After dabbling with various types of yoga, Beth discovered Kundalini yoga on a retreat in Egypt in 2007 and quickly realised how powerful…
Her passion for music and mantras is evident in her powerful and uplifting classes which are taught in a loving, warm and compassionate way.
Beth trained with Maya Fiennes a kundalini teacher based in LA and is certified with Yoga Alliance 200 hours.
Dana’s yoga journey began around 2001, when she was taken by a friend to an Iyengar yoga class and never looked back.
Over the years, she has explored other styles and methods of practice, but settled mainly with Ashtanga Vinyasa which she still regularly practises and deeply loves.
In the last few years, Dana began to practise with Andrea Everingham, and was blown away by her energy and creative sequencing. She became inspired to follow her dream and become a teacher, and graduated from the Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma course in 2015.
Dana’s warmth, creativity and passion show through in her classes which, through attention to breath, movement and alignment, build up around a focus (parts of the body, working towards a peak pose or yoga philosophy) developing gradually, from a slower warm up, to more dynamic and flowing sequences, before finishing with deep relaxation.
Danny was introduced to yoga by his wife when he was 25, and, at the age of 27, travelled to India to train with Dulce Aguilar and Jamie Clarke…
He completed his 200 hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga and became a certified yoga teacher.
Danny went back to London and began to teach at studios and gyms all over the capital. The year after, he continued his yoga journey, travelling to Bali to complete 100 hours of training in yin yoga. He has recently moved to Manchester and loves the place already.
Donna’s spiritual journey began after experiencing a solar eclipse in India in 1995.
Shortly after that, she took a silent Vipassana retreat followed by a number of others, which changed her as a person and prepared her for when she found yoga, via an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which she happened across on her way to the beach in Goa in 1998. She quickly became hooked and arrived home that year with a regular primary series practice. She continued to travel to Goa to practise with Rolf Naujokat and Kirsten Berg for another two years and with Gaby Pascoli for a further two years.
Donna began teaching in 2012 after realising how much the practice had transformed her life. She completed a week’s intensive teacher training with David Swenson in 2012, and her 200 hour teacher training with John Scott in 2014. Since then, she has endeavoured to practise with John whenever she can, and because having a regular teacher is so important, also practices regularly with Donna Southwell.
Donna loves the logic and the transformative qualities of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. She teaches using the counted vinyasa system because it helps to keep focus during a led class, but likes to encourage people to find their own practice and take as much time as they need to work at the postures. Every body is different, so, although a led class teaches a set sequence, there is always a way of modifying the posture to suit the student’s body on that day.
Donna is also a reiki practitioner and a crystal healer and I completed the Rainbow Kids yoga course last year, giving her the joy of teaching yoga to children.
Eithne is a Hatha and Vinyasa Flow teacher, a professional dancer and an avid rock climber.
She found Yoga in 2009 when a back injury was causing her a lot of pain and making her dance school training incredibly challenging. Yoga has helped Eithne to re-find the confidence and mobility she had lost due to the injury and even years on is essential to her maintaining a happy spine and being able to climb, dance and explore movement in the myriad of ways she's passionate about.
Over the years Eithne realised that a regular yoga practice transcended the physical, bringing huge benefits to well being and emotional health. Already a dance teacher with a BA in Contemporary Dance, in 2015 she decided to become a Yoga teacher too, studying to be a 200 RYT(YA) at Serenity Yoga in beautiful Bali.
Eithne truly believes that movement and meditation are for everyone. Being present in your body and understand it quirks and its personality gives us a real sense of power and freedom. Her classes are a playful mixture of movement and breath, focusing on creating space and health within the body and mind.
As a professional dancer Emily started practicing yoga over 10 years ago to compliment her dance training, to keep her strong and free from…
After falling in love with the practice she travelled to Goa, India to do her 200hour YTTC in Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
Emily's teaching style comes from her love of movement and dance, moving around the mat and always coming back to the Sanskrit word 'lila' which means play with no attachment, try things out, challenge yourself, but don't worry if it doesn't happens straight away.
Fiona has been practising yoga since the age of 14, when she attended her first class at the local village hall.
She was drawn to yoga for the physical aspect of the practice, and soon discovered the immense emotional and spiritual healing it can bring. After falling in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in her twenties, Fiona completed her 200 hours Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga teacher training with The Yoga People in London, and did a further 100 hours teacher training in Yin Yoga with Sebastien Pucelle and Murielle Burellier. She has recently completed another 100 hours in Mandala flow and Shamanism.
In her teaching, Fiona combines the strength and intensity of Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga with the slow pace and the accepting nature of yin. She encourages a strong connection between movement and breath in her classes and likes to spend time working deeply into postures.
Yoga has been a very important part of Fiona’s life. Also a professional actor and singer, she spent two years in the West End cast of The Phantom of The Opera. Yoga gave her the strength and stamina to perform eight shows a week and helped her to stay calm under pressure! She is currently studying opera singing at the Royal Northern College of Music here in Manchester.
Gavin initially trained as a yoga teacher in London, where he taught for two years, before deciding to deepen his practice and teaching skills…
Gavin initially trained as a yoga teacher in London, where he taught for two years, before deciding to deepen his practice and teaching skills through intensive study of philosophy, asana and meditation in Goa in 2015.
Jane teaches inclusive and accessible yoga for peace and strength as one half of Svastha Yoga Manchester with Louise Tanner, offering workshops…
With a dedicated team of lovely teachers a sangha was created and the beginnings of some lifelong associations. When Yogaspace closed its doors in 2005, the sangha continued as yoga teachers collective Manchester Yoga Shala, which ran successfully for 5 years. It was a wonderfully creative and heartfelt endeavour in a ramshackle building, and it was a beautiful container for some wonderful teachings and events.
She originally trained in Spain, trading her crazy life in touring theatre for the peace and steadiness of yoga teaching. She studied extensively with many inspirational teachers, most influentially Donna Farhi, before meeting the Mohan family. She feels very fortunate to have such dedicated and authentic teachers and does her best to pass on faithfully the teachings entrusted to her by them.
She continues her studies with them and is part of an international yoga community travelling to India and other parts of the world to complete trainings and following their online Yoga sutras study, as well as training in yoga therapy with their son, Dr Ganesh Mohan.
Svastha students have a small but supportive network,which feels like a family, sharing knowledge and expertise as well as mentoring.
Jane has always prioritised accessible and inclusive yoga and has set up a number of pioneering classes over the years including classes for Chronic fatigue, and adults with learning disabilities( 13 uninterrupted years!) and she now teaches for the Prison Phoenix trust which she finds inspiring and humbling.
She has also been working one to one with Yoga therapy since 2009 and has helped support clients with a range of conditions across mental and physical health spectrums.
She is passionate about helping to train new yoga teachers,and in her work for Yogacampus has helped support Northern teachers through teaching and mentoring in Hebden Bridge since 2011 and will now repeat this here in her adopted hometown, Manchester.
Jane absolutely loves India. Since 2002 she has travelled there annually, leading trekking and yoga adventures with small groups of yoga students and increasingly extending her stays until her 7 month sabbatical in 2009/10, when she studied Yoga Psychology with her teachers and also deepened her knowledge of Ayurveda, completing an Ayurvedic Therapy course. She has spent time all over the subcontinent, with extended periods in West Bengal, Orrissa and Tamil Nadu. She has through her many sponsored sun salutations raised funds for a number of charities and is currently raising funds for a village project near Bihar. She has also had many and varied adventures including sailing in the crocodile and Tiger infested Mangrove swamps of the Sunderbans at dawn with 4 other people and 200 blankets on what resembled a large piece of balsa wood!!
Her background in theatre( she originally trained and worked as a theatre designer) has been a surprisingly transferable skill, as have her years as part of a comedy double act ( yoga hecklers so far not a problem!). Jane's classes are friendly and accessible, and all are welcome to join. Yoga should be accessible to anyone who wishes to find peace and steadiness in a world that is anything but peaceful and steady!
Karen caught the yoga bug in 1995 when she went to her first yoga class with Christine Howitt at Bodywise in the Manchester Buddhist Centre.
She couldn’t believe how stretched and calm she felt afterwards. She continued to practise regularly with Christine, until, feeling drawn to a more dynamic practice, she began to practise Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, moving onto Mysore style practice in Crete with Radha and Pierre. Deciding to deepen her knowledge of yoga, Karen trained as a yoga teacher with Brian Cooper, studying the traditional Ashtanga sequences, with Iyengar influenced alignment and other traditional yoga practices, graduating in 2006.
Karen has also been strongly influenced by the teachings of both Mukunda Stiles and Julie Gudmestad, with their emphasis on pain-free yoga, learning from Mukunda to free the joints and move through the body, and drawing her love of anatomy from Julie’s background in Iyengar yoga and physiotherapy. She continues to attend workshops with a variety of respected yoga teachers, combining the knowledge she has gained into her traditional hatha yoga classes.
She still sees Christine on a regular basis to continually develop her own practise and for her ongoing development as a yoga teacher.
If you work/live in Manchester you will have probably seen Karen cycling around the city as she goes from her café in the Craft & Design Centre, to her many various jobs around town including behind the bar at HOME, spreading the word! If anyone asks her just how she manages to fit all this into a day her standard answer is…YOGA!!
Yoga crept into Laura’s life at a time when she was lacking direction.
Through working initially as a yoga studio receptionist, the practice began to infiltrate her life and she became interested in teaching and sharing the practice.
Laura completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yogahaven in 2014, and her 300 hour training with Sampoorna Yoga in Goa in 2016. As a young teacher, she feels completely blessed to have connected to this part of herself so early in life. Her asana practice has transcended her pre-conceived physical and mental limitations, and yoga has infiltrated her life in every way. Yoga brings Laura clarity and inner strength, enabling her to navigate her way through obstacles and fully appreciate every moment of her life. Her teaching encourages students to find their own personal flow within the practice, creating space in body and mind, body positivity, and inner strength.
Lisa was introduced to yoga early, as her father was a dedicated yoga practitioner, although it wasn’t until she moved to Manchester…
Her classes are now therapeutic, educational and person centred, reflecting Lisa’s passion about her teaching being functional, practical and accessible without the mystique that can sometimes engulf this most empowering practice of self enquiry. In the last few years, Lisa has become deeply influenced by somatic movement, which also plays a significant part in her teaching. Each practice she leads has elements of slow and fluid breath led movement, longer held restorative postures, relaxation and meditation.
Lisa sees yoga as a practice of self enquiry, and ultimately the practice of becoming inwardly still, so from that stillness full integration can be experienced. The practice of yoga helps develop the awareness and space needed to explore and observe our habits and patterns at a deep internal level. From this point of acceptance, we can learn to create new ways of interacting within life and the world, beyond our learned habits and reactions.
Liz began practising Pilates before her first pregnancy due to problems with her lower back, and continued during and after her subsequent…
Her back issues all but disappeared, and Pilates also helped her body to recover from pregnancy and birth.
Liz’s love of yoga followed. Through yoga, she felt a sense of calm that she hadn’t felt for a long time, and the effect of practising on the mat rippled through to her everyday life. Supported by my fantastic teachers, she decided to become a teacher herself. She completed her CYQ Level 3 Modern Pilates Matwork in July 2010 and began teaching straight away. Once she had established herself, she began a Level 3 Yoga Instructor course and started teaching yoga in November 2011. After coming to the end of that course, she decided to focus on apparatus training and is now a STOTT Certified Reformer teacher. She holds the CYQ level 3 Adapting Exercise for Antenatal and Postnatal clients, allowing her to teach pregnancy classes and to accommodate pregnant women in general classes.
Liz recently decided to begin another yoga teacher training course with Debbie Lewis, and is loving being a student again. She regularly attends Pilates and yoga workshops with well known teachers such as Peter Blackaby, Claire Missingham, Cat Alip Douglas and Bridget Woods-Kramer, and attends a variety of Pilates workshops presented by Cherry Baker and Sheila Done each year, the most recent being Neurolates.
Maryline started Yoga back in 2001 after she moved from France to London and took on a job in the City.
Growing up competing in endurance sports, she found the combination effects of deep breathing and traditional postures a revelation and qualified 6 years later in Hatha Yoga with Yogacampus.
Maryline now specialises in many forms of Restorative Yoga. She has a deep interest in all relaxing practices: guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, long held postures and breathing techniques to calm the mind and restore energy levels.
Her restorative classes are exceptionnally restful and her style nurturing and quietening, a perfect ally to your weekly self-care routine.
Maryline is also passionate about the prenatal and early infant years. Her restorative lunchtime sessions are open to everyone including pregnant students from 14 weeks onwards and mums who have recently come back to work post-baby.
She also teaches birth preparation workshops for couples. These give parents powerful yoga tools that can lead them towards a positive birth experience and enhance serenity & confidence as the due date approaches.
Mick is an architect, artist and senior yoga and meditation teacher.
He has been practicing for 30 years. Mick’s work as an architect has moved from shaping our external world, to helping people rediscover and shape their inner worlds. Mick says that designing and improving our external environment is vital but it can only take you so far. Real change happens on the inside. Mick runs two Social Enterprises in Manchester, The Yoga Life Project for yoga on the mat with classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training and beanddo for yoga off the mat focusing on meditation practice designed for business, education and everyday life.
Mick often says he knew where his practice needed to go when he realised that for many years he had been teaching yoga to his architecture students and architecture to his yoga students. By using and adapting ancient yogic science of meditation we can empower our ‘inner architect’ and redesign ourselves for happiness, creativity and lasting wellbeing.
After being a dancer for 17 years, Sue was drawn to yoga in 2006 when she started to suffer from injuries.Her yoga practice helped her to…
When she retired from dance, she turned to yoga to ward off the increasing stiffness in her body, reclaiming her flexibility and finding a new inner calmness.
Sue studied as a hot yoga teacher in Morocco and London with Yogahaven, and also teaches yoga with a dance influence. She is a 2000 hr registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, she has completed a 500hr vinyasa/ashtanga with Sampoorna in India, a 500hr with Dharma Mittra in New York, as well as having a diploma in yoga theory and being a qualified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and hypnotherapist. She has continued her yoga training and education in London with Claire Missingham a teaching immersion on vinyasa flow sequencing, a teaching immersion in restorative yoga with Roger Cole. workshops with David Sye, Ray Long, Roger Cole, Durga Devi and will soon complete a teaching immersion with Noah Maze. Sue has taught on a teacher training, has her own yoga retreat and teaches many workshops at The Life Centre.
Sue teaches private one to ones and small groups on top of her classes at the studio. she has taught footballers from Manchester City and Everton, as well as rugby players from Sale Sharks and Wigan Warriors. Also thai yoga massage at the studio on request. After a long and happy career as a dancer, she never thought that she would find a career in which she could feel so content, until she started to teach yoga.
Yoga for Stress Release Workshop
With Sue Diamond
In this nourishing workshop, Sue will help you to de-stress and reset through releasing negative emotions and guiding you into a deep state of relaxation.
New Moon Kundalini and Yoga Nidra Afternoon
With Beth Morgan
Join Beth Morgan for this special New Moon Kundalini Yoga & Yoga Nidra afternoon to harness the potent energies of the New Moon.
New Year, New You Urban Retreat
With Mick Timpson
A daylong transformative retreat for the Mind and Body in the heart of the city.
Acro Yoga Workshop with Josh & Adi
The Life Centre North are teaming up with Imprint Movement Collective, Josh Rowe and Adi Scott for an afternoon of Acro Yoga. Acro Yoga is a wonderful way to connect with others around you. You work as a team to create a combination of acrobatic moves and yoga flows that come together in a beautiful sequence to create what we see as Acro Yoga.
Tuesday Beginners 6 Week Yoga Course
With Karen Hadgett
This 6 week course introduces the classic body of yoga postures (asanas) and basic sequences, including sun salutations. A focus on healthy alignment principles and an introduction to breathing practices (pranayama) will help build strength, flexibility and create a foundation for your yoga practice.
In this course, students will receive personal attention from an experienced teacher week to week providing an ideal environment for learning.
Power Of Intention Yin Yang Workshop
With Gavin DeMarines
Set your intentions for the year ahead with this Yin Yang workshop designed to bring balance & focus to body and mind.
Saturday Beginning Vinyasa Yoga 6 Week Course
With Dana Baniel
This 6 week course introduces the classic body of yoga postures (asanas) and basic sequences, including sun salutations, the basis of all vinyasa practice. A focus on healthy alignment principles and an introduction to breathing practices (pranayama) will help build strength, flexibility and create a foundation for your yoga practice.