aMANDA - ZUMBA
Find Amanda at Chapel House on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning for ZUMBA.
Every class feels like a party! Come join in and you'll see what we mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow Amanda's lead. It's easy! Come try it, we guarantee you will have a blast. We look forward to meeting you!
Annita - Pilates mat & studio classes
My personal challenges with pain, disability, and subsequent rehabilitation have only served to inform my teaching style and fuel my compassion to be able to support and encourage you to be the best you and your body possibly can be. I have been fortunate enough to be able to learn and study with two of the foremost Pilates teacher training providers in the world; Body Control Pilates and Polestar Pilates. I work with a unique method of retraining the body to restore natural, normal movement.
Alongside our busy Pilates Mat class schedule, we run a full timetable of group and private classes in our fully equipped Pilates Studio on the ground floor of Chapel House. Here we have the privilege of a beautiful space, equipped with the very latest Pilates machines.
Whether you are looking to facilitate recovery from injury, are an athlete looking to improve your performance, or somewhere inbetween, our experience, attention to detail and highly specialised equipment, will ensure you get the very best Pilates experience.
I encourage you to contact me, or one of our team, and we can talk about which classes/sessions are suitable for you. There is a Pilates way for anybody who wants it, and it's my job to find the way that is right for you!
Pollyanna - Principle of Buckingham Dance Studio
Pollyanna and her expert team of teachers run the children's dance school at Chapel House - Buckingham Dance Studios. Classes are available for children from age 2 years old and upwards.
But you don't have to be a budding ballerina to dance! With plenty of Modern, Tap, Acro and Contemporary dance classes, you're sure to find a style that suits your child's personality. Dance is an amazingly fun, creative and exciting way to help your child to exercise and develop co-ordination and rhythm. It's an opportunity to be a part of something they will remember all their lives.
SUZI & MICKY - SLOWFLOW, GENTLE FITNESS
We are a married couple, both passionate about movement, health, mind-body connection, mindfulness and conscious growth (amongst many other things!) Excited to be working in an era where movement is increasingly known to be a vital component of general overall health and lifestyle quality, we aim to offer focused, gentle, structured movement and relaxation sessions that are more accessible to more people.
Additionally, in our 50s and 60s ourselves, we are particularly interested in the benefits of continued movement - and movement class provision - as we age.
One of our primary aims is to support your education and self-empowerment so you can become increasingly resourced with regards to your movement, balance and fitness to help you carry out your everyday life, and leisure, activities confidently, comfortably and competently and enjoy life more.
Eve & Mike - The Yoga Physios
We are both registered physiotherapists and qualified yoga teachers. We have a wide range of experience in the NHS and private clinics, in the UK and overseas, and currently work in sports injury clinics across South Devon.
Our diverse experience and training gives us a unique, holistic and evidence-based approach to therapy and yoga. We recognise the value of yoga as an important tool for rehabilitation and pain management, often incorporating the techniques into our physiotherapy treatments to help people understand their bodies better. Equally, we use our physiotherapy expertise to guide our yoga classes and tailor them to meet the varying needs of our students.
We are passionate about exploring the diversity of physiotherapy and yoga, and where it takes us. We have run courses, training yoga teachers and physiotherapists, working at hospitals, events, and alongside NGO’s in various locations across Africa, Asia and Europe. We moved to the South Hams in 2016, after travelling for a year and a half, and established The Yoga Physios. We now live just outside Totnes, where we are enjoying the tranquility of this beautiful area and hanging out with our baby, Sumaya.
Natalie - vinyasa & yin Yoga
I combine my knowledge and experience of yoga and massage therapy to create classes and workshops that enourage students to take control of their health and healing by focusing on their specific problem areas. I help students on part of their journey into developing a deeper relationship with their bodies at all levels. Clients include a range of abilities from absolute beginners, students who are returning to their mat and/or exercise after a long break and to students with a regular practice who want to advance further. I also specialise in helping clients overcome psychological issues such as stress, anxiety and low self esteem.
I travelled and worked around the world for two years before settling in Koh Lanta, Thailand. I trained and worked there teaching yoga classes and workshops for 5 years before returning to Totnes to start a wee family.
I originally started yoga to help calm my mind and keep me sane, and continued to practice in the hope of achieving Madonna-esque arms. I can definitely claim to have a calm mind (most of the time) and I defintiely have sane moments. The arms....I am still waiting.
I am a full member of IYN (International Yoga Network).
CHELAN - YOGA FLOW
Chelan is a passionate and dedicated 500hr qualified Yogi, Dance Artist and qualified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Chelan worked as a professional dancer in London and was a well estabished Yoga teacher in Bristol for many years before moving to Devon to embrace the quieter side of life. She has travelled extensively and explored many different healing modalities throughout her life and is an experienced, humble and inspiring Yoga teacher.
Chelan's teachings are rooted in the embodiment of her own practice and reflect her passion for movement giving her yoga flow classes a unique quality. She teaches from her heart and holds a grounded space for exploration and inquiry within the practice. She is continually inspired by dance and yoga and loves creating a poetic atmosphere for her clients so is drawn to using music to support these experiences. The classes Chelan teaches draw on both dynamic and restorative qualities of a physical yoga practice and offer a place of deep rest. An emphasis on flow of breath and proper alignment will always be high up on the list when Chelan is holding space for her clients to support their growth and understanding of the practice.
Chelan has studied in India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Thailand and the UK and continues to develop her understanding of the body and mind through her own life's challenges and study.
Camilla - energising flow yoga
Camilla first found yoga in 2015 whilst managing a glamping site in the Portuguese Mountains. An avid trail runner she guessed yoga could compliment her running endeavours, but she soon discovered the effects of the practice reached far beyond the physical benefits. She spent the next few years travelling and working seasonal jobs in France. As adventurous and carefree as it sounds, this lifestyle brought a lot of uncertainty and constant change, her mat soon became her sacred grounding space, noticing each time she stepped on the mat her thoughts became clearer, her reaction to things around her became less adverse. She laughed more, loved more deeply and began to connect more with the people around her. Realising yoga was becoming more than a hobby and feeling a strong need to share her passion Camilla went on to complete her 200hours of teacher training at Sampoorna Yoga in India, ending up staying for a further three months as a Karma Yoga student, teaching in the drop in Shala and helping her teachers adjusting in class.
Since then she has taught yoga, meditation and mindfulness regularly at a leading health retreat in Somerset UK. Working with people suffering with burn out and mental heath concerns she soon noticed a need for a more yin style of practice and went on to study and complete 50hours of yin teacher training in Portugal with Swara Yoga School. She teaches with a distinct focus on mindfulness and mental calm as well as core stability and tone to work away any stressors and tensions.
Camilla enjoys the physical movement of Ashtanga joining the movement with breath and creating a feeling of lightness, ease and deep relaxation. Her love for handstands and inversions bring a senses of fun and play to her practice and sequences. She uses yin yoga techniques to balance the dynamic and physically challenging Yang style of Ashtanga Vinyasa. She uses yoga Nidra methods of intention and deep relaxation to calm the mind and deepen the breath. Her classes encourage awareness both mentally and physically, and create a positive and nurturing environment for students to learn, experiment and transform through their yoga practice. Camilla encourages and empowers students to find their own ideal practice and thus create their own sacred space which they can return to again and again.
Ivy - Pregnancy Yoga, mum & baby yoga, parent & toddler yoga
Having experienced first-hand the benefits of practising yoga throughout my own pregnancy, birth and beyond, I was inspired to teach yoga to all. I have over 21 years of experience as a nurse and a health visitor and have been practising yoga since I was a child.
I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008 and have since specialised and gained extra training and qualifications in pre and postnatal, baby, toddler and pre-school yoga.
I look forward to meeting you and your bumps, babies and toddlers!
Katie - Gentle Yoga
Having studied and practised Yoga for the past 13 years and Triratna buddhist meditation since 2007, I studied at the Devon School of Yoga completing the teacher training course in the summer of 2014.
I led meditation groups weekly in Totnes for 2 years, until my yoga teacher training commenced, and now the two combine harmoniously in my class, both gentle and physically invigorating!
I have studied and practised (and continue to!) with many different teachers with so many refreshingly different approaches, which leaves me with an abundant "toolbox" to dip into in order to make each session unique to the people attending, the time of year, even the time of day! It makes Yoga more fluid, interesting, fun, and helps us to appreciate the preciousness of our bodies, no matter what shape we're in.