Suzanne works as a Health Researcher for the NHS and has a young daughter. She started practicing yoga in 2000 and has explored many different traditions, in different countries. For the last 7 years she has been practicing Sivananda yoga and her love and passion for this style is what led her to begin her Sivananda Teacher training course.
She says: I enjoy the playfulness of some of the postures, combined with the profound sense of relaxation that can come from practicing yoga. It allows me to reconnect with my true self and get a bit of perspective day to day, something that can get lost amongst the pace of everyday life. It really does have a wonderful way of subtly weaving its magic into your life and I hope as a teacher I am able to support you in your own yoga experience.
Suzannes classes are mixed level, friendly and welcome to all.
Debbie has been practising yoga in various traditions for over 20 years, Debbie Omkari qualified as a yoga teacher at the International Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre in Himalaya, India in 2009. Since her return, she became a teacher with Yogaprema. She established a Health at Work yoga programme for Bristol City Council leading classes for employees and has been a regular teacher at Universal Yoga, the affiliated Sivananda centre in the UK. Debbie completed Level 1&2 ‘Radiant Child’ teacher training and has led yoga workhsops in schools. She undertook further training at Yoga Studies with Paul Harvey completing the CPD programme ‘Adjusting for asana’ . In January 2012, she completed the Sivananda Advanced teacher training at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram, Bahamas receiving 500 hour Yoga ‘Acharya’.
Omkari’s classes and workshops for beginner and intermediate students are in the Hatha Yoga tradition, and are designed to find the balance between tranquility and energy . Her aim is to empower participants, challenging them to extend themselves on all levels, allowing a deeper connection to the transformative power of Yoga through pranayama, asana practice and meditation. Through gentle observation and sensitive facilitation, she encourages the development of a healthier outlook, peace of mind
Her previous career as a professional dancer and dance teacher inspired her passion for Yoga from a range of traditions, leading her to develop an interest in the connection between movement, breath and spirituality.
“Going deeper in my knowledge and maintaining my self-practice has transformed my own vitality and focus and, using mindful teaching, I hope to share this with others”
No yoga No peace, Know Yoga, Know Peace. Namaste
Having spent over ten years in corprate life, I decided to listen to my instinct for once and dedicate my life to Yoga. The peace I quickly found in my own personal practice led me to a growing fascination with all things Yoga and the eventual love of sharing that with everyone I met. I qualified in India in 2009 with the Sivananda school of Yoga. I teach in the South West and am based in Bristol.
Swami Omkarananda is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Center in Los Angeles and has over twenty years of experience in teaching Yoga, meditation and positive thinking. Originally from Australia, she moved to the UK in 1973 as a newly qualified doctor. She later qualified and worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS. She has also worked in management development, change management and stress management. At the age of 40, she became involved in Yoga, gave up paid work and moved to live in an ashram. She took her TTC in Kerala in 2004 and moved to the Yoga Farm in California. She took ATTC in Madurai in 2009 and sannyas in 2011. Swami Omkarananda is passionate about Yoga psychology and philosophy, bringing together sustainability, the environment and permaculture, and helping people to develop spiritually.
” Naomi is a registered SYT (Senior Yoga Teacher) teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK.”
Naomi’s journey into the heart of the healing arts of yoga began in 2001 when, after many years of being depressed, anxious and overweight and always looking for a way to feel better she chanced upon a yoga dvd. Immediately she was hooked and gave up work, sold her flat and embarked on what was to be more than a decade of intensive transformational training and practice! In the process she has accrued more than 1500 hours of study and 5000 of teaching.
Naomi aims to share the teachings of yoga that have brought so much freedom and joy to her own life in the hope that she may provide the opportunity for others to find whatever it is that they are looking for, be it improved health, fitness and stamina, ease and peace of mind, healing from old wounds (physical and emotional) or a richer spiritual life.
Dominika Baran came to gonging when she experienced gonging first hand a few years ago and became completely entranced. She rapidly went to train in gonging and Tibetan bowl harmonies and now enjoys the magic and peace that this practise brings her and her guests. She works as a Steiner teacher in the kindergarten in Carlingcott and loves to practise yoga.
She has taught yoga for over ten years and practised for over 15 years, mostly in the Sivananda tradition. Further training includes studies with the father of structural yoga therapy Mukunda Styles and the leader in the field of yoga for mental health, Dr Krishnamurti from Bangalore University. In 2008 Charlotta founded the Universal Yoga centre and community in Somerset which she has been nurturing and growing ever since. She also works within the NHS as a yoga therapist, runs the unique, YA accredited Teen Yoga training internationally and collaborates with Leeds University to measure outcomes of Mindfulness and Yoga on teens. Charlotta is a regular contributor to Yoga and Health magazine.
Rebekah started practising Yoga more than 17 years ago. A profound and transformative experience of Yoga though some of life’s more challenging times led her to complete her teacher training in 2009 and advanced teacher training in 2012 both with the Sivananda tradition. Rebekah is also a trained kids, family and teen Yoga teacher, and has studied gentle and restorative Yoga teaching with Integral Yoga. Whilst being rooted in the Sivananda tradition and the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta Rebekah enjoys exploring and experiencing the gifts that all other traditions also bring such as Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga.
Over the past 6 years Rebekah has taught Yoga extensively to a variety of groups in a variety of settings including general adult classes, teen and kids classes in schools, Special Yoga on a 1-1 basis and with groups and hugely popular Family Yoga. Rebekah has previously taught on the YA accredited Teen Yoga training.
As a Yoga teacher she works intuitively aiming to allow people to unlock their inner potential through a deep meditative practise, which allows one to enter into a place of stillness and knowing.
Rebekah is also an experienced FE teacher (PGCE) with 18 years’ experience of teaching drama and dance to adults with learning disabilities.
Naomi Seager SYT UK
For more than a decade Naomi has been on a transformational journey of yoga practice and scholarship, in the process accruing more than 1500 hours of training and 5000 hours of teaching. Her main influences are the Sivananda lineage, Anusara Yoga, Anodea Judith (Chakra Yoga) and integrative counselling. Naomi delivers a wide variety of hugely popular classes, CPD trainings and workshops throughout the country and has a busy practice as a Yoga Therapist. She is the founder of Pranastar Yoga.
Daniel Petkoff SYT
Daniel is an experienced Asthanga teacher with his own studio in Frome and has also recently qualified as an Osteopath at British School of Osteopathy. He teaches the anatomy and Physiology module of the course.
Additional expert subject tutors are often invited to teach specific course modules.
Simon Haas is a teacher of Dharma and yoga philosophy, puranic storyteller, and “archaeologist” of ancient wisdom. As a young boy Simon studied the sacred writings of India and spent 10 years living in temples and monasteries. He apprenticed for 16 years with an elderly master practitioner in the Bhakti tradition.
Simon is author of The Book of Dharma: Making Enlightened Choices, which shares teachings from ancient India on how to consciously direct your life by improving the quality of your choices. He gives seminars and workshops internationally on Dharma and yoga philosophy. You will have the opportunity to have your copy signed by the author and also copies will be on sale during the workshop.
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