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 qualified as a Teacher in Yoga & Ayurveda in India. The following year I launched redkiteyoga, starting with a box of mats in the boot of my car. We now run a full timetable and Yoga Alliance teacher trainings 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.
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 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.
As a teacher with the Yoga Alliance having trained under the influence of Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Lisa's personal journey has seen her practising regularly with her own Jivamukti teacher as well as taking a softer and 'do whatever makes you feel good' approach to her own home practise.
Offering students the traditional aspects of yoga whilst making it modern and approachable for all levels and ages, Lisa likes to teach her students to breathe easy, find softness and move in every direction wherever and whenever you can.
Lisa is currently undertaking a Strala teacher training. Strala is a modern and unique style that uses the vocabularies of both yoga and tai chi, along with the movement and energy principles of tai chi, qi gong and traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine.
Melissa's first experience with yoga was around 15 years ago as a dance student. Approaching yoga from a dance background she was drawn to the physical challenging practice, but under the guidance of her teachers her yoga changed, and then it changed her. Today Melissa is interested in finding balance in mind and body, movement and stillness, softness and strength to develop a rounded yoga practice.
Melissa is a 200 hour teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is grateful to have learnt from and practiced with some of the best teachers in the area, and regularly attends further training and workshops to continue to develop and deepen her own practice.
Sam originally took up yoga to help counter balance a hectic work and home life. She loves the way yoga focuses the mind and body, as soon as you step onto the mat. Sam loves all forms of yoga, but in particular Vinyasa Flow. She loves the way that yoga brings a different experience and challenge everyday, as the mind and body evolves through practice. Sam is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher.
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.