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LUCY McNEILL

Yoga has been part of my life since my University days, over 20 years ago. The amazing adaptability of yoga has meant that at each stage of my adult life – happy, sad, blissful or chaotic – yoga has carried me through.  Yoga has supported me during times of stress and even crisis. At times of joy and happiness I have practiced energetic and dynamic yoga, and when in doubt or confusion, yoga has given me clarity of thought and strength of character.

I hope to share all of these aspects of yoga in my studio. To offer dynamic flowing classes to those full of energy, to give space and peace for those in stress and anxiety, and to encourage us all to fully relax when we need it most.

I am a fully qualified Yoga Teacher, having graduated from the Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma course in May 2011. Yogacampus is one of the UK’s top teacher training courses, based in London. The ethos of the course is to approach yoga in a non-dogmatic and authentic way through the expert advice and guidance of Internationally recognized teachers across many yoga traditions. My diploma is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance.

I have also attended workshops with Internationally recognized teachers including, Judith Lasater,Uma Dinsmore-Tuli ,Richard Freeman and Liz Lark.

  • Yoga Classes daily – Private Sessions also available. See full timetable and Workshop page.

 

PETER CONWAY

yoga-tunbridge-wellsPeter Conway is one of the UK’s leading medical herbalists. He practises in Tunbridge Wells, lectures internationally and has written several healthcare books.

He is an inspiring and motivating teacher who is passionate about education in self-care. Peter is offering two regular classes at Pantiles Yoga to help you maintain and enhance your wellbeing in body, mind and spirit.

For more information please see Peter’s website.

 

BRIGID GODWIN

yoga-classes-tunbridge-wellsYoga has been a huge part of my life since I took my first Ashtanga Vinyasa lesson 19 years ago. I simply loved it but had no idea at the time how life changing it was going to be for me, or that I would end up as a teacher.

However I’ve now been teaching for 14 years. I’m registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and hold the British Wheel of Yoga Teachers Diploma as well as Perinatal Diploma from The Birthlight Trust.

I teach Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga for mums and babies. I’m delighted to now be joining the Pantiles Yoga team to teach Pregnancy Yoga.

For more information please see Brigid’s website.

  • Pregnancy Yoga – Tuesday 11.00- 12.00.

 

JACKIE HEATH

I started Yoga a little over 10 years ago at the Integral Yoga Centre in Bermuda and I have come to love every aspect of it! Since my return to the UK I have completed a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course and a Teacher Training Course with the Yoga Academy (BWY Accredited/Yoga Alliance Registered School) run by Simon Low, see The Yoga Academy.

My classes start with some time to settle and focus. Following an initial warm-up, students are introduced to progressively more challenging yoga postures and sequences and learn to tune into and work with their breath.

Classes end with a short period of relaxation to enable the body to absorb the benefits of the practice. The slightly longer session on a Wednesday will include additional focus on pranayama (breathing practices) and extra time for relaxation.

  • Wednesday 11.00 – 12.00..

 

SCOTT JOHNSON

scott-johnson-ashtanga-yoga-teacher Scott has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has taught Astanga Yoga since 2003. He was an early graduate of the John Scott teacher training program. In 2009 he co-founded Stillpoint Yoga London (SYL), an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore studio in central London which runs Monday-Friday from 6.30 to 10 a.m. where he is the principal teacher.

SYL has assisted many people in waking up to the self-practice, Mysore-style method of Ashtanga Yoga, and nurtures a very close and inspiring community. Scott facilitates workshops and trainings with some of the world’s leading teachers. He is also a senior teacher with the Yoga Alliance UK, one of the main UK associations.

Currently he is developing his work as a Mindfulness Yoga teacher/trainer through an in-depth training program with the Clear Mind Institute, which nurtures this path. A yoga workshop with Scott is insightful, kind-hearted, and gets to the heart of why we practice yoga. See Stillpoint Yoga London.

  • Monthly Friday Ashtanga Intensives. See Workshop page for details

 

LIZ LARK

Liz teaches creative, structural, vinyasa yoga drawing on the richness of Hatha yoga’s imaginative tradition, with inspiration from the astanga vinyasa method, incorporating visualisation, mudra, mantra and yoga nidra (guided relaxation).

Liz had been teaching since 1995 during her studies for an M. A in Performing Arts in London, and had studied Art and Thai Massage in Thailand which supports her ‘hands-on’ adjustments.

Honouring the individual, she gives variations on themed sequences, in order to find one’s own ‘safe edge’. The practises are choreographed and joyful, and deep relaxation with visualisation concludes each session.

Liz teaches in stunning parts of the World, has written over seven books and her DVD ‘Yogalibre’ illustrates her teaching methods, on sale at Pantiles Yoga. For more information please see Liz’s website.

  • Monday 11.30 – 13.00, Tuesday 20.00 – 21.30 and Fortnightly Friday 12.30 – 14.15. Also, see Workshop page.

 

BEN PARKER

yoga-tunbridge-wellsBen Parker has been a local osteopath for over 14 years. He has extensive experience in working with individuals with a wide range of physical complaints.

He is particularly interested in helping people to understand the causes of their injuries and how to prevent their recurrence.

Ben emphasises the importance of exercise in the process of recovery and understands how Yoga and osteopathy can work in synergy to promote overall well-being. For more information please see Ben’s website.

  • All appointments are held on-site in FLOW or at Groombridge Osteopathy.

 

LOLLY PATENALL

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Yoga for me has been a journey of self observation and self discovery for the last 10 years. I dedicate so much time to yoga because the more I do the better I feel and the more I learn, the more I realise there is to learn. It’s a fascinating and crazy challenge but the rewards have been immense. My practice has been woven by the many teachers who have blessed my life. It’s strong and vibrant but grounding and soft. I want to feel liberated in every moment of the practice whether I am just sitting or upside-down!

I trained with Mark Freeth/ Freestyle Yoga project and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2012. I am currently a student at Yoga Campus as I proceed on my second teacher training course. .After studying Shiatsu in 2007 and practising from 2010, I tend to structure yoga sessions with the external elements in mind taking into consideration the roles they each play in Chinese Medicine. The impermeable state of nature reflects in the constant changing of our beings and being aware of the energetic cycles externally and internally can have a supportive and healing role in a yoga practice. I have done a Vipassana Meditation course. 10 days of Noble silence. Sitting is a challenge to most, it was for me, but I am realising that sitting is accessible and super soothing for mind and body.

I am always excited to meet new teachers and students. Both present an opportunity to learn and exchange. I love sharing the knowledge I have so gratefully acquired over the years. I am constantly working on myself and my practice, cultivating a body I want to live in, a mind I feel peaceful in and a heart that is open and receptive.
Yoga Tunbridge Wells Classes:

  • Classes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – See full timetable page.

 

PETER ROBERTS

Peter is a fully qualified Sports Therapist and Pilates specialist with over 10 years experience. He has developed a unique approach to his field combining a fusion of techniques including Thai Yoga and Trager therapy together with Pilates movement to offer clients a truly holistic approach.

Peter has been through major spinal surgery and subsequent infection (MRSA) which has lead him to channel deeper into his own physicality so as to primarily heal himself. This has led him to working with many injured clients with a wide range of physical defects.

He has worked with major celebrities, including Madonna and has most recently spent a year in Italy working with Juventus Football Club helping the players’ physical preparation and restoration. For more information please see Peter’s website.

  • See Workshop page for class information.

 

JULIE STANNARD

yoga-classes-tunbridge-wellsJulie has many years’ experience in yoga, stress reduction and mindfulness related work.

She is a qualified Integrated Yoga Therapist (Clear Mind Institute), experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher and Mindfulness trainer. She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and mindfulness courses since 2011.

She completed her Mindfulness training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and is an Accredited Trainer for Mindfulness at Work Ltd.

As well as teaching private mindfulness courses to groups and individuals, Julie has also delivered courses and workshops for large companies and corporations including Citibank, The White Company, the Children’s Trust and more locally for Wealden District Council and Headway.

Julie’s aim in teaching is to help others develop an attentive awareness in their practice that permeates into their lives. She has found that the joy of mindfulness is that it is never done. Just like we wake up in the morning, can wake up to the moment again and again. Each moment is literally a new beginning, a new possibility of opening to ourselves and our life in “this moment”. As we honor ourselves and life in this way, we begin to live more consciously, we can escape unhelpful patterns of behavior, learn to trust ourselves better and take a more intuitive approach to our life. We are able to find greater kindness, compassion, choice and empowerment.

Julie will be running Mindfulness Workshops throughout the year. Contact us for information on the next available Workshop. For more information please see Julie’s website.