Ilkley Yoga Centre forms part of Naturally Twisted Yoga. Naturally Twisted Yoga has studios in Ilkley and Bradford.
Ilkley Yoga Centre is based in Ilkley and offers classes on a daily basis. Our offering includes: Bikram inspired, Forrest Yoga, Hatha and Ashtanga. Our scheduled includes workshops, retreats and Level 1 & 2 British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Courses.
We welcome to beginners to all our classes and we are happy to have a chat with your before you come along to the studio or join our online classes.
My Yoga journey began over two decades ago and I have grown and adjusted my practice in line with the ‘full catastrophe of life’, enjoying the many layers of Yoga, through Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Mantra.
I came to teaching through the British Wheel of Yoga foundation course, followed by a further three years of study then completing the BWY Teaching Diploma, accumulating in 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Further teacher training courses have included Yoga for Pregnancy through Yoga Campus and Sitram Yoga, Womb Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest (Yoga Alliance RYT 200) and Structural Yoga Therapy Diploma through Yoga Campus. I am also a qualified to offer Thai Yoga Massage sessions upon request.
My one-on-one Structural Yoga Therapy sessions serve to empower individuals and help them move towards improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.
The classes I teach are challenging yet nourishing, based on the premise that Yoga is a fierce medicine and that the science behind mindful release is something that we can all learn and adapt to our everyday lives. I teach Ashtanga at our Bradford studio on Wednesdays and a range of classes throughout the week at our Ilkley studio.
Josie Cooper BA(Hons)
I began practising Hot Yoga in 2012, with the initial aim to improve my strength and flexibility to complement my pole fitness classes. Through attending regular Yoga classes, I came to realise that there was a lot more to my hobby than getting a good stretch – although that part is still great! My lower back pain, which had persisted for over ten years, began to ease and recurred much less frequently. I generaly felt much more calm and grounded in my day-to-day life.
My Yoga studies started with British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Training in 2014. I completed my 200-hour Forrest Yoga foundation teaching qualification with Ana Forrest in 2016 and am currently working towards Certification.
I offers plenty of verbal cues and hands-on adjustments. Students can expect to explore their strengths and work on improving their focus, with emphasis on breathing deeply.
Having recently completed 200 hours Forrest Yoga teacher training (in addition to a Yoga Bodywork course) in Bali I am now keen to share what I have learnt. My journey in Yoga and healing has only just begun, my classes will continue to grow and evolve as I do! Forrest has helped me to connect with my own feelings, thoughts and emotions using the breath. I am inspired to assist others to do the same. Breathing deeply and connecting in feeling to the body can be of profound healing benefit (biochemically, biomechanically, emotionally, and spiritually). Through my practice I have begun to discover the ways in which I hold myself back; seeing clearly aspects of my behaviour and thinking that no longer serve me.
My goal is to optimise my life so as to create radiant health. Yoga is a complementary practice to living a healthy life. It lowers risk factors of many diseases – it truly is preventative medicine for people of all ages. I have exercised regularly and played rugby for many years; however, a desire for holistic health (mind, body and spirit) led me towards yoga. A holistic approach to healthcare encompasses far more than exercise and movement. Relationships, nutrition, sleep, stress management, meaningful work are also key components of living life to its fullest expression.
I aim to teach classes that are fun, engaging and empowering. I hope that I can assist you in connecting to your own body, breath and spirit through the practice of yoga. And that this sense of connection develops overtime into feelings of radiance, vitality and aliveness!
I come from an educational background, working as an educator internationally and throughout the UK for the last 17 years.
My love for yoga began whilst living and working in Dubai during 2008. I stumbled across a Bikram Yoga class whilst out walking after a very stressful day. Feeling instantly connected, I began to develop my practice and soon discovered my love for everything Yoga. I could not believe the instant effect Yoga had on my body and mind. I soon began to feel lighter, less stressed, and ready to take on the world.
I have practiced many types of yoga, but feel most at home with Ashtanga Yoga. I discovered Ashtanga yoga after running the Reykjavik Marathon in 2012. The practice helped me overcome an injury, elongate and strengthen my muscles, and gave me a great awareness of breath whilst running long distance.
I loved yoga so much I soon realised this was my future and decided to train to be a yoga teacher. After being introduced to Jane Cluely (Jayadhara) I completed my BWY Foundation course in 2017. My studies continued with a three year Diploma with The British Wheel, which is due to be completed in 2020.
The classes I teach are relaxing yet comfortably challenging, incorporating asana, pranayama, and deep relaxation. I teach Yoga for Beginners at our Bradford studio on Thursdays, Ashtanga and Hatha Sunday mornings.