I first tried yoga when on holiday and couldn’t believe how amazing I felt after the first class. On my return home, I began a regular yoga practice and saw a steady increase in my strength and flexibility as well as in my ability to deal with a demanding job with a new sense of calmness. I was completely hooked!
I completed my teacher training with Debbie Avani in 2014 and have been teaching Vinyasa Flow ever since. Since qualifying, I continue to attend courses and workshops to learn all I can about yoga, both to improve my own practice as well as to pass what I learn on to my students. As well as my original 200hr certification, I have completed an Advanced Yin Teacher Training with Norman Blair and The Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training with the Yoga Nidra Network.
I’m a strong believer that anyone can do yoga and am always looking for ways to make it accessible to everyone. I have completed a chair yoga course and sometimes incorporate this into one to one sessions.
I use my love of nature and the outdoors to influence my classes and I encourage my students to work with the different energies through the wheel of the year to help create a deeper connection to themselves as well as to our natural environment.
Sally teaches Classic Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, and is passionate about bringing the many benefits of Yoga to as many people as she can. As well as teaching yoga, Sally practices as a Holistic Wellness Consultant specialising in exercise therapy, therapeutic massage, Reiki and deep relaxation techniques. She combines her love of yoga and running with her experience as a trained exercise professional and believes that all-round fitness is achievable by all, even if students feel limited by injury, inexperience or age. Sally will gently guide you through your practice. She has a passion for health and wellbeing, providing a unique insight to the power of holistic teaching. She is a certified practitioner of many therapies and has spent several years further researching holistic methods to wellbeing. She advocates a balanced approach to managing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of wellness to combat stress and its many physical complaints. She is particularly dedicated to working with teenagers undergoing exam-related stress, or that brought about by peer pressure or inappropriate media conditioning. Sally also teaches chair based exercise, adapting exercise for the elderly or infirm and works with the Parkinson’s Society.
I first trained and worked as a professional actress and dancer. The main focus of my working-life was physical theatre. For me the highlight was working for the internationally acclaimed Song of the Goat Theatre Company in Poland.
I am a Relate-trained Couple and Young People’s Counsellor. As well as working for many years for Relate, I also ran the counselling service for staff and students at Reigate College. Most rewarding, was the time that I spent as an advocacy and support worker for Witness against Abuse, as part of an astounding team, supporting people who had been abused by health and social care workers.
Training as a yoga teacher felt like a natural progression and opportunity to integrate my previous fields of work. I love flowing sequences and exploring the momentum and impulse behind the movement. I am also a believer in the healing properties of yoga on a physical and psychological level. I am passionate about exploring and incorporating elements of therapeutic work in my yoga practice.
I have been practicing yoga for 10 years on and off and intensely for the last three years.
Fifteen years ago I signed up for my first ‘sweaty’ Ashtanga class in Covent Garden. Our teacher was also a talented dancer in the musical ‘Cats’ and he was a wonderful character. I found him inspiring and soon reaped the rewards of including asana practices in my life.
Nowadays, although I still enjoy Ashtanga I am inspired by Vinyasa Flow, which I am qualified to teach. I also love attending a variety of weekly asana classes, to keep my own practice fresh and exciting – whether it is a beginner, or advanced class. It never ceases to amaze me how each teacher offers their own unique teaching style!
Each class I teach uses dynamic and static postures to gently stretch and strengthen the body, and expand the mind. I encourage my students to trust in their bodies and break down more demanding asanas, using their breath as a guide. If the breath feels uncomfortable, we can pull back from a posture.
I like to create a light atmosphere in class so that all students feel welcome, whatever their experience level. Modifications are available so that everyone can explore the postures.
At the end of class we enjoy a well-deserved relaxation allowing students to soak up the benefits of their practice. Our intention is to leave our practice feeling positive about ourselves, fully restored with increased vitality and energy.