Whilst living & working in London in the early 00s, I started to practice yoga and was soon attending classes and workshops all over the city. Having grown up in Droitwich, on visits to my family I couldn’t find many yoga classes, so I started to think about bringing vinyasa yoga back home to Worcestershire.
In 2009, I travelled to India for two months, qualifying as a Teacher in Yoga & Ayurveda. The following year I launched redkiteyoga, starting with a box of mats in the boot of my car. We now hold 12 classes a week and an annual Yoga Alliance teacher training at our beautiful rural studio. My own yoga practice has brought me community, opportunities and huge physical and mental benefits, and I wanted to create this here too.
I have a Masters degree in IT for Business and my professional career has been a real support in building this small business. I’m also qualified in pre and post natal yoga, and now with a young family, and am taking a part time role, but the passion for yoga is as strong as ever.
Ian is a popular and well respected yoga teacher based in Cheltenham. He started teaching after completing Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson more than fifteen years ago and then went on to qualify with both the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. He has recently been fortunate enough to train with Cyndi Lee in America becoming 500hr qualified. He teaches because he loves it.
Ian is the lead teacher on our 200hr Yoga Alliance course here at redkiteyoga and we are both happy and fortunate that he is part of the redkite team.
Ann is our Team Support, here to answer your questions about redkiteyoga. Wondering about which class is right for you? She is the person to ask.
Ann found yoga in 2003 with a rigorous Ashtanga practice, loving the physical challenge of this style. As life placed different demands on her and her yoga, she reached out to other styles to meet her changing needs. Her teaching is now influenced by a broad range of styles, from invigorating Dynamic Vinyasa Flow to calmer Hatha and restful Yin Yoga. That yoga is much more than just an exercise routine and is endlessly adaptable is what keeps her coming back to the practice. Meditation has greatly influenced her outlook and so aspects of this influence her teaching.
She has been teaching since 2013 and completed the 200 hour yoga teacher diploma at Yogacampus, London, studying with teachers with a variety of outlooks such as Liz Lark, Richard Freeman, Graham Burns and Sarah Litton. She keeps up to date by attending workshops and seminars, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Originally an actor by profession, Alex has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching full time since 2008. She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her advanced training at the Insight Yoga Institute in San Francisco in 2013. She is an authorized teacher of Insight Yoga a practice that bridges yoga with buddhist meditation and psychology.
Her movement practice is influenced by the schools of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin and Qi-Gong and her classes are an integrative experience of these teachings with a focus on breath, mindfulness and flowing into stillness. Alex grew up in the Cotswolds in the 1980s and after living and working in Toronto for the past ten years she has returned to her roots and is based in Cheltenham.
Charlotte is a 200 hour teacher registered with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). She has been practising various styles of yoga for nearly 20 years and has maintained an Ashtanga yoga practice for the past 4, since she discovered this dynamic method, often called a moving meditation, which strengthens and purifies the body and brings peace and clarity to the mind. She maintains her studies with Robin Aurora in Birmingham and counts David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, John Scott and Lucy Crawford among her teachers, attending regular workshops with them. She started teaching with Robin's blessing and loves sharing this magical practice with students.
Charlotte is a practising doctor in the NHS and maintains a focus on physical and psychological safety and wellbeing during her classes, which are also fast-paced, challenging and fun! The benefits of a regular yoga practice for body, mind and soul are enormous and the therapeutic potential needs to be experienced to be believed.
In her Ashtanga classes Charlotte is keen to preserve the Ashtanga lineage, and teaches the traditional method as delineated by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, with a focus on the correct vinyasa count and use of the tristana method of concentrating on breath, posture and gaze to focus the mind. The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is Yoga Chikitsa - the original yoga therapy. Vinyasa flow derived from Ashtanga and is a more free-form, creative, modern style but with the same dynamic oomph.
Danielle is a qualified 200 hour teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. A Chartered Health Psychologist by day, she is fascinated with the mind-body connection and interweaves mindfulness practices in her teaching. Amid the chaos of everyday life she always finds peace on her mat. She has practiced different styles of yoga for over 10 years, but when she found Ashtanga she instantly fell in love with the strong and meditative practice. She began daily Mysore practice, which has transformed her understanding of yoga. In 2016 Danielle completed David Swenson’s Ashtanga Teacher Training. Since then she has worked alongside her teacher Ben Beswick to improve her yoga assists and teaching skills. Danielle believes in the therapeutic qualities of regular yoga practice and loves sharing this with others.
Jess began practicing yoga while living in New Zealand and soon was drawn to India to become immersed in the lifestyle and culture where she undertook a 200hr Vinyasa Flow TTC with Soul & Yoga in Candolim, Goa.
Jess wholeheartedly believes in a balanced lifestyle of work and play which is reflected in her challenging yet playful Vinyasa flow classes; encompassing dynamic vinyasa sequences, restorative stretches, and music to fit the flow.
Kym has a dance degree and has been teaching dance since 2008. Whilst looking for another way to move, Kym found yoga to be just what her mind and body had been looking for. In 2015 she trained to become a teacher with a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa qualification. Kym has also recently qualified in Pre and Post Natal Yoga.
Kym originally came on board to help with Kate’s maternity leave and she is such a star we persuaded her to stay.
With a PR background having worked for the likes of Lee Stafford, Lulu and Sasy n Savy, Lisa decided to pursue her love for yoga a little deeper. Having practised yoga for about 7 years, Lisa came on board as one of redkiteyoga’s cover teacher after graduating from their first 200-hour teacher-training.
Offering students the traditional aspects of yoga while also making it modern and approachable for all levels and ages, Lisa likes to teach her students that like everything in life, yoga is not easy. Through patience, faith and dedication, Lisa teaches her students to learn to settle the mind and breathe easy.
Lisa’s practise is always evolving and changing, and because of this, her style of teaching is not fixed. Trained under the influence of Ashtanga/Vinyasa, her personal journey has also taken her to visit Yin/Restorative (due to a wrist injury) and Jivamukti with her personal yoga teacher; whom she practises with daily.
I am a 200 hours qualified Yoga Alliance registered teacher. I didn’t start practising yoga regularly until I was in my 50s. I had always been interested in health and fitness and have been a keen runner since my early teens. However, my body was struggling to keep up with my fitness routine in the gym and on the road. I felt stiff and my posture wasn't looking too good. I turned to yoga initially to increase my flexibility but soon discovered that it was also great for increasing strength and stamina. The more I immersed myself in yoga the more benefits I reaped. It wasn't only great for physical health but also, and perhaps more importantly in this day and age, for mental and spiritual well-being.
Yoga is about connecting with your mind, body and spirit. In my classes I will endeavour to guide you to a heightened sense of well-being through the performance of yoga poses, breathing and meditation techniques. Hopefully my enthusiasm and love of yoga will shine through!
Tonia has been practicing yoga for 20 years in various locations and with various teachers. In the last 6 years, her practice has become more focused and consistent.
Having enjoyed and benefited from the alignment focus of Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, she has now developed a passion for Ashtanga.
Tonia has worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist for the last 16 years and runs her own practice in Great Malvern.
Tracy is a former dancer and a vinyasa flow teacher, she has recently completed a week long rocket yoga course. She is also a successful vegan chef and often combines yoga and delicious food at local, national and international workshops.