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The Haelan Studio Teachers


Anna Wise

anna_wiseAnna Wise has been practicing yoga since her early twenties and holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma specialising in Yoga for Pregnancy. She has also trained to teach Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga with the Birthlight Trust under the guidance of inspirational teacher Francoise Freedman. In addition to yoga teaching, Anna has trained as a Doula and works as a birth companion and is a qualified Infant Massage Instructor.

A mother herself, Anna is very aware of the challenges faced by women as they make the transition into motherhood. Anna's teaching style is informal and accessible, and her classes provide a supportive place for women to access information and share experiences.

Anna teaches at the Haelan Studio on:
Tuesdays from 6.15pm - 7:30pm

£40 for 4 classes booked in advance, £12 drop-in.
Please phone or email to check availability

Please contact Anna directly on 07786 133 636 for more information and booking.See www.birthwiseyoga.co.uk for more information.
Anna holds other yoga classes in the area and is available for private one-to-one or group teaching.

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Beatrice Bernstein Schulze

Beatrice Bernstein Schulze, a former dancer with the English National Ballet, has over 10 years of experience teaching GYROTONIC/GYROKINESIS, Dance, Body Conditioning, Yoga, and relaxation meditation. She has extensive experience with injury prevention and rehabilitation and is also Ante/Post Natal GYROTONIC certified and Mother and Baby Yoga certified. She has taught in private studios, dance schools, and health clubs in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and London. Beatrice believes in bringing the love of movement to all her classes and in motivating her clients with positivity in a stress free environment.

Price for classes:

£10 per session or £8 with a 4 class card. Discounts for couples available.

To book please contact Beatrice direct via email. Mother & baby yoga classes are held on Thursday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm. Gyrokinesis classes are held onThursday evenings 6pm - 7.15pm.

photo courtesy of Urban Ruths

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Beverley Drumm / Devbir Kaur

beverley portraitI was drawn to Kundalini Yoga in 2008 when I was at a real low-point in my life.  In that first class, I found myself shedding tears of release as my heart and spirit were touched.  I knew immediately this was the path for me, and a practice I wanted to teach.  I embarked upon my teacher training with the SKY School of Kundalini Yoga in 2009.  It was to be the most uplifting, transformative and also challenging year of my life.  Now qualified, I am excited to be sharing these profound teachings, which, as I know from experience, enable us to live more happily, healthily and effectively in the modern world.

Alongside Kundalini Yoga I also teach The Nia Technique, a holistic dance-movement form, I am available for private yoga and Nia classes either in my space or the comfort of your own home. 

Beverley teaches on Fridays at the Haelan Centre, 9.30-11am. 

Classes are £13 to drop in or £55 for 5 classes to be used within 3 months.

Please contact me directly on: 0797 9934070 if you would like to attend the class.  You can also email: beverley.drumm@gmail.com and view my website: www.nectaroflife.co.uk

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Bob Mann

portrait of bobBob Mann is a fully qualified teacher with over 30 year’s experience in education. He has trained in a variety of different meditative practices for over 20 years. This experience allows him to tailor his practice to the needs and requirements of his students, whether mindfulness, breath or sound work. Bob has led eight weekend retreats at The Friars, an ancient monastery in the Kent countryside.
Meditation using sound techniques originates in the ancient teachings of the Veda and the Upanishads, forming some of the greatest philosophical statements. Meditation with Sound is a practice which uses the resonance of the human voice to gently move towards meditative awareness in silence. Bob has particular experience in adapting this teaching to suit the many of us who may suffer stress and tension in our daily lives.
Bob structures his Group Workshops with careful guidance with the view to respond fully to the needs of students. With this in mind, Group Workshops tend to move through three stages, with the first focusing on clearing and relaxing using breath, the second focusing on simple sanskrit sounds and the final developing meditative awareness through the more powerful techniques of sounding mantra in sanskrit. The sanskrit is sounded in plain chant, not sung. All that is needed is the simple use of the human voice .The workshops are non-religious and do not depend on ritual. Students sit on chairs and there is no requirement for special clothing. No previous experience or expertise in meditation, sanskrit or music is needed.
Bob teaches Meditation with Sound group workshops in the Upper Studio on Saturdays 2pm to 3.30pm

Ring Bob on 07980 905 491 for more information or to book a class or appointment. You can also email meditationwithsound@icloud.com
Group Workshops for 90 minutes cost £10 per session.
For further information on workshops and retreats please visit: www.meditationwithsound.com


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Josipa Smith

Jos teaches an alignment based, breath led Vinyasa Flow on Tuesday mornings 9.45am-10.45am.

Having been stay at home mum for the past 6 years, Jos found balance and space through yoga. Cultivating self acceptance, courage and strength, something she understands can be challenging to find in our everyday lives. Yoga gave her opportunity to 'just be', and enjoy every moment as it is.
She is passionate about the positive benefits yoga can offer anyone, independent of age, physical ability and personal beliefs. She believes there is an opportunity to learn something new every time we practise, both on and off the mat.
Jos strives to provide a space where students can safely explore and challenge their bodies and unplug from the outside world; a place for her students to let go and flourish.

She emphasises linking breath with movement and listening to what the body needs. Music, physical adjustments and non-judgement are all an integral part of her classes.

Cost: £12 a drop in, or £50 for a block of 5 classes (valid for 6 weeks).
Tuesday mornings 9.45am-10.45am.

To book or for more info contact Jos:

email: jos@yogastateofmind.co.uk

mobile: 07961 482886

Facebook: YogaWithJos

Web: www.yogastateofmind.co.uk

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Julia Moore

julia portraitI began my study of yoga at sixth form college in 1988. Just before training to become a teacher I had a very bad knee injury and a grumbling sacro illiac joint (due to hypermobility and an inappropriate Ashtanga yoga practice). This humbling experience led me eventually to a more intelligent way of practicing yoga taught by a direct student of Vanda Scaravelli, Sophie Hoare. This way of working helped me to switch off pain and become stronger from the inside.
In general, yoga has helped me to greatly improve my extremely poor childhood posture, as well as helping me to become calmer and more confident. I am fascinated about how yoga (in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle) helps to alleviate all kinds of health conditions, particularly those related to stress, fatigue and chronic pain.
My three-year, 500+ hour, teacher training with the Inner Yoga Trust (certified by the British Wheel of Yoga) was completed in 2006 and have since completed extensive study in the field of Yoga Therapy, with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and Yoga Campus. In addition to this I've trained to be a Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs teacher, enabling me to offer a safe practice for those working with chronic back pain. I offer 12 week courses specifically designed and scientifically proven to alleviate lower back pain. I have also completed teacher's courses in meditation, pregnancy and postnatal yoga and Yoga Nidra - a hypnotic deep relaxation practice that can be used in a variety of ways to support wellbeing and healing.

I particularly enjoy bringing the insights gained from my broad study of yoga Hanna somatics, massage and traditional medicine into my teaching, to provide a truly holistic experience of yoga.

Julia teaches at the Haelan Studio on:
Mondays from 1:30pm - 3pm (General Class)
Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1pm (General Class)
Wednesdays from 1:30pm - 3pm (Restorative, Therapeutic)
Fridays from 11:30am - 1pm (General Class)
Saturdays from 10:15 - 11:45am
(Restorative, Therapeutic)

Please contact (phone or text) Julia directly on 07800 959 543 before attending your first class.

Julia is available for private one-to-one or group teaching. For more information see www.holisticyoga.co.uk

Classes cost £14.50 drop in or £11 per class if booked in blocks of 5, 6, 7 or 8 (depending on the length of the school half terms). Your first class is free if you go on to book the rest of the course, otherwise the first class is £10 only.

Please wear clothes you can stretch in and arrive five minutes earlier to your first class. Use the Crouch Hall Road Entrance, press the bottom "Upper Studio" buzzer.

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Kate Hayes

kate portraitKate first began practising Iyengar yoga in Australia in 1998. Though she now practices a more flowing style of yoga, her practise and teaching is still informed by the precision and alignment focus of the Iyengar system. Her teaching is carefully paced with flowing transitions between postures to build strength, stability, flexibility and focus. She maintains a focus on safe and healthy physical alignment as well as mindful awareness of breath to promote a sense of spaciousness, calm and wellbeing.
Kate completed her teacher training with yoga campus at the Life Centre in London, and has also trained in restorative yoga as well as yoga for pregnancy, integrated mum & baby yoga, well woman/womb yoga, and yoga for children. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga is for every-body and teaches postures in stages to safely accommodate less experienced students as well as provide challenge for more experienced students. Practice can be adapted to support students working with injuries or health conditions which benefit from modified practice.
In her pregnancy classes Kate aims to provide a friendly supportive environment, helping women to have more comfortable and enjoyable pregnancies, working safely and intuitively with their bodies and their breath, gaining the knowledge and confidence in themselves to empower them to make their own informed birth choices and have positive birth experiences, no matter what type of birth they choose. As mother of two, Kate has personal experience of the power of antenatal yoga practice and active birth methodology to support and empower women during pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Her pregnancy and postnatal (integrated mother and baby) teacher training was with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and she has also trained as a Birth and postnatal Doula with Dr Michel Odent and is a certified teacher of developmental baby massage.

Kate teaches Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth on Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.45pm, and Sundays 10.45am-12pm. Class cost: £44 when booking 4 classes in advance, or £13 drop in (space permitting)

Kate teaches Birthing Preparation Workshops as two part workshops throughout the year. Contact Kate for more details regarding course dates and times.

Kate teaches Mum & Baby Yoga on Tuesdays 1.30pm-2.45pm. Class cost: £12 drop in; £44 for 4 classes; £100 for 10 classes.

Kate teaches Beginner's Yoga at the Haelan Centre as 5 or 6 week courses throughout the year. Contact Kate for more details regarding course dates and times.

Kate teaches Flow & Restore Yoga on Sundays 7.30pm-8.45pm. Class cost: £55 for 5 class pass; £100 for 10 class pass (valid 4 months); Drop in is £13.

For bookings or further information please contact Kate on 07704 790 152 or kate@liveyouryoga.co.uk


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Kate Oates

Kate found yoga through illness. Now a yoga teacher Kate explores and celebrates Vinyasa Flow Yoga and draws upon its unique ability to challenge and tone the physical body whilst quietening the active mind.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is an energetic practice, with modifications to suit all energy levels and experience. Classes focus on strengthening, heating and balancing poses to awaken muscles. Seated and supine poses build core strength and improve flexibility, and a calm closing sequence brings the body to a restorative and nurturing close.
Kate incorporates themes in her classes to draw upon physical and mental focal points such as back-bends, hip-openers, opening the heart or calming the mind.
F or Kate the apex of Yoga is finding strength and confidence both mentally and physically, and believes it is accessible to everyone.

Kate teaches at the Haelan Studio on:

Sundays - 9:30-10:30am

Workshops are also available

All levels welcome, including beginners.
Pre-booking recommended.
Cost is £55 for 5 classes (valid for 8 weeks) or £13 drop-in.

Please contact Kate directly on 07970 817072 or email kateoatesyoga@gmail.com

For more information, news and up-to-date offers, please visit Kate's website

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Katie Takashima

katie portraitKatie has over 7 years experience with the Pilates method and sees Pilates as not just a form of exercise but a way of life to promote physical health and mental well-being.
In 2005, she trained with the PILATESfoundation® UK, known for its in-depth training encompassing all aspects of the Pilates method from human anatomy and physiology to practical application of Pilates exercises from both the classical & evolved repertoires.
Katie believes Pilates exercise can be adapted to suit anyone and especially enjoys teaching small equipment classes to cater for the different needs of her clients.

Katie teaches at the Haelan Studio on
Fridays from 6.15pm - 7.15pm and
Sundays from 4.30pm - 6.45pm

Please contact Katie directly on 07929 395 821 if you would like to attend either of these classes.

Alternatively you can e-mail Katie at katie@choosepilates.com

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Mel Softley

mel protraitYogaSoftley: Scaravelli/somatic yoga (Monday 9.30am, Thursday 9.30am and Thursday 7.30pm)

Mel Softley combines her extensive knowledge of Anatomy, Somatic movement and Scaravelli inspired yoga to teach individuals about how their bodies can move with a deeper ease and integration.

She works with all bodies and adapts for the individual, educating people about how their bodies work and giving hands on awareness to help people to feel subtle releases and movements of the body.

Scaravelli inspired yoga is an integrative practice that releases tension by bringing the body back together again at its centre or core, awakening deep movement from the spine. This practice combines very well with somatic movement practices that are based on experiencing the body rather than forcing the body.

Mel also has experience and training in many fields of Somatic movement: Authentic Movement, Hanne Somatics, Feldenkrais, Developmental Movement patterns, Continuum Movement and Embodied Anatomy. She is a Certified Hanne Somatics Coach and is currently undertaking IBMT’s Somatic Education Training that is based on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Somatic psychology. She is a teacher of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology to bodywork trainees at level 4.

Visit www.yogasoftley.com for more information

Fees for Scaravelli Somatic Yoga are:
£12 per class for block booking
£14 drop-in rate.

Concessions are available

YogaSoftley: Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga (Monday 6pm)

In these classes classic Yoga Restorative postures are combined with principles of Somatics and Scaravelli inspired yoga, breath work and deep relaxation.

Mel Softley combines her extensive knowledge of Anatomy, Somatic movement, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Breathing and Relaxation to teach individuals about how their bodies can rest and release tension but also through these practices become more alert and aware. Mel’s experience and Therapeutic Yoga training enables her to adapt the postures for those who have conditions which limit the natural range of movement and/or cause pain and fatigue.

These classes are designed to restore energy levels and release tension by adopting slow, mostly floor based practices. These include simple movements of the joints, gentle stretching and alignment awareness to move energy in the body. Some movements are based on Hanne Somatics and Feldenkrais along with slow yoga flows and held restorative postures where the body is supported on yoga props for deep rest. These practices facilitate a deeper awareness of the breath as preparation for breathing practices and deep relaxation and meditation.

Visit www.yogasoftley.com for more information

Fees for Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga are:
£66 per six week block of classes booked in advance
£13 drop-in rate
Concessionary rates are available

Please contact Mel directly on 07815 624 368 if you would like to attend any of these classes. Prebooking is essential.

Please wear loose clothes to classes. Mel is available for private one-to-one or group teaching. For more information see www.yogasoftley.com or email Mel

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Nicola Birch

I started meditating during a journey through Asia in the 80s. Visiting a Buddhist monastery in Thailand out of curiosity developed into staying on for a year, meditating for hours every day. This led to a quite profound experience of becoming more aware, and to discovering what it's like to be really alive and awake in the present moment.
Returning to Sweden I trained as a physio-therapist and worked for some years with cardiac rehabilitation. I sometimes thought about how good it would be to reach people before they became so ill. While working in Stockholm, where I lived in the 90s, I came across a school that taught both physical yoga, and also the full range of yogic techniques - Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation school. I joined their evening classes, and in 1998 participated in a three month residential retreat. The course gave intensity a new meaning. Practising yoga and meditation many hours a day, I experienced such strong energy, and such clarity, such a sense of well-being, and such lightness in the body. I realized that these practices are life-changing, and felt a strong inspiration to pass them on to others. What better way to help than to give people tools for daily life that they can use themselves?
I stayed on at the school, did the yoga teacher training and lived there for seven years, immersing myself in the practises, helping to run the school together with the other teachers, and helping and teaching the many students who came to the yoga centre. Because I am British, I've always felt a wish to come back to the UK and in 2007 I moved to London and started to teach independently here.

Contact Nicola for information and booking. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings
Mobile - 0798 2070 040
Email - proyoga@gmail.com

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Shampa Bell

  • Yin Yoga

Shampa has over 15 years of experience and her training and qualifications include acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, shiatsu, and nutrition. Experienced London acupuncturist and yoga teacher Shampa Bell specialises in fertility, IVF support, sports injuries, anti-ageing and stress related problems. Known for her effective and lasting results Shampa identifies and treats the root cause of a patient’s health concerns. This approach enables the entire body to repair and re-balance from the inside out.
In yin yoga postures are held for longer periods of time for up to 5 minutes, sometimes longer. This allows the body's nervous system to move out of the sympathetic fight or flight stress response into the parasympathetic deep relaxation response.
Classes are held at the Haelan Centre on Saturdays 6pm - 7pm starting March 11th.
For more information on workshops, classes or private classes contact Shampa via email or by phone 07940 963 617.

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Victoria Worsley

victoria portraitVictoria has over 20 years' experience as an actor, movement director, theatre maker and was until recently Artistic Director of Jade. Her experience of the Feldenkrais Method began over 20 years ago as a student of performance with Monika Pagnuex in Paris and finally led her to the Professional Feldenkrais Practitioner Training with the FITC (Lewes 4). She also teaches Feldenkrais at drama schools, for theatre companies and individual performers but her work at the Haelan Centre is for people from all walks of life.

Fees and Booking:
£42/£36.00 for 6 classes, £8.50/7.50 drop in
Try an introductory class for £5.00
Please wear loose, warm clothes
Please call Victoria before coming for the first time. Classes are limited to 7 people.

Individual sessions
£35/ £25 for a little over an hour.

Please email Victoria or contact Victoria directly on 07711 088 765 if you would like to attend a class. For more information see Victoria's Website.

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