teachers

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freya shaw

Coming from a gymnastics and dance background, Freya found Vinyasa Flow yoga in her early 20’s and fell in love with the practice. Not only did this style of yoga allow her to keep up her physical strength and flexibility, but the synchronicity of movement to breath and the meditation aspect also helped her deal with personal trauma. After gaining a degree in Event and Business Management at University, Freya worked at St Gemma’s Hospice for two years as an Events Fundraiser. During this time, she realised office work wasn’t for her and decided to take a year out to go travelling and do her yoga teacher training.

Freya completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training at Frog Lotus Yoga in Spain; since qualifying she has undertaken numerous other teacher trainings in Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness, Restorative yoga and Children’s yoga which has enabled her to teach a range of classes for all ages and abilities. Freya also teaches yoga to people living with cancer at the Maggies cancer centre in Leeds and is passionate about bringing the benefits of yoga to those who need it most.

 

What can you expect from her classes?

Freya aims to make yoga accessible for all. Her beginners’ classes and more relaxing classes (Restorative and Nidra) have a strong focus on the breath and mindful movement, helping to promote deep relaxation and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest response).

Freya’s flow classes are great for those who like a challenge; however, she encourages her students to listen to their bodies and offers a variety of modifications for those who want to take it slower! Her classes include creative, energising flows to increase strength and flexibility, and finish with a lengthy stretch off and plenty of mindfulness to promote relaxation.


vikki atherton

Vikki is an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) practitioner and Yoga teacher. Having practised yoga for over ten years, she decided to undertake her yoga teacher training in 2017, leaving a longstanding career in the frenetic corporate world behind her. Vikki has received yoga teaching qualifications in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yin yoga. Vikki loves all things yoga and massage related because as she puts it, simply “we never stop learning”. She has also recently completed further courses in anatomy & physiology, meditation and aromatherapy.

What can you expect from her classes?

Anything from slow flow to a fast paced and energising practice incorporating various mudra’s and pranayama (breath) techniques. Vikki’s Yin classes are slow paced and a meditative style of yoga which help to target connective tissues, fascia, ligaments and joints. The postures (asana’s) are held for 3-5 minutes in this deep practice which in turn help to increase flexibility and calm the body and mind.