Saturday 21st October
BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
MEET THE TEACHERS
Meet the yoga heroes.
Our teachers are fully qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals. Most started out their working lives in very different jobs and by degrees found their way into a career as yoga or meditation teachers because of a desire to share the super powers of yoga. Each and every one has found a vocation of caring, rewarding and enriching their students. Sharing skills, knowledge and understanding with compassion and devotion.
The Great North Yoga Show teaching team come from every walk of life and bring with them an incredible variety of experience and knowledge ready to offer to our wonderful local yoga community.
This year we have tried and tested teachers returning to the show to offer new and different styles. We are also thrilled to welcome a whole set of teachers brand new to Great North Yoga who will bring us something exciting and unique.
Join us to stretch, relax and feel amazing.
Find out a little more about each of our yoga heroes here…
Adele PlummerFind Out More
Adrianne NightingaleFind Out More
Claire LormorFind Out More
Conrad FreeseFind Out More
Debbie FarrarFind Out More
Deyna Devi HirstFind Out More
Donna WardFind Out More
Dovilé GandhiFind Out More
Emily SherrifFind Out More
Georgia GiannopoulouFind Out More
Gloria NevesFind Out More
Helen BeesonFind Out More
Jacqueline TanFind Out More
Jacqui GunnionFind Out More
Kainara MottaFind Out More
Mark SidneyFind Out More
MeditYogaFind Out More
Pam SnowballFind Out More
Peter EyreFind Out More
Sally RoachFind Out More
Sarah McLuskyFind Out More
Stacey OlsenFind Out More
Tara SellersFind Out More
Zoe JamesFind Out More
Sara Jobling founder and director of YogaWellbeing and Great North Yoga. Qualifications-B.Ed (1st Hons), Adv Dip Ed., LLB, Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Teacher Trainer – Yoga Alliance Professionals, Yoga Teacher – (RIMYI) and Qualified Yoga Therapist – British School of Yoga.
As a teenager I longed to become a vet. However, life doesn’t always go to plan so I began practicing yoga at the age of 18 while at university training to be a science teacher. While teaching biology in secondary schools I trained as an Iyengar yoga teacher and qualified at the age of 26. I have worked with world-renowned yoga teacher and guru B.K.S Iyengar.
Originally, a biologist, I taught science and health education to A’ Level standard for 22 years and worked as a health education specialist for the National Healthy Schools Award. I am a qualified counsellor and professional legal consultant and lectured at universities in science, health and law.
After teaching yoga part-time for 24 years I finally took a leap of faith and began my full-time yoga teaching and therapy business in May 2011. I have loved every day since. I am teaching what I love and it’s a great pleasure to watch my students get fitter and improve their health. Seeing my students transform into stronger, healthier, calmer people is a huge reward that brings a great sense of satisfaction.
I also qualified as a professional yoga therapists, having gained a Level III Professional Yoga Therapist qualification through the British School of Yoga and qualified teacher status with the Institute of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs UK. I currently run 200 hours accredited Yoga Teacher Training Courses. I didn’t get to be a vet, but I still love all creatures great and small.
- Yoga Teacher
- Founder of Yogadoxford Ltd
- Accredited Yoga Alliance Professionals
- Accredited British Wheel of Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
‘Yoga is for everyone regardless of age or fitness level’
My journey began because of my own mental health. I was always on the go and it was time to rebalance, learn to slow down and train my mind. Yoga brought me benefits both physically and mentally. It changed how I see and do things in everyday life. I know my passion and enthusiasm shine through and my reward is sharing with others. Namaste!
I trained as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer but following a serious back injury during my five-year full time training I was forced to give up dancing and seek an alternative career path. While working as a Freelance Event Director in a demanding corporate and stress-filled environment for 30 years, Yoga became part of my therapeutics to manage chronic back pain and general physical and mental well-being. My love of movement was re-introduced and the pain relieved and diminished!
Now, as a ‘Real Flow Yoga’ trained Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Paddleboard and Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga instructor and a Reiki Usui II Practitioner, my approach to life and teaching is fun, energetic and inclusive. Bringing free and functional movement using breath control, introducing the chakra system and adopting positive psychology to give a balanced yoga sequence to any level of practitioner wishing to find their ‘Flow state’ through Yoga on and off the mat.
Claire is a yoga teacher based in Sunderland. As well as her weekly classes held at Wellness Space in The Beacon of Light, she offers a range of events around the area such as Yoga & SUP, Yoga & Bouldering/Climbing and Yoga & Brunch. She also offers a number of weekend wellness retreats in the beautiful Yorkshire Moors.
Claire loves to teach dynamic, creative and sweaty classes; however, she also has a passion for teaching calming, relaxing and soothing styles of yoga.
With a degree in physiology, Claire’s classes have a strong emphasis on understanding your own body, which is why she always gives options to accommodate all levels. Through movement, breathwork and meditation, her classes will give you the perfect level of yang and yin that we all need.
Conrad Freese is a yoga teacher and physiotherapist and the Vice-Chair of Yoga Teachers Together, a Community Interest Company that acts as a not-for-profit professional body for yoga teachers, teacher trainers and their students.
Having been introduced to yoga as a university student Conrad continued to practice before becoming an apprentice to a local yoga teacher and then completing his first official teacher training some 16 years ago. Throughout his time teaching Conrad has adopted different elements of various practices and styles of yoga including Ashtanga and Forrest yoga, as well as integrating his own personal experience with cancer to help others working with serious health issues.
Conrad is now a yoga teacher trainer himself, teaching others how to share the gift of yoga.
Debbie was introduced to yoga by her mother in the 1970s and has enjoyed a daily practice ever since. She started teaching yoga in 1999, completed her 4-year yoga teacher training with the late Swami Satyapremananda of the British Wheel of Yoga in 2004, and left her career as a secondary school science teacher to teach yoga full time in 2009.
She studied Pranayama with Philip Xerri from 2009-2010, Yoga Philosophy, Tantra, Vedanta, and Ayurveda with Dr David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi Chopra from 2011-2013, and Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Devereux from 2001-2022.
Debbie has been training yoga teachers since 2014. As well as delivering her own courses, she has taught the Anatomy & Professional Studies modules on the Mandala Yoga Ashram’s Teacher Training Course in Wales, Philosophy on Proper Northern Yoga’s Training in Kendal, and delivers regular CPD days and workshops around the UK.
Debbie is a Karma Yogi. She has been an active member of the UK yoga community for over 20 years, organising and speaking at yoga conferences, regularly teaching at the World Yoga Festival and serving as BWY County Representative & Regional Training Officer, IYN Acting Chair & Events Coordinator, YTT Chair, and editor of the magazine Yoga The World Over from 2000-2014.
Debbie teaches two types of somatic yoga- therapeutic and dynamic, offering classes and private tuition online and in person in Cumbria.
Deyna Devi Hirst
Namaste: I am Deyna Devi (Hirst) and have studied extensively in the UK and India over 25 years, training in Hatha Yoga styles of Dru, Sivananada, Transformational, Iyengar and Nada Yoga plus Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Meditation.
Pragmatically, in this dual world of ours, I ran Asana classes (incorporating mind and breath) for many years and now specialise in Pranayama and individual therapeutic sessions, both in person and over Zoom. Along with an Ayurvedic doctor, I run a retreat in southern India in November and this year we have a new purpose-built centre near the beach. Closer to home I love our 3-day camping retreat in the Howgills for those who enjoy a simple outdoor yoga immersion.
I am an Elder with Yoga Teachers Together, part of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance and accredited through Yoga Alliance International. Having run conventional yoga teacher training pre-covid I am now formulating a new curriculum for teachers who want to share all eight limbs of yoga with other people and journey towards their own self-realisation.
Yoga teaching for me is a service and a vocation: I began to teach when there was no one to take classes and it has informed life-long learning that I share with whomever has a yearning to know. My passion is for yoga as an intuitive science and ancient life wisdom, and I have been fortunate to glean knowledge and experience of many practices from various Swamis (Masters) to help understand ourselves and our interaction with the world around us. I believe we learn from actions, reactions and interactions: daily insights from amazing humans who may or may not be on a recognised yoga path but naturally follow principles of moral, emotional, intellectual and spiritual principles. Other ‘Gurus’ for me are the sensory intuition coming from within and the natural world without: I sit and meditate in the hills and receive wisdom from a consciousness beyond self, and it appears in my egoic heart and soul. What is yoga for you?
Details of training and adventures can be found through: innerfire.org.uk or nomadicashram.yoga.
Namaste, my name is Donna Ward. I offer yoga and wellness activities in County Durham area and I run Blue Skies Yoga North East. My classroom is nature.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years, my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and it has given me a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, spirituality, psychology, and subtle energies. Yoga inspires me to live compassionately in the moment and has deepened my connection to nature.
I completed my 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Children’s yoga in 2021 and have continued expanding my trainings since.
I will always be a student of the practice and I am deeply grateful for all of the wisdom shared by all of my teachers. In my classes, I love to explore creative sequencing with compassion and playfulness, I also enjoy alignment focus and playing with props. I add a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I aim to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, soul and subtle energy with yoga and mindfulness. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Namaste! I am Dovile Gandhi. I’ve been teaching yoga in Newcastle upon Tyne since 2021. I believe in living a life free of judgement, filled with joy and gratitude. These feelings inform and guide my teaching and practice, which is focused on helping my students better connect to themselves and their surroundings, creating space in their own body to live, and move their bodies comfortably and competently.
At the Great North Yoga Show, I welcome anyone who is ready to relax, work hard, laugh and let go.
I have been teaching yoga since 2016, I trained in India with Padma Nair in traditional Hatha Yoga. I have since trained in Tantric Hatha Yoga to deepen my own practice and understanding of the wonderful world of yoga and all it has to offer.
I am Greek and have been residing in the UK since 2001. I have been practising Hatha yoga for over 20 years, in various styles, mainly with the Dynamic Yoga school, a somatic awareness form of yoga. Yoga has supported my growth and embodiment as an individual alongside my training as a psychotherapist, in living an authentic and embodied life and supporting others in their individual journeys.
I see the yoga mat and the yoga session as a microcosm of a person’s life and way of going forth in the world where all challenges and strengths manifest in the body and the way of approaching the practice. I have undertaken training with Yoga Alliance Professionals and have qualified as a yoga teacher in 2022.
I am a practising psychotherapist and an experienced teacher and group leader of experiential training in a variety of topics. I have taught several yoga classes and workshops and I am continuously in an iterative process of learning from experience and developing my style; my classes incorporate themes that pertain to the attainment of authenticity, acceptance, self-actualisation and resilience through asanas, meditations, imagery, pranayama and chanting.
I bring the whole of myself to the teaching and I attune with care to the students’ needs; I aim to create a holding and inclusive environment for people to explore themselves through their bodies, develop their strength and flexibility, a mindful presence and a calm and resilient way of being. My understanding and therapeutic skills inform my yoga teaching and yoga informs my therapy practice and living.
I am a Brazilian native. I’ve practice yoga for many years and I am constantly nurturing my being so as to develop a vibrant soul and greater inner peace.
In 2021 I graduated from my 200-hours Yoga Teacher Training Course with trainer Sara Jobling. Since then, I have taught yoga, meditation and pranayama both in Portuguese and English. I teach mainly vinyasa, gentle yoga and Yin yoga (Paul Grilley’s teachings) incorporating all of these styles with an emphasis on breathing and meditation.
My focus is to bring my students to a greater bodily awareness, to give fully of themselves and to live a life that is empowered and enriched.
For me, yoga is a continually fulfilling path towards physical strength and spiritual wonder.
Hello, I’m Helen Beeson. After many years as a group exercise instructor teaching a variety of classes both high and low intensity, I qualified in Pilates in 1999 and straight away saw the benefits for both my participants and for myself. From here I started to explore different methods and styles to enhance my teaching.
I suffered a serious injury, a full rupture of my Achilles tendon, through doing many high impact classes. This led to me not being able to teach for a year. During this time started attending yoga for rehab and my passion for mind and body classes was ignited.
I attended a 200hr yoga teacher training with the Himalayan Yoga institute and become a Yoga Alliance member. Seeking to further my knowledge and experience I decided to undertake the 500hr Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga which I completed in July this year.
Whilst living and working in Sunderland as a hospital pharmacist, I stumbled across my first yoga class and my curiosity in the practice continually grew from this point. The covid pandemic was a silver lining when I started to discover different styles and teachers globally. And when I found Rocket, I never looked back (special thanks to Helen Russell-Clark) and it was Rocket yoga that inspired and led me to do my first teacher training. I completed a 200 hours Yoga Teaching Training in Vinyasa with Kindred School of Yoga in London before doing Rocket training with David Kyle in Barcelona in 2022. David himself was taught by Larry Schultz the pioneer of Rocket yoga. I continue to build on my advanced teacher training and have two Rocket trainings lined up this year, as I’m passionate to expand my knowledge to pass on to my students.
My classes are varied and playful but always inclusive with options offered at different levels. I believe in creating a strong and safe foundation in the practice by integrating deliberate and conscientious movement where one can tap into our own bodily awareness and physical sensation, whilst also maintaining a strong focus on the breath, to reach a state of moving meditation.
Hi I’m Jacqui and I’m a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) qualified teacher. I’ve been teaching for over 15 years and I’m based in the Consett area.
When I first qualified I taught Hatha yoga, which was the tradition of my own yoga teacher and the form I was most familiar with. As the years have rolled by I’ve become much more interested in Yoga as a means of improving functional movement and, with that in mind, I’ve gone on to do further training in Somatics and with Movement Intelligence UK’s “Bones for Life” programme, both of which are heavily influenced by the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.
Now I very much focus on working “from the inside out”, noticing habits and patterns and exploring how minor adjustments can make a huge difference to people’s experience of a posture or technique. In my classes I always encourage students to find a way of working that suits their individual and unique needs rather than being overly concerned with external “form”. After all the only place you’ll find a perfectly proportioned, uniform and symmetrical body is in the pages of an anatomy book!
Kainara has almost 25 years of yoga practice. She is a qualified Yoga Alliance Professionals UK Teacher for Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga with interesting in the studies of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Chakras subtle energies. In addition to MeditYoga classes, she offers guided meditations for the InsightTimer app.
I was taught to meditate in 1979 and practiced occasionally for the next 30 years. In 2010 I started practicing mindfulness on a regular basis. I worked in homelessness, mental health and addiction services for 28 years. During this time I became frustrated at the ‘revolving door’ service users and became increasingly aware of the power of mindfulness-based interventions inn enabling long lasting change. On a personal level I benefitted from my mindfulness practice in dealing with the stress of redundancy in 2010 and 2012, the closing of my business in 2014, being diagnosed with a chronic illness, Crohn’s Disease in 2015 and managing the pain and other symptoms for the past eight years. I completed my mindfulness teacher training with the Mindfulness Association in 2017. I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2020.
Mindful Therapies was founded as a social enterprise in 2013 with the mission to bring affordable mindfulness-based interventions and counselling to those who faced financial and other barriers to accessing services. I joined Mindful Therapies as a director in 2014.
Mindful Therapies provides mindfulness-based training, courses, workshops and classes to the general public on a donation basis. We offer counselling services on a donation basis. We also provide wellbeing training for workplaces and deliver mindfulness and yoga sessions for service users of voluntary and community-based organisations.
As well as delivering services from our centre in Carliol Square in Newcastle city centre, we also deliver sessions in workplaces, community centres etc. Our centre is also used by other organisations through which we offer yoga, acupuncture and other wellbeing related activities.
MeditYoga is a 2-year-old business offering a combination of yoga, pranayama and guided meditation. We teach online, in English and Portuguese-Gloria and Kainara are both Brazilian- for women or all ages.
Our mission is to guide the students in search of their own inner journeys of well-being and spiritual living.
Gloria Neves is a 200h qualified yoga teacher accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, psychologist, a keen explorer of the natural world.
Kainara Motta is a yoga student of a couple of decades and is currently undertaking her 200 hours yoga teacher training. Being deeply interested in understanding human nature, she believes the yoga philosophy can support the path towards a meaningful life.
I trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and have been teaching for eight years. I have always had an affinity for yoga and have practiced for over forty years.
I used to have quite a high-pressured management job and yoga became more of a saviour to me. I began by spitting my time between work and yoga and discovered that the person doing yoga was by far happier and content, compared to the person holding down a stressful management job. So I decided yoga was my calling and took early retirement and started to ‘Live & Breathe Yoga’ which is where my business name was founded.
I do a wide range of classes that include the elderly in care homes, one to one sessions, large specific group sessions and my weekly Hatha yoga classes both face to face and on line, where I have a very loyal yogi following. I make it my business to ensure that there’s something for ‘every body’ in yoga.
I never stop learning and embrace new yoga experiences regularly and share these in my own classes. I’m passionate about the feet, the pelvic floor and the beautiful spine and work with Somatic and Myofascial release principles.
As a youngster I was a gymnast then pole vaulter and always loved moving my body in different ways. But when I started surfing the deeper connection between movement and the environment felt truly special. As I developed my surfing I became aware of yoga as a means initially to recover/prepare for this activity.
After many years of inconsistent but useful practice, and a career move into teaching ultimately to senior leadership levels, I finally put all the pieces together of the importance of mindful movement, connecting to something that felt internal yet also embraced my space within the wider world and yoga became a much more important part of my regular life.
We discovered Hotpod Yoga in 2018 and the additional benefit of the heat and its influence on the body and mind was transformational, although I still love practicing on the beach. My partner has psoriatic arthritis and the positive reduction in inflammatory response was marked.
I trained with Hotpod Yoga in 2020 and stepped away from teaching to open our studio in Morpeth. Seeing the impact, people feeling more able to connect to their mind and body no matter their conditions or experience, has been such a wonderful step.
Sally is a Yoga Therapist, currently in training to be a Yoga Psychotherapist. She originally qualified in Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago and has since trained in Scaraveilli-inspired yoga and styles influenced by tai chi.
She also has many years of training in mindfulness and compassion. Sally specialises in chronic fatigue, chronic pain and the underlying trauma, delivering specialised courses both in organisations and in the community. Her passion is to help people to deepen their sense of meaning and purpose.
I teach relaxed and friendly yoga classes at The Yoga Station Whitley Bay, Linskill Centre North Shields and Cullercoats beach. I discovered yoga in the early 1990s whilst a student in Edinburgh. I’ve been practicing regularly ever since and in 2020 I trained as a hatha yoga instructor with Newcastle Yoga School. I teach a relaxed style of yoga and I am particularly enthusiastic about making yoga more inclusive and accessible.
With over 500 hours of training, I’ve has taught many styles of yoga all over the world including Bali, India, Thailand and her hometown Montreal.
I began teaching eight years ago in 2014, while travelling and currently live in the Northeast where I have a yoga studio. Hotpod Yoga Gateshead is on the Gateshead quayside.
I love to teach both powerful, dynamic flows as well as restorative, nurturing classes to as many people as I can reach.
I always say my Yoga journey was one from YANG to YIN, in my younger years I enjoyed running competitively, followed by martial arts and acquiring a few injuries along the way. I immediately felt the therapeutic and healing benefits of a yoga practice and along with an encouraging mentor I soon realised I too wanted to pass the gift of yoga to the masses.
I embarked on my initial teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga, followed by extensive training with Gentle Somatic Yoga and becoming a member of the teaching faculty. I teach regular classes from a studio in Darlington, and I also love sharing my work through workshops and retreats.
I enjoy a teaching style that offers movement opportunities that encourage the body to unravel postural habits, reflex patterns and much more. I aim to share practices that meet personal needs, an antidote to one’s work environment, stressors, chosen sports and so forth.
I wish to share practices that facilitate moving away from pain, discomfort and disconnect, and enable the practitioner to re-learn, re-organise, and re-connect with the many parts and pieces of themself.
Zoe James has been teaching for over ten years and her teaching has evolved greatly in the last few years. Encouraging students to find a quieter, calmer and more easeful state of being. Zoe leads Yin, yoga nidra and sound bath workshops all over the Northeast. She also supports yoga teachers at any stage of their own teaching journey through her coaching and mentoring programme. Check out her stand at the show to find out how she can support you on yours.