Sport and exercise have always been a big part of my life since childhood. I have played and coached football in different countries including Iceland, Australia and United States. In addition to coaching, I have managed various sports programs both in the UK and abroad. My interest is in how sport can help communities, groups and individuals who need additional support; In 2012 I developed and implemented a programme in Edinburgh dedicated to providing physical activity opportunities for over 700 looked after children and their carers, which continues to this day.
I have also worked as a mental health counsellor; this included using physical activity to aid mental health. I have a Masters in Performance Psychology and am currently undertaking my PhD in perfectionism and overthinking in athletes. I am also a visiting lecturer at York St John University, teaching on a number of undergraduate sport- and exercise-related degree courses.
Additionally, I deliver performance psychology skills and techniques to a wide range of people across various sectors and walks of life, primarily to improve well-being. My aim is to inspire and motivate people to reach their full potential by teaching them psychology skills and techniques. I have worked with a number of sports teams (including the Scottish national women’s football team), individual athletes, coaches and organisations to help them (or for them to help others) flourish within performance settings.
I first tried hot yoga in the USA when I couldn’t play football because of an illness. Although that experience was short-lived, I tried yoga again in Edinburgh on my return to the UK and I loved it. Sadly, because of my intensive training schedule for football, this was also short-lived.
Yoga came to my rescue a year and half into my PhD, when I discovered Yogabomb. I arrived in a pair of baggy football shorts and I couldn’t touch my toes. Despite my lack of flexibility, I was hooked instantly and began practicing daily. Yoga has helped me in many ways. It has taught me of the importance of breath, many funky arm balances but more importantly it has taught to me to just be in the moment. I cannot overstate the impact of yoga on my stress levels and overall mental well-being. Teaching at Yogabomb is a privilege and I am always striving to develop my experience and knowledge. I have attended workshops led by Dylan Werner and a yoga retreat in Thailand which have had a huge impact on my own practice and teaching. Teaching gives me an opportunity to bridge psychology and physical activity in the hope that I can instill passion for yoga in others.
I have been a qualified and passionate fitness instructor in York for over 30 years and for the last 15 have taught Yoga loving every minute of it. I like the fact that Yoga gives me an active meditation, quietens my mind, lets me control my breath but at the same time my body is stronger and more flexible than it ever has been. In search of more I discovered and qualified in Ashtanga with Yoga master Brian Cooper and have loved the challenges that it has set me, Ashtanga satisfies my bodies need for a good workout yet my body has never felt so open, stretched and my posture so aligned my time on the mat has taught me everything from humility to having a sense of humour.
Over the years I have had the honour of practicing with some great international teachers Manju Jois, David Swenson and Kino MacGregor my goal is one day find my way to Mysore in India and learn under the guidance of some of the great teachers there. I teach all my classes to suit all levels and like to create a friendly, relaxed environment.
Yoga is now an intrinsic part of my life and has helped me navigate through life’s challenges with my help and teachings I would like to make it part of yours.
I started with yoga in 1998 in the Czech Republic when I picked a correspondence yoga course book by Svami Gitananda Giri. Practising for 17 years made me realise the learning process never ends. Living in modern society and getting on with everyday life, accepting all it has to offer can come as pleasurable but can also be a whirlwind experience at times.
Being spiritually aware made me very vulnerable to the outside world and yoga helped me with troublesome late teen years when I questioned the life purpose from all perspectives. The grounding effect of yoga is undeniable. The connection it creates between the mind and body is outwordly and although being also a fitness enthusiast (HIIT, running, swimming, circuits) I admit it is always yoga which reconnects me with my inner self and rebalances me for everyday life.
I started my teaching journey in 2009 with Zen Buddhist Daizan Roshi. I love teaching meditative classic hatha yoga but also creative fluid vinyasa. I promote self focus, moving with ease, and independence to help students discover their practise that will best serve them as individuals. Trained in other modalities (Indian head massage, Quantum touch, Angelic Reiki, Theta Healing, Art Therapy) and being enthusiastic about raw food nutrition and juicing is strengthening my belief that all can be helped and healed with changes in life-style.
Stay happy, healthy, flexible, strong, balanced and blissful!
See you in the class. xx
My first yoga teacher was in her sixties, proving age was not a barrier to flexibility, strength and well-being. I mixed yoga with other sports over the years and realised I never felt as healthy or as happy than when I had conscientiously made practising yoga a regular part of my activity.
When I was first introduced to hot yoga, I became hooked!
I realised heat and humidity was a friend to yoga - not only did my flexibility improve, but my breathing technique too. I became a keen student of Hot Yang and found my body strength, posture, shape as well as physical and mental wellbeing improved.
Since then, I have also discovered a need to counterbalance the ‘heat’ of stretching and strengthening muscles and slow down the physical and mental activities with chilled Yin yoga, focussing on calming the mind and nourishing joints and ligaments.
Finding the yin and yang of yoga has brought a positive balance to my life that I wish to share with other yogis.
I have 200-hour Yoga Alliance Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 50-hour Yin Yoga, and 50-hour Aerial Yoga qualifications and teach in Thailand and in the UK.
“What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy.”
I completed my 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with 'It's Yoga Thailand' in beautiful Koh Samui and was blessed to be able to teach yoga in Thailand before moving back to sunny York.
Yoga has been part of my life for over 9 years. Especially after my back surgery, I have used my own practice to help me grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the yoga mat.
In my classes I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of mindfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice.
It's never too late to start yoga, no matter which condition you feel your body is in.
"Body is not stiff, mind is stiff."— Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
Come and join me and let me take your mind away...
As a yoga teacher and life coach I believe that yoga can transform lives…it has and still is for me!
After dabbling in a few styles of yoga it wasn’t until after the birth of my two children that I tried hot power yoga for the first time, from that moment there really was no going back. I instantly felt at home and knew that I’d found the yoga practice that I’d be looking for. A powerful practice that not only challenged me physically but mentally as well.
As a family our lives had taken us to three countries in four years, with seven different homes and I’d begun to feel unsettled. I wasn’t really sure of who I was or where home was, until stepping through the doors of the studio around the corner from our house in Virginia, USA. Thousands of miles from ‘home’ I found a whole new sense of belonging in a wonderful yoga community and in myself.
In 2014 I undertook my 200hr teacher training at that studio I’d come to call ‘home’ Dancing Mind, a Baptiste affiliate studio). Shortly after, I started my certification in coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and completed further yoga teacher training in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra (with Jennifer Reis).
I’m excited to be back in York (where I grew up!) teaching at Yoga Bomb. I like to teach fun, yet thought provoking classes that challenge you to move beyond your comfort zone to transform yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m a firm believer in the idea that how we show up on our mat reflects how we show up in life off the mat. And my aim is to help you take yoga beyond the time you spend in the studio to positively impact all aspects of your life.
Clare is currently on a trip of a lifetime but we are hoping that she will return to Yogabomb soon!
Clare has been practising yoga for health and pleasure for over 10 years. In 2013 she combined her interest in yoga and a lifelong ambition visit its birthplace – India. Here she undertook a 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training course and also fell in love with India. On returning to the UK, Clare began teaching yoga in York combining this with cooking for a living in various parts of the UK and Europe. In 2014 Clare chose to deepen her knowledge of yoga and returned to India in 2014 where she trained at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai before travelling around the south of India, teaching yoga in Goa, spending time at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala and taking part in the 10 day silent mediation retreat – vipassana. Clare now teaches yoga at the studio, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga to help people lead happier, healthier lives through better knowing their body and mind and how they affect each other. Clare currently combines yoga teaching with working for the NHS as a data analyst.
I have always loved being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regularly hiking, swimming and trampolining (since I was 7). Whilst in a stressful charity job in London, I needed another way to find calm and clarity. I joined a yoga class with my sister and quickly realised that yoga was not simply a sport I enjoyed, it was a lifestyle that I wished to pursue. With a relentless love of travelling I decided to o to India in January 2015 for 6 months to deepen my practice. I completed my 200 hour vinyasa teaching in Rishikesh and my 300 hour ashtanga and vinyasa training in Goa a few months later.
After realising the power of yoga to transform our perspective, mental health, body image, as well as giving us great strength and flexibility, I knew that this could enefit those n a vulnerable situation. I established a partnership with a Together Women Project, a charity that supports women transitioning from prison to community life. I taught weekly yoga nd mindfulness lasses, creating a safe and non-judgemental space for these women each week. I have been teaching at the University of York in the past year alongside studying for my MA degree. I will carry my yoga teaching wherever I go and I can’t wait to share this passion when teaching at Yogabomb.
I fell in love with yoga 22 years ago in a life drawing class in York, where the model did a mystical sun salutation and tree pose. I asked her after what it was and she said Yoga. I was mesmerised and very curious.
I practised Yoga at art college in London in the late 90s. During my last few years trained as an Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and Meditation. I wanted to go to India and train further but then had my two boys and arts and spirituality interweaved happily with motherhood.
When the time was right 8 years ago I trained with Sun Power Yoga with Anne Marie Newland, then Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, Womb Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsnore Tuli, Family & Teen with Rainbow Kids Yoga.
I have also trained with these great teachers - Sarah Powell, Dylan Werner, Brian Cooper, Kino MacGregor, David Swenson, Shanna Sherman, Esther Ekhart.
My teaching style is empowering, creative flow, focusing on embodied breath and movement to help you feel into your own optimum radiance and full
potential. I love being nerdy about alignment, tradition, our chakras, animal & therapeutic movement, building natural strength, a really good stretch out, chanting mantra together and whole body health.
I also have a full set of crystal singing bowls, gong, shamanic healing instruments and love sharing healing sound baths with all.
Glowing is feeling inner self love, joy and peace.
I began exploring yoga about 8 years ago and have been deepening my practice ever since. This discipline has taught me strength, resilience, peace and acceptance, amounts countless other things.
Upon completing my teaching training with an incredible school in India, I’ve made it my mission to make yoga accessible to all. From collaborating with schools and care homes, to making every class I teach friendly, lighthearted and fun. I put my students first, encouraging them to challenge themselves whilst respecting their bodies, and will always insist on an ego-free class!
Yoga has helped guide me through many tricky and turbulent times, and my wish is that everyone has such a tool they can call on to find their grounding and stability. Let’s breathe, let’s move and, most importantly, let’s have some fun! Xoxo
Elle is a Vinyasa teacher who teaches alignment-focused flows. She started yoga whilst at school and completed her 200 hour certification with Green Lotus in Spain during university. Elle teaches a mix of strong, challenging flows and deliciously slow, mindful asana. Her favourite yoga poses are arm balances, and her aim is to be able to press into handstands.
When she’s not teaching yoga, you’ll find Elle reading nutrition journals and creating recipes and articles for her blog, Enlivening Elle.