Nancy found a love of yoga and Pilates 12 years ago when she moved to Dubai with her family. During her time there she enjoyed regular practices of yoga and Pilates.” she loved the whole-body mind connection, the way she felt physically and mentally strong after each class”. So, taking things to the next level Nancy took her Pilates Mat 1&2 training with balanced body. Not long after she was introduced to the Booty Barre Method. (A fusion of Pilates, dance and yoga). Nancy was hooked! She completed her teacher training with the founder Tracey Mallett and continues to study under her keeping her training fresh and up to date.
In 2017 Nancy completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at the yoga barre with Anya Hawkes, master trainer to Sadie Nardini Nancy teaches Core Strength Vinyasa a transitional creative flow working from the ground up and the inside out!
Nancy enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with a sense of fun as she continues on her teaching journey.
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. Lucy has since attended workshops with worldwide renowned yogis such as Kathryn Budig and Mary Dana Abbott.
Lucy moved back to her hometown of Ilkley, in December 2013, shortly after she opened The Yoga Barre & Wellness Centre with her twin sister Nancy in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Lucy has continued her studies learning from Sarah Lo, Yin Yoga. Studying with Sarah & Ty Powers on a 100hr residential in Wales, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation and more recently took part in The Hoffman Process.
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.