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Sue Kennedy

DIRECTOR OF YOUR YOGA EXPERIENCE

Sue had a passion for Yoga when she was 11 years old. She taught herself and practiced every night for 5 years. In her late 20s Sue qualified as an aerobics and Step instructor and taught exercise to music classes in the local and Manchester area. As a busy mother with three children and a husband who worked abroad, she had little time to continue teaching and concentrated on her family. However all the aerobic and running (which she did a lot of ) took its toll on Sue's knees and after her last marathon in 2015, she concentrated more on her passion of teaching Yoga and Pilates as well as Personal Training. With so many years of teaching it has given Sue the knowledge and first hand experience of dealing with many different health related conditions.

 

Scott Cooper

Scott's journey into yoga began as an acting student in New York where his movement teacher prescribed Yoga to correct alignment and breathing for the stage, freeing the body and enabling it to be more sensitive and responsive. Since then, Scott has gained his Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in Rishikesh, India (200 RYT, Yoga Alliance) and completed his Mindfulness Teacher Training with Suryacitta (at Mindfulness CIC, UK). Scott teaches and has taught many students in different stages of their journey of self realisation: adult beginners, recovering addicts and the visually impaired. He believes in the power of Yoga to heal and release tension of the mind and body and has seen the impact on his students but, more importantly, himself. Always practicing what he preaches, Scott delivers strong Yoga classes that challenge the mind and the body, but also informative and relaxing meditations that gently guide students to their inner quiet.

Megan Bird

Megan first discovered Yoga just over eight years ago and her passion for the practice has deepened throughout the years. In 2016, Megan left the Ribble Valley to go volunteering and travel. Thailand was her first destination and there she taught Yoga for three months in an Orphanage and a Burmese Refugee School; here Megan's passion to teach others about the practice really began. Megan's path then lead her to India for two months where she studied and carried on teaching the practice of yoga.

After seven months of traveling, Megan  then went to study Yoga full time in Seville.
Feeling inspired and with a whole new level of enthusiasm to teach the mind, body and soul practice, Megan came back to the Ribble Valley ready to share her love for Yoga with everyone. Megan's teachings come from the heart, allowing you to fully connect with your very own practice and ensuring you will leave classes feeling nurtured and refreshed.

 

Emma Smith

Since her late teens, Yoga had been a practice that deeply fascinated Emma. However it wasn't until Emma's twenties, that she began to learn the true physical and emotional benefits of the practice for combating the stress of a busy life and busy mind.
Deciding that she wanted to share these benefits with as many people as possible, Emma completed her Level 3 Yoga Teacher Training with HFE and began teaching in early 2017, starting with Hatha and developing her practice and teaching into Vinyasa flow, and over the years Emma has completed training in Yoga for Anxiety, Pre- and Postnatal Clients, and Lower Back Pain.
Emma draws upon the various elements of posture, breathing and mindfulness to create fun and dynamic classes that aim to strengthen the body and mind, and reduce tension.

Kirsty Baines

Kirsty first started practicing yoga around 9 years ago, at the time she was suffering from an eating disorder and negative body image. Over time, her practice has helped her to foster a compassionate and loving relationship with herself, this was the reason that Kirsty decided to become a teacher, so that she could pass these skills onto others who may be in similar situations.

Kirsty enjoys teaching creative and dynamic flows that offer a challenge to both the body and the mind, whilst always promoting the underlying message of accepting our bodies and their abilities exactly as they are in this moment, no matter which stage of our journey we are on, focusing on how a posture feels rather than how it looks. Due to her full-time job working in the mental health sector, Kirsty is passionate about utilising yoga to improve students mental wellbeing through compassionate movement, breathwork, yoga philosophy and connecting to the mind, heart and soul.

 

Ben Skevy

Ben is a trained professional dancer and model. Having worked world wide in the dance industry from TV to Musical Theatre and also in the modelling industry from Runway to photographic the importance of a strong healthy toned physique were an extremely important part of his work. This led him to his path in fitness which encompasses the old school energy of aerobics to the new school way of fitness in Barre. Before relocating to Burnley, Ben worked in London’s Top Barre studio teaching at Chelsea, Wimbledon, Hampstead and Notting Hill moving up to become Studio Lead at the Mayfair Studio. His celeb barre clients included Sinnita , Will Young and many of the Made in Chelsea stars. He has helped keep the British Troops fit during lockdown along side Dame Kelly Holmes in BFBS Forces Fit campaign and also been part of the Mr Motivator “Stay Home, Save lives” campaign to raise money for Age UK and The NHS during the Pandemic. Come and give his barre class a try and find your barre shake ! “Good things come to those who shake! “ :)

Briony Aston

Briony 'found' yoga in May 2015 when she was feeling really down and wanted an alternative to anti-depressants. Briony's purpose has shifted so she now practices for both physical and mental strength. “I seek to share my passion and deepen the practice of others in a fierce and positive way. In my classes I like to combine a spirit of playfulness with creative sequences as well as breath practice to deepen the mind, body and soul connection” - Briony x

 

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