Yoga Teachers

Laurie Prime - Hatha Yoga Teacher and Owner

Laurie brings an exuberant American feel to her yoga as she trained at Sun Moon Yoga Studios in Mankato, Minnesota with Yoga Alliance and she still maintains strong links with the US yoga community. She is the owner and proprietor of York Yoga Studio. Because she believes strongly that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice which develops strength, mobility, awareness and serenity, the studio offers Hatha Yoga classes suitable for all levels, from Introduction to Yoga ideal for beginners, to Dynamic Hatha and Vinyasa Flow classes focusing on breath and movement. The studio appreciates that while ‘truth is one, paths are many’ and therefore a wide range of yoga styles, from Iyengar to Kundalini are offered.

Nicky Thomas - Hatha Yoga Teacher

Nicky Thomas has enjoyed the practice of yoga for over 20 years and completed the Yoga Alliance training while living overseas. Informed by her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nicky has an understanding of many health problems, which she likes to address through her yoga practice. Nicky also trained in Qi Gong and Tai Chi, which are strands of Chinese Medicine, with two Chinese martial arts specialists during her time overseas. Nicky's love for both forms of movement inform her practice today and she regularly incorporates a little Qi Gong into her yoga classes to help students combine movement with deep breathing, enhancing relaxation and developing a greater awareness of the body. In addition to teaching yoga here at the Studio, Nicky practices acupuncture at York Yoga Studio and York Natural Health and is a Clinic Supervisor at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Clare Burgon - Hatha Yoga teacher

Clare has been practising yoga for health and pleasure for over 10 years. In 2013 she combined her interest in yoga and a lifelong ambition to visit its birthplace in India. Here she undertook a 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training course and also fell in love with India. On returning to the UK, Clare began teaching yoga in York combining this with cooking for a living in various parts of the UK and Europe. In 2014 Clare chose to deepen her knowledge of yoga and returned to India in 2014 where she trained at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai before travelling around the south of India, teaching yoga in Goa, spending time at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala and taking part in the 10 day silent meditation retreat vipassana. 

Christine Rumley - Iyengar Yoga teacher

Christine qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2005 after practising yoga for 20 years. She has undertaken further rigorous training and assessments to teach at junior intermediate level 3. She has a relaxed friendly manner and is passionate about the benefits that yoga can bring to general health and wellbeing. For more information please visit her website

Kate Goodwin - Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Kate Goodwin has been practising Iyengar Yoga for over 12 years.  Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification is a long and thorough process, and Kate is qualified to teach Levels 1 & 2. The Iyengar Method appeals to her because of its unique precision and depth. Kate says, "Iyengar Yoga calms and soothes the nerves as well as restoring physical and mental energy. When we create space through yoga in the physical body a lightness is felt in the soul. Strength, stamina and peace are created. This change works its way from the body to the soul and after time the lightness starts to grow from the soul and moves through the mind to the body.  My classes are for everyone and the postures are covered in close detail, creating a firm foundation and understanding of the basics of yoga practice which last a lifetime. My aim is for all my students to leave a yoga class feeling refreshed, revived and relaxed and ultimately better than they did on arrival!"

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Paulene Scott-Dyson - Hatha Yoga Teacher

Paulene has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 5. She started attending classes as a break from 3 small boys. From the very first class she attended she loved the way it made her feel both mentally and physically and wants to pass that love on to everyone!

After deepening her practice with the BWY Foundation Course she decided to continue her training and went on to complete the BWY 500 hours Teacher Training course. Since then she has been influenced by many styles and schools of yoga and loves bringing all of that experience into her teaching.

Paulene’s classes are friendly and welcoming. She truly believes that yoga is for everybody, not just for the fit and flexible. Yoga can become part of anyone’s life to discover and enjoy its transformative power for body and mind.

Susan Bradley - Hatha, Pregnancy and Slow Down Yoga Teacher

Susan has had yoga in her life for over 18 years. Her yoga training and professional registration is with the Yoga Alliance (200 hour level), and she I has also undertaken additional training with world renowned teachers such as Nadia Narain at Triyoga, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Judith Hanson Lasater and Norman Blair. Her mission is to help you find some time and space to reconnect with yourself in this busy world. She has an inclusive, straight forward approach to yoga that simply helps you to feel good in body and mind. Her classes and workshops are friendly, supportive and nurturing and aim to foster a sense of community. She uses simple language and try to relate the classes to our modern lives. In Susan's classes you will experience yoga postures for the body, combined with simple breathing exercises and meditation and always with time for a guided relaxation at the end. She believes that making even a small amount of time in your life for yoga can be hugely rewarding whatever your age, fitness level, shape or size. She hopes to show you that yoga is for everyone, and can help you feel so much better in your body and your mind. 

Susan teaches Pregnancy Yoga at the studio, for more information and to book pregnancy yoga please contact Susan directly

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Mandie Lou - Hatha and Vinyasa Teacher

I began practicing yoga during university to help alleviate stress and anxiety. I started going to a local class and quickly realised yoga was so much more than just exercise. Yoga offered space to clear my head, get out of my thinking mind, and see things from a new perspective.

In 2014 I decided I wanted to deepen my knowledge and took a foundation course with The British Wheel of Yoga, which then inspired to me complete a Yoga Alliance training course with Amiyoga.

Yoga allowed me to understand the power of my own breath, and continues to teach me how to slow down, listen to my body and be present in the moment. I find deep clarity of mind and relaxation through my practice, and love how it naturally becomes moving meditation. It is my intention to share these aspects of yoga with my students.

My practice is always inspired by kindness to the self and others. I feel this is the most fundamental part of yoga.

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Julie  Wrigley

Feldenkrais  Teacher  of  Awareness  Through  Movement

Julie  Wrigley  has  started  her  Feldenkrais  practice  after  12  years  studying  Feldenkrais  by  attending  weekly  Awareness  Through  Movement  lessons  and  completing  two  years  of  intensive  training  (80+  days)  to  become  a  guild-certified  Feldenkrais  teacher. 

As  a  non-sporty  person,  she  enjoys  activities  that  allow  for  personal  exploration  rather  than  competitive  achievement.  She  especially  enjoys  this  aspect  of  Feldenkrais  -  in  class,  students  are  encouraged  to  be  interested  only  in  their  own  movement  experience.  There  is  no  comparing  with  others,  nor  even  any  demonstrations  by  the  teacher.  Students  are  allowed  time  to  develop  sensitive  awareness  of  how  they  are  moving,  as  a  tool  for  improving  movement. 

From  his  judo  black-belt  days,  Moshe  Feldenkrais  (the  originator  of  the  method)  had  a  masterful  understanding  of  how  to  move  effortlessly  in  the  medium  of  gravity.  When  Julie  does  an  Awareness  Through  Movement  lesson,  she  sometimes  experiences  unexpected  similar  moments  of  magic  as  tension  melts  away,  leaving  her  feeling  free  and  weightless.  This  is  what  has  kept  her  coming  back  for  more! 

Julie  continues  her  professional  training  for  a  further  two  years,  after  which  she  will  be  able  to  start  offering  private,  hands-on  Functional  Integration  lessons,  for  people  wishing  to  address  deep-seated  movement  challenges. 

Julie  can  be  contacted  at  on  07817  362281  or  at  her  website -

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Jean Graystone - Pilates Teacher

Jean trained as a PE teacher at college, where she found she loved the study of movement and dance. She continued this love of movement by training with the KFA (Keep Fit Association) and taught classes part time alongside my PE work in York schools.  She discovered Pilates over ten years ago which she felt perfectly fitted her style - individual with a touch of creativity! Teaching Pilates allows Jean to really know the person - her clients, whether in a group or individual setting. The opportunity to teach in a more relaxed and individual style appeals to her as does the pleasure of teaching itself. She trained with Modern Pilates and has continued her training with them and APPI (the Australian Physiotherapy Association). 

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Lorraine Richards - Dru Yoga Teacher

Lorraine’s background is in Hatha yoga which she’s practised for over 30 years. She discovered Dru yoga 12 years ago at a music festival and says, “The class took place in a grassy field surrounded by the Cumbrian fells and in glorious sunshine. The setting was beautiful and so was the yoga, so in tune with nature. The Dru spinal wave was a revelation and I was hooked.”

The whole experience inspired Lorraine to find out more and, after several years of Dru workshops and classes and a year studying on the BWY Foundation Course, she finally decided to do the 200 hour Dru Teacher Training in London.

The plan was simply to deepen her own practice but she loved it so much that she wanted to share the wonderful sense of wellbeing and inner peace.

Lorraine has an additional interest in Dru yoga for healthy backs and has recently undertaken further training in this area.

Her classes provide a warm nurturing space for people of all ages and abilities to practise, unwind and relax. Lorraine can be contacted at

Clare Gough - Tatty Bumpkin Class teacher

Yoga Inspired Teacher for Babies and Children. Clare is the owner of Tatty Bumpkin York and has been working with babies and children since moving to York a number of years ago. Her Tatty Bumpkin training is accredited by CACHE - Council for Awards in Children's Health and Education and lessons have been developed by physiotherapists, educationalists and yoga-teachers for a unique, fun, developmental concept. The Baby Bumpkin classes run by Tatty Bumpkin have been nominated in the Whats on For Little Ones Awards 2016 for the Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years). The poses encourage appropriate skills for your baby at the right time for them i.e. tummy time, foot play, independent sitting, crawling, standing and toddling. Contact Clare on 0771 532 5662 or email

Nam Prakash Kaur - Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Gestalt Psychotherapist

Nam Prakash believes that happiness comes from having great energy and great relationships. If you can be really connected and loving and bring the energy you need to any situation then everything you need is going to come to you and most importantly you will be victorious.
Without energy nothing exists and without nourishing relationships (particularly the one you have with yourself) everything in life can seem dull.  Nam Prakash is a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist and Couples therapist. She is registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), is CRB checked and receives regular supervision. As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher she is registered with the Kundalini Yoga Teacher's Association, KYTA.  'Happiness is Your Birthright'.

Chloe McKay - Yoga teacher

Chloe first discovered yoga at the age of 16 after attending a class with her mum. She soon fell in love with the practise, impressed with how it made her feel in both body and mind. Curious to learn more, Chloe completed a foundation course before going on to train as a teacher in 2010. Since qualifying, she has continued to study and train with some of the world's leading teachers such as David Swenson and Sarah Powers.

As a sports therapist, Chloe brings her knowledge of the body into her teaching which focusses on alignment and mindful awareness to build strength and flexibility. 

Chloe believes yoga should be playful and inspiring and as a personal practise it should suit the needs of the individual. Ultimately she wants to empower students to use yoga as a tool to increase their health, wellbeing and happiness.

Regan Vanderwerff  Pilates Teacher

For information, please contact Regan directly on 07921 210820.

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Jo Stewart - Pilates Teacher

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” Joseph Pilates

I have been working in the Health and Fitness Industry for 25 years, and for 20 of these years I have been teaching Pilates. I trained in London in 2000 and qualified as a Classic Pilates Matwork teacher and then in 2008 trained and qualified in Leeds as a Modern Pilates teacher. My classes combine a mixture of the 2 styles.

My first experience with Pilates was many years ago when working as a fitness instructor teaching a wide variety of classes and being prone to injury. I couldn’t understand that I was physically very fit and why aches and pains were happening on a regular basis. On visiting a physiotherapist who explained to me my muscles were not working as they should be and that my muscles were imbalanced.

I researched Pilates and with the wonders and benefits of helping me I trained as a Matwork Pilates Teacher. I have been teaching ever since and advocating the benefits and rewards of Pilates to many. Patience, persistence and understanding of your own body are vital to developing and achieving your own goals.