I started yoga by accident in the year 2000, attending classes in Florida and the occasional class at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, but back then I was mainly self-taught from books and an Ashtanga DVD. Between then and now I have tried and enjoy a range of classes and styles.
I appreciate the diversity of movement and insight yoga offers - and like everything else, my practice and teaching is constantly evolving. My practice and teaching incorporate an understanding of how the body is put together and moves, with the soft, light and stable approach of Scaravelli-inspired Yoga, which can be applied in everyday movement and also any yoga practice - whether that be Ashtanga, Kundalini or a gentler pace.
I love everything about nature, gardening, the outdoors, travelling and life in general.
Now & Zen Yoga
I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago after joining a class at my local leisure centre.
I fell instantly in love. The peace and joy that I experienced from practising yoga encouraged me to try many different styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Bikram, Iyengar and Yin. In addition I have attended many workshops and classes across the country, ranging from local church halls to dedicated yoga centres.
From each class I have taken something away that has benefitted me with my own practice. With yoga you are always learning, becoming more aware of your own body and it's needs.
I am thrilled Brenda has created this wonderful space in Long Melford, and feel very blessed to have discovered her teacher training course. The more I discover, the more I want to share this wonderful gift. Yoga is a gift you give yourself.
It doesn't matter what your ability, how flexible you are or how deep you want to explore the practice, you will benefit.
Known to some as Laurie, and others Laurence and yet others still as Larry, he goes by many names. One day Laurence went to a Yoga lesson. Skip forward Nine exciting years (filled with drama, passion, laughter and more than a little Yoga, in the form of a montage if you like) and Laurence is now a fully certified Yoga instructor and massage therapist himself, and a registered member of the UK Yoga Alliance.
He has been teaching for 6 years and now currently splits his time between The UK and India. He loves to teach and massage when and where ever he can. He specialises in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra meditation, and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, but he also has a funky passion for a rigorous Ashtanga practice.
ÁINE MC GOVERN
I've always been a fan of movement. I've been an Irish dancer for over 20 years, running my own school for 6 years, and have discovered what our bodies are capable of. I first tried yoga back in 2003 at my local gym and practised on/off for years, using it to supplement my dancing. After a few bumps along the way and spending 6 weeks in Bali - mostly on a yoga mat, I started practising daily and discovered how beneficial yoga can be both mentally and physically.
Yoga has helped me deal with chronic illness and regain mobility in my body. My aim is to help others retain and improve their mobility, to help their mind and body with functional movements - drawing on my experience with a variety of yoga styles, pilates and dance experience, melting them together.
I have been a creative arts teacher for many years; and enjoyed all forms of sports/exercise to relieve stress/energy build-up. However, it was only through yoga that I began to find a more harmonious balance – and opportunity to explore body, mind and spirit.
After experiencing close family members suffer as a consequence of chronic anxiety/depression – and learning first hand of the benefits which yoga and meditation offered with regards to mental health and well-being, I was inspired to train to teach.
My specialization is yin yoga – which offers the perfect balance of strength/flexibility training and meditation; combined with Scaravelli inspired creative/experimental movement, which I normally introduce through gentle vinyasa flow. Together we listen, explore and experience the ‘song of the body’.
I offer scheduled weekly classes; occasional workshops (combining yoga and creative expression) and 1 – 1 private sessions tailored to individual needs.
‘Just Do Yoga’
I have always been interested in health and wellbeing and started practicing Yoga over 30 years ago. I enjoy all types of exercise; including Aerobics, running, and working out in the gym – but always came back to practising Yoga.
I have tried many types of Yoga including Acroyoga, Antigravity and Kundalini, with different teachers.
I am a firm believer that Yoga promotes emotional and mental wellbeing. Yoga has been a part of my life for many years and dedicated practice has helped me to grow stronger and more flexible. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
In my classes I combine strength and flexibility, and they are open to all levels of experience!
Weekly classes are available, and one-to-one classes can be arranged to develop your own personal Yoga technique.
Lymphatic Flow Yoga
My love of yoga began in my 20s and I am convinced that the practice of yoga back then helped me to have 2 very healthy pregnancies and deliveries.
I dipped in and out of yoga from that point and have always returned to practice during life's challenges.
I started working as a lymphoedema therapist 7 years ago and was interested to learn that yoga was one of the exercises recommended for patients with lymphoedema. The breath and movement of yoga has a direct effect on the lymphatic system and can prevent toxic accumulation and illness.
I decided to start teaching yoga, as I was very keen to learn about the practice and culture of yoga and explore it's hidden depths. I can honestly say that the training with Brenda has given me so much and has helped me to understand myself so much more.
I see yoga as a gift and an opportunity to help others. The current state of physical, spiritual and mental well-being is at an all time low and if we can just allow someone to take time out of their day to focus on themselves and let go I consider that a job well done.
Alan trained at the Feldenkrais International Training Centre in the U.K from 2003-2007, He previously attended The School For New Dance Development in Amsterdam from 1994-1996 where his studies included the skeletal/joint system, movement quality, release technique and composition, earning a Dutch postgraduate diploma in Higher Professional Education. He has taught Movement Research and the Feldenkrais Method in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.K. From 2008 - 2015 Alan taught as an associate lecturer in the Department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and practiced in the Health, Exercise and Active Living Clinic in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science from 2015 to 2016. He is a listed teacher with the Feldenkrais Guild U.K. now practising in the Colchester/Sudbury area.
Vincent teaches internationally, and since 1988 has been studying Somatic Practices such as The Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Ideo-Kinesis, Laban-Bartenieff, Pilates and Body Mind Centering with practitioners such as Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Erick Hawkins, Trude Cone, Annie Genung, Gilles Estran, Vivian Turner, Alan McDermott and Sophie Jones, amongst others. He is a member of the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (08), and has been teaching in Higher Education since 1993, both post and undergraduate. Cacialano has taught as a tenured lecturer or guest artist at The Amsterdam School of The Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, New York University Experimental Theatre Wing, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Rotterdam Dance Academy, The George Washington University, Arizona State University, Tulane University, Hunter College, Nottingham Trent University, Dartington College of Arts and Youth Dance England. His writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Currents: The Body Mind Centering Association, and Contact Quarterly. He holds a Master of Fine Arts, and was a George Washington University fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.