About me

A little bit about who I am and what I do.

I’m Sam and I’ve been teaching yoga and Pilates for a couple of decades now. I have been practicing for around 25 years now. I started yoga when my eldest (now 25) was a baby and I hurt my back. I began practicing yoga and never had any back pain since. I fell in love with the practice and 8 years later after my youngest was born started training as a teacher. Since that point I took a variety of teaching courses and workshops.

My main study/qualifications :-

  • Hatha yoga teacher training with the BSY
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Ashtanga teacher training at Union yoga with Brian Cooper.
  • Power yoga teacher training with Bryan Kest.
  • Power yoga teacher training with Mark Blanchard.
  • Yoga teacher training with Christopher Gladwell.

Some of the short trainings include those with:-

  • Kino MacGregor
  • Sharath Jois
  • Ana Forrest
  • Kausthub Desikachar
  • Brian Cooper
  • Shiva Rea
  • Paul Grilley

My first yoga love was Ashtanga and I practiced daily for quite some time, it however due to my hypermobility spectrum disorder became counterintuitive and I veered towards power yoga and Pilates styles with a greater focus on strength and less focus on deep stretching. I will always have a love for Ashtanga though.

On the whole my teaching and ethos has been most impacted by Christopher Gladwell and Mark Blanchard. Of course my style has developed into my own unique blend of influences, personal experience and teaching experience along with a sprinkling of humour (bad jokes, puns and 80s/90s geek movie references)

As much I learned huge amounts from attending classes and courses I have learned more I believe as a teacher than as a student. Working with wonderful people over the years and helping with recovery from operations, injuries or dealing with long term conditions has taught me more for my practice and teaching then I can put into words.
I try to never refuse any student and have in one room at a time an array of needs and bodies from those who need to take the class in a chair to those who are athletes and everything in between.

I have been teaching in the Alnwick area since 2004 although I did have a break of nearly 6 years (other than a couple of classes) when my daughter had cancer and was chronically ill. Now she’s well and loving A level study I’m enjoying being back out of the house and sharing my love of yoga and Pilates with some amazing people.

As well as the Pilates and yoga side of my life I lift weights, CrossFit and and am a fledgling legal academic.

My academic qualifications are:-

Ba Hons in religious studies
Graduate Diploma in Law (common professional exam)
Postgraduate Certificate in Commercial Law
Mediation

I am currently working on my PhD in law which takes the majority of my days.I also work intermittently as a legal research assistant for Robert Gordon university.I am a mum of 3, 2 grown and 1 teen and have 5 cats, 1 dog and a immoral lizard.

Any questions feel free to ask!

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