our teachers

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 personally. 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 pregnancy & post-natal yoga, baby yoga, 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 courses and more relaxing classes have a strong focus on the breath and mindful movement, helping us to relax and activate our parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest response).

Freya’s flow classes are great for those who like a challenge; however she offers lots of modifications if you’re fairly new to yoga or want to take it slower. The classes include a creative, energising flow to increase strength and flexibility, and finish with a lengthy stretch off and plenty of mindfulness to keep those racing thoughts many of us experience at bay!

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.

ashleigh taylor

After competing in gymnastics for most of her childhood, Ash qualified as a coach at just 14 and coached well into her twenties, before gaining her first fitness qualification in 2009 and switching to a career working with adults. She later went on to qualify as a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, the latter a practice she is hugely passionate about.

Ash had practiced yoga for a while, when someone suggested that she try pilates too. Whilst Ash loves yoga and always will, something about the pilates practice resonated deeply with her. Something clicked. She became addicted quickly and decided she wanted to learn more. Since qualifying as an instructor, Ash has taught pilates in gyms and health clubs all over Leeds, often teaching to large classes of 30+ people.

Whilst Ash has always enjoyed holistic exercise, she became more involved a couple of years ago when she started suffering with anxiety. A need for mindfulness and meditation within her own routine, ultimately led to her wanting to help others that needed exercise for their mental health. Pilates after all, incorporates Body, Mind and Spirit and Ash believes everybody needs a little ‘me time’.

What can you expect from her classes?

Ashleigh’s Pilates classes range from gentle mobility sessions for back pain, to flowing and challenging core workouts, and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Ashleigh also offers private 121 pilates sessions at the studio, tailoring pilates to suit your individual needs.