Below are the profiles of our Yoga tutors:
Julie – Owner and Founder of Yoga for Harmony
British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Diploma (60hr)
British Wheel of Yoga Diploma (500hr teacher training course)
Natural Bodies Diploma (350hr teacher training course)
Grounded Yoga Teacher Training with Pete Blackaby
Continual ongoing personal development training with various tutors
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, which may have got forgotten in the busyness of life; one which is natural to its developmental history to bring the body within a range of ‘normal’ for the students 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 is 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. My approach could be seen as moving away from the more used traditional systemised yoga, to an 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, and above all to enjoy yoga.
Where and when I teach:
I teach nearly all my classes at my studio ‘Yoga for Harmony’ in Windsor.
Most classes are 'hybrid' - on-line via 'Zoom' and simultaneously in-person.
You will need to pre-book these classes.
See all available classes & payment packages here
I also teach at Norden Farm in Maidenhead:
Beginners/gentle class on Wednesdays at 11.00am to 12.15pm and
Intermediate on Friday at 11.00am to 12.15pm.
These classes are bookable direct with Norden Farm
Read more about Julie on her personal website page here
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
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.
“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.
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.
Yoga has travelled along with me through my adult life and I can't imagine what my life would have looked like without it. 25 years ago, hatha yoga and pranayama eased me in to motherhood, ashtanga and vinyasa flow yoga restored by posture after carrying small kids about all day; meditation and pranayama restored my sanity during the same period! Kundalini yoga brought me back to myself as my kids grew older. Mindfulness meditation, qigong, and yin yoga are now teaching me how to nurture my changing body as it ages.
As well as this, I have a deep interest in science, and I am excited by the abundance of research in recent years which is beginning to explain how a lot of the above practices impact our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. I find this information really enhances the practices. I have also delved in to all kinds of personal growth concepts (some weirder than others!), as well as qigong, chanting, and embodiment principles, working with trauma and chronic pain issues.
I first started teaching hatha yoga and breathwork in 2007. I started teaching Yoga for Real Life (kundalini yoga) in 2017. Earlier this year I completed training in Mindfulness Level 1, and I am currently completing the Level 2 training to provide the full 8 week MBLC (Mindfulness Based Living Course). I have recently relocated back to the UK from Brazil, where I have been living for the last 13 years.
My personal practice these days is varied and intuitive. I listen to what I need each day and do my best to give that to myself. Consistency and a good sense of humour also play a big part. Sharing with others what has been generously shared with me previously is also part of my practice and a joy.
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, Hatha, Beginners, 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
Area of Expertise: Mindful Yoga Flow and Reiki Healing
Email: email@example.com | Phone: 07967 758 394 | Website: https://yogayuja.co.uk/
The first yoga class I attended was in 2007. I loved the feeling of calm that fell over me and the fact that I wasn’t ‘just moving’ but also connecting to my breath. For 10 years I dipped in and out of classes, trying different types of yoga and experimenting with my practice.
In 2016 I had my second child and was quickly diagnosed with post-natal depression. I had never felt this way before; it was like I was seeing the world through dark glasses, nothing brought me joy and it became normal for me to feel empty, devoid of any emotion with daily thoughts of what it would be like if my life came to an end. I started anti-depressants but wanted to help myself in other more ‘natural’ ways, and that’s where my daily yoga practice came in. Yoga helped me when I was in a dark place. I was returning home to my inner temple, my breath, the incredible body that had birthed two strong babies.
It was at this point that I wanted to give back. I wanted others to feel what I felt after I had finished a yoga class; I felt like I had accomplished something huge and magnificent every time! I enrolled on to a RYS 200hr teaching training with Samara Yoga School, run by my incredible teacher, Sam Mills.
My personal practice has changed a lot over the last couple of years. I don’t step on to my mat every day but practice in other ways. Sitting with the stillness of the present moment, being in nature, standing in tree pose while I chop vegetables, or chanting a mantra while driving. This year I completed my Second Degree Reiki training which has strengthened my bond with the Divine, the powerful life force energy that sits within each and every one of us.
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 thirty-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.
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.
Certain 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.
I am Katia certified a ‘Deeply Awake Yoga Nidra Teacher’ from the British Wheel of Yoga in 2015.
Since then, I have been teaching many students from children to adults and students on the ‘spectrum’ too.
I am passionate to teach people to relax, meditate and explore the foundation of who we are.
I am still on a journey of discovery, meditating daily, connecting to nature and following the practice of the Sutras. I am grateful that from my remote place I can practice but also reach students online to share the Nidra’s philosophy and teach it.
I also spent some time in Asia and enjoy the culture, food, music and I am thankful for meeting lovely people and finding new friends.
We moved our family from Windsor a few years ago for the clear air, breath taking nature of Scandinavia. A challenging move with 2 teens suffering of ADD and anxiety.
From my wooden house in the mountains, I now offer an ‘online Nidra’ on Sundays for students who wish to benefit of a relaxation before starting their week.
I am also certified in teaching Yoga for Autism, Yoga for kids, mindfulness and Meditation.
I look forward to seeing you online in my class and share my passion for the mind.
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