Teachers

Introducing our wonderful family of teachers who, along with our directors, deliver classes for BYRP

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Sally Balfourth
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I support people to feel into their own investigations with their bodies, through movement, breath and play. My personal practice, work and life is animated by creativity. It empowers me to continuously grow and discover. This diversity of influences weaves its way through my approach to facilitation.

 

After training to be a Yoga Teacher in 2015, I worked around the world hosting retreats, supporting teacher trainings and collaborating with individuals, charities and organisations. I’m now based in Bristol, UK.

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Sheena Louise
(she/her)

My background is in Music, Youth & Family work, and ever since returning home from my first yoga teacher training I've been keen to work with those who might not usually find themselves in a Yoga Studio. 

My passion lays in working with women; I am trained in yoga therapy for women's health, pregnancy and post natal yoga, specialist post natal massage and Closing the Bones ritual healing, as well as more recent studies into herbal gynecology.

 

Holding space for women to experience their innate bodily wisdom brings all the joy for me.

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Aliya Mughal
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Aliya is a writer and yoga facilitator with a background in human rights, environmental science, mental health and social enterprises. Skilful action, joyful movement and clear communication are the guiding principles of Aliya's work, which is underpinned by a desire to empower people to find their individual expression. Aliya believes in yoga as both a personal practice and a unifying force for collective good. She is committed to facilitating yoga through a mental health and a social justice lens, driven by a desire to nurture, sustain and restore the relationships we have with ourselves, each other and our shared environment.

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Rebecca Simms
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Rebecca is a yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist alongside her career in International Development. She has lived and worked in almost all continents with NGOs to the United Nations, supporting some of the world's most marginalised people. As a Bristol native she is excited to return home and combine her passion for social justice at a large scale with the more intimate healing qualities of yoga and massage.

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Izzy Simpson
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Izzy is a yoga teacher with a background in support work, specialising in supporting domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Izzy is joining Yoga Roots with the purpose of offering accessible yoga to those who may benefit most. Izzy is passionate about creating opportunities for deeper connection and sense of community through yoga practice

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Seanie Louise
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Seanie is a Yoga teacher and Artist with a passion to support the healing of humanity. This has naturally led her to  becoming a teacher for BYRP. With ongoing training and 5 years of teaching experience she is excited to apply some of the skills and passion she has cultivated so far working for this project. See Seanie's art work here

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Marianne Swift
(she/her)

Marianne is a yoga facilitator and clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist (trainee), she is passionate about the value of yoga for mental health and her teachings are offered in a trauma-sensitive, open, playful and empowering way. She has a background of working in mental health, youth and adult homelessness, and the charity sector more broadly. Marianne believes that yoga can help us to cultivate connection with ourselves and each other, she enjoys sharing yoga with all who are curious to try it.