Meet Our Team
Laura started practising yoga approximately ten years ago. Constant lower back pain, mild depression and a thriving for peace and balance took her to yoga and she fell in love with it. She then started looking forward to learning more, and trying different types of yoga, and eventually experience a different way of living.
She gained 200h YTT followed by advanced vinyasa, anusara and hot yoga training and as well as Kids Yoga TT with Rainbow Yoga. Most recently she developed a deeper interest in the relaxation aspects of yoga and its benefits, so she undertook a 50h restorative yoga TT and 40h Yoga Nidra training.
Laura believes Yoga practice has the power to change our outlook on life. It can create a sense of happiness deep within, encourage to follow your dreams, trust believe and love yourself the way you are. Laura teaches several different styles of yoga– aiming to provide something for everyone, but her favourite is vinyasa and restorative yoga. In her classes, expect to feel both energised and relaxed as well as have fun on your mat by trying new things. Sometimes you can get funky playlists and a good dose of humour, and sometimes you will be chilled, relaxed and “just breathe”.
Louise comes from a dance background having studied ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance in her formative years in London. Having moved to Devon in 2007 she has been teaching various programmes in the Plymouth area since 2012.
Louise teaches a freestyle Yoga program encompassing a mix of style using dynamic and fluid movement (primarily Vinyasa Flow) to enhance flexibility, posture and strength. She incorporates Yoga postures and deep stretch sequences, forgoing the terminology and references of traditional Yoga. This program is an effective and sustainable exercise appealing to all ages and levels. Louise’s teaching style aims to add a contemporary twist to this established and philosophical discipline; a fusion of traditional and modern. She believes that all of us are a work-in-progress, continuing to gather knowledge and skill, to improve our potential and enhance our physical development and well-being.
Yoga played a pivotal role in a part of my life when I felt I needed support, grounding and direction. It was then that I realised that there is so much more to this practice than its physical postures.I have always been active, having done many triathlons and road running races, but yoga filled something missing in my life, with its non-judgmental and non-competitive nature. In a world full of the pressures of social media, mental health issues, academic and work-related achievements and financial insecurities, yoga offers a safe space to just ‘be’, rather than ‘do’. Yoga taught me that you can achieve anything you set your heart on and I feel that for children, this is a powerful way to help children and adult through the turbulence and pressures of adolescent life. School curricula don’t prepare children and young adults for emotional challenges, or teach them the moral codes we find in the yoga philosophy.I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Zen Yoga Dubai under the knowledgeable guidance of Diana Azavedo in 2017 and since being in Dubai, I succeeded in getting yoga onto the curriculum of the Dubai British School for 10-14 year-olds.
My yoga classes are smooth and gentle, accessible for all – all body types, all ages and all abilities. yoga gives us the chance to really connect with our bodies, and to slow down while gaining strength. Our yoga mats are a way to understand ourselves better; physically, mentally, emotionally. Practicing with me, you can expect to feel safe and aligned, and become mentally calm and physically strong
Driven by a passion for holistic wellbeing, Lucy travelled to Indonesia in early 2016 to gain her 200hr Yoga Teaching Qualification. With an extensive background in dance and movement, and a more recent experience within massage and body therapy, Lucy draws upon her knowledge of the body to offer intelligent and stimulating classes.
“My passion lies in making yoga both accessible and relevant. In the recognition that every body is unique, I aim to honour the needs of the individual whilst creating space to become inquisitive about the body and our moment-to moment, fluctuating relationship to ourselves.”
She is trained in Level 3 Pilates, Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, Pre and post natal Pilates, and Older adults Pilates.
Her style of teaching includes working all the muscles in the body at levels that’s right for you. So even if you are the fittest of the fit or completely new to exercise, you will never come to her class and feel you can’t do any of it as there is always a level and option right for you.
Laura grew up in Plymouth, and was introduced to yoga as a teen in secondary school. It gave her a calm space to move her body, re-set and energize for the rest of the day. She continued to practice, but it wasn’t until her early 20s, in need of direction, and with low self-esteem following an unhealthy relationship, she started to more fully embrace yoga’s beautiful power of healing mind and body and bringing us closer to our true self.
She flew to Bali and undertook 500hr training with Shades of Yoga, staying on as an assistant 2013. Back in the UK, I undertook further training with Christopher Gladwell and Sarah Harlow in Bristol and began teaching. Inspired by their teaching she began her training in Physiotherapy and qualified as a sports/deep tissue massage therapist physiotherapist.
In her classes she aims to create a calm, safe space for you to explore both body and mind. In her classes she focuses on building strength, stability and suppleness in the body and calm in the mind. The aim is to then take what you have learnt off the mat, becoming a more vibrant and authentic you, no matter your starting point