Meet our teachers

VINYASA FLOW with BE THOMAIDES  Wednesday 07.30

rebeccathomaides@btinternet.com FB/INSTA @yogawithbe

Join me for an energising Vinyasa flow class, designed to ease you into the day and leave you shining afterwards. A mixture of guided meditation and strong flows, aligning breath with movement; this class caters to all abilities.
I live by “do what makes your soul shine” and so my classes are up-lifting, light hearted and nourishing. I aim to create an environment where my students feel safe to explore their practice in this miraculous self-study.

About Be: I went to my first yoga class in 2012, looking for another way to nurture my physical well-being. Instead I found a passion which enabled me to find calm in the present when I needed it most. I love how yoga takes you from the whirl wind of daily life and gives you time to reset, with a big, fat smile on your face! I wanted to give this gift to others and so embarked on my yoga teaching course in January 2018, training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow with Allie Hill from YogaHaven. This enabled me to deepen my knowledge of the philosophy that is yoga and I continue to practice this not just on the mat, but in my every day life.

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VINYASA FLOW with KATE TITTLEY Monday 18.00

kt_yogi@outlook.com FB/ INSTA @moonshine_yogi

Whatever your reasons for coming to yoga (a good stretch, the little sleep at the end, challenging poses, or even just the excuse to wear comfy pants outdoors), you can find it here!  Join me every Monday for a big yoga flow to start your week. We slow life down for an hour to combine meditation, flowing postures, big tunes and little challenges that will leave you feeling like 'aaahhhh', that's better.
All levels more than welcome as modifications will be given to suit you.

About me: I have been teaching yoga in various studios and gyms around Manchester for the past year and I adore it! My classes provide a safe and encouraging space for you to explore what your amazing body can do. Everybody starts somewhere, as long as you start, there are no limitations, just boundless cool places you can go.
We sweat, we stretch, we get strong, we laugh our heads off and at the end we can get that big, fat Savasana - the most deliciously important part.
Can't wait to welcome you into class!

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SUNRISE FLOW with LORNA ROYLE Friday 07.30 

lornaeroyle@gmail.com

My classes are nourishing and often slow and deep to allow exploration of space and breath within the body and giving time to experience each asana. I pay special attention to mobililizing and preparing the body for deeper work and focus on alignment fundamentals, encouraging greater body awareness. I hope to bring an integration of movement, breath and meditation to each class that leaves you feeling calmer and more in tune.

About me: I rediscovered yoga in 2014 through introduction to an Ashtanga class.   I was instantly drawn to the dynamic style and challenging physical practice but also the mental benefits, which brought me to a deeper state of serenity and inward reflection. My practice has helped me to develop a quiet inner confidence and strength to cope with the challenges of life and has also allowed me to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

I completed my Vinyasa Krama teacher training with my mentor Andrea Everingham in May 2016. Andrea continues to inspire me and set the benchmark high with her energy and generosity in sharing her breadth of knowledge. I attend regular workshops, some with international teachers such as Manju Pattabhi Jois, Sri Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Patrick Beach and Roger Cole.

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YIN YOGA with FIONA FINSBURY Monday 19.15 

dannyfionayoga@gmail.com FB/ INSTA @dannyfionayoga

This weekly yin session will be a chance for you to pause, breathe, unwind and let go of stress. In yin yoga, the body is supported by props and the postures are passively held for 5-7 minutes. This allows plenty of time to stretch and strengthen the more stubborn tissues of the body including the ligaments and fascia. A regular yin practice will increase your flexibility and keep the joints supple, helping to prevent injury. It will also help you connect to a calming meditative state which you will learn to access on and off your mat. It will be particularly beneficial to runners, cyclists, gym goers, and yogis who mostly practice dynamic vinyasa styles, as yin postures are designed to lengthen and open the parts of the body that become tight as a result of high impact aerobic exercise and weight lifting.

About me: I came to yoga as a teenager, carrying a great deal of trauma with me as a result of a challenging childhood. Yoga felt like a safe space where I could reconnect to my body, gently open my heart and rebuild my confidence. I spent a large part of my 20s practicing ashtanga which I found to be very empowering, and I trained to be an ashtanga vinyasa & rocket yoga teacher in 2012 with Dulce Aguilar and Jamie Clarke. Dulce introduced me to yin shortly after this and I recognised its profound healing qualities. It was a powerful reminder to slow down and listen to my body, and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. My husband Danny and I completed our yin teacher training in 2015 with Murielle Burellier and Sebastian Pucelle and we went on to study shamanism and mandala vinyasa with Dulce Aguilar and Maria Kame the following year.                I love yoga for everything it has taught me and continues to teach me, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

My other great love is opera singing, and I am a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music vocal studies department. I spent two years in the West End cast of The Phantom Of The Opera and recently sung the role of Cinderella in Massenet’s opera of the same name, and Gretel in Humperdinck’s opera ‘Hansel and Gretel.’

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JIVAMUKTI with SOPHIE-RAE MARTYN Friday 17.30 


sophieraeyoga@gmail.com FB/INSTA @sophieraeyoga

Jivamukti Yoga is a physical, ethical and spiritual practice. Through yoga teachings that are relevant for both on and off the mat, Jivamukti creates a path to Enlightenment through compassion to all beings, to our relationship with the Earth, our realization of the oneness of being and the discovery of lasting happiness.

Jivamukti Yoga was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life who have centered the philosophy around 5 Tenets  - Ahimsa (non-harming), Bhakti (devotion), Nada (sound), Dhyana (meditation) and Shastra (study of scripture), all of which are incorporated into each Open Class. Jivamukti yoga will guide you through a practice that allows you to explore the nature of your being and to become more aware and connected to your true Self.

A student can expect a dynamic Vinyasa style class using challenging and intelligent sequencing to move you deeper within your own practice, as well as teachings following the Jivamukti focus of the month, mantra, pranayama and meditation. Throughout the class, the student will be reminded of both the practice and the goal itself – yoga.

This is an intermediate level class, however beginners are more than welcome. It is a great way to begin your own journey and to be introduced to the philosophy of yoga.

About Sophie-Rae: Sophie-Rae has always had an interest in spirituality; how we chose to live this life, of love and kindness and above all, in the nature of the Self, the higher Self and how that manifests in our every day life. Sophie-Rae is a trained massage Therapist and for the last 10 years has been working within the industry teaching massage and wellbeing. She has an insightful and knowledgeable understanding to the human body, as well as the nature of the mind and our emotional system and the manifestations that are stored within us as a result.

Like many of us, Sophie-Rae found yoga when she most needed it. Having practiced on and off for many years and always enjoying the internal space that the practice gave her, it wasn’t until she stumbled upon Jivamukti yoga, that she really found her own practice and a deeper sense of self. Sophie-Rae first experienced a Jivamukti class at One Yoga Studio in Chorlton, with an amazing teacher named Andrea Everingham who has since been and will continue to be a guiding light and mentor within her own yoga journey and in her teaching. Jivamukti Yoga has given Sophie-Rae so much so more than she could have ever expected; a deeper understanding of the Self, a better sense of body and mind, a kinder and more conscious way of living and a philosophy that can be practiced both on and off of the mat.

After practicing for a year with Jivamukti Yoga, Sophie-Rae decided she wanted to deepen her own practice further and went on the complete her 300 hour teacher training with Jivamukti Yoga in February 2017, studying under Jivamukti co-founder Sharon Gannon, Jules Febre and Yogeswari.

Combined with Sophie-Rae’s experience of teaching massage and exploring the nature of the Self both through her holistic career and her yoga, Sophie-Rae’s style of teaching is compassionate, light-hearted, breath centered and open. She hopes to be able to inspire and encourage her students in the same way that he teachers have for her and to unravel the layers of the self, to reach a state of peace and ease, both in the mind and the body. She provides a class that is light, engaging and accepting of who you are and where you are, both on and off the mat.

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ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES with DONNA MCCAFFEREY Wed 17.45

donna.mccafferey@gmail.com FB/ INSTA @donnamccaffereyyoga

This is a counted led primary series class. Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic moving meditation where we use breath, bandha (energy locks) and Drishti (looking place) to focus our mind and move with each breath through a series of postures. There are 6 series of Ashtanga Yoga and each one has a different purpose. Primary series is also called Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, it is designed to purify the body and so it will make you sweat ! It has been put together in such a way that each posture opens the body up for the following posture. This class will focus on the primary series. The teacher will talk the class through each vinyasa using the correct vinyasa count, in Sanskrit. The class begins and ends with twelve focussed breaths to help you to focus the mind and concentrate on the breath. This is a dynamic practice, which is often fast paced, and will leave you feeling amazing! 

About me: I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 20 years after discovering it while travelling in Goa, India. I found that it completely transformed my life and have been practicing daily ever since. I have been extremely blessed to have practiced with some of Ashtanga's most senior teachers and completed my Teacher Training with John Scott in 2014. I try and practice with John as often as I can and was honoured to assist him at a workshop in Oxford last year. I also was honoured to assist Manju Patthabi Jois in 2017 on his workshop in Manchester.

Last year I was very blessed to be authorised by Manju to teach Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga. This means a great deal to me as he has grown up practicing Ashtanga since he was a child. 

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ROCKET YOGA with DANNY SOLOMON Thursday 18.00

dannyfionayoga@gmail.com FB/ INSTA @dannyfionayoga

‘The Rocket’ is a playful, powerful sequence of postures rooted in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa. However, what distinguishes Rocket from the Ashtanga series is its access to modifications, allowing the practitioner to take full ownership of their practice. If the body is not capable of doing a certain pose, we modify safely and find the pose for you. We concentrate on the flow - breathing and moving and working with yourself. Play is encouraged! Expect inversions and balances and a playlist to go with all the fun.

About me: I first started practising yoga in 2012. My wife, Fiona Finsbury had just completed her training and was teaching Ashtanga vinyasa classes in our old acting school so I joined in. She taught the whole primary series. It was incredibly difficult to begin with (it still can be, to be honest) but when the classes were over I can remember feeling amazing. It was this overwhelming sense of peace and clarity that I’d never encountered before. I wanted more of this yoga stuff! A couple of years later I went to India and completed my teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and ‘The Rocket’ with Jamie Clarke & Dulce Aguilar of The Yoga People. I came back to London and began teaching right away in various studios and gyms.

In 2015, I completed my training in Yin Yoga and then in 2016 my training in Mandala & Shamanism. In 2015, Fiona and I moved from London to Manchester where we both teach regular classes in and around this great city we call home.

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KUNDALINI YOGA with BETH MORGAN Tuesday 18.00

beth@bettymo.com FB @kundaliniyogawithbethmorgan INSTA @bettymoyoga

Beth Morgan is a heart centred teacher who has been practising kundalini yoga for over 12 years.
Beth’s classes are a dynamic blend of dance, postures, pranayama (breathing), mantra, meditation and yoga nidra helping you relax, self heal and elevate your spirits all at the same time.
Her passion for music and mantras is evident in her powerful and uplifting classes which are taught in a loving, warm and compassionate way. Her main aim is to enable you to come home to yourself, your own inner truth or Sat Nam, along with stress reduction and finding peace in this crazy modern world we live in.
She trained under LA based kundalini teacher Maya Fiennes and is assistant teacher on Maya's Yoga Teacher Training courses and retreats. Beth is also trained in Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore Tuli.
Beth teaches regular classes and workshops in Manchester and retreats in the UK and Europe. Beth is certified with Yoga Alliance UK.

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IYENGAR YOGA BEGINNERS with LAUREN CURRIE Wednsday 19.30

laurenmayyoga@gmail.com   FB/INSTA @laurenmayyoga

Iyengar Yoga Beginners Course:

In the beginners course we’ll be learning new things! How to make shapes with our bodies and form standing and seated poses. As we work we’ll learn about balance and stability – encouraging a new kind of awareness, intelligence and freedom. The poses we work on focus our concentration and quieten down our minds. There will be plenty of help, hands on adjustment and direction so we can learn safely, and begin this wonderful self-study. 

About me: I believe yoga positively transforms body, mind and soul! I’m passionate about the Iyengar method being accessible to all regardless of age, ability or state of health. I attended my first Iyengar class ten years ago and was amazed at how much I learnt and how great I felt – the door was open on a new kind of self-awareness and self-study! Since then I’ve been fascinated by the depth of the subject and never ending learning, the study of consciousness, the study of breath, the chance to gain and improve my health and the journey in. I’m grateful to have studied with senior teachers Rajiv and Swati Chanchani amongst many others that visit us at Manchester & District Institute of Iyengar Yoga, and share their knowledge and years of study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India.  

“Words cannot convey the value of yoga, it has to be experienced” BKS Iyengar

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CAPOEIRA with SEBASTIEN SERAYET Thursday 19.45  (from 22nd Nov)

sebserayet@hotmail.com

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form developed by enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil, where two people transcend into a bodily dialogue of steps, kicks, dodges, faints, acrobatics, theatrics, all to the tune of live music and call and response songs. It encompasses movement, dance, rhythm, music, singing, martial art and fighting. This new class will stretch you physically, mentally and culturally. We will practice sequences of movements as a class and in pairs to traditional rhythms.

 

 

About me: I first came across capoeira in 2000 and have been practicing ever since with the best masters in the UK, Europe and Brazil including Mestres Moraes, Cobra Mansa, Joao Grande, Roberval, Jogo de Dentro and many more. After studying the roots of Capoeira in Salvador (Brazil), I formed in 2003 a group with my Brazilian teacher Contra Mestre William Sousa and learned how to connect movements and music of the traditional style, capoeira angola. I have taught classes for over 10 years to people of all ages and levels at Manchester College, Manchester University, Z-Arts Centre, numerous schools and community centres. I regularly attend workshops in cities across Europe, organise local events with leading figures in Capoeira and perform demonstrations in the streets or at festivals. As well as giving me many friends, Capoeira has taught me so much about myself, my body, discipline, Brazilian culture and language, learning and teaching. I look forward to share my experience at Space.

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