Their training has been conducted over a minimum period of 3 years, culminating in 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
James Norman – Tai Chi & Qi Kung Teacher
James Norman became a student of the internal arts in 2006, when he joined the Chi-Do Association at the Chi Clinic in Cheam. Since then, he has trained with two great teachers: Tony Hardiman and Vicky Ahern.
Tony has practiced martial and healing arts for over 50 years, and is Master of Chi-Do and Senior Practitioner with the Institute for Complementary and Natural Healthcare. Vicky is a highly skilled acupuncturist, therapist, and Senior Tai C
hi and Qigong instructor. James’ training with them has involved studying Chi-Do Martial Arts, Chi Kung and Tai Chi.
James is an accredited Instructor of the Simplified Taijiquan Yang Style 24 Forms by the Chi-Do Association. He also trains regularly with the Deyin Taijiquan Institute (GB), and has been assessed by them for his Simplified Taijiquan Form. In 2009 he went to China on a training tour, and was introduced to the Wu Qin Xi (5 Animals) Health Qigong form by Professor Li Deyin. He later became a qualified Instructor of this form by the British Health Qigong Association.
He attends seminars by international Masters on a regular basis, and is continuing his training and development through the Chi Clinic/Chi-Do Association.
Gina Hardy – Yoga Teacher
Gina’s love and fascination with yoga started 18 years ago. After practising Iyengar, Astanga and Hatha yoga as a practitioner for many years, qualified with distinction as a teacher of Integral Hatha Yoga in 2008 from the Unity School of Yoga in Brighton. She has specialised in teaching senior and couples yoga in Hove, Sussex and Coulsdon, Surrey and joined us as one of our teachers in July 2012.
She says “Yoga helps you to remember the gracefulness and ease in your body and mind”
Gina’s teaching is a blend of her learnings from Intregral Hatha Yoga which focuses on the 12 core yoga asanas (postures) plus a mixture of inspiration from the Scarivelli and Iyengar Yoga styles. Her focus is on encouraging the exquisite relationship between your body, breath and mind and creating movement which eases your body to find its natural alignment. She is passionate about safe movement and not aiming for the perfect posture and believes Yoga is all about the breath and the personal experience, which is unique for everyone.
I took over the Yoga Centre in February 2012 a business that had been established in Dorking for over ten years with a good solid yoga foundation and a loyal clientele. I had never practiced Yoga before but since I had a background in Sales and Marketing and starting small business from scratch, my vision was to keep the main foundation of the Centre as Yoga and to expand our portfolio by adding more styles and types of Yoga, by introducing Hot Yoga and various types of dance as well as meditation and Tai Chi Classes.
Since 2012 we have recruited nine new teachers and have expanded our portfolio considerably.
Shower/changing facilities have been added as well as two new therapy/massage rooms. Our studio has been fitted with the latest infrared hot yoga panels, and we have added a glass partition to the studio.
My professional background is the Travel Industry being the founder of Travel Sense, a retail travel agency that I operated for over twenty years, as well as developing properties overseas and also founding an overseas Wedding company in South Africa.
Having had an accident two years ago I thought it was time to change my life. Yoga appeared to be more calming and something different. My body is full of metal and I never thought that I would be able to practice Yoga, as like most people I thought you needed to be flexible, well-practiced and fit. Yoga is for people from all walks of life and I am so glad that I tried it!
My vision for the future at the Centre
We have expanded the Centre to ensure that the foundation is rock solid and that we offer more classes to appeal to different ages and ability. We will be adding more different types of Yoga, more beginners and Senior Yoga, Men’s Yoga and more dance classes. Children’s yoga is also being encouraged.
So if you haven’t tried Yoga, dispel the myths and come and see for yourself.
Pamela Rhatigan is a Yoga Teacher, Personal Fitness adviser, practitioner of complimentary therapies, including Natural Facelifts, Massage, Reflexology, Meditation and a Laughter leader. As an ex dancer, she also hosts Yoga Dance, an event she devised, which includes yoga, meditation, dance and sometimes art. Her involvement with fitness started at school with sport, and she started to practise yoga at 18. Her professional dance career spanned 10yrs, until she had her son. Becoming more interested in health and fitness, she became a reflexologist in 1990, in 1992 qualifying as a fitness trainer, the following year as a masseuse. She also trained in natural healing, NLP and Reiki. She specialised in teaching mothers to massage their newborns and wrote Soothe Your Baby The Natural Way, an internationally sold book. She worked within the local council and in 2 de-tox clinics, as well as running her own holistic, fitness and health business. Pamela has travelled extensively all over the world to further her knowledge of how the body works.
Charlotte started practicing yoga as a child with her Mum but only seriously took it up when she was pregnant with her second child & was so enthusiastic about the benefits that she decided to undertake training to become a teacher giving up her City based career. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and gained her diploma in 2004.
Charlotte’s classes are inclusive and open to all regardless of age or fitness. Classes are suitable for beginners and those who are experienced as each person is encouraged to work within their own capacity. There is an emphasis on stretching & strengthening the whole body whilst focusing on and being guided by the breath which helps to keep us present to the experience of yoga and all it has to offer. Classes always conclude with a guided, deep relaxation to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Jenna Kitchingham is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher with 200-hour training in Vinyasa Flow style with Yoga London.
Since a very young age Jenna has bounced around exploring dance styles – including latin dance and street dance – but is wasn’t until Jenna moved to Dubai in 2007 to pursue her corporate real estate career that her Yoga journey really started taking shape. She sat next to a successful CEO for a large corporate company on the aeroplane over who told her, ‘in order to survive working life in the Middle East, start doing lots of YOGA!’. As such, Jenna started her Yogi Journey attending regular classes in Dubai, mostly taught by teachers from India, not knowing what a profound impact it would have on her life and wellbeing. She later travelled to India to deepen her knowledge and practice. Whilst in India her passion for everything Yoga really blossomed, she was especially inspired by her wonderful Iyengar trained teacher.
On returning to the UK after a few years in the Middle East, Jenna undertook her Yoga Alliance teacher training and now teaches one-on-one classes, as well as group classes at various Yoga Studios in London and Surrey and corporate clients. She teaches a fairly strong Vinyasa flow style and Hot Yoga. She is also a Zumba teacher, keeping her energetic love for dance alive.
Jenna travelled to San Francisco (the second home of yoga) and found inspiration from a Bakthi Vinyasa yoga studio who offered donation based yoga classes in a very run-down part of the city. Overwhelmed by how beautiful this initiative was, Jenna is now the founder of a donation based Yoga community group in London called Urbananda Yoga C.I.C where her and her fellow Yogis and Yoginis from the teacher training course teach on a voluntary basis to make Yoga more accessible in London, where class prices are otherwise ever increasing.
Jenna’s passion lies in introducing newbies to Yoga for the first time. She loves to make it accessible for complete beginners, no matter their age or body type. She believes that the joy of starting, persevering and practicing yoga should be shared with all, wanting to create a feeling of just waking up and ready to take on whatever the world has to throw at you by the end of her class.
Jenna’s classes are said to be uplifting and a challenge, where students are never afraid to make a mistake as she has a very down to earth and empathetic teaching style. Jenna also has a keen interest in the chakras and likes to bring certain energetic themes to her classes, which her yogi students can explore further at their own avail.
Heather Earl, ERYT
Heather draws on over ten years of teaching experience, leading classes that are dynamic, creative journeys that evolve with the changing needs of life. Rooted with strong functional anatomy, she infuses her classes with the power of the breath and a deep awareness of the physical body, creating a deeply personal moving meditation for her students. Her teaching style is informative, playful, kind and non-dogmatic.
Heather is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher through the World Renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. As an accredited Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor™ she draws her teaching style from roots in Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kripalu foundations.
Professional development and ongoing training include Advanced Training at the Nosara Yoga Institute, Prana Vinyasa and Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea and Ashtanga Teacher Training with Manju Jois. As an ERYT Instructor through the Yoga Alliance, Heather has over 1000 teaching hours and 500 instructional hours. She conducts teacher training and workshops as a Yoga Educator.
A very simple being or is she? She has a wealth of experience in many area including her passion for teaching yoga. She is a senior yoga teacher with the yoga alliance u.k and has been teaching for over 7 years. She also teaches children’s yoga.
As well as yoga she is qualified in anatomy & physiology, body massage, hot stone massage and N.L.P
Added to this she has over 10 years experience in business and management and has used her yoga practice to keep a healthy work/life balance.
All of these talents she shares in a beautiful, elegant and simple way with others to support them in realising their full potential, health, purpose and blissfulness.
Her other interests include reading, cooking and organic gardening.
“ Hi and welcome to my profile!
I trained as a gymnast until the age of 14yrs and studied Sports & Fitness Education at A Level followed by Sports Science & Nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Register of Exercise Professionals UK (REPS) and hold active licenses to teach a variety of programmes within the Zumba Fitness module as detailed below.
What I like best about my work? Being physically active and interacting with other people – I grew up listening to african/latin music and this coupled with my love for sports & fitness got me hooked on zumba straight away – I love every minute of it!
Anyone can participate; there will be some wiggling and giggling and a lot of fun. Just bring comfortable clothing, trainers & plenty of water!
I HOPE YOU’LL DANCE!!!! IT’S MORE FUN WHEN YOU ARE THERE!!!!
See you in class!”
*First Aid *CRB Checked *REPS Registered
Qualifications and Licenses:-
*ETM Qualified *Zumba B1 Instructor *Zumba B2 Instructor *Zumba Gold Instructor
*Zumbatomic Instructor *Zumba Toning Instructor *Zumba Gold/Toning Instructor
* Full Public Liability insurance
I have been practising yoga intensively for twenty years. Having spent my late teens and early twenties as an assistant teacher in my mother’s yoga and dance studio in Ohio, I went on to further my own yoga practice by studying the schools of Iyengar, Kashmir and Sivananda. I studied Astanga Vinyasa with Derek Ireland in Crete, Gingi Lee in London and John Scott in London and Plymouth. I studied Jivamukti Yoga in New York with David Life and Sharon Gannon as well as attended numerous workshops under prominent yogis and yoginis.
After leading yoga and aerobic classes throughout London for eight years, I took a break from teaching to study with Maarten Vermaase, student of Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, and to re-qualify under his tutelage with the British Wheel of Yoga, a body with which I am still a member and maintain Continuing Professional Development and insurance. I have taught Astanga Vinyasa classes at Camilla Campbell Yoga in Cobham, Hatha yoga classes at Physio-on the-River in Barnes, classes and workshops at the Kripalu Centre in Dorking and in a local school for 5 years and prior to that I ran my own classes in a local hall. I continue to also teach privately in clients’ homes or businesses.
My classes explore the classic yoga postures (asanas) as well as breath work (pranayama), while simultaneously giving students information as to why the practices are important. Based on the time of day of the class as well as the demographic of the participants, my classes can be more or less dynamic as is appropriate.
With the aim of calming the mind and rejuvenating the body, my classes assist the students in finding their own mind/body balance.