I started my yoga journey in 1997 after stumbling across a class in a gym where I was teaching aerobics. Yoga captured my heart and it wasn’t long before I was completely hooked!
I am an experienced instructor, British Wheel of Yoga qualified, and have been teaching classes and workshops since 2001. I also hold the BSY Hatha and BSY Pre and Post Natal Yoga diplomas as well as being a Relax Kids Coach for any budding yogis out there.
I have studied under and have been truly inspired by the world renowned Manju Jois, Shiva Rea and John and Lucy Scott. My style of teaching ranges from gentle hatha and restorative to the much more dynamic Vinyasa flow.
As a teacher I feel honoured to share my studies and love of yoga with my students. I aim for everyone to leave my classes feeling healthier and happier than they were when they walked in!
I truly hope to see you on the mat very soon.
Love, light and blessings
After 10 years of battling the pressure that comes with existing as a cog-in-the-wheel of large multinational corporations, I owe much gratitude to my immediate family, my wife and sister, both practicing yoga instructors, who helped direct me towards a more fulfilling path in life.
It took time to realise that I was living an unhappy existence before I was able to embrace alternative ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
My spirits were immediately lifted ever since I attended that first yoga class and a new invigoration for life has been with me ever since.
Yoga combines physical exercise with mindfulness techniques, and I challenge anyone who believes it cannot change your life, after all, it was in a yoga class that I met my wife.
Mel has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and is a qualified in Advanced Hatha yoga teaching also Pregnancy and Ayuvedic yoga. She runs yoga retreats and during the summer season teaches SUP (Stand-up Paddle board) yoga on Sidmouth seafront (weather permitting that is).
Mel offers a holistic approach to Yoga teaching, by positively encouraging students to develop their own expressive and unique style of movement. Her training in acting, dance and singing brings an exciting and expressive quality to her style of teaching. Her classes consist of flowing breath and movement sequences, relaxation techniques, pranayama and Meditation.
Yoga is essential to restore balance in our busy lives, giving us much needed time and space to breathe and regain clarity of vision. It is her intention is to leave you feeling relaxed, restored and rejuvenated. Mel is really looking forward to joining the Jala flow team and looks forward to meeting you soon.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
With more than 14 years of yoga practice in Africa, India and the UK, as well as two international certificates in teaching, classes with Cass offer a soulful connection to nature, the elements and your inner tutor (intuition). Gently reminding guiding and encouraging the awareness of body, breath and mind ensures the spirit of yoga in each session.
An instinctive enthusiasm for nature, nutrition and healthy living meant that it was just a matter of time before Cass discovered the yogic path and embraced it as a life style.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is Cass’ yoga of choice and she delights in sharing the wisdom of these timeless teachings. Considered the yoga of awareness, it is a style that’s suitable for everybody. Even those whose flexibility is non-existent.
Besides regular yoga classes and workshops Cass is a qualified Kahuna Massage Therapist. This ancient technique works on both the physical and energy body to restore balance and allow healing through gentle manipulation of joints and stretching of limbs and connected breath work.
Cassandras’ appreciation for music plays a major role in her life. Both her yoga classes and the massage therapy are infused with the healing power of sound. An extensive and ever growing collection of beautiful uplifting music ensures further opportunity for harmony, peace and inspiration to flow.
My journey to yoga began with a Bikram class whilst I was on holiday in Thailand. After going through some big life changes, I was able to forget about what was happening in my mind and just sweat the stress out. Since that moment, my mat has become somewhat of a sacred place to me and my relationship with yoga has transformed from one that was purely physical, to one that is now about being the best version of myself, both mentally and physically.
Since my love affair with Bikram, I have fallen for many other styles of yoga, including but not limited to; Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, AcroYoga and Yin. My passion and desire to spread the practice of yoga led me to Sampoorna Yoga in India where I completed my teacher training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow.
I teach from my own evolved daily practice which is rooted in feeling emotionally safe first and building strength and flexibility second. I’m passionate about guiding students to be mindful with their bodies, focusing on proper alignment and breath awareness but above all else, having fun and enjoying every moment of their practice, the good, the bad and the ugly. In my classes, expect to sweat, breathe and smile. After all, smiling is our birth right.
Other things I am passionate about include coffee, pizza, French wines and pizza. Hope to see you on the mat soon Yogis!
Iyengar Yoga Teacher
I started my yoga journey as a student in the 1970s.
Then I had no real knowledge of the different styles of yoga and without realising it I joined an Iyengar class and I've remained committed to this style of yoga ever since!
I qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 2003 and taught classes in Norfolk and Suffolk until my move to Sidmouth in 2016.
I have been to the Ramamani Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, on two occasions to study directly with the Iyengar family.
What I value so much about the system of teaching is the methodical and progressive approach and the emphasis on accurate alignment in the asanas. In my class you can expect a combination of asanas which will build strength and stamina, improve muscular tone, flexibility and alignment, at the same time reducing tiredness and soothing the nerves.
Julie Bladon (Jayadevi)
Julie began her exploration with yoga nearly 20 years ago. Initially as a means to deal with the stress of university studies but over time she developed a wider awareness of the benefits of yoga in her life.
Balance, healthy breathing, asana, meditation and deep relaxation are a key focus in her yoga teaching. Julie creates a sacred and safe space for students to reach their full potential. You will leave her classes feeling renewed, rejuvenated and calm. These classes will support not just good exercise for the body but a focus on your overall wellbeing and clarity of mind.
Julie’s joy is teaching authentic yoga from the heart. It is an inspiration to see the development and growth of students. She has a passion for Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep) and loves to share the benefits of this powerful practice both in person and online.
Julie has studied at the Sivananda Yoga Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai, Southern India and most recently she has completed her Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Vishvketu at Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh.
This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her work.
Outside of teaching Julie is dedicated to the pursuit of inexpensive world travel, exploring other cultures, enjoying the arts and exploring her passion for dance.
Bill Blake discovered Forrest yoga via a desire to get flexible again after a long break from Martial Arts and instantly become hooked.
3 years later he took the Forrest yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest.
Forrest yoga drew him in not just as a physical practice but as a way of coping with the pressures of modern life.
It's blend of breathing, core work and holding poses creates a deeply satisfying practice for both mind and body.
The challenging yet inclusive nature of Forrest keeps him interested and wanting to share his passion for yoga with others.
Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Life Coach
For many years I have been interested in alternative ways to relieve pain, stress and anxiety. After investigating several other forms of healing, I discovered that Reiki combined with remedial massage was particularly beneficial.
Nowadays many people are turning to complementary therapies to improve their health and well-being, both to enhance and work alongside, or to reduce the need for prescribed medication and invasive treatments. These often cause additional symptoms and side effects, with little or no improvement because the root cause of the problem is still there.
My interest is in the relationship between mind and body, and how disease and illness can be the result of past or present trauma, fear, stress, negative thinking and attitude. My approach is to help the client heal on all levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually.