TEACHERS
 

Nina Fowkes

“Yoga is about releasing the stresses and strains of daily life and finding our  joyful connection with nature and therefore a more compassionate way of being”

 

Nina is the founder of The Yoga Garden, and as well as being an advanced yoga practitioner, certified in Thai massage and aromatherapy she also brings such warmth and kindness to her students that it’s hard not to feel completely at ease in her classes.  

 

“I am so happy to provide a beautiful space where people can improve their health and wellbeing and find that sense of connection and tranquility we are all seeking”

 

Nina teaches Restorative Aroma Yoga Workshops and offers personal detox and nutritional coaching. Nina is also Director of our Teacher Training programmes and courses.

Samantha

“I strongly believe that through diligent practice we can find true balance & happiness.”

Not an unusual story - Sam cam from a family dance background and turned to yoga 15 years ago to manage a severe hip injury.  Introduced to the Jivamukti method in 2010 and then a student at the Sangyé Yoga School (formally Jivamukti London), what had originally started as only a physical practise, awakened her journey towards a spiritual one too. 

Sam considers herself to be a baby Buddha in training and is continually encouraged and inspired by Buddhist philosophy, which she weaves into her dynamic, physically diverse and diverse classes.  Through her authentic and committed approach, Sam’s motivation in every class is to bring attention to the present and move towards a conscious potential.

 

Samantha

“I strongly believe that through diligent practice we can find true balance & happiness.”

Not an unusual story - Sam cam from a family dance background and turned to yoga 15 years ago to manage a severe hip injury.  Introduced to the Jivamukti method in 2010 and then a student at the Sangyé Yoga School (formally Jivamukti London), what had originally started as only a physical practise, awakened her journey towards a spiritual one too. 

Sam considers herself to be a baby Buddha in training and is continually encouraged and inspired by Buddhist philosophy, which she weaves into her dynamic, physically diverse and diverse classes.  Through her authentic and committed approach, Sam’s motivation in every class is to bring attention to the present and move towards a conscious potential.

Ana Marcela

Ana Marcela Wakeham is a senior yoga teacher, Qi Gong and Pilates Instructor and specialises in teaching experiential anatomy and physiology through movement.

 

From a deeply introspective practice and experiential knowledge Ana Marcela has developed clear insight and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of movement, which she expresses in a uniquely fascinating and accessible way.

 

Ana Marcela’s teachings are deeply rooted in a somatic sense of self and the perspective of one’s own life experiences which encompass body, mind and spirit. By bringing our attention to the inner-self, our breath and felt sense, Ana Marcela believes we can use movement to increase awareness and establish deeply restorative states of meditation.

Ana Marcela teaches workshops on Friday mornings. 

 

Chessy

"I am honoured to be able to help clients find that sacred balance, body & mind and honour their wonderful bodies”.

Chessy's warmth comes from her divine nature, as well as her genuine and in depth understanding and compassion for her clients body and mind. With over 20 years experience and qualifications in reflexology, therapeutic oil massage and thai massage, as well as being a 200 hour certified yoga teacher, Chessy can help you to listen and connect with your body in a variety of ways.

Chessy teaches Therapeutic Yoga and offers one on one yoga and therapy sessions. Chessy is also currently running our Thai massage practitioner courses.

 

Rebecca

“My approach to yoga is that of sharing the ability to self-heal, both physically and mentally through a self-regulating physical practice, using this ancient art of movement of the body and breath.”

Rebecca  teaches Hatha and Restorative Yoga at the Yoga Garden. She is a Yoga Alliance registered Teacher (300 hr+) and is a regular teacher in Steyning, Worthing and Storrington, teaching a variety of styles including Dynamic Vinyasa Flow.

Rebecca has continued her teaching development with Yoga4Autism, Pregnancy Yoga with Mel Campbell and at the Yoga Garden with Toni and Marcella.  She started the Mentorship with Jivamukti teacher Amrita in 2016 as well as completing her course on Yoga Adjustments.

“I would like to give gratitude to all my teachers and students and especially the Yoga Garden for their support and development on my yoga path”

 
 
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Laila

I see yoga as an opportunity to connect our mind and body to help us find balance in our daily lives by relieving stress, aiding sleep, building strength and flexibility in the body.

Yoga has been the catalyst for deep rooted change in my life.  I found yoga when I needed it the most, initially a physical practice that soon paved the way to a more open and conscious existence, where self-love and compassion became paramount.

Fast forward 5 years and my practice led me to train recently as a teacher with The Yoga Garden, finding inspiration in seeing first hand the benefits that the training has had on my mind, body and soul and wanting to guide others towards finding this too. 

Laila teaches Wake Up Your Week every Monday morning. 

 

Ali

Ali first came to the Yoga Garden back in 2010 to rebuild her strength after a difficult birth of her 3rd son. 

 

Her yoga journey started in a London studio 25 years ago, but through all the changes of life, yoga has remained a constant for her in its many different manifestations. 

'I love meeting each class and trying to give them what they have come for.  I think Yoga is about awareness.  Awareness of the breath, deepening our awareness of our bodies, and through this process increasing our awareness of our place in the world.' 

As well as the Yoga Garden 200hr Teacher Training, Ali has also completed a Yoga Alliance course in Youth Yoga and Mindfulness.  She teaches yoga for all on Zoom twice a week & Restorative Yoga on Friday afternoons. She also enjoys creating 1-to-1 yoga for those coming to yoga for the first time. 

Tony

“I’m  passionate about helping people through sport and yoga”

 

Tony is a true athlete and brings a wealth of sporting knowledge and experience to our team of teachers. He came to yoga after having spent a lifetime in sport cycle racing, triathlons and running.  He represented Great Britain at numerous Triathlon World Championships and has completed the Ironman Triathlon 3 times.

As a qualified Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher and Sports Massage Therapist, Tony is passionate about  helping clients reach their personal fitness goals. 

 

Tony teaches the Pilates Yoga Fusion class on Fridays at 8 am

 

Lisa

I have been a student of yoga for over twenty years and have been teaching for for the last two.

I believe that yoga should be accessible to all, regardless of fitness levels, body size, age, financial capacity... if you can draw breath you can yoga! As we move our bodies, tuning into the rhythmic tidal flow of the breath expanding and releasing, we melt tension physically and mentally, letting go - if only for moments, from the constructed layers of self/identity (Asmita). Bringing fluidity and ease to the body and calmness to the heart/mind (citta).

I am dedicated to creating a calm space for self exploration with a strong focus on the breath (pranayama) and posture (asana). It’s a loving, calm, nurturing personal journey to feeling awakened, light of heart and free from the hype and chatter of your own mind. Unity in breath, body, heart/mind. 

200 hours Harmonise training academy - Yoga Alliance

200 hours Vajrasati yoga school - Yoga Alliance

(Continuing to 500 hours teacher training plus with the Vajrasati school)

 
 
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Tanu

Tanuja Mohanan  (Tanu) With Keralan roots and a back ground in Indian Classical Dance, Tanu was introduced to yogic teachings early in life. She has taught and performed Indian classic dance for 15 years and certified as a Sivananda yoga teacher 12 years ago. She has since gone on to study and qualify in other schools of yoga and bodywork, including Thai Massage. We are delighted to welcome Tanu to our team of teachers and therapists. 

'Yoga became my companion very early in life. Having been introduced to the paths of yoga from a very young age, I grew up with a very strong awareness of a yogic way of life. At the age of 23 I had my first Sivananda yoga class and have since utilised the asanas and other elements of this very rich practice to maintain health and balance. During times of challenge, yoga give’s strength and keeps me grounded. ’

Tanu will be teaching a Sivananda Yoga Class on Wednesdays at 7pm 

Romina

Romina turned to yoga as a means of injury prevention and to build strength as a puppeteer and performer and grew to learn how much deeper the practice goes.

“Yoga greatly improves your self awareness and is hugely healing for the body and mind. It has helped me develop as a person in so many ways. Made me feel more comfortable in my own body; both mentally and physically. Self acceptance is so important for your own happiness and yet it is something that nearly everyone battles with daily. Yoga is so much more than being flexible, it is not about self improvement but about self acceptance. I truly believe that Yoga is for everyone and that is something that I want to encourage through my teaching.”

 

Amrita

“Within our modern, urban busy lifestyles, I believe yogic teachings are even more important and valuable for us than ever before”.

 

Amrita’s well seeded and rich 16 years of global yoga experience makes her the ideal teachers teacher, running workshops, mentorships and offering exceptional one-to-one guidance. Being an 800 hour certified Jivamukti Teacher, as well as professionally trained and certified for adjustments, meditation, partner yoga, holistic massage and group therapy, Amrita brings a wealth of knowledge, tools and passion to every class.

 

Amrita teaches ‘Hot Yoga’ on a Monday night and Spiritual Warrior on a Tuesday lunchtime as well as a variety of Jivamukti inspired workshops and one on one sessions

 
 

Penny

“I like to keep my yoga real and grounded making it accessible to all.  I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practise whatever their background or story”

 

Penny’s yoga journey started in 2000 whilst living a fast paced life in London.  During her pregnancy with her daughter, she really connected with her yoga practise, its benefits and the power of the breath.

 

“In 2010 I went to my first hot yoga class and was hooked. “ Penny continues developing her own practise and teaching style with globally recognised teachers such as Anna Forrest. Max Strom & Delamay Devi.  

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