Monthly Archives: January 2013


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9-10am Flowing Hatha Yoga

Upstairs in The Loft at Eten Cafe, Sheffield S1

£6 to drop-in or £5 for students or over 60’s

Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Why not stay afterwards for a lovely cup of herbal tea or a coffee at the cafe? : )

Yoga mats are available to borrow. The cafe is right next to Sheffield Cathedral, right in the hub of the city centre. Email me if you need any further information: [email protected]

6.45-7.45pm Slow flowing vinyasa hatha yoga

Scout Hut, Botanical Road, S11 8RP

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Drop in price: £6.50/£5.50 students & concessions (i.e. jobseekers, over 60′s)with the option to purchase a 10 class pass* for £55/50 students

*This is valid from the date purchased for the next 3 months to use for either the Thursday morning 9-10am class at Eten Cafe or the 6.45-7.45pm Thursday class at the Scout Hut. You can buy these at the class from me and can pay in cash or by cheque.

The Scout Hall is easy to reach as there are lots of buses running along Ecclesall Road. There is also metered parking available on Ecclesall Road from 6.30pm. Botanical Road is very close to Hunter’s Bar roundabout – Botanical Road itself is only available for residents with permits to park their cars.



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Pilates – 12 – 1pm

Fallowfield Union Chapel, Wellington Road

M14 6EQ

(drop-in, all levels, £6/£5.50 concessions)


Pilates – 6 – 7pm

Cavendish Road Primary School

West Didsbury, M20 1JG

(drop-in, all levels, £6.50/5.50 concessions)


Yoga – 7.30 – 8.45pm

Cavendish Road Primary School

West Didsbury, M20 1JG

(drop-in, all levels, £6.50/5.50 concesssions)


My Yoga Background

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During my time as a Pilates instructor, I also completed the British Wheel of Yoga three year Diploma course with Jenny Boam. Studying with The British Wheel has deepened my understanding of Yoga on every level, from giving me a deeper understanding of the benefits of asana and their modifications to discovering more about the roots of Yoga and its philosophy. What I especially like about yoga is how it subtly begins to transform your whole life and outlook, not just your body! I’ve since attended workshops with many renowned teachers including Jivamukti instructor Cat Alip-Douglas and Ashtanga’s one and only Kino McGregor, as well as a trip to India in 2013 to see the Sivananda ashram at Neeyar Dam and practice with Sivananda and Hatha teachers in Kerala. The thing I love about yoga is that you always have something new to learn, because yoga has a way of telling you so much about yourself.


My Pilates Background

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Initially, I trained as a fitness instructor with YMCA Fit in 2003, then as a level 2 mat Pilates teacher (OCR Unit 9 Certificate) which gave me a good grounding in foundation Pilates work and teaching safe, effective classes. My level 3 Pilates matwork certificate with Future Fit Training involved completing a comprehensive series of case studies, and assessed group classes at both intermediate and advanced level. I have now been teaching Pilates for 9 years and have worked with people from all walks of life, from super fit athletes who want to hone their technique to those overcoming debilitating conditions like M.S, chronic fatigue or spinal injuries.


About Pilates

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Developed by Joseph Pilates as a slow, precise system of body conditioning to rehabilitate wounded soldiers during the First World War, Pilates is a holistic exercise discipline that focuses on strengthening the core muscles that support the spine. It’s brilliant for everybody as it empowers you to bring your body back into balance, teaching your fundamentals such as how to stand, sit and breathe correctly, helping to correct poor posture and reducing the likelihood of future injury. It’s also deeply relaxing, though it can be very challenging too!


About Me

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I discovered Hatha Yoga and Pilates in 2003 after a repetitive strain injury caused by typing for too many long hours forced me to give up a career as a writer in advertising. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise; the combination of physical work and relaxation/meditation elements made a big difference to my chronic pain symptoms and I ended up in a career I am really passionate about! Both yoga and pilates help improve your posture, increase flexibility and strength, and most importantly bring about a renewed sense of vitality and wellbeing. It’s a wonderful job and I love helping other people discover the many transformative benefits of mindful exercise.

The brilliant benefits of Pilates and Yoga

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  • lower stress levels, better sleep patterns
  • better posture and body awareness
  • improved flexibility and mobility in the joints
  • greater strength and muscle tone
  • more efficient respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory system
  • increased bone density
  • boosted immune system
  • less incidence of back pain
  • higher self esteem and a greater sense of wellbeing