Charlotta has been practising yoga for over fifteen years and was trained in classical yoga techniques in India and California in the Sivananda tradition. She has also trained with Robin Munro, Mukunda Styles, Nischala Joy Devi, Dr Uma Krishnamurti and Bruce Bowditch in yoga therapy. She has trained in Scaravelli and Anusara traditions as well. She has worked with Drug Rehabilitation and in Mental Health within the NHS using Yoga Therapy.
She was given her spiritual name Chandrika by the Yoga Acharya Swami Mahadevananda in Kerala, India in year 2002 after a deep spiritual experience. Charlotta teaches locally in schools and colleges and spends most of her time running the centre.
Her classes are joyful and interspersed with yoga philosophy and wisdom.
Becky has over 12 years experience of working in both caring and teaching roles. Her background is working with people who have learning disabilities, using dance and drama to develop creative communication opportunities.
More recently Becky has been drawn to work with holistic therapies and is trained in massage, Indian head massage and reflexology. She works intuitively enabling people to access their own healing ability.
Becky has been practising yoga for many years, which has brought her much inner peace and stillness enabling her to deal with the ups and downs of life more consciously. This path has led her to complete the Sivananda teacher training programme in 2009, where she was given her spiritual name Saraswati. She then went on to complete the Advanced Teacher Training in 2012 in Orleans, France.
As a yoga teacher she works intuitively aiming to allow people to unlock their potential through a deep meditative practise, which allows one to enter into a place of stillness and inner knowledge.
(BSoc Sc (Hons), MA (Econ), MAR, Dip HypB studied yoga with the International Sivananda Organisation and completed further training in pregnancy yoga with the Sitaram Partnership and Yoga Campus. She gained her reflexology qualification at the Central London College of Reflexology and her Hypnobirthing qualification with The Hypnobirthing Association in London. She has also completed further training in hand reflexology and head massage at the Central London College of Reflexology.
Emma is passionate about the restorative power of yoga and believes that everyone can derive benefit from a class. Her classes are geared towards you as an individual and if you come along, lie down on the mat and sleep for an hour and a half (it has happened!) then that is great, too – it’s obviously what you needed! If, on the other hand, you are very experienced in yoga then we can certainly challenge you if that is what you would like!
Emma is also an Emergency First Response Primary (CPR) and Secondary (First Aid) Care Instructor Trainer, as well as a freediving instructor trainer. She is fully insured and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the national voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK.
A qualified TeenYoga teacher, who has been teaching yoga in schools and Universities as part of her dance teaching for many years, Rhian is currently studying for her Teacher training certificate with Universal Yoga.
Rhian’s classes aim to work with the body to create a sense of stillness and calm. She believes yoga offers the perfect opportunity to find a moment’s peace in the modern world, and to allow the body and mind a chance to re-balance. With her background in dance training and teaching, Rhian works dynamically to release tension and develop freedom of movement using the principles of Sivananda’s teachings. For her, yoga is movement into stillness, of both body and mind. Her classes are suitable for all abilities, and teens are very welcome.
Lucy grew up in Putney and started practicing Sivananda yoga in the late nineteen nineties at the Putney Center, London after school. When Lucy’s family relocated to Bath in 2001 she home practiced (as there wasn’t a Sivananda Yoga teacher anywhere in the area).
In 2004 when Universal Yoga opened by Charlotta Martinus, Lucy attended regularily. After 15 years In May 2014 Lucy took the leap and started the Teacher Training Course at Universal Yoga to become a qualified Yoga Teacher. “I wanted to teach yoga because I know how much it has helped me. I am a magnet for people who are in the same place that I was. Self medicating, instead of self healing”.
Lucy is the owner of a bar in Midsomer Norton and once qualified will be using it as a yoga studio in the daytime doing gentle restorative classes with a Sivananda twist
Nick started his yoga journey in his teens, when he came across Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy, which started him on a fascinating journey into yoga philosophy. He came to the physical practice later in life and to the Yoga Teacher training certificate which came as a further step in a 30 year career as a teacher. He has been practising yoga daily for two years, and enjoying the many benefits such as greater flexibility, mood stability and increased strength and vitality. He enjoys the challenges involved in teaching yoga to others, especially those who have come to yoga later in life and is looking forward to continuing to share his practice at Universal Yoga in Dunkerton Hall. BA2 8BQ
She has combined her experience and learning into a uniquely restorative form of Hatha yoga teaching, that helps maintain emotional, physical and mental equilibrium, strength and flexibility through times of challenge.
Driven by the belief that a pleasurable and meaningful life is everyone’s birthright, she runs a network helping conscious business owners and shares mind-body medicine through private classes, teaching in colleges and universities and working with charities supporting vulnerable adults.
Julie discovered yoga whilst working as a midwife on a busy night shift. Feeling exhausted and stressed Julie asked why her work colleague radiated a relaxed bliss, completely unaffected by the stress around them. The simple reply was: “Because I do yoga”. From that moment, Julie’s yoga journey began.
Throughout the next twenty years, Julie discovered the true power of yoga as it strengthened, supported, comforted and healed her through life’s journey. Julie has now taken the opportunity to train as a yoga teacher at Universal Yoga to share the power and healing of yoga with others.
Julie believes that yoga is for everyone, flexible or inflexible. Yoga fits the individual, without judgement or expectation. Julie’s classes aim to release the tensions and stresses of life, healing the body, refreshing and energising to reconnect with our natural, true, inner peace.
I’ve practiced Hatha Yoga since the mid 1970s – many approaches, Integral Yoga for the last 10. I trained as an Integral Yoga teacher in 2013 with the guidance and love of Reverend Padma Priya and my Guru Sri Swarmi Satchidananda. I am enrolled on a Gentle Yoga teaching course for 2014. My philosophy and belief is that Yoga is for everybody irrespective of age, health, disability or fitness. I feel privileged to share with others the joy of Yoga.
Becky came to yoga eleven years ago as a journalist covering her local centre. Intrigued by her experience there, she began to regularly practise, using it as a tool to relax, find peace and gently stretch a body used to either sitting at a desk or being pushed to the limit running!
Having spent many years practising yoga and with an impending trip to India, Becky signed up to the Universal Yoga Teacher Training Course, curious to study the subject in more detail and leading her on quite a journey.
Becky’s offering comes from the heart, as she aims to impart the benefits of yoga to others. She says: “For me, yoga was a refuge where I could have some time to myself. The most important thing I have found is that all of our bodies are different and that is something to be celebrated – in yoga, you get out of a class what your individual body needs. I think it is all about finding that connection again and listening to yourself. And how you are and what you need will change on a daily basis.”
Classes aim to be a nurturing, peaceful ‘time out’ from daily routines, suitable for all levels.
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