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The Haelan Studio Teachers


Abbi Sandham

abbiAbbi Sandham been working with pregnant women through her role as an antenatal teacher and breastfeeding counsellor with Birth Companions for over eight years. In 2016 she began training with YogaBirth (www.yogabirth.org) to become an antenatal yoga teacher. With four children of her own, she knows first hand how beneficial yoga can be for expectant mums. She loves to teach small and intimate classes, leading her students in a gentle and restorative practice and providing a space and opportunity to prepare for child birth, re-energise and relax.

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

These classes are suitable for all women from 14 weeks of pregnancy through to birth with no previous experience of yoga required.

Classes work best when women commit to attending regularly and for this reason payment is usually made on a monthly basis at the start of each month at £10 per class. Trial class price £15. See www.yogabirth.org.uk for more information

Limited space in these classes makes booking essential - please check availability before attending.

Please contact Abbi directly on email abbi@bendymum.com or 07793 403 570 or see www.yogabirth.org.uk for more information.


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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 and traditions for over 25 years. During this time he has learnt that all meditation techniques have advantages as well as disadvantages. This experience allows him to tailor his teaching to the needs and requirements of his students, whether mindfulness, breath, sound or zen meditations. Therefore, workshops tend to gently flow in response to the students being taught rather than any preset agenda.

Over time and with commitment, students report an increase in clarity of mind and joy of the heart, a re-awakening of creativity, as well as a general decrease in stress levels.

Bob has led thirteen bi-annual weekend retreats at The Friars, an ancient monastery in the Kent countryside. The Retreats normally form a summation of the terms work at the Haelan Centre.

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, is needed. Beginners are warmly welcomed.

Bob teaches Meditation in the Upper Studio on Saturdays 2pm to 3.30pm.

Ring Bob on 07980 905 491 for more information or to book a workshop. You can also email info@meditationwithsound.com

Group workshops last for 90 minutes and cost £10 per session.

For further information on classes and retreats please visit: www.meditationwithsound.com

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Iphigenia Leoussi

'I get up, I walk, I fall down... meanwhile I keep dancing!'
For me this sentence holds the essence of life. Not only because I love dancing but because I see life as a dance! Movement has always been extremely important to me and that is why I enjoy teaching people “to move” through Pilates.
I was a professional dancer that came across Pilates in a rehabilitation studio after yet another dance injury.
Pilates made sense to me! The body is a unity. Every muscle, ligament, bone needs to work together so that the body is in harmony, in balance and it can move healthily.
I trained in London under the Pilates Foundation in both Matwork and Pilates equipment in 2003 and continued my journey of understanding the body in depth by studying Sports Massage.

I love movement and believe that Pilates is an intelligent and very unique method of exercising.
In a mat class you will practice a series of exercises with focus and control, precision and concentration. You will learn a way of breathing that will help you get the best results from your workout and you will use opposition to strengthen and stretch your body in the most effective way. You will leave the class feeling energized, feeling taller, stretched and in control of your body.
The Haelan studio is fully equipped with all the necessary small apparatus that can make a Pilates class more comfortable such as yoga blocks, straps, blankets for people who need some extra support but also provides foam rollers and Pilates power rings that can make a class more challenging.

I charge £13 per class or £120 for 10 classes (to be completed in 4 months)
Get in touch on 07791 069 139 or send me an e-mail at iphigenialeoussi@hotmail.com
I am looking forward to meeting you!

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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)
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 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 11am-12.15pm. 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 1pm-2.15pm. 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.

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


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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
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 & 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:
£12.50 per class for block booking
£15 drop-in rate.

Concessions are available

YogaSoftley: Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga (Monday 6pm) Gentle Somatic Yoga (Wednesday 11.30am)

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 & Gentle Somatic Yoga are:
£11.50 termly
£14 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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Shirley Amatsakio

  • Tai Chi Qigong

I am a qualified Taiji Qigong (pronounced: Tai Chi Chi Kung) instructor.
At the Haelan Clinic I deliver the 'Shibashi 18' form in the Upper Studio.

'Shibashi' means 18 movements in Chinese, and is an art integrating mindful movements, (self-)healing, and breathing techniques. The 18 moves are based on ancient Taiji and Qigong practices. Taiji is a Chinese Martial Arts form, and Qigong means circulating life force or energy which forms the basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Taiji and Qigong are forms of Meditation.

Regularly practising 'Shibashi' Taiji Qigong is a form of self-care - looking after your health, wellness, and wellbeing. The movements help you to develop your physical and spiritual strength. 'Shibashi 18' helps you to improve your body posture and functions of your internal organs; focus your attention; ease your breathing; develop stamina; loosen your muscles; become more aware of yourself; enhance your energy levels. You will feel less tense and stressful, and you notice you improve in balancing your emotions.

My aim is to show you the form, so you can practise at home and make 'Shibashi 18' part of your lifestyle and making mindful movements a healthy habit. You receive resources to practise at your own pace, in your own time after each session, course or workshop.

Get in touch for details about upcoming events.
Email shirley@owahan.com
Mobile 0797 1061 763
Website https://owahan.com/


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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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Wendy Shooter

  • Beginner Yoga

This beginner class is for all of you who have meant to give yoga a try but never quite got round to it!

Mondays 4.30pm – 5.30pm: £8 drop in
First class free!

I have been on an exploration about what it means to be human for as long as I can remember. To help me, and everyone else, with this I developed a whole human approach to personal energy and wellness.

In this beginner yoga class, we embrace this whole human approach to support each of our 4 energies bringing connection, awareness and nourishment.

Mental Energy: Mindfulness in practice
Physical Energy: Movement & flow
Emotional Energy: Restorative rejuvenation
Spirit Energy: Meditation

Other things I have done, many of which I continue with include: Chartered Psychologist in organisations, Coach, Spiritual Response Therapist, Hollywood movie Dog Handler….

To book a mat, or find out more please contact Wendy on
wendy@mypowerbar.co.uk or 07968 043 335

To find out more about this approach, or take the energy quiz visit www.mypowerbar.co.uk. There is also a free phone app you can download.

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