Our Iyengar Yoga Tutors

All Iyengar Yoga Teachers in our organisation are fully qualified Iyengar Yoga Teachers and committed Iyengar Yoga practitioners. They are all entitled to use the Certification Mark which is an International Registered Trade Mark for Iyengar Yoga Teachers. This means they are fully insured, complete regular Professional Development and conform to regulatory requirements of Iyengar Yoga (UK).

All Iyengar Yoga teachers undergo rigorous training and assessment. Each teacher will have practiced Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 6 years, usually more, before becoming a Level 1 Teacher. Level 1 Teachers introduce new students to Iyengar Yoga and teach beginners and general level classes. After gaining experience in teaching the Level 1 Syllabus and studying the Level 2 Syllabus teachers may present for assessment at Level 2. Level 2 teachers teach beginners and general classes. There will be more depth and sensitivity in the understanding and teaching at Level 2. There are two further levels, Levels 3 and 4 and the depth of understanding and senitivity continues to develop throughout the levels. Teachers at these levels may also teach therapy classes as well as general classes. 

 

Most of the teachers in Essex were assessed under the previous training and assessment model. The equivalent certificates are: Level 1, the previous Introductory Certifcate; Level 2, the previous Intermediate Junior 1 and 2 Certificates; Level 3, the previous Intermediate Junior 3 and Intermediate Senior 1, 2 and 3; Level 4, the previous Advanced Junior 1, 2 and 3, and Advanced Senior 1 and 2. Advanced level qualifications are only awarded at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute, Pune, India.

The term Yoga Instructor is not used in Iyengar yoga. It is used by fitness and other yoga organisations that do not have such rigorous and structured training as Iyengar Yoga.

Level One Teachers

Claire Nixon

Level One

Classes in: Guildford Road Hall

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Clare trained in London and qualified in 2001. She moved to Essex and started teaching Beginners and General Level classes in Colchester.

Larane Sullivan

Level One

Classes in: Silver End Village Hall

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Larane trained in Essex and qualified in 2019. She teaches in Witham.

Liz Elden

Level One

Classes in:

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p: 07979 533597

Liz trained in Essex, qualified in 2008

Michelle Marshall

Level One

Classes in: Blackmore End Village Hall

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p: 07812 756361

MICHELLE MARSHALL Michelle trained in Essex, qualified and started teaching in 2004. She teaches Beginners and General Level students in Wethersfield, near Braintree.

Sandra Hitchcock

Level One

Classes in:

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p: 07974682309

Sandra trained in Essex and qualified in 2013. She taught Beginners and General level classes in Wethersfield. She now teaches in Thurston, Bury St Edmunds. Contact Sandra if you are looking for a class in Bury. Sandra is a Trustee for IYCE and helps organise events.

Sharon Murphy

Level One

Classes in: The Chantry Centre

e: [email protected]
p: 07771 803004

Sharon trained in Essex and qualified in 2012. She teaches General Level classes in Billericay.

Sharon Whiteley

Level One

Classes in: Bishops Park Community Centre, Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club

e: [email protected]
p: 07377 891488

Sharon gained her Introductory Certificate in 2017. She teaches General Level classes in Bishops Stortford.

Susan Holmes

Level One

Classes in: Saint Green Place, Mokshala

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p: 07730 650351

Susan qualified in November 2020.

Vashti Davis

Level One

Classes in: Lavenham Village Hall

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p: 07884 231715

Vashti trained in Essex and qualified in 2019. She teaches in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Level Two Teachers

Denise Mehlman

Level Two

Classes in: Zinc Arts, Highwood Village Hall, High Ongar Village Hall, Great Canfield Village Hall

e: [email protected]
p: 07814 593558

Denise trained in Essex and qualified in 2012. She runs Beginners and General classes in Ongar and Highwood. In 2019 Denise gained her Junior Intermediate Level 2 Certificate.

Dolly Kapoor

Level Two

Classes in:

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p: 07713 563248

Kalpana (Dolly) trained in Essex and qualified in 2012 and in 2019 gained her Intermediate Junior Level 1 certificate. She currently teaches classes in London.

Michelle Galliano

Level Two

Classes in: Zoom, Orsett Churches Centre

e: [email protected]
p: 07709 956573

Michelle trained in Essex and qualified in 2013 and in 2017 gained her Intermediate Junior Level 1 certificate. She teaches classes in Orsett, Grays. Michelle is a Trustee for IYCE. She orders and sells yoga equipment for IYCE.

Nikki Hollas

Level Two

Classes in: Galleywood Heritage Centre, Essex Dance Theatre, Beaulieu Park Community, Beaulieu Park Centre, Zoom

e: [email protected]
p: 01245 493084

Nikki trained in Essex, qualified and started teaching in 2008. Nikki teaches Beginners and General Level Classes in Great Baddow, Chelmsford. In 2015 Nikki gained her Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate. Nikki is a Trustee for IYCE and is the Event Organiser.

Sophie Reynolds

Level Two

Classes in: Trinity Methodist Church

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p: 07775747482

Sophie trained in London and qualified in 2016. She returned to Essex and in 2019 gained her Intermediate Junior Level 1 certificate. She teaches in Chelmsford.

Level Three Teachers

Claire Hanrahan

Level Three

Classes in: Quaker Meeting House, St Andrews Room, Zoom, Highwood Village Hall

e: [email protected]
p: 07798 725557

Claire trained in London, qualified and started teaching in 2005. She moved to Essex and now teaches a number of Beginners and General Level Classes in the Chelmsford area. In 2019 Claire completed her Junior Intermediate. Claire is a Trustee and the Secretary of IYCE.

Gipe Giddings

Level Three

Classes in: Lawford Studio

e: [email protected]
p: 07971 254669

Agipeleka (Gipe) trained in London and Cambridge and gained her Level 1 Junior Intermediate in 2013. She teaches in North Essex at her studio, Agipeleka Yoga Studio. Before teaching Iyengar Yoga Gipe was a dancer and artistic director. Her theatrical background adds energy, vitality and fun to her classes. She completed her Intermediate Junior Level 3 in 2016.

Lorna Taylor

Level Three

Classes in: Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club

e: [email protected]
p: 07986 404351

Lorna did her Introductory certificate in 2006 and gained her Intermediate Junior in 2016. She teaches General Level classes in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

Paul Brown

Level Three

Classes in: Quaker Meeting House, Essex Dance Theatre, Galleywood Heritage Centre, Saint Green Place, Zoom

e: [email protected]
p: 01621 893117

Paul trained in Essex, qualified and started teaching in 1999. He completed Junior Intermediate in 2005 and attended General Classes in Pune in 2007. He is a very popular and dedicated teacher. He teaches several classes a week in the Chelmsford area from beginners, general to junior intermediate levels. He also teaches therapy cases in some of his general classes.

Sarah Toward

Level Three

Classes in: Foakes Hall, 47 Stortford Rd, CM6 1DG, Great Dunmow Primary School, Stortford Road CM6 1ZR, Zoom, The Old Post Office, 48 High St, CM6 1AW, The Emmaus Centre, Church Lane, Thorley, CM23 4BE

e: [email protected]
p: 07427 596961

Sarah gained her first qualification to teach Iyengar yoga in 2005 and in 2017 completed Junior Intermediate. Sarah runs TowardYoga.com and teaches a range of classes in Essex and Hertfordshire.

Susan Clark

Level Three

Classes in: Adult Community College

e: [email protected]
p: 07980 465285

Susan trained in Essex, qualified and started teaching in Brentwood in 2000. She completed her Junior Intermediate in 2006. She teaches a General Level class in Hutton, Brentwood.

Susan Long

Level Three

Classes in: Quaker Meeting House, Highwood Village Hall

e: [email protected]
p: 07460 101510

Susan started teaching in Essex in 1980, qualified in 1984, completed Junior Intermediate in 1996 and Senior Intermediate in 2004. She has attended Intensive and General Classes in Pune. A dedicated Iyengar Yoga practitioner and teacher, she teaches a range of classes in Chelmsford from beginners to senior intermediate level, as well as remedial classes for people with health problems. She is a Teacher Trainer, Mentor, Assessor and Moderator for Iyengar Yoga (UK) Ltd. Susan was instrumental in setting up the Iyengar Yoga Centre for Essex (IYCE) in 1995. She is a Trustee and Chair for IYCE.

Guest Level Three Teachers

Brenda Booth

Level Three

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Brenda Booth is the Senior Intermediate Level 3 Teacher in Kent. She is also a Moderator, Mentor and Teacher Trainer for Iyengar Yoga (UK) and is a dedicated practitioner. In 2018 Brenda taught a day of Iyengar Yoga at Highwood Village Hall as part of the Centenary Events IYCE organised to celebrate 100 years since Guruji's birth.

Lois Shilton

Level Three

Classes in:

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p: 07960 399350

Lois trained in Essex, and qualified in 1999. She gained her Junior Intermediate in 2006 and has attended General Classes in Pune. She is an enthusiastic teacher offering classes from beginners, general to junior intermediate levels in and around Chelmsford until she moved out of Essex. Lois returns to Essex in the summer to teach an intensive course.

Guest Level Four Teachers

Bobby Clennell

Level Four

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Bobby is from USA. She was born and raised in London and moved to New York in 1989. She teaches regular classes in New York. She taught a three day course in Chelmsford for IYCE in 2019. She holds an Intermediate Senior Level 2 certificate.

Jayne Orton

Level Four

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Jayne gained her Advanced Junior Level 1 certificate in 2011. She is one of very few people in the world to hold this level teaching certificate. She started teaching Iyengar Yoga in 1980 and now teaches all levels of classes at Birmingham Iyengar Yoga. She has a long association with the Iyengar Yoga Centre for Essex and we are always pleased to welcome her back to Essex for special classes and weekends of Iyengar Yoga.

Julie Brown

Level Four

Classes in:

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p: 07460101510

Julie is an Advanced Junior teacher from Manchester. She taught a weekend of yoga to mark the beginning of the Silver Jubilee Year 2020.