Meet the Team


Anne

Yvonne

Nic

Cat

Sara
Anne: I discovered yoga in 2004 and loved it!
From the beginning I've had an open-minded approach and taken every opportunity to experience different traditions and styles of yoga practice. Because of this I've experienced a wide range of range of yoga practice, including classical Hatha, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar.
I undertook my teacher training with Anne-Marie Newland, achieving the Sun Power Yoga 200 hour certification, accredited by Yoga Alliance as a RYT200 course and approved by the International Yoga Federation and European Yoga Alliance. The course is accredited by the CYQ (Central YMCA Qualification). I took an additional course to pass the CYQ and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Yoga Teachers Qualification (Level 3).
Sun Power is a modern School which specialises in deep intensive training combining dynamic Hatha Yoga for alignment; Sivananda Yoga for subtle mind and breath work and Astanga Vinyasa for heat, flexibility and stamina.
In 2013 I continued my professional development by studying Seasonal Living and Yoga with Sue Woodd and Julie Hanson of Energy Yoga School, which is accredited as 120 hours Continuing Professional Development by Yoga Alliance USA.
In September 2016 I was lucky enough to study with respected Yoga Educator Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy.
In September 2019 I fulfilled a personal ambition by studying at a weekend workshop with Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga and who's writing has had a strong influence on my thinking and teaching.
In November 2019 I completed a YMCA Level 3 Award Adapting Exercise for Independently Active Older People.
During lockdown in 2020 I began practicing QiGong and am currently completing a teacher training course with Holden QiGong.
Qualifying as a teacher and continuing to study and learn are steps on my journey of personal discovery. Come along, try a class, take a deep breath and join me on the journey of a lifetime

Yvonne:
Around 20 years ago when I started attending yoga classes in the hall of a local school, I had little more than a vague desire to improve my health and to find some 'me' time to relax and unwind.
Little did I realise it was the start of a beautiful relationship, and a lifelong journey!
I loved the way I felt at the end of the class: how could you feel both relaxed and energised at the same time? And it wasn't just in class that I started to feel the difference. I began to notice my body becoming stronger from the inside and felt myself becoming more resilient to the everyday stresses and strains of life!
As my practice grew, so did my desire to learn, so I could impart the benefits to others. In 2017/18 I started teacher training and became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community around the world. Yoga is a truly global phenomenon; but to me, it is an intensely personal experience. I feel so privileged to be able to assist and support others on their own journey to find inner strength, passion and confidence, both on and off the mat.
My Hatha Yoga classes are both mindful and playful. One doesn't contradict the other; instead, this dualism, like the yin and yang of Chinese philosophy, compliments and interconnects, producing positive change!
Join me in class and you can expect playfulness and precision, as flowing movement and mindful meditations hone the connection between the body, the breath and the being. You'll work hard, but will always find time for the ultimate relaxation and leave with a smile!

Nic
I love to explore and play with movement and my adult classes feature sustainable, mindful movements, postures and sequences based in the Hatha tradition. Strength, flexibility and mobility through a practice where movement becomes the meditation is a theme of my teaching. A focus on the breath, pranayama exercises, relaxation and aspects of yoga philosophy are also woven into my classes.
Having over twenty years of experience as a primary and special school teacher I am excited by the positive impact that yoga can have on children and teens. Whilst practising yoga they not only develop physical literacy but experience mindful practices which can impact upon their wellbeing, Yoga introduces concentration, visualisation, relaxation and breathing techniques which can bring calm and focus into their lives. Classes are designed to be fun, incorporating story, music, games, partner and whole group work.
My aim is to guide all students towards making a positive contribution to physical and mental health and wellbeing through yoga. I feel honoured and excited to share my passion for yoga at this lovely new studio.
My Yoga journey started twenty five years ago when I studied a BA (Hons) degree in dance. After graduating I became a community dance artist and continued my personal practice alongside my contemporary dance career. I have always had the pleasure of teaching, firstly dance then as a school teacher. During this time my personal interest and practice of yoga has continued and positively influenced my life. In 2015 I felt compelled to take my practice further and began training with the British Wheel of Yoga and in 2018 I graduated with a 500 hours Level 4 Diploma in teaching Yoga.

Cat
My yoga journey started about 4 years ago in Coal Aston Village Hall when I began taking classes with Anne. I instantly loved the way yoga made me feel - energised and refreshed with the lovely feeling of having stretched out the body and worked hard whilst being mindful and taking care of yourself.
I started to explore hot yoga as well, and found that I loved vinyasa flow - moving with the breath is like a meditation to me and I loved the benefits I found it to have on both mind and body, growing stronger physically and mentally.
I decided to train to teach yoga because I only ever felt better after taking a yoga class, never worse, and I wanted to pass that feeling on to other people. I studied a 200 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance training with Janine Leagh, founder of Sacred Alchemy Yoga and HYA Yoga School in Australia. The course was due to start in April 2020 and of course going into lockdown meant we did the first part of the training via Zoom, but it didn't detract from the experience, and as soon as we were allowed to we met in small groups in parks around Sheffield to practise teaching together!
I like to focus on alignment in poses and then the connection of breath, mind and body in the flowing movements of vinyasa sequences. My classes are a mixture of fun energy with some time to rest and revitalize!

Sara
I believe that yoga is less about Lycra and more about feeling good! I aim for my students to leave class feeling calmer, more centred and more ready for the world. I turn to my own yoga practice when I need to feel peaceful, with a clear mind, and to be free of stiffness or physical niggles. I became a teacher to share this peacefulness and freedom with more people.
I enjoy teaching beginners, or people who want to try a gentle style of yoga. My students say that the sleep better and feel better.
The style of yoga that I teach is adaptable and customisable for less-bendy people, or maybe people who would like to bend more. I trained in the USA at a Yoga Alliance registered school, on an in-person live training programme. (Remember those?)
Think you may be too old for yoga? I don't agree, having qualified as a teacher at 60, after enjoying yoga since my 20's.
Come and join me in the tranquility of Dronfield Yoga and Well-being Studio!

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Meet the Team


Anne


Yvonne


Nic


Cat


Sara