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.
My training to date includes a Btec National diploma in Contemporary Dance, a BPA Hons Degree in Contemporary dance and Breathworks teacher training module 1 Mindfulness based pain and stress management as a health care intervention.
I have been awarded arts council funding and private funding from the Rebecca Skelton fund to help develop my own Mindful Movement programme of training. As co-founder of the Moor Movement, I also deliver specialist creative movement classes for all ages.
I lead Mindfulness based meditations inspired by my Breathworks training, paying special attention to our bodies, breath and emotions, allowing for an opportunity to become curious about the present moment and letting go of the memory of pain, cultivating love, kindness and compassion.
My regular drop in meditations are currently on Wednesday nights and Friday late mornings. Everybody is welcome with no past experience is necessary. I also offer short courses in Mindfulness and Mindful Movement, so keep an eye out for the date and time of my next scheduled event.
I have a fearless zest for life and a thirst for adventure. I am open hearted, calm and sincere. I am passionate about Yoga. When I’m not on the mat or with my head in a Yoga book I can be found in the fresh air. I enjoy walking in the mountains, running through forest trails and exploring the countryside on foot, by bike or on a board. The beauty of the natural environment feeds my spirit.
I also do Crossfit, a fast-paced functional workout – the intensity gives me such an adrenaline rush! I enjoy playing with the balance between a hard-core gym session and a mindful yoga practice.
Having worked in the corporate environment for over ten years as a successful Finance Manager, I understand the pressures and time constraints involved in sustaining a work-life balance.
My vision is to teach Yoga to athletes, the intensity junkies out there that give 110% to each workout in the gym. Come and stretch out after a workout to give your body a break – you may find that it improves your overall fitness.
I like to teach Yoga to stressed out office workers. Sitting at a desk all day is not good for our bodies, it causes bad posture at best and at worst aches, pains and injuries. Give your mind a break, take some time for yourself and chill out in a Yoga class.
My main aim is to teach my students self-love, to build their confidence and to follow their dreams.
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.
Kundalini Yoga quickly helped me develop a powerful relationship with my body and mind. There are many avenues to Kundalini Yoga: mantra and chanting develop the voice, whilst diet, fasting and breath techniques can help you to better understand the workings of the mind. Music and dynamic movement are core elements of my classes, I play the Gong as a relaxation and rejuvenation tool. I believe that sound healing helps people to connect with their parasympathetic nervous system, I recommend a Gong bath once a month.
As well as Kundalini, I am a qualified 200 hours Hot Hatha Yoga teacher. These styles complement one another – the Yin to the Yang or the Shakti to the Shiva. Hot Hatha is carried out at around 37°C, which allows the muscles to relax quickly and deeply, making it easier to work with alignment, strength, focus and concentration. Hot Hatha Yoga is beneficial because it gives the yogi a deeper awareness of what their body can and cannot do, so that they can develop a practice around this awareness and deepen their understanding.
I studied at the Karam Kriya Ashram in Portugal as a Sevadar for two months at the end of 2016, I developed a deeper understanding of the Sikh Dharma and the spiritual, mystical aspect of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. My aims for the future are to deepen my awareness and further my studies of Kasmir Shaivanism and the Samkhya Philosophy with a pilgrimage to India.
Join me for Hot Hatha Yoga at the Ilkley studio on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.
I started practicing yoga after travelling to India in 2003 where I fell in love with the people, the country and the practice. I lived in India for 7 seven years, learning about the endless benefits of Yoga through my daily practice. I decided to do a teacher training course at the Institute of Yoga Mumbai, then assisted at the Institute for several years before qualifying as a Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2008. I continued to live and teach in Mumbai until returning to the UK in 2010, where my passion for Yoga turned towards Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. My continued passion for yoga brought me to study with Nichi Green and Brian Cooper at the Yoga Space in Leeds, where I completed my 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2017. I am a dedicated and compassionate teacher who wants to enable students to find strength, flexibility and increased range of movement.
At the age of 22 I attended any Yoga class I could find – it was actually due to a lower back problem, the result of long distance running. In the beginning I used to envy how flexible my teacher was, his calm smiley face as he entered the splits, while I could barely touch my toes.
My interest in Yoga grew, not just because I was able to touch my toes but because my back was better, I slept better, I could even sing better due to correcting my breathing technique. The entire ethos, history and spiritualism behind Yoga totally drew me in.
I wanted to help people feel the same way, so in January 2015 I flew to India to get my Yoga Alliance Qualification. The culture over in Rishikesh gave me a deeper understanding of Yoga and why it is so brilliant – the history of it is truly incredible.
I returned to my old Yoga school in 2016 to speak with my teachers and teach some of the new students and will continue to return as often as I can.
I teach mainly Vinyasa Flow and Hatha in West Yorkshire and I am an Ashtanga student, continuing to learn and improve in my own practice. My other main passion is rock climbing, I find the two go very well together.
I suppose some of my students would call me a ‘strict’ teacher, whereas I would prefer the term ‘traditional’ – having trained in India I am a product of my environment. It’s rare that I stand at the front of the class, you’ll usually find me moving around to ensure you are in the postures safely and with correct alignment.
Having said all of that, if you leave my class feeling better than when you came in then my job is done.