I have been teaching yoga for over 12 years and have developed a style inspired by a blend of yoga traditions including Ashtanga, Kripalu, Iyengar and Sivananda yoga. I regularly attend continuing education workshops and have been lucky enough to work with some highly influential teachers such as Bo Forbes, Seane Corn, Jason Crandell and Paul Grilley.
From my own experience of living with a long term auto-immune condition, I have learned the importance of supporting myself using yoga and and regular massage to help let go of built up tension and relax. The combination of Yoga's meditative breath work and the magical power of touch have given me the tools to help heal and balance my life. For me, teaching is about spreading the gift of yoga and all its benefits, not just the time spent on the mat, but making it part of your daily life.
Jo is a certified 500 hour, fully insured teacher with over 10 years' of experience.
Whilst living in Sydney, Jo was introduced to Ashtanga yoga. On her way back to England she spent time under the tuition of Sri K. Patthabi Jois and his grandson Sharath in Mysore, India. She completed her teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2006 and soon after trained to teach yoga to children with special needs, with Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre in London. Five years later, whilst pregnant with her first baby, Jo trained to teach pre-natal yoga with Judy Cameron, a wonderfully inspiring midwife.
Jo has experience of many styles of yoga; Ashtanga, Sun Power, Yin, Restorative, Hot Yoga and for the last ten years, Jivamukti Yoga, under the guiding hand of Andrea Kwiatkowski. Her teaching draws upon all these influences.
Jo’s practice continues to evolve as life takes its twists and turns. Yoga has provided her with a strength and comfort ever since she first tried a class, and she looks forward to sharing the benefits of the practice with you.
Upon finishing his degree in Philosophical Studies in 2008, John took to travelling to experience the world. Eventually landing in Hong Kong, John’s first yoga class was a hot class and soon after he found Ashtanga Vinyasa as the practice for him. The focus and discipline this system provided helped John truly commit to the yogic path.
A few years later, it was a trip to Thailand to study with Paul Dallaghan and his team which helped John discover new depths to his practice. John found great benefits from the Kriyas, Pranayamas and Mantras he learnt there, developing a meditative aspect which helped bring clarity and calmness to his life. During his years in Hong Kong, John is also very grateful to Connie for guiding him with his asana practice.
“The beauty of your practice is in your breath” is the mantra John bases his classes from. John believes that even in the most energetic classes there should be a firm grounding quality and stillness of the mind. Keeping his teaching simple and humble, John hopes to guide his students with proper alignment and attention to their breath.
My name is Lou Hounsfield. I have been practising yoga for 5 years. To begin with I found yoga a useful tool to release tension, relax and feel calm. As my passion for yoga grew i found i wanted to help others feel this same stillness. I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga course and became a fully insured Yoga instructor in 2017.
Through a mix of Mantra (chanting), Pranayama (breath control), Asana (physical postures) and Meditation my aim is for everyone to feel the connection between body, mind, energy and spirit. To be aware of whats happening internally and externally at the same time.
I am a Meditation Teacher and Counsellor here at Central Wellness. My meditation practice began when I was a student in Beijing in 2008. To begin with I just went along to a weekly class but during the summer holidays I spent nearly every day with my teacher, Master Wei. My lessons included many hours on the mat but we also spent a lot of time in nature and in the various hospital wards learning first-hand about what it means to be human and how to apply mindfulness to our daily lives. During the winter of 2008 I had my first taste of intensive retreat under the guidance of Mingyi and Mingji and their teacher Master Jing hui at the Sizusi Monastery in southern China. The Zen practice was disciplined and tough, but it gave me my first taste of how the mind can become still and clear.
After my studies had finished, I left China and went to practice intensive meditation under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekannda, a world renowned Vipassana teacher at Panditarama, Lumbini. The Vipassana practice was even tougher than Zen, we woke up at 3.30am and Meditated in silence every day until 9.30pm. All movements were done in slow motion to maintain continuous awareness and no form of entertainment or distraction were permitted. My first stay here was for 5 months, but then I went back on subsequent years, first for another 5 months and then 9 months the year after. During these years, a general stilling of the mind started to occur along with an unfolding of equanimity and insight. I also spent a lot of time studying the practice of compassion and loving kindness with a Burmese Nun, Sayalay Bhaddamanika.
On returning to England and settling back into life in the west, I became interested in how clinical mindfulness was being used and how Psychotherapy could be used alongside meditation. During this time I participated in an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and marvelled at how the creators of this course had captured the very essence of the meditation practice I had learnt in the east and were using it to help people find ease from ailments such as depression, anxiety and chronic pain. I later trained as a Mindfulness teacher at Bangor University and leading these 8 week courses is now one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work. My life is quite busy these days, I love the work I do, but also enjoy my yearly meditation retreat when I leave worldly issues behind and spend a few months dwelling in the peace and clarity of the mind.
After my second long retreat in Nepal, I was struggling with lots of difficult memories from the past and I read about how Psychotherapy could help. I sought out a skilled therapist and saw her regularly for 2 years. My experiences in therapy alongside the fact that the people coming to me for meditation lessons were holding a great deal of pain which required more skill and understanding than I currently had, led me to train as a Psychotherapist. I always feel very honoured when doing counselling work, to be allowed into a person’s world and walk alongside them in their pain for as long as they need.
Cheng Jie is the Taoist name of James Screeton who teaches Taichi. He is currently studying TCM acupuncture at Lincoln university and is also a 24th generation disciple of the Chun Yang Cheng Wudang Daoist sect. He has spent time studying and living at the Five Immortals Temple at Wudang, first going in the summer of 2015 and then again in the summer of 2017. He is studying various forms of martial arts including various styles of Taichi and Kung Fu and is an official Taichi teacher for the ITSWA school of Chinese martial arts.
Atma has traveled internationally, training and practicing the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and serving people to reach their full potential though yoga and meditation. On completion of her Kundalini instructor training with Karta Singh and Amrit Nam Sarovar, Atma continues her training at practitioner level under the guidance Shiv Charan Singh.
Atma is a member of the Kundalini Yoga teachers association and adheres to their ethical code of conduct and professional practice. Atma enjoys studying the sacred scriptures and is currently completing an M.A Theology.
I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, having initially discovered it to be a useful tool to calm my mind. Since adopting a regular practice, I have found benefits extending to every corner of my life. Over the last two years I shared my experience with friends and family, hoping that yoga could bring light to their lives in the same way it has mine. The result was so wonderful that I was inspired to travel to India to become a certified yoga teacher. I am registered with the Yoga Alliance.
My teaching qualification was multi-style, but my preferred styles are Hatha and Yin.
My name is Agnieszka (Aga) Postola. I have been practising yoga for about 15 years. At some point I really wanted to share my passion and the goodness I received from yoga with other people. I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga course and became a certified and fully insured Yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance.
I am excited to be teaching the first early morning classes at Central Wellness on Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30. To learn more about these classes or to book in, please get in touch with me.
My name is Stevi Pullen and I’m a qualified Theraplay informed Counsellor Triple P parenting practitioner and kids yoga dance teacher. I have over 17 years experience of working with children, young people and their families in a variety of settings.
I’m extremely passionate about all beings but have a strong pull to work with children and young people to help them unveil the bright light within. They are the future and key to bringing about more consciousness in the world. They are my favourite people to be with as they see the world with wonderment and curiosity. This truly is a blessing and refreshing in this judgemental world. I want to give them space for self-discovery and an awareness of self and instil in them the fact they are a part of something much bigger than themselves.
Yoga is not a destination but a journey. That said, I will continue to learn read attend workshops ongoing CPD and training.
I can’t wait to see you on a magic mat, riding into a fantastic yoga adventure!
Liz Underwood has been teaching yoga for over 11 years. She trained at the Nosara Institute, whose teachers; Don and Amber Stapleton were some of the original teachers at The Kripalu Institute. A yoga related injury led her to read "Anatomy & Asana, preventing Yoga Injuries" by Susi Hately and in 2012 she went to Canada to train in Susi’s Yoga Therapy Certification programme. Liz is now one of only four teachers across Europe to have qualified with Susi.
Liz has over 10 years experience in teaching Pregnancy Yoga and is also qualified to teach Mother & Baby Yoga. Her nurturing approach led her to train in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater.
An interest in healthy movement for mind and body led Liz to Somatics and she continues to train with Martha Peterson.
Liz creates an environment for exploration and enquiry through Therapeutic Yoga and Somatics which she describes as an intelligent movement practice, one that makes sense to the mind and body, helping her students and clients to deepen their awareness and connection of mind, body and breath.
Liz specialises in Therapeutic Yoga and Somatic classes and is available for private consultations in Lincoln.