Meet the Yoga tutors:
Julie – Owner
Senior Tutor and Founder of Yoga for Harmony (BWY Dip.)
I began practising yoga in 1993, following the birth of my fourth daughter, an impending divorce and the end of my 12 year career in full time pub management. It started as a welcome relief from an overbusy life, but before long became a passion and the start to a new way of life. By 2000 yoga had become more than just a weekly class and I was attending as many classes, workshops and retreats as I could fit into my time. I was very fortunate and met in that time my main influences Gary Carter and Peter Blackaby who have remained and are currently my main source of teaching inspiration. I was encouraged by my a local tutor to train as a teacher and I qualified with the BWY in 2004, and quickly developed into having a teaching week of 12-18 classes. I now teach yoga as a full time occupation along with running my yoga studio Yoga for Harmony in Windsor which I established in 2006. I currently teach at my studio 5 to 6 times a week, as well as at other private venues, corporate classes, one to ones with specialist needs in students homes or in the studio. With early origins in Iyengar Yoga, I have experienced a wide range of teachers and yoga ‘styles’, and continue to be interested in furthering my own knowledge and experience so that I can pass on those experiences to my students. My yoga today has become an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study. My aim is to help bring back and maintain balance into my student’s mind, body and lifestyle. My interest is in working with traditional postures, but with the view to ‘showing’ the body a useful pattern of movement, one which is natural to its developmental history to bring the body within a range of ‘normal’ for them as an individual.
I believe that with an ‘attentive’ approach to the movements and postures, as well as attention to the breath, the whole body and mind can be brought to a state of balance, and lead the student on the path to a state of well being that can take them through young, middle and old age. It might not be about how good we become a ‘performing’ a posture, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures. It could be seen as moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach; moving toward being comfortable in our physical and mental selves and experiencing how yoga can help us to achieve this potential. My intention for my classes are for students to have the opportunity and the time to look at aspects of their practise in depth and to develop an approach of self enquiry and self knowledge. The classes are adaptable and encompass students of all levels of experience and ability. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas I like to encourage fun and freedom within the traditional structure, and above all to enjoy yoga.
Where and when I teach
Nearly all my classes I now teach at my studio ‘Yoga for Harmony’ in Windsor. www.yogaforharmony.co.uk. Due to the current ‘lockdown’ restrictions, I am teaching all my classes ‘on-line’ via ‘Zoom’ You will need to pre-book these classes. See all available classes & payment packages below:
Currently I am also teaching an on-line beginners class on Wednesdays at 11.00 to 12.15pm as well as a Gentle Yoga on-line in conjunction with Norden Farm. Please book direct with Norden Farm in Maidenhead Click here for details and to book
“The essence of the way I teach is to help people reconnect with their bodies, to become strong and resilient physically, mentally and spiritually, to bring people back to their ability to play, to have fun in their practice as well as find a deeper sense of purpose and insight, to smile inside and outside, to remember how to be kind & compassionate to themselves and ultimately to find ease of being”.
Ali is a creative & playful Yoga & Mindfulness teacher. She is passionate about working with the therapeutic and healing powers of Yoga and draws on her Mindfulness qualifications to encourage students to release mental and physical tension, feel present and grounded. As well as teaching Yoga Ali runs Mindfulness courses to help people to manage stress and build resilience. Her courses are based on CBT approaches. Ali has worked with individuals, groups, university students & staff, a private mental health clinic as well as businesses and corporate clients. She works with a wide range of students from young adults to people up into their 90’s (the power of regular yoga practice is amazing).
Ali has worked with charities including “Sport in Mind” which specializes in improving the lives of people with mental health issues and “Pause” which works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. Ali believes that through creating a safe space for learning and exploration and meeting ourselves where we are, we can experience meaningful and powerful shifts in mind, body and spirit, on and off the yoga mat. Ali’s background in the creative industry influences her yoga teaching and every class will be different. She draws from elements of her 30+ years love of Hatha Yoga, to elements of easy Flow, to Restorative practice, and Yoga Nidra. Her classes will stretch you & help you to relax & restore. Ali’s classes are all inclusive and have a “leaning in” to her passion for the transformative effects of Mindfulness and Neuroscience. Ali’s teaching is all about encouraging students to bring and work with ALL parts of themselves, those parts that feel easier and more spacious as well as those that perhaps feel more uncomfortable and stuck. We all want (& need) to find ease of being…I’d love to help you to find yours.
I began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1987 and have been teaching Comprehensive Hatha Yoga since 1997 having studied for 3 years with Swami Satyaratnananda Saraswati in the Satyananda or Bihar tradition.
In 2002 I also completed the 7-day Hatha Yoga Intensive residential course at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. I specialise in therapeutic/recuperative Hatha Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Since 2000 I have been a Group Facilitator at The Cardinal Clinic, an internationally recognised Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2002 I became a course Tutor and Assessor for The Friends of Yoga Society (FRYOG), I also held the post of Chairman for 3 years and Training and Standards Officer for 3 years which were voluntary posts (Karma Yoga) for the Society.
I am an accredited IYN (Independent Yoga Network) Elder, a Senior Teacher and Trainer with Yoga Alliance Professionals and an ERYT-500 and YACEP (continual professional development provider) for Yoga Alliance USA.
I teach a friendly and welcoming recuperative style yoga class at Yoga for Harmony on Tuesday mornings 10-11am based on the Hatha Yoga Pawanmuktasanas, which is suitable for all, particularly those recovering from surgery or illness, both physical and mental.
In 2020 I was appointed Director of Teacher Training at the Yoga for Harmony Teacher Training Academy.
My interest for mindfulness and meditation initially brought me to volunteer at the Buddhist Centre Vyhidky, Prague in 2015. I learned Buddhist ways of mindful living, which inspired me to search for other local spiritual organisations on my return to the UK. Along my journey, I practiced yoga asana regularly at Yoga for Harmony, and attended philosophical talks led by the Brahma Kumaris. When moving to Bristol in 2018, after practicing various styles of yoga, as well as volunteering at the Bristol Buddhist Centre, I decided to complete a yoga foundation course with Yogasara. In 2020, I headed to Cali, Colombia to volunteer at Yogendra Eco-Ashram, and was fortunate to experience and learn wisdoms from Chaitanya Nitai Das and Syam Vallabhi Devi Dasi, teachers of bhakti and ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
In 2021, I studied and finished a 200-hour vinyasa and yin yoga teacher training at the Bristol School of Yoga with awarding body, the yoga alliance professionals, additionally attaining emergency and mental health first aid licences. In class, I teach in a way that embodies the lessons passed down to me, from my teachers. I believe yoga is the foundation to living a healthy and happy life, not as a quick fix, but as lifestyle tool. I have helped a wide variety of people, of all ages and body types, from absolute beginners to experienced students. I currently offer yoga specifically for seniors, private 1-2-1’s, 1-2-2’s and group classes held throughout the South Bucks, Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough areas.
I have been practising yoga for around ten years and experienced range of different styles from Iyengar, to Vinyasa Flow, to Integral yoga, to Scaravelli inspired styles. I have always returned to hatha, this being the style that reminds me again and again of who I am, who I want to be and how I want to feel and flourish, both on the mat and off. It is by grounding, centering, moving in a bi-mechanically sound way and being accepting of my limitations and appreciative of my abilities, by calming my mind and remembering my breath that I can move through the world happily and peacefully with a sound body and mind. Over the past few years my yoga practice and studies have evolved away from the ancient Hindu texts which I have found to be somewhat inaccessible and irrelevant to my modern, Western experience and moved towards a preference of examining modern neuroscience, psychology and humanist philosophy, bringing a broader context with which to explore the human condition and all the inherent ups and downs therein.
I seek to understand yoga from the perspective of the modern world in which I live, to be forward looking and develop a useful criteria on which to found a useful yoga practice I believe that it is important to frame modern day yoga in a meaningful context to avoid it becoming simply another exercise regime and recognizing the true importance of human health and flourishing encouraged by and through the practice of yoga. I forever remain a student of yoga and am currently a participant of Pete Blackaby’s 18 month Grounded Yoga course as well as being an attendant of many Gary Carter workshops as well as Monica Voss, Zoe Knott, John Stirk and a host of other marvellous teachers. I have a 200hr Yoga Alliance qualification which I completed in 2012. I also trained with CAM Yoga which was a combined qualification of Yoga Alliance (500hr) and British Wheel of Yoga (500hr) which I completed in 2014.
Caroline Brindle (Chatterton)
Area of Expertise: Inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga.
The style of Yoga I teach is a non-competitive form of Hatha Yoga – the Yoga of movement. The practise can facilitate releases on all levels, creating a sense of space and freedom within. This can lead to a less stressed body/mind, good health and improved posture. The Yoga practise is primarily interested in freeing the breath and spine together with a sense of grounding or yielding to the earth. Focussing on the breath together with an attentive, inquisitive mind, allows you to be kind to yourself and listen to your body’s needs, allowing you to become your own teacher. My classes are suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to the more experienced student.
I started practising Iyengar Yoga in 1997 when I lived in South Africa. The reason I wanted to try Yoga was to ‘stretch’ as a counter balance to training in the gym, and ‘destress’ from my work life as a computer programmer. I’ve been teaching Yoga since 2002 and qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga. I moved to Windsor in 1998 and was fortunate enough to attend workshops with Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter. I went on to do another Teacher Training with Gary Carter at his studio Natural Bodies. Over the years I have worked with a numerous teachers inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli; I continue my personal practise along these lines.
British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Diploma (60hr) – 2002
British Wheel of Yoga Diploma (500hr teacher training course) – 2002 to 2005
Natural Bodies Diploma (350hr teacher training course) – 2004 to 2006
YogaBirth (300hr pregnancy and birth teacher training course) – 2017 to 2018
Corryne MacLean is a 500-hour KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and former teacher trainer. She is also qualified to teach Yin Yoga and is an experienced Pranic Healer. Corryne fell in love with yoga during a life changing illness back in 2009. Yoga gave her a new lease of life, a healthier mind and body, and a whole new career. More than 10 years and over 2000 hours of teaching later, she can’t imagine how she ever lived without it. For Corryne, yoga is more than a physical practice. It’s an expression of gratitude for the body, a place of sanctuary for the mind and a way of connecting to the soul.
She believes that teaching yoga is about helping people to remember who they are and allowing them to experience that. Not only through feeling lighter, stronger and more supple physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Corryne’s classes are inclusive, welcoming and involve a healthy dose of humour. She has developed a personal style of teaching that combines knowledge and practices gained through Pranic Healing, to ensure a healthy and balanced Kundalini Yoga experience.
David met his first teacher Quincy Rabot while studying for his Master’s Degree in 1984. With Quincy he studied Tai Chi, Hsing Yi and Ba Gua, the three arts of the nei jia or internal school of Chinese martial arts, and Quincy continues to mentor him over twenty-five years later. David has since developed his studies with several other internationally respected teachers – including Yang Jwing Ming, Peter Ralston, B. K. Frantzis, and Dr. Xie Pei Qi of Beijing. Since 1988, David has offered courses in colleges, health clubs, clinics and companies, as well as teaching and coaching his own students.
David is an Advanced Level Instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. He is inspired by seeing the unfolding of his students’ natural potential in the practice of Tai Chi. This can bring enhanced health, martial and other skill, and in time leads to a sense of connection with the natural environment and the universal energies around us. Because of this, David has now given his Tai Chi work the name Ziran Bodymind Arts. Ziran is a Chinese word that expresses naturalness in being and moving, attained through the practice of the Chinese internal arts.
Deborah originally trained as a professional dancer with the London School of Contemporary Dance. She then later evolved from dance to yoga when she discovered that yoga had an extremely calming and centring influence, particularly through difficult times. She has been practicing yoga for many years and qualified as a teacher in 2005 with Friends of Yoga International (FRYOG). She teaches with grace, warmth and a good sense of humour, drawing on her experience of different styles and practices studied with many international senior yoga teachers in London and overseas.
Coming from a dance background, Deborah is particularly inspired by a more dynamic style of practice and her main influences are Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and the sophisticated alignment principles and heart orientated philosophy of Anusara Yoga. Deborah completed in March 2013 the Yoga Alliance Accredited 200 hours Anusara Teacher Training programme with Bridget Woods-Kramer. Deborah enjoys helping others to realise the benefits of yoga and aims to guide her students to find freedom, flexibility and strength in the body with a sense of peace, harmony and joy.
Janette has been teaching hatha yoga since 2002 and recently her path has hugely moved towards Bhakti Yoga….Yoga of the Heart…..she has always brought heart orientated themes into her yoga classes.
However now her new passion is to share chanting through the practice of Kirtan.
Hello. My name is Jussi.
I’m a certified Transformation Coach, and 300hrs Registered Yoga Teacher, and I have been teaching since 2016.
I’m also a Certified Thai Massage Therapist, and work with clients at the Harmony Therapy Room.
I’m deeply passionate about supporting people to find the tools that empower them to to live happy, meaningful & authentic lives.
I’m ashtanga vinyasa/rocket/mandala and yin trained, so a lot of variety for you and your needs.
I also deliver relaxation with the tools of breath, sound and meditation, inspired by a number of teachings from around the world.
I hope you enjoy the offerings open to you and look forward to meeting you soon.
Ruth has been practising yoga for over 25 years and enjoys participating in a diverse range of yoga and movement practices. After yoga supported her recovery through a major illness in 2017, Ruth decided to train as a teacher to share her experiences of the recuperative power of yoga with others. She is qualified to teach Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa flow. Ruth is passionate about sharing yoga with all ages (although her 10 year old daughter says she still prefers gymnastics!), and is certified to teach adults, teenagers and children from age three and up. She regularly provides voluntary yoga classes to a number of charities across the UK.
Ruth says: “Yoga helped me to recover my physical body and my mind after several months of illness and draining medical treatments. Some days my practice was just to be able to come to my mat and breathe. But yoga (as well as my wonderful yoga and pilates teachers – thank you) held my hand and led me back to strength, life and vitality. Today I get to come to my yoga mat to celebrate the simple joy of movement.” In Ruth’s classes she likes to combine a flow of yin and yang asanas that will rejuvenate the body and nourish the mind. Integrating with breathing (pranayama), meditation and deep relaxation to balance your physical energy and create a truly restorative practice.
I first discovered Reiki through my travels in Northern Thailand, this is where I found my path that lead me to experience and learn different holistic therapies including EFT, Tapping, Acupuncture, Meditation, Yoga, Dance and Reiki. I realised my passion is to spread Reiki to the world. I love working with the four bodies (physical, spiritual, emotional and mental) on an energetic level.
I have been teaching Reiki Level 1, 2 and Reiki Master courses and giving Reiki treatments for the past 7 years in Thailand, Amsterdam and now my home town and surrounding areas of Maidenhead. I am excited to be part of the team at Yoga for Harmony and connecting with some lovely new souls.
I came to Yoga in 2010 after being involved with and practicing various martial arts. After 4 years of practice I decided that all I had learnt and discovered across the Arts had many similarities and should be passed on to others, who may want a different look at their yoga practice, so I recently took the plunge and completed my 200hr teaching diploma with FRYOG (Friends of Yoga).
After getting a little lost during my teacher training, a set of Sing bowls and Gongs fell in to my life. These have transformed into an entirely different set of disciplines and its effects help bring a new dimension in to mine and others practice…the learning never stops as we all progress along our path.
As a sound therapist, my aim is to help bring clients to a place of deep and restorative relaxation using a variety of holistic sound and music therapies backed by up-to-the-minute scientific research.
ertain instruments, played in cerain ways, combinations, and sequences, can produce incredible and often transformative states of relaxation.
Science is now proving what ancient cultures and practices have always known… sound is good medicine!
Intensive studies in the field of holistic sound practices done at the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST); immersive learning with London-based Gong Master, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Simone Salvatici (@sselvatico) who does the Sunday morning yoga and gong baths at the Natural History Museum; extensive training in musicology, and as a concert and studio musician.
Alex was certified as a SOMA Breath Level 1 & 2 Instructor in May 2021 and now leads Energised Meditation & Awakening Journey Workshops and classes
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