility of their body in a balanced and holistic way. I also really believe that we spend most of our lives focussing on doing and trying to achieve and that yoga is a much needed space where we can have a break from that and practice exploring movement, breath and the mind with a sense of non-judging. Even though this is hard, it is really worth practising! I have struggled with anxiety and self-doubt in my own life and yoga has given me the tools to manage this.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
I did my British Wheel of Yoga 500 hours teacher training with Janet Bond in Seaford and have worked with the senior teacher Naomi Absalom, who has mentored me and influenced me to finding an approach to yoga that works for the individual, rather than a “one size fits all”. I am also influenced by Jason Crandell in his detailed breakdown of postures and updating vinyasa flow yoga to make sure it stays safe, effective and relevant to participants.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
It is very important to me that in all classes people have the chance to move, but also to learn different breathing techniques and ways to turn their attention inwards, so that yoga can become a process of getting to know yourself better, as well as improving physical fitness.
I have taken a mindfulness course at the Brighton Buddhist Centre and encourage a mindful kind approach to yoga.

What is your favourite asana?
Ooh a tricky one, it depends on my mood! I do love half-moon pose for the feeling of alignment and equilibrium in the body. I do also love an inversion and at the other end of the scale, restorative backbends and legs in the air are delicious!

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Spending time with my eight year old son and my husband where we dance around the living room to cheesy tunes (this is mainly just me!) and go for walks. I love reading and like cooking too. I am becoming more and more aware of climate change and it is my aim to start taking more direct action and attend more events to raise awareness of climate change. I also very strongly believe that the arts enrich our lives and enable us to understand the world and others better so I try to get to the theatre, listen to new music particularly from Jamie Cullum’s Radio 2 show and to get to some live music and dancing when I can.

Kate teaches the following classes:
– Friday 11:15-12:30 pm | Hatha Flow Yoga (start 13th September)
– Sunday 10:00-11:00 am | Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Find out more about Victoria here: www.katebrushwood.co.uk

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Justine Rowan

When did you start practicing yoga?
I’ve been practising for 18 years, which has included a lot of daily self practice on my own when my kids were small while I was living somewhere where it was hard to get to classes. Often 10 minutes on my mat felt like a victory!

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
Yoga is my way to find calm and grounding in my body, to feel more balance rather than getting caught up in a busy head that wants to run the show with worry and to do lists. And when I feel more grounded I find I am better able to engage in relating to others and what’s happening in my life in a centered, positive way. That has always been my main motivation rather than any physical goals, but I find yoga to be the best way to maintain overall health and feel good in my body from the inside out. That is also really motivating as I get older.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
My biggest teacher was the early days, moments of getting on my mat and moving and finding a sense of spaciousness and being present in my body somehow, despite a busy working and family life and lots of natural procrastination! I found I had all I needed within me to explore ‘grounding’ and being more aware in myself. Teachers can help, but no one can do the work of landing more fully in yourself and your life for you. For me that took lots of baby steps and seeing each week as a fresh start to see what happens.
I have been teaching full time for a decade. My biggest teaching influences are my exceptional teacher training mentor,  Anna Ashby in London and Donna Farhi. Thanks to them, I pay as much attention to HOW I teach as WHAT I teach. I aim to teach appropriately safe, healthy movement for everyday life, in a way which is enjoyable, empowering, encourages self care and is based on mutual respect and evolving dialogue between my students and I.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
My classes offer a relaxed and friendly space where you can enjoy exploring movement and body awareness in a calm and steady way.  I go at a slower pace than many flow classes but we still put in all the effort and focus, with an emphasis on progressively developing the building blocks of healthy movement. Every student is supported to find what works best for them.
Whatever your starting point, I aim to guide you to practice yoga with confidence, to develop more easeful movement, strength and agility and to develop the tools of healthy relaxation. I hope it makes a big positive difference to your quality of life.

What is your favourite asana?
Forearm Balance- it takes a combination of strength, coordination and focus and also easefulness. It has come and gone for me many times as I gain and lose strength, but I keep working at it as a barometer of balancing strength and ease in practice.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
I love getting outside, walking, hiking, cycling, gardening, growing veg and making chutney. I don’t live in Sussex for nothing!
My kids and I enjoy exploring European cities and I love checking out the latest comedy gigs and art exhibitions with my friends.

Justine teaches the following class:
– Monday 9:30-10:30 am | Mindful Flow Yoga
– Monday 10:45-11:45 am | Mindful Flow Yoga Dynamic

Find our more about Justine here: www.rowanyoga.com

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Cherry Bennalick

When did you start practicing yoga?
Year 2014.

What does Yoga mean to you as a person and as a teacher?
As a person: better focus, better sleep and feeling more energetic. As a teacher: love sharing to goodies and to support others.

What or who influenced you as a yoga teacher?
Just me and myself.

What is your teaching style and what can students expect when they come to one of your classes?
Create strength to find flexibility and work on flexibility to find strength.

What is your favourite asana?
Downward Facing Dog.

What are your other passions besides yoga?
Cooking, eating, cleaning, gardening and napping in the afternoon

Cherry teaches the following classes:
– Sunday 17:30-18:30 pm | Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Sunday 18:45-20:00 | Restorative/Yin Yoga

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