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Teachers at Yoga Torquay

Sam Ahern

Sam has been practising yoga for over 15 years, teaching in New Zealand, South East Asia, Costa Rica and most recently Colombia.  Returning to her roots, she completed the 500hr IYN certified teacher training with the Devon School of Yoga and now teaches traditional Holistic Hatha Yoga, focusing on a balanced practice that strengthens and detoxifies on every level, bringing us home to rest in our own true nature.  Sam is also a Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, founder of Devon Mala Tree and teaches Shamanic Yoga workshops throughout the South West.

Wendy Brooking

Wendy first started practising yoga here in Torquay with Jenni Adams over thirty years ago; it was love at first Shavasana (for those who don't know that's the lie down bit usually had at the end of the session). She qualified as a teacher fourteen years ago. She is a trained Yoga Nidra Practitioner. She spends some of her time teaching Yoga and Meditation at a health retreat in the West County and is training to become a Nutritional Health Practitioner. She also assists a Craniosacral therapist Therapist with his treatment of the injured. To learn more about Wendy and her teaching please visit her website.

Alice Chapman

Alice is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specialising in pre and post-natal yoga. Her classes offer a safe, nurturing and supportive space for women to explore the experience of pregnancy, birth and beyond. Alice has been teaching yoga since 2008 and has studied and trained in India and the UK. She is a teacher trainer for the Devon School of Yoga and also teaches on the school’s post-graduate yoga therapy course. Alice completed her initial pregnancy yoga teacher training in 2010 with Jane Mackarness, and then went on to train as a yoga therapist with the Devon School of Yoga. In recent years Alice has focused on her young family and continued her training in pre and post-natal yoga with Uma Dinsmore Tuli. Her approach to yoga and life is strongly influenced by her practice of Vipassana meditation as taught my SN Goenka.

Sally Holmes

Sally has a background in ballet and modern dance and was introduced to simple yoga asana at the age of eleven. Sally has experienced various different styles of hatha yoga but has always been drawn to Ashtanga yoga. In 2007 Sally embarked on yoga teacher training with the Devon School of Yoga and after a couple of years putting the teaching into practice, took the DSY postgraduate course in yoga therapy. During this time Sally also began her journey into Mysore self Practice under the guidance of John Evans and Chris Croft. She now practices both primary and second series. Other significant teachers include: Prem and Radha in Bali and more recently Vijay Kumar and Shashikala Govinda in Mysore culminating in an Ashtanga yoga teaching certificate. Sally has also worked in Education since 1998 and has a wealth of experience teaching. She enjoys a holistic lifestyle and has recently returned to Devon from teaching yoga in Portugal.

James Russell

James teaches a holistic approach to yoga. He has been practising yoga for two decades and teaching yoga for eleven years. James trained in India, Nepal and the UK. In India, he studied at Yoga Vidya Gurukul (YVG) and in the UK with the The Devon School of Yoga (DSY). James has completed two teaching diplomas. He also holds a certificate in Advanced Yoga Studies from YVG and a postgraduate diploma in Yoga Therapy from the DSY. James has trained with senior and respected yogacharyas, including Sri Vishwas Mandlik and Srivatsa Ramaswami. His principal teacher is Duncan Hulin with whom he has studied regularly for the past eighteen years. James is a tutor for the Devon School of Yoga and a member of the Independent Yoga Network.