Toni Roberts - Principal

History/Philosophy/Teaching Methodology/Meditation/Psychotherapeutic

benefits of yoga/Hands On Assists

Yoga has been part of Toni’s life since 1998, she inspires a practice that heals, improves and integrates the processes and qualities of body and mind, both on and off the mat.


Toni first began to study and practice yoga as a way of combating the stresses of her burgeoning career in commercial illustration and interactive design. In 2005, Toni qualified as a 200hr Yoga Alliance Barkan Method teacher. She returned a year later to become certified to teach Level II & III Hot Vinyasa Flow. In 2013 she qualified as a Yoga Therapist for mental health conditions after rigorous practical and academic training with The Minded Institute. Every year Toni continues her own education by doing further yoga teacher trainings and is also currently in her final year of her Integrative Counselling Diploma.


As principal teacher she has trained hundreds of students to become yoga teachers through the yogahaven and The Yoga Garden 200hr certification programs and leads inspirational yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher training’s in the UK and abroad.

Nina - Course Director, Aromatherapy for Yoga

Nina first developed an interest in yoga, health, and nutrition 30 years ago whilst living in California. She later went on to qualify in Anatomy, Physiology, Holistic Massage, and Aromatherapy in the UK and Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand.  Upon returning to the UK Nina has sought to incorporate Yoga and Eastern Philosophy into her daily life, eventually graduating as a yoga teacher on the first Yoga Garden registered course under the guidance of Toni Roberts.

Nina’s love of yoga naturally evolved into the inspiration to create a Yoga and Healing centre and in the summer of 2009 The Yoga Garden opened it’s doors.  Initially offering just two classes a week it has expanded to offering over 25 weekly classes and a full programme of workshops and retreats. 


More importantly the Yoga Garden has developed in to a nurturing community of approximately 30 regular and visiting teachers and well over a 1000 clients, many of whom attend classes on a weekly basis.

Nina looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience of creating a successful and rewarding Yoga business with participants on the course, and supporting them to make that sometimes difficult transition from student to teacher.


Daniel Simpson - History & Philosophy of Yoga

Daniel has a Master’s degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation (from SOAS, University of London). He’s travelled regularly to India since 1998, and studied yoga with experienced teachers round the world. He also teaches philosophy for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


A former foreign correspondent, Daniel makes complex subjects feel accessible. His presentations are lively and fun, exploring how the practice and philosophy of yoga keep evolving. Combining scholarly knowledge with practical insight, he helps students interpret timeless wisdom. His website is:


Silvia Laurenti - Yoga Focused Anatomy & Physiology

Silvia is a Registered Physiotherapist graduated at the University of Brighton in 2007. She has worked extensively in the NHS and private practice and has vast experience in treating a variety of problems ranging from acute injury to long term persistent pain.  Silvia is a qualified Yoga teacher and Pilates Instructor specialising in movement therapy for people with chronic pain. Silvia also teaches experiental anatomy for the Minded Institute teacher training in London: she is very inspired into blending her knowledge of anatomy and physiotherapy with the science of yoga and body movement. 

Silvia’s Post graduate training includes modules in movement and acupuncture. Beyond her Yoga and Pilates training she has studied meditation and mindfulness. Combining Yoga ,Pilates and Physiotherapy Silvia  is passionate about working in rehabilitation with people at all levels of ability and mobility to maximise health and wellbeing.  We are delighted to have her as part of our Teacher Training Team.

Lucy Funnell  - Confidence/Communication/Feedback/Find Your USP

Objectives for the day:
Identifying the Yoga Instructor you want to be - what is your USP?
Communicating Effectively
Growing Confidence 
Giving Feedback
Finding Joy in the Job! 


Lucy brings 10 years of experience as a leadership consultant and coach, and is now a Director of People Untapped.   Over the course of her consulting, training and coaching experience, she has delivered exceptional learning experiences at an individual, team and group level.   She has worked across a diverse range of clients, including retail, pharmaceuticals, financial services, national and local government, not-for-profit, aerospace, construction, education, start-ups, energy, hospitality, broadcasting, brewing, telecommunications and food.

Lucy is a fierce and determined coach, supporting and challenging in equal measure - ensuring that the individuals she encounters meet their full potential and achieve all their goals. She is constantly in pursuit of exceptional performance - and will provide the questions, feedback, input and approach needed to allow the very best version of every person she works with to emerge.


Ana Marcela Wakeham - Somatic Movement

Developmental patterns of movement 

    Entering into Yoga Nidra 

    Cellular breathing - noticing impulses / intuition / subtle

    Moving through your thoughts

Pre Spinal Movements (pre-birth)

Spinal Movements - Walking & Twisting 

Integration into Asana - Revolution - Skillfull teaching - Integration

Further information coming soon


Helen Macpherson  - Vedic Chanting & Sanskrit

Helen Macpherson is a yoga teacher and trainer in the tradition of TKV Desikachar and Sri T Krishnamacharya with a special interest in the use of sound and mantra. She has studied Vedic chanting for over twenty years and has recently run an international Vedic Chant teacher training course with her own chant teacher Radha Sundararajan. She is passionate about the power of sound and mantra to heal and transform our lives.

Helen has taught at the World Yoga Festival in Berkshire, at BWY Congress and also teaches workshops all around the UK.

Helen teaches Vedic Chant and Sanskrit by Skype as well as running chant groups, yoga classes and one-to-one therapeutic sessions.


Samantha Roy - Using assists & teaching aids (props)

Samantha is well loved at The Yoga Garden for her straight forward approach to teaching & her confident & well considered hands on assists. She will also be looking at using props effectively & appropriately to support the individual needs of each student.

Further information coming soon



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