Nancy and her two amazing children, Zak and Hollie, recently returned to her home town of Ilkley, after spending 5 years living in Dubai. During her time there she enjoyed regular practices in Pilates and Yoga. "She loved the whole mind and body connection, the way she felt physically and mentally strong after each class ". So, taking things to the next level Nancy decided to become a teacher, and took her Pilates Mat1 & 2 training with Balanced Body. Not long after, she was introduced to the Booty Barre Method (a fusion of Pilates, ballet, dance and yoga) "Nancy was hooked"! She completed her teacher training with the founder of bootybarre Tracey Mallett and continues to study under her keeping her training fresh and up to date. Nancy is a certified Booty Barre instructor, Pilates mat instructor, Seated Acupressure practitioner and qualified in Reiki level 1 and 2 and hopes to become a Reiki master within time. To add to Nancy’s creative side, she enjoys making her own luxury natural scented candles under the label of Pure Candles, which are available to buy at the Yoga Barre and Wellness Centre.
Lucy has had a love of yoga for many years but found it hard to have a regular practice due to the lack of accessible studios, work commitments and relocation. In 2007 Lucy moved to Amsterdam with her partner at the time and there she rekindled her love of yoga. Practicing Bikram yoga regularly in a room heated to 104 degrees. The following year Lucy made an even bigger leap which took her to the Middle East. With a history of make-up artistry and cosmetics Lucy saw a gap in the market for natural and organic skin care products and set up her own cosmetic distribution company in Dubai. Distributing the world’s first carbon neutral skin care range ‘’Snowberry beauty’’ into Harvey Nichols, amongst other high end luxury stores. During this time Lucy found Zen Yoga where her love of yoga continued…only this time it really blossomed and in fact went full circle. Lucy religiously practiced and studied vinyasa flow for over 2 years with two of Dubai’s renowned teachers, Laura Weston and Cheryl Parsons, who play a big part in who Lucy is as a teacher today. Finally, Lucy followed her dream and took her yoga teacher training in Bali in 2012, and is a 200hr registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. The following month Lucy then became a teacher in her own right working at Zen Yoga, Motion Fitness Centre and teaching privately. Teaching Vinyasa Flow, Yogalates and Pilates, which then led onto the bootybarre teacher training course with the founder, Tracey Mallett in October 2013. Lucy has since attended workshops with worldwide renowned yogis such as Kathryn Budig and Mary Dana Abbott. Lucy also looks forward to continuing her journey of learning, growing and sharing all she has learnt with those who also share a love of yoga & fitness. Lucy is also qualified in seated acupressure and Reiki level 1. Off the mat Lucy love’s coffee, cake and red wine but not all together!
Gillian attended her first yoga class over 14 years ago, after moving from a quiet village in Scotland to London and hoping to counteract the stress of city living. That class gave her the ‘pause’ she needed and she has been deepening her practice and study of yoga and meditation ever since. After spending a year backpacking around the world, she returned to London and enrolled in a yearlong British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course. From there she went straight on to study a 270 hour Teacher Training at Triyoga in London. She has since continued with other teacher trainings including Sitaram Pregnancy and Post-Natal Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoga Therapy for 21st Century Conditions at Yoga Campus, and Restorative Yoga with Anna Ashby and Chris Swain.
For several years, she attended Ashtanga Mysore Self-Practice with Andy LeVien to whom she owes many thanks for his time and patience. In recent years, Gillian’s practice has moved more towards alignment based yoga styles and she also now finds Restorative Yoga invaluable. She loves that our yoga practice can adapt to what we need, whether it be invigorating, calming or simply moving inwards. Her teaching style takes a caring, methodical and practical approach to the ancient science of yoga in the context of our modern environment.
Gillian lives in Ilkley with her husband Steve with whom she shares a love of road cycling, hillwalking and generally being outdoors.
Alan is originally from Ireland, moving to the UK in 2007.
He started practicing yoga in 1999 during his first year of University, inspired by the possibility of a more physical take on his existing zen meditation practice.
Over the next several years his focus on yoga grew, until his teacher nudged him into taking his teacher training course with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Kitzbuhel, Austria) in 2005. He then taught full-time in Dublin’s Universities, before moving to England in 2007 to live with his Derbyshire-born wife.
Since 2007 Alan has continued to teach yoga part-time, and worked in research as a day-job. He took his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Nottingham in 2009, and has worked in neuroscience, public health and social care research. He currently works as an analyst and NHS England in Leeds.
Now settled in Yorkshire with his wife and daughter, he hopes to expand on his yoga teaching by putting down roots in the local yoga community.
Teya is originally from Russia, where she met her British husband 15 years ago, while they both were working at the British Embassy Moscow. They recently moved to UK after spending 12 years working together in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Her path to yoga started in 2002 when she attended yoga classes at the Embassy with some colleagues. Inspired by these classes and through her own investigation into the roots of the yoga teachings she realized that a dedicated yoga practice is not limited to the execution of physical postures and should involve a close investigation of activity within the mind-heart, for historically it has involved careful analysis of thought, feeling, attitude and point of view. In 2013 she joined a 4-year teacher training course at the International Open Yoga University (www.yogaopenyoga.com) and two years later after getting her first certificate, she started teaching yoga in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.