Director and founder of the award winning Jala Flow Yoga in Sidmouth.
Louise started her yoga journey in 1997 after stumbling across a class in a gym where she was teaching aerobics. Yoga captured her heart and it wasn’t long before she was completely hooked!
Louise is an experienced instructor, British Wheel of Yoga qualified, and has been teaching classes and workshops since 2001.
Louise has studied under and has been trained in Ashtanga by the world renowned Manju Jois, John Scott and Lucy Crawford. She’s honoured to be one of Manju’s approved Ashtanga teachers and continues her studies with these truly inspiring teachers to this day.
Her style of teaching ranges from gentle hatha, yin and restorative to the much more dynamic Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow styles.
As a teacher Louise feels honoured to share her studies and love of yoga with her students. She aims for everyone to leave her classes feeling healthier and happier than they were when they walked in!
As co-founder and director of Jala Flow Yoga, Tom owes much gratitude to his wife and sister, both yoga instructors, who helped direct him towards a more fulfilling path.
Having spent a number of years of disatisfaction working in the corporate World, it took time to realise that yoga was the perfect way cope with stress and anxiety.
His spirits were immediately lifted ever since attending that first yoga class and a new invigoration for life has been with him 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, Louise.
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.
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!
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.
In 1991 I left the Women’s Royal Naval Service and trained as an Exercise to Music Teacher, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. Since 1991 I have been involved in the Sport and Fitness Industry and have taught community classes and lectured at University on health, sport and fitness subject areas. I have been on many courses and instructor training sessions througout my career.
Nowadays, I take great pride in specialising in Fitness Pilates classes within my local community. I use my past knowledge of fitness training with pilates techniques to bring you the best possible individual attention. I tailor my classes to suit your needs and can adapt exercises accordingly