Our Teachers

The teachers we work with are all highly qualified and come with additional specialisations in yoga for different health conditions. We are committed to broadening the diversity of yoga teachers to reflect the community we serve and welcome BAME, disabled and LGBT teachers to apply to become part of our teaching community. We will be offering subsidised teacher training courses to help teachers get the necessary training to bring the health benefits of yoga to a wider community.

 

If you are a yoga teacher or yoga therapist with specialist skills working with health conditions and would like to join our team, please send cv and covering letter to info@theyogaforlifeproject.co.uk

AMANDA WRIGHT

Amanda came to yoga in 2001 after being involved in a serious motorbike accident, she had been suffering from whiplash, a brain injury and other side effects for 2 years. Her first yoga class was an amazing experience and helped ease her injuries and has been practicing yoga ever since. When she asked about yoga teacher training her teacher suggested she did her ITEC Massage Diploma first which she did and passed, so she then continued onto do her teacher training.

Amanda is authorised to teach through and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She did a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2004 and a 300 hour in 2005 both with Yoga Arts, although it was not until a Yoga teacher training with Sarah Powers in 2006 that Amanda felt ready to teach. Amanda is an enthusiastic and devoted yoga practitioner and an experienced and qualified teacher.

She loves to teach bringing a lightness to her classes, making them an enjoyable but learned experience. Her study is ongoing, she partakes in at least one residential Yoga or Meditation retreat a year and continues to further her own knowledge and study of yoga with teachers of various traditions as well as having a self-practice.  Amanda is drawn to teachers that have trained in Psychology, as well as in Yoga and Buddhism.

Amanda is training to become a mentor for Sarah and Ty Powers Insight Yoga Institute which including doing the Hoffman Process in November 2019 and having mentoring sessions with her teachers.

​Amanda taught a gentle yoga class as a volunteer for 10 years at INUF a community based mental health charity based in Stratford.  Teaching people with various mental health issues including drug psychosis, anxiety and OCD. The class allowed people to explore coming into their bodies through movement and the breath.  

AMY DICKSON

Amy Dickson is a yoga teacher specialising in Yoga for Back Care. Amy has scoliosis and underwent spinal surgery as a teenager. She originally turned to yoga to manage the chronic pain associated with the condition. In additional to the physical benefits, she found that her daily practice had a profound effect on her emotional wellbeing and her acceptance of her body and her condition. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been studying Yoga for Back Care with her mentor Adelene Cheong for over 10 years. Amy completed her teacher training with the prestigious Yoga Campus (Yoga Alliance and International Yoga Network.) She holds additional certification in Restorative yoga (Relax and Restore Teacher Training Level 1), Yoga for Scoliosis (Yoga for Scoliosis Fundamentals for Teachers) and Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness for Children (Special Yoga, Yoga Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga.) In addition to Yoga for Backcare, she also teaches Hatha Yoga, Gentle Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Children. Amy’s teaching draws on movement modalities beyond yoga and is based in a somatic approach, taking her students into their bodies and inviting them to explore asana organically in a way that is appropriate to them. In this way she supports her students in a fostering of body and postural awareness that extends beyond the yoga mat, to support them in their day to day lives.

CLAIRE WHALLEY

Claire has been practising yoga for 30 years and trained as a Yoga Alliance accredited teacher at Yoga Campus. Her classes serve as an inspiration and support for life. With an interest in the therapeutic qualities of yoga, she has done a number of additional accredited trainings including yoga for palliative care, for digestive health, for anxiety, for emotional trauma & eating disorders, for insomnia, for post-natal recovery, the peri menopause and the menopause, working with cancer and Yoga4Health College of Medicine accredited training, teaching yoga in the NHS. She has done over 500 hours of training.

She teaches group yoga and mindfulness classes at one of London’s oldest yoga studios, Yoga Place, community classes in Oxford House in Bethnal Green and in Finsbury Park. Her one-to-one classes work with a range of students with conditions including stress, anxiety, cardiovascular, auto immune, chronic back pain, cancer, palliative care, the menopause to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Her teaching is based in the hatha yoga tradition but she also incorporates other yoga teachings she has found inspiring into her classes. Her restorative yoga is especially designed to relieve stress and anxiety. The poses go deep and leave the student feeling relaxed and revitalized. She runs intensive therapeutic retreats in this country and abroad. She has trained with world renowned teachers including Jessica Magnin, Sianna Sherman, Rod Stryker, Graham Burns, Suzanne Lahusen, Max Strom, J Brown, Doug Keller, Lisa Kaley Isley, Uma Dunsmore Tuli, Lisa Sanfilippo, Tarik Dervish & Charlotta Martinus. She also has a Teen Yoga teaching qualification.

She is passionate about bringing the mental & physical health benefits of yoga to a wider and more diverse community and supporting the work of the NHS with yoga.

CHANTELL DOUGLAS

As a yoga teacher, psychologist and in her daily life, Chantell likes to operate from a place of compassion. Since finding yoga over 10 years ago, she was drawn to develop a deeper understanding and to teach. She completed her first teacher training in mindful hatha yoga in 2015 (a practice that incorporated yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques). She has completed further training in mindfulness-based approaches and meditation, vinyasa yoga, transformational yoga, and yoga for children in India, the UK and other parts of the world.

 

Chantell is also a clinical psychologist and has worked in the NHS for over 10 years. Chantell has specialist training in the vast range of emotional challenges that come up as a part of life. She is passionate about the psychological benefits of yoga and aims to incorporate these into her classes, believing it offers tools that we can bring into our daily lives to promote wellbeing. She hopes to make yoga and mindfulness more accessible for all. Chantell has taught yoga and offers a weekly mindfulness session to NHS staff. Yoga is huge part of her own self-care too. 

 

 

In her classes, Chantell will guide you through a breath led flow, with poses, breath work, mindfulness, meditation and psychology ideas specifically to support wellbeing. Encouraging us to be with our experiences, as they are, whatever they are.  Guided by her gentle and heart-centred approach, she aims to create nurturing and inclusive spaces for self-exploration, strengthening and self-care - on and off the mat.

EMMA MALTBY 

Emma has been practicing yoga on and off for about 25 years and became a Yoga Alliance accredited teacher in 2017.  Initially, taking the course to deepen her own practice, she found the 13month training transformative and made the decision to leave her day job as a primary school headteacher and moved to Italy, where she now lives, offering yoga classes, workshops & retreats.

 

Passionate about health and wellbeing, Emma is keen to make yoga accessible for all.  Her classes are multi-layered, enabling seasoned yogis to practice alongside complete novices. Classes have a strong focus on connecting the body, with the breath and movement to quieten the mind.  One year sober and on her own journey of self-acceptance and discovery and having spent years being challenged by labels and bias both within and externally by others, Emma is keen to share her practice and teach specifically the LGBT+ community knowing that yoga has helped her physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually both on and off the mat.  She looks forward to meeting you.  

HIMARSHA VENKATSAMY

Himarsha has a colourful and diverse background that has allowed her to pull from different fields and culminate in an integrative holistic approach. Her many years of study in Physiotherapy has given her a strong foundation and knowledge of the body and internal systems. Working in Government and Public Hospitals had allowed her to support diverse communities and people from all walks of life. 

 

Soon after completing her BSc Physiotherapy degree in South Africa she was scouted and travelled to India to pursue a career as a professional Model and Actress in Bollywood. She lived in Mumbai for 10 years having a successful career whilst trying to overcome the stresses and strains of the entertainment industry and battling the negative impact it had on her own mental health. She learned more about her own health and well-being through Yoga which has been the tool that she has used to treat the insomnia and manage the anxiety which she had suffered with for many years. 

 

Himarsha practiced for 5 years before she qualified as a yoga teacher completing her YTC 200 hour in India.  She headed to Hong Kong for 2 years where her interest in Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practice was sparked.  She finally put roots down in the United Kingdom where she is currently working within the NHS providing community based physical rehabilitation therapy to service users while teaching Yoga within the NHS as well as in the private sector.

 

She has championed Mental Health initiatives and is trained as a Mental Health First Aider. She believes that Yoga should be accessible to all and believes in its value for physical and mental health and well- being. She feels that through knowledge of our bodies and minds we can be empowered to heal ourselves.

HANINE WAKED

Yoga for Hanine is a path to a greater understanding of ourselves. With an upbringing steeped in the knowledge of mental health and it's importance, Hanine brings this knowledge into her teaching, holding space for you to understand your mind and drop into your body as you move through postures with awareness and presence. Trained by the renowned Meghan Currie, classes blend fluidity with control along with a balance of ease and effort to help you tap into a greater sense of mindfulness and most importantly, kindness.

Whether you intend to practice yoga to nourish your body, settle a busy mind or simply harness greater overall wellbeing, Hanine offers a well-rounded and accessible practice open to all levels of experience along with a personable and playful approach to teaching. 

LOUISE DENINGTON

Louise has been a student of yoga for 15 years. It was while living in lndia (2012 - 2016) though, that she felt a really strong connection to yoga and its roots and developed a regular practice. Louise studied mainly under the guidance of Deepika Mehta. They met after she'd suffered a broken kneecap and torn quadricep tendon in a crash. As yoga had played a huge role in Deepika's own recovery from a rock-climbing accident, she was able to give Louise hope and a sense of power in her own healing.  She taught the traditional Ashtanga method, and her love for this method took Louise to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute). In 2016, she went on to do her Yoga Teacher Training with Heather Elton in Goa and is certified by Yoga Alliance. Since being back in London Louise has been teaching part time and also assisted Heather Elton with her London Teacher Training Courses in 2016 and 2017. Her vinyasa flow classes draw from Ashtanga techniques. Until January 2020 her full-time work was in Interior Design, however her focus has now come back to yoga and its therapeutic benefits.

 

Louise is part way through specialist training to be able to teach yoga to people with cancer, run by Yoga Campus and certified by Yoga Alliance UK, which will complete in May 2020. This in-depth training from Jude Murray, Richard Harding, and Sue Skelton, is an exploration of how yoga can positively impact the physical effects of cancer and its treatment, and also how to address the energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of a cancer diagnosis. The course is extremely inspiring, and Louise feels encouraged, motivated, and determined to use these learnings to help people living with cancer, and also other long-term and life-limiting conditions.

 

For Louise, yoga is not just about the physical asana practice, but more a way of life and a method to live and interact with the environment, people around you, and yourself, with more compassion, integrity, and awareness. Yoga is a practice of introspection that cultivates a deep mind body connection, and in turn helps us regulate our nervous systems. It’s these aspects of yoga that Louise feels are truly beneficial, especially for people living hectic lives in cities like London.  She is also an advocate for mental health awareness and has seen how yoga can play a large role in improving mental health and reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and even conditions such as PTSD.  

 

Louise has found yoga and its teachings transformative both on and off the mat and hopes to share this with others.

SALLY RAMSDEN

It was during a period of stress in her life that Sally realised the deep and lasting benefits of yoga. Understanding more about how yoga works on the body, mind and nervous system helped her become more connected with her own body and calmed her mind. From there she was inspired to train as a yoga teacher through researching its effectiveness for stress and anxiety relief and for alleviating trauma. After practicing yoga for 25 years, Sally trained and qualified as a teacher with Yoga Campus in London.

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Having worked for many years with refugees in the Middle East, Sally now works with refugee and migrant organisations as well as frontline staff and managers in stressful situations, providing trauma-informed yoga and stress relief classes for staff, volunteers and/or clients. Sally has delivered yoga to residents in NHS mental health units and also brings her specialist knowledge to yoga studios offering a variety of workshops for the general public.

Sally loves to deliver yoga and mindfulness in community settings, including community centres and in community gardens and parks, reaching a more diverse community and multiplying the benefits of yoga through being outdoors and in nature. She set up an organisation called Natural Connection to pursue this strand of her work.

Specialist trainings include yoga for stress and anxiety relief, restorative yoga and breathing, chair yoga, adjusting people and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, MBSR. She's passionate about making yoga inclusive so that everyone can enjoy its many benefits from those experiencing mental health issues to older people and carers.

SUE SKELTON

Sue qualified as a nurse in 1983 and for the last 13 years she has been working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Palliative Care, in the NHS and more latterly Hospice.

 

Sue has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching for 3.   She continues to work in Community Palliative Care but also works with a small Hampshire Charity for Young Women living with and beyond Cancer.  Sue is passionate about the therapeutic benefits yoga can give to these women both while they are going through their treatment and afterwards too.  She works with them both in class situations and in 1-2-1 sessions, tailoring the practice to their needs, giving a very person- centred holistic approach, which complements their conventional treatment.  Sue has also set up classes for older adults, improving their physical and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to live better for longer.

 

Sue teaches various styles of yoga and is also training to be a Yoga Therapist, she uses the lessons she has learned during this training in her classes to enhance the holistic benefits.  Sue is excited to support The Yoga for Life Project bringing yoga to all areas of the community.

JULIA CAIRD 

Julia is just about to finish a two year Diploma in Yoga Therapy with YogaCampus. She’s spent the last few years teaching yoga to communities who might struggle to access it, for example FGM survivors and kids with special needs in Newham. 

This is a real passion of hers, making yoga accessible, and tailoring it for specific groups. 

Julia has also worked in the NHS for the last 7 years as a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, and she used to teach the staff at work. She is thinking now of ways to reach the local communities in which she lives and works in post- Covid with accessible therapeutic yoga. 

 
The Yoga For Life Project
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Tel. 020 3327 2880
E-mail. info@theyogaforlifeproject.co.uk
The Yoga For Life Project (C.I.C) is a limited company registered in England & Wales, reg no: 12315142 registered office address: 39 Long Acre London WC2E9LG

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