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Aggie Zadanska-Draper

About Aggie

Hello, I am Aggie (Agnieszka Zadanska-Draper). I have been practising yoga for over 7 years and teaching since 2014, when I completed my teacher training course with Yogacampus. I do not have gymnastic or acrobatic background and understand well everyone who feels infexible and cannot touch their toes. I teach yoga in Yoga Life Studio on Mondays at 7:30pm. This class is for all, regardless of their flexibility and body shapes. No need to worry about the strength and experience either! Expect to feel recharged and restored and with time to get stronger in body and mind!

Alice Veasey

About Alice

I am Alice, I am yoga alliance qualified 200hr Hatha and 85hr pregnancy yoga. I am passionate about yoga, but more than just the practice in the studio.. taking these skills into our every day lives, to help us be the best version of ourselves.

I teach a pregnancy yoga where you’ll learn to safely adapt to your changing body and prepare for pregnancy, birth and beyond with strengthening, stretching, breath control and relaxation.

I teach Mummy and baby yoga where you can bring your baby to a relaxed class created specifically for the post natal body (minimum six weeks), including common problematic areas related to postural changes and rebuilding of the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.
I also teach a lunchtime Hatha yoga class in a convenient 45 min slot, ideal to fit within your lunch hour, this practice will normally reflect the mood of the room but is mostly strengthening as well as stretching, and always time for relaxation! … All of these classes are drop in, suitable for all levels and at the Yoga Life Studio. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Claire Nicole

About Claire

My name is Claire Nicole and I am qualified in Reiki 1,2 & Masters Degree with a passion for holistic therapies, yoga and dance. I practise Reiki sessions on a one to one basis to improve overall health, wellbeing and relaxation. I believe in treating the person as a whole and reconnecting with the soul in order to improve any physical manifestations. Sessions available at The Yoga Life Studio are on Wednesday & Thursday mornings and also Sunday afternoons. Others days/hours are possible in different settings within the town/countryside. Look forward to seeing you there.

Eva Kristlova

About Eva

Hi, I am Eva and I run the Yoga Life Studio – hope you like it as much as I do! My aim is to create a supportive, safe and peaceful space and welcome everyone in.

I am a qualified yoga teacher with British Wheel of Yoga and also Yoga Alliance Professionals Associate.

My classes range from a Gentle Hatha Yoga, Mindful flow, Restorative yoga to Meditation, Beach Yoga (on Eastbourne pebbles) or Aerial Yoga and SUP Yoga. Absolutely everyone can join my classes and find a practice that resonates and feels good for them.

You will find me at the Yoga Life Studio most days, and if I’m not there I will be on the beach or Cuckmere river having fun, doing something yoga related. When I am done with the fun I am most likely to be answering your lovely messages and organising our next event.

Next time you are passing by come in and say hi!

Fiona Daly

About Fiona

Fiona discovered yoga in 1996 and trained with Sivananda Yoga in 2006, later studying Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Claire Missingham in London. Fiona has also trained in prenatal, postnatal yoga and Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and has also studied with Tias Little, Shiva Rea and Donna Farhi. Fiona encourages the individual yogi to develop and evolve at their own pace and to meet the needs of their current place of being; offering modifications and challenging asana along the way. She continues to expand on her knowledge of yoga and is constantly inspired by her students and teachers alike.

Join Fiona’s class on Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Katherine Salter

About Katherine

Katherine Salter grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and began practising Yoga in the family-run Nature Centre that her father built in the mountains. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and has been practising/teaching for more than 10 years. She teaches Power Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga, Beginner Yoga and Private Sessions. Katherine’s teaching focuses on body alignments, breathing, and body awareness. She enjoys helping people to develop body strength and flexibility through different types of Yoga practices. The classes are always fun, challenging and leave you with a balanced body and heart. She provides suitable modifications for different levels of Yogis. She deeply believes that Yoga is for everyone.

Laura Hargrave

About Laura

Laura will lead you through Healing Yoga on Tuesdays ay 7.15pm – this class offers practice that unites the mind, body, and spirit, allowing the practitioner experience deep emotional well-being and restful awareness. The aim is for your physical, intellectual, and spiritual selves to work in Union to balance life and become more flexible – both physically and emotionally.

Lucy Miles

About Lucy

My personal practice blends teachings from Tantra, Kundalini and Vinyasa styles of yoga to create remedy and medicine for the entire being. In class we will use these discoveries along with Movement, Breath and Posture to explore the deepest layers of the body-mind, my teaching style focuses on using flow to reconnect to the ancient wisdom buried within and harnessing these superpowers to be used on or off the mat, allowing us to live as our true selves.

I’m a fully qualified 200 hour Yoga teacher registered with the British Wheel of Yoga. My personal practice includes physical sequences, meditation, study and reading of Yoga resources, attending workshops and trying to bring Yoga into every corner of my life.

Lynne Matthews

About Lynne

I first began enjoying Yoga over 20 years ago. It was suggested that I try it as a way of stretching out my damaged back. I had been on the waiting list for major back surgery, and even after just a few sessions, I found that my body had already started to feel better, free-er, less tight.

I was so inspired, I just had to do my training.

I first qualified in January 2004 in Sivananda Yoga. Very soon after that I met who was to be my next teacher, David Charles Manners. (Author of In the Shadow of Crows, and Limitless Sky).

David teaches a very little known Tradition from the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. The tradition is called Shaiva Tantra Yoga- a very old, only spoken Tradition, of non religious practical application, that encourages the student to free both body and mind from inner contraction through physical practice and meditation. This improves the capacity to live and love more freely without restriction.

The student is encouraged to take complete responsibility for finding their own true nature, enabling them to live a life of happiness, of balance, breaking free from outdated patterns, resulting in being more mindful of their choices in life. A journey that takes many years.

David has been my mentor and dear friend for over 15 years now. The wisdom that he has shared with me from The Tradition has encouraged me to be the happiest and most balanced in my life so far to date…with no back surgery!

Having practiced Cranio Sacral Therapy as well as Yoga and Reiki for many years, I decided that Thai Yoga Massage too would compliment my skill set. I began studying, and qualified in my first diploma of Thai Yoga Massage in 2006.

The applied Ha-tha Yoga stretches in Thai Massage, and the Osteo- Thai adjustments, originate from Northern India. They are used in The Tradition to prepare new Yoga practitioners for their Yoga training. I use my years of knowledge and experience of The Tradition and body work in my classes and one to one sessions.

In my new Tuesday 6pm class, I will be teaching Village Ha-tha, influenced by The Shaiva Tantra Tradition. Your sessions will be shared in a way that will bring about energetic and physical balance, with much emphasis on the breath. Mantra and meditation techniques are also taught.

 

Classes cost £40 for a 5 week block, or £10 per session to drop in.

Melanie Hutton

About Melanie

The ultimate yoga chakra flow is the one your body needs and wants today. This class is an active vinyasa practice. Suitable for all

Each Thursday at 5.15pm Melanie will focus on one of the seven chakras. : root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and a yin yoga practice on the crown week . Modifications will be offered and you will receive individual attention, assists, pranayama techniques, mantra and muhdra each week. Music and will guide you through your practice, with a yin pose to finish easing you out of your day and into your evening.

Your teacher – Melanie was originally from Sussex and has spent the last 20 years living and working in London, with over 15 years working in the wellness and spa industry. She has always has a dedication to yoga and in 2014 she trained with Frog Lotus Yoga in Spain as a Vinyasa flow instructor. She has taught yoga at various centres in London and Sussex and also frequently works with private clients. Melanie has also completed courses in Thai Yoga Massage, Yin Yoga and Children’s Yoga and has gained international experience working at retreat centres. She holds her own workshops and retreats both in the UK and abroad. Melanie’s classes are mindful and nurturing whilst incorporating her optimistic and vibrant personality.

Olga Oakenfold

About Olga

I like my students to be inspired and to learn, to be open-minded and to explore all possibilities, to feel the connection between body, mind and breath, to grow and be creative with new ideas of finding joy and happiness in their life.
I have been practising yoga and meditation since 1994 with a range of influences on my teaching style including Classical Hatha, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga; and have been teaching yoga since 2002.

I am an experienced Yoga Teacher and Instructor with a Classified Diploma from The British Wheel of Yoga and have also trained and certified in Anusara Yoga Modules with various internationally renowned and inspiring yoga teachers, like John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Bruce Bowditch, Clare Murphy, BJ Galvan and more. I have spent countless hours absorbing the wisdom of these great yoga teachers and am constantly learning and evolving my practice. I find that by lovingly working with the mind and body, we become more present and our joy and gratitude for life heightens.

I believe in living life to the fullest, being true to yourself and being responsible for your own health and well-being. In my yoga classes and workshops you will be practising strengthening postures, simple flowing sequences, therapeutic alignment based on Anusara Yoga principles of alignment, along with relaxation and meditation which help you to calm the mind.

 

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Ruth Price

About Ruth

Ruth is an experienced teacher holding a 500hr Level 4 Teacher Training Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga

Her class welcomes beginners to yoga and provides an inclusive non-judgemental friendly atmosphere for those wishing to start or continue their yoga journey. Many of Ruth’s students have been attending for several years and opportunities are given to enable progression for the individual.

You can expect a mix of static and flowing asana (postures) designed to open your body, improve flexibility, strength, balance and energetic flow. Breath awareness and teachings on yoga philosophy are woven throughout the class. Each session ends with a well deserved guided relaxation.

As a teacher my main aim is to provide a safe haven and for students to leave class feeling better than when they arrived, rebalanced and destressed.

Safia Bowley

About Safia

I have been practising yoga for 20 years, but began sharing it with others in 2012 after taking a BSY teacher training course. Since then, I have held regular Friday morning Let-go-of-the-week Hatha sessions, incorporating breath work, energising stretches (seated and standing, with modifications where needed) and nurturing relaxation. I believe that yoga is for everyone, and love helping others investigate the effects of a gentle but regular practise, which can be truly powerful, refreshing and calming for both body and mind. Join us on Fridays at 10:00.

Sarah Lee

About Sarah

Sarah is a teacher whose passion lies within the healing power of yoga. As a competitive gymnast in her youth, Sarah always understood that movement was integral to maintaining a healthy body and mind but it was her own journey with yoga whilst trying to navigate the after effects of the Christchurch Earthquakes in New Zealand, when she came to realise just how important that connection is. Yoga at this time was the only thing that was able to calm her over stimulated nervous system and it lead to a fascination on how stress and trauma (such as enduring thousands of aftershocks) effected the body on a cellular level and why yoga was so effective at bringing the body back into balance.

So inspired by the positive benefits she had experienced in health as a result of her yoga practice, Sarah trained to become a teacher and has never looked back. In 2016 she moved back to the UK after a decade living abroad, she is an established teacher in East Sussex and is very excited to be bringing her classes to Eastbourne.

Tanya Davis

About Tanya

Hi my name is Tanya Davis . I have had an interest in yoga and the holistic approach to life for many years. I returned to yoga practice seriously in 2013 starting again as a beginner with classes at the Yoga Life Studio. This led me to taking up meditation which I do on a daily basis after my yoga practice. At the beginning of 2018 I found myself once again walking into the tranquil space that is the Yoga Life Studio and signing up to do the Yoga Life Teacher Training course with Wenche and Eva. What a transformational experience. I qualified in December 2018 and am excited to start my first class this January. My passion for promoting self reflection with relaxation is the fundamental principle behind my aims for my classes. Emphasis towards a nurturing and restoring environment for all.

Wenche Beard

About Wenche

I’m a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that I have met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK as a sign of highest standard.

Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training.

Zoe Carroll

About Zoe

Zoe is a trainee yoga teacher, with a wealth of experience in the fields of mindfulness, relaxation and teaching. She is also a life coach who specialises in helping women to step into their confidence and be as happy as they deserve to be.

A gentle hour of slow, mindful yoga movement with extended relaxation, guided visualisations, breath-work and the wonderful sound of singing bowls, this class will leave you feeling nurtured, comforted and in a relaxed state of bliss.

Tess John

About Tess

I have been practising yoga for many years. At age of 10 I was intrigued and started to practise from a book I was gifted.  My yoga studies began in 2008 with the British Wheel of Yoga. I have continued to develop and deepen my practice with a variety of courses in Kundalini, Women’s Yoga and Shakti Dance.

All my classes are fun, friendly and yet extremely empowering to enable students to dive deeper, unblock and release old energy to revive and support realisation of their true potential.

Georgina Warrick

About Georgina

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

This quote sums up my philosophy. My yoga journey began at Yoga Life Studio and I have been practicing yoga here for the last five years. I strongly believe yoga is for everyone and everyBODY.

Everybody is welcome to my class no matter how old, young or new to yoga you are and you will be greeted with a friendly smile and made to feel at home. There is no physical exertion involved so any worries about flexibility can be left at the door.

I am currently undertaking 200 hours Yoga Alliance training and have been covering many classes and Yoga Nidra classes at Yoga Life Studio. I have practiced yoga across the globe from Thailand to Oman and am frequently seen with my roll up mat heading for the nearest studio.

I look forward to meeting you all and joining me in this special practice – Yoga Nidra, Cake & Kindness for Stress Relief, every Thursday at 5.15pm.

Francesca Murrell

About Francesca

Francesca is presently enrolled on her teacher training program with the Yoga Life Studio whilst
also being mentored by one of her yoga teachers Nina Manning, who recommends her as an
intuitive, passionate and sensitive teacher. Francesca will be teaching on a retreat in India in
February 2020 and also in France spring 2020 dates TBC. Please ask for more details if you are
interested in joining fellow yoga warriors, while limited spaces are available.
A message from Francesca:
“I am so delighted to be part of the teaching team at the very special Yoga Life Studio, and to be
welcoming new and existing students to share my love of yoga.”
Working in horticulture and garden design for the last twenty years has given me a true
appreciation and grounding with nature and with the richness of the natural world, which
complements my practice and yoga philosophy.
Namaste, Francesca.