Owner of L2Y. Dionne is passionate about yoga and the benefits it has on the mind and body, So much so that her aim for this studio is to make yoga accessible to everyone. Dionne's yoga journey started over 17 years ago. When she attended her first yoga class at Temple Park. After her teacher left the area she struggled to find a yoga teacher and style that suited her. Eventually she embarked on her first teacher training initially just to learn more about yoga with no plans to start teaching. But finally after teaching her first class five years ago, it opened so many doors, meet so many people, every expanding yoga community; it has led her to opening her own studio an living her dream job, teaching yoga for a living!
Dionne is constantly expanding her yoga knowledge (always saving for her next course and workshop) which has developed her teaching style. Dionne teaches a range of classes from Gentle Hatha Yoga, Hatha Vinyasana, Ashtanga, , Pregnancy and Postnatal yoga, Chair yoga, Mediation. Dionne specialises in Yoga for women after training with renowned teacher Uma -Tuli Dilsmore on women's health and womb connection yoga, she is a keen advocate that yoga can support women throughout there changing cycles. Dionne also holds Monthly Women's circle's -Last Friday of every month.
Dionne's personal yoga practice and love/obsession is Ashtanga Yoga. Supported by senior teacher Dan Burt from House of Ashtanga. She has recently studied with Peg Mcqueen of the Ashtanga Dispatch and is looking forward to training with her again in 2020
Dionne loves to create a friendly flowing yoga class suitable for all. Dionne strongly believes that a regular yoga practice heals the body and the mind and can aid recovery, physical and emotional, from the curve balls life throws at us.
As a yoga teacher there’s nothing Dionne loves more than seeing the benefits yoga can bring to people, regardless of their ability, age and circumstances." Please come along, take a deep breath, say hello and give my class a try. Namaste x "
Experienced Iyengar teacher, Sat's yoga journey started over twenty years ago, and has been teaching for over ten years. Sat loves her yoga journey and interacting with different people. Sat specialises in Iyengar Yoga, which is great for the mind body soul.
The pace of the classes tend to move at a slower pace than some types of Yoga,In Iyengar props are used to improve the postures but you'll find that you will still have to work hard.
What you will expect when you come to Sat's classes:
Bringing focus and awareness to the present, alignment, posture and breathing (Pranayama). This is followed by gentle warm up postures, standing leg stretches, seated stretches and twists, backbends forward bend and inversions. All classes end with relaxation (Savasana) and breathing (Pranayama). Sat is also qualifies to teach students throughout their pregnancy. Sat's classes are known to be a place for you to enjoy some friendly laughs an jokes.
Sat " One thing I can promise is that my Yoga classes are like no other! Come and experience it for yourself, Namaste "
Carla has been teaching Hatha Yoga, for over fours years. During her classes she breaks the session down into three segments; Relaxing warm up, Yoga asana , then into a relaxing cool down and meditation.
Carla classes are for everyone, from beginners to experts, as I can show a range of movements for all abilities, allowing you to feel comfortable and apart of the whole class.
I have been practising Hatha Yoga for over 10 years and teaching for over 4 years, I love to teach Hatha Yoga, as it is accessible to all and it allows you to relax during the yoga movements and exercise. Hatha Yoga is designed to align and calm your mind, body and spirit, using most yoga postures and salutations and breathing exercises and relaxation.
"I am a yoga teacher and contemporary dancer based in the north east. I have several years experience practising yoga and a variety of movement practices. Originally from Devon, I studied both dance and yoga from a young age. After moving to the north east as a teenager I continued to practice dance and yoga and at eighteen I moved to Scotland where I attended a wider range of classes both in dance and holistic movement practices. Six years ago, I returned to the north east and begun formal studies as a contemporary dancer whilst training as a yoga teacher. I am interested in the restorative, physical and mental benefits of practising yoga and enjoy sharing my knowledge through teaching. I offer classes which cater to different needs focussing on relieving stress, promoting wellbeing and also offering fluidity through movement and connection to the body. My classes aim to help improve concentration, focus, restore balance and physicality and promote wellbeing."
For me, yoga became my escape from a reality that I didn’t really feel like I could fit in with. But it was through yoga that I found that the methods of breathing, moving and recentering myself; being truly present in a moment is what reality is to me. I went straight into a 500 Hour Teacher Training Course in Bali at the start of 2019 after feeling lost and confused when I graduated in Japanese Studies at Sheffield University. By this point, I already had my personal yoga practice for several years but I wanted to experience something new and ultimately deepen my own knowledge and practice of yoga, not realising how much the training would spark the passion of teaching within me.
Achieving greater flexibility, strength and balance was imperative to me when I first started yoga, but my focus gradually shifted to the use of pranayama and mindfulness to slow down in this crazy world and regain a sense of gratitude for life, which is what really helps us to really achieve that constant state of happiness.
That is why Hatha Yoga in particular has become one of my favourite styles of yoga, using this style to become centered, making everything a moving meditation, being mindful and using pranayama techniques to notice the subtle energies and being more aware of our bodies to remain truly present in the moment is what makes me passionate - while always managing to find a smile no matter what asana we are in!
"Having done a degree a Philosophy and Politics at university, I believed that problems should be solved through intense debate and thinking. Since then, through yoga, I have discovered another way; one that is joyful, vibrant, healthy, inclusive and quite frankly more fun.
When I first got into yoga, I was working full-time as a Gym Instructor/Personal Trainer, and my days were filled with experimenting with different training techniques.
I can remember very distinctly the first time I practised yoga; the profound relief I experienced in my body and mind will stay with me forever. Since then I have continued to come back to yoga at every opportunity, and was excited to train as a yoga teacher so that I can share the amazing benefits of this practice with others.
Many people find that when doing yoga, they may have very deep personal experiences. This can range from simply re-discovering their inner calm mental state, or even the transcendental. I offer a judgement-free class where you yourself can experience these positives changes in your body and mind with your own understanding and interpretation and I am here to offer guidance and assistance. Yoga has helped massively transform my life for the better and know it can help you also"
Dani Jackson is a certified holistic nutrition coach, yoga teacher, life coach, published author, personal trainer, motivational speaker, Gut health specialist and ex school teacher. She has been practising yoga since a young age but it wasn’t consistent as yoga just wasn’t as ‘big’ as it is today. Dani then moved to Dubai in 2008 as a personal trainer where her eyes were opened to the huge yoga scene they have over there. She fell in love with vinyasa yoga and decided in 2015 she would get qualified. Dani is on a mission to help people with modern illnesses today such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, obesity, cancer, skin problems etc..as at the age of 18 she was diagnosed with the autoimmune, Graves Disease. The treatment she had, radioactive iodine destroyed her body and left her having to rebuild herself back to health and wellness. However, it was a massive struggle as she didn’t know what to do. This is when her journey into holistic wellness began. Dani has taught gut seminars and yoga courses all over Dubai and is now in the U.K sharing her love for all things on holistic health. Her book Beauty and THE GUT was published in October 2018 to motivate and inspire people to live healthier lives. Yoga included. Dani quotes, “Without yoga in my life I wouldn’t be who I am now. I don’t just practise yoga for flexibility, I do it because it has helped my body heal. It has given me confidence and courage to go for dreams and fight for what I believe in. It has been a gift to me when I have struggled in those hard times of life. Yoga has changed not only how my body looks but it has helped my mind and soul too. I love yoga so much and I wish everyone could experience just how amazing it makes you feel”.
" Hi I'm Michaela I've had a long long love affair with Yoga and like all of life's relationships there are moments of frustrations and lots of joy. I first started at a little community class with my mam. We kept going because the teacher was very knowledgeable and VERY handsome ~ am I allowed to say that? We found it all so intriguing, there was a never ending supply of poses, breathing exercises and seemingly reasons to focus on your 3rd eye. It was like a magical Pandora,s box.
When I moved to London for Uni I started practising with my housemates and we did a class together every Saturday morning, mainly to keep fit and because we didn't ever see what Sunday mornings actually looked like. I found it really difficult because it was quite a dynamic class and I wasn't very strong, but kept practising Yoga throughout my studies because my housemates were so keen and it always feels a lot easier to go with friends. Eventually we struck up a friendship with the lovely Aussie teacher, she gave us lots of tips and wonderful head rubs to make up for all the planks.
But I only really fell in love once I'd finished Uni and started practising more regularly. I had no idea what I wanted to do for 'a career' or how to be 'a grown up' I wasn't happy in my job at the time or in my relationship but I was happy visiting my old friend Yoga. Something familiar, something comforting and challenging all at the same time.
I decided to do my Yoga teacher training in 2013 and have been lucky enough to teach my colleagues every week from then on, in my 'proper job', for the last 5 years, both in London and in Sydney.
Last year I set up my own business and now teach Yoga & Mindfulness pretty much full time. I’ve been teaching mindfulness for about a year now after practising for many and love the benefits it’s had on my life and the others I’ve taught. I’m lucky enough to be continuing my training with one of the leading mindfulness teachers in Europe Patrizia Collard.
I love meeting new people in my classes and love helping to restore a sense of calm and clarity. Yoga teaches us that mostly it's all going to okay and that everything changes, even plank's doesn't last forever. "
Michaela, will be teaching an introduction to Mindfulness workshop in October.