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 Sun Moon Yoga with Yoga Alliance and she still maintains strong links with the US yoga community. She is the owner and proprietor of York Yoga Studio and offers Hatha Yoga classes suitable for all levels, Vinyasa Flow focusing on breath and movement, and Introduction to Yoga ideal for beginners. Her particular passion is bringing yoga to new students, as she believes strongly that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice which develops strength, mobility, awareness and serenity.

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 first began Iyengar Yoga lessons 12 years ago and has been practising ever since. The Iyengar Method appeals to her because of its unique precision and depth. Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification is a long and thorough process, and Kate recently passed her Level 1 & 2 Introductory Teaching Training. Kate says, "Having my children gave me a new respect for my body. As many of you will know being a parent demands a lot of physical and mental energy. My yoga practice has kept me happy and strong despite the ever increasing daily demands of life. Though at times challenging yoga remains a constant source of peace and joy. My aim is for all my students to leave a yoga class feeling refreshed, revived, restored and relaxed and ultimately better than they did on arrival!"

Zita Soanes
Yoga for Strength and Sivananda Teacher

In 38 years of teaching Zita has been very blessed to have experienced a wide range of physical, mental and spiritual training and practice, making her the Yoga Teacher she is today, so called "The Teacher's Teacher."

She has worked with many areas of fitness and qualified in many certifications and she has also worked extensively in water, which gives her a deep understanding about the relationship between the body and gravity, which informs her yoga practice in a deep and substantive way.

It was not until later in life she found Sivananda yoga, in which she which trained 2 years one-to-one with her teacher. She loved this style of yoga so much she decided to do her 200 hour teacher training in 2012 in London, Sivananda Centre and last year she went to the Sivananda Ashram in France to do her 500 hours training for "Archarya" Master of Yoga. This is the style on which she bases her class teaching.


Susan Bradley
Hatha and Yin 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. As a teacher she shares what she enjoys, what she has experienced and explored in her own body, and that which has spoken to her in some way and she feels will benefit others.  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. 

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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.

Stewart Richmond - Ashtanga Teacher

Stewart is a fully qualified ashtanga yoga teacher, offering lessons for both beginners and improvers. Yorkshire born and bred, Stewart brings a direct but warm and supportive approach to his teaching. As York Yoga Studio's only regular male teacher, Stewart is also especially keen to highlight the benefits of yoga to men, who like himself before, may feel hesitant about trying yoga for the first time. Stewart is doctor of health science (PhD), has two further degrees in psychology, holds an honorary position as a visiting research fellow at York University, and is an active member of Yoga Alliance UK. For more information call / text Stewart on 07787 588208, e-mail or check out:


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). 

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.

Andrea Jackson - Moon Tree Yoga, Relaxation & Meditation for Women.

After practising yoga for over 22 Years, and teaching for 8 Years, Andrea has a deep passion for Traditional Yoga, Relaxation & Meditation and lives it fully in every day of her life.  Her classes and the philosophy at Moon Tree is to make space for women to relax in, to care and nurture you through your practice so that you can  enjoy the benefits of yoga & relaxation.  She runs light hearted yoga, meditation & relaxation classes, workshops & women's wellness retreats and has created communities of lovely women who come together each week and enjoy a non competitive atmosphere to practice Yoga in.  Email Andrea at, call her on 07986375096 or see her website

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 Childrens 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

Wendy Jacob - Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

Wendy Jacob has been teaching regular yoga classes and workshops since 2004. She is a BWY teaching diploma holder and a Senior Yoga Alliance member. As a professional journalist she contributes regularly to yoga publications. Recent training with Wendy Teasdill (on the BWY yoga for pregnancy module) and the perfect environment and facilities offered by York Yoga Studio have encouraged Wendy to set up these classes aimed at encouraging women of all abilities to discover the benefits of yoga during pregnancy. Contact Wendy at, or have a look at her website

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'.

Regan Vanderwerff  Pilates Teacher

For information, please contact Regan directly on 07921 210820.

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Alison Walker - Pilates teacher

Alison has over 30 years extensive experience in teaching dance, fitness and Modern Pilates. After many years of teaching dance and fitness Alison made the decision to teach Modern Pilates. These clinical based Pilates exercise can provide strength, release stress, decrease pain, improve mobility and provide relaxation (amongst many other things), through the focused use of mind, body and movement. She enjoys helping people to improve their lives by assisting them to achieve better posture, strength and stability so that they can lead active, (and where possible) pain free, healthy lives. This passion is shared with people of all ages, whether 3 years old, or 90+. Alison enjoys helping people find clarity, peace of mind, fulfilment and happiness through learning more about their bodies and the movement they can achieve.