Meet the Teachers

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 25 years and yes I still “Love My Practice”!

In my experience, once you find and embrace a continued Yoga practice, you realise just how much it will become a treasured gift that 'keeps on giving'....   

JAN

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Yoga has gifted me the tools to find calm & happiness within, throughout the twists and turns of life. 

 

The opportunity to share what I love with others and create a space of well-being & community here at Bloom is a dream come true and what I truly believe I am here to do!...

CHELSEA

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SARAH

My focus is on accessible yoga – which is yoga for everyone, regardless of their physical ability, age, gender or background.

I’ve completed speciality Accessible Yoga training, enabling me to offer chair (and even bed!) yoga...

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VERITY

Movement has been a huge part my life from a young age. I spent every moment possible dancing when I was a child and continued my journey to a vocational dance school in London.

My aim is to grow my student’s confidence enough so they feel they can slay any dance (or kitchen) floor they may find.

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Through trial and error and a lifetime of dedication to learning how the mind functions, I developed a natural interest in more holistic ways of living and dealing with the daily ups and downs of life. 

ANGELA

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Lottie's life has centred around Pilates since she was 16 years old and took her first Pilates class at ballet school. Lottie started a daily Pilates practice and never looked back. She has almost a decade of experience teaching  

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Chelsea Baker 

Owner & Yoga Teacher  @chelseaellenyoga

Like many, yoga crept into my life at a significant juncture and very quickly I was gifted these incredible tools  that enabled me to navigate grief and the twists and turns of life with some peace, happiness and acceptance. Right from the get go, I knew I wanted to share this with others. I remember thinking 'I wish I had this when I was a teenager'... (those were some turbulent times!).

 

I undertook my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India in 2017 with Siddhi Yoga. I loved it. I learnt about this whole new philosophy on life that just made complete sense to me. 

 

My classes are designed to reconnect you to your breath and develop your awareness. I encourage you to take your practice into your own hands, offering you choices in postures and movements that work for your body.  I endeavour to create a safe space for you to explore what you're capable of and also which elements of yoga philosophy we can take off the mat to improve our overall sense of well-being. 

 

I have completed training with Charlotta Martinus in Yoga and Mindfulness for Teenagers, as well as yoga for anxiety, trauma and eating disorders with Heather Mason, Susi Wrenshaw and Lisa Kaley-Isley. 

I am passionate about using tools we can learn to manage mental health, and hope to one day be a fully qualified Yoga Therapist.

 

Having the opportunity to run Bloom, and create a space of well-being is a dream come true! I am so grateful for the ways the universe has worked its magic to make this happen, and I believe it is exactly where I am meant to be. I am very much a student of both yoga and life, every single day. When I'm not in the studio, you'll find me chasing the sun, healing my soul in nature and listening to a good podcast! 

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Janet Benn

Yoga Teacher  @love.your.practice

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 25 years and yes I still “Love My Practice”! Of course, my practice has evolved, but there are always new things to learn. In my experience, once you find and embrace a continued Yoga practice, you realise just how much it will become a treasured gift that “keeps on giving”.   

 

I love to teach all levels (Yoga is for ALL) and the opportunity to share and work in partnership with students to help them to find love for their own practice. I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you explore, enquire, and deepen your practice. 

I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training  & 300 hour Advanced Yoga Training with Ian Davis - (Orange_Yoga),  and have taken additional Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with Cyndi-Lee (Founder of the OM yoga Center in NYC, and one of the most influential teachers in the U.S), and  Vinyasa / Beginners training with Jason Crandell. 

Through my own practice I have gained strength, flexibility, a greater sense of myself, and a more mindful approach to life both on and off my mat. Speaking of off my mat…..if I’m not indulging my passion for travel, or enjoying good food with friends and family, then you’ll find me walking with my hubby, and our Dog - aka Ted-tastic!…. usually towards a lovely pub, with a nice view and a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

I know I will always be a student of yoga, and am deeply grateful for all my teachers and students who have supported me on my journey thus far,

I look forward to sharing practice with you.

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Sarah Vallance

Yoga Teacher  @accessibleyogawithsarah

My focus is on accessible yoga – which is yoga for everyone, regardless of their physical ability, age, gender or background.

 

Alongside my YTT, I’ve completed speciality Accessible Yoga training, enabling me to offer chair (and even bed!) yoga. I also teach mat-based vinyasa and restorative yoga. 

 

My style of teaching is centred around giving you choice and autonomy in your practice. I’ll guide you through a sequence but give you a variety of options so you can find what feels right for your body. 

 

As well as yoga, I also love being outdoors, if I’m not running or walking through a forest somewhere, you might find me having fun at OCR events or on a new adventure like caving. The rest of my time usually involves Netflix, food and blankets – I love to nest!


http://accessibleyogawithsarah.com/

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Verity Morris

Dance Teacher  @movewithverity

Movement has been a huge part my life from a young age. I spent every moment possible dancing when I was a child and continued my journey to a vocational dance school in London when I turned 19.

 

At Reynolds Performing Arts I was able to explore and grow into a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, commercial, cheerleading, and other urban styles. I fell in love with commercial as it lit a fire inside the women I was lucky enough to dance besides, and I could see confidence ooze around the studio as our training continued. 

Since graduating I have become a dance teacher at several establishments and a 1-2-1 and group personal trainer. My love for wellness blossomed 3 years ago when I started my yoga journey and went vegan. Nutrition is especially important to me and I experienced great improvement to my mental and physical health since concentrating on nutrition. I am partially interested in Ayurveda which I have started studying this year alongside emotional eating psychology. This year I have completed my YYT 200hrs and I am excited to share the authentic teachings.  

Commercial Dance is all about feeling sassy and sexy, and letting go of all inhibitions. My aim is to grow my student’s confidence enough so they feel they can slay any dance (or kitchen) floor they may find.

When I am not into the studio you will find me whizzing about on my roller-skates or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Angela Phillipi

Originally born in Germany, Angela Philippi moved to Cheltenham in 2007, just over 13 years ago. 

 

“Throughout my life, I never quite understood why there was so much discontentment in most people and especially in myself. It seemed to me as if everything around me and within me was rather fear-driven and anything but joyful. 

 

I had a tendency towards experiencing anxiety and depression, and this therefore led to a lot of questions: “there must be more to life than this”, “there must be something that can’t be fully comprehended or defined through the mind”, “why can’t I be happier”, etc. 

 

Through trial and error and a lifetime of dedication to learning how the mind functions, I developed a natural interest in more holistic ways of living and dealing with the daily ups and downs of life. 

 

I started to do a lot of research into holistic therapies and techniques, and it was great to see that there was something to be learned from every book, every article, every branch of science and art. 

 

I absorbed everything I could that I thought might be useful to me personally, as I became increasingly determined and serious about feeling better and more at peace with myself. 

 

After practicing meditation occasionally, I then decided to become a graduate of Zenways as a meditation and mindfulness teacher. 

 

I learned an enormous amount during my training, not only about myself but also about how I was able to teach others. 

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Debbie Choi

Yoga & Fitness Intructor 

I started a regular practice in yoga about 5 years ago. I came to yoga for its physical benefits, however I discovered so much more than just making a few cool shapes. It has really helped me with my mental health and now I feel strong in the mind and body with every practice I partake. It took me a few classes to understand what ‘yoga’ was really about; then one day, it just made sense. Now I love it! Whatever situations of emotions occur in life, I can always turn to yoga.

 

I did my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India in February 2019 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I wanted to broaden my knowledge of yoga with no intention of teaching, however through the course I felt like I had found my calling. I have also done a 60hr Yin Yoga Teacher training. I love to teach creative flowing sequences during my classes, with emphasis on breath and teachings you can take with you on and off the mat. I hope you find joy and feel strong in the mind and body during my classes.

 

As well as being a Yoga Teacher, I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor and  Massage Therapist. When I am not working, I love to work on my own practice of yoga, learn and experience new things, travel and explore new places, exercising, being creative and spending quality time with friends, family or meeting new like-minded people.

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Lottie Murphey

Pilates Intructor 

Lottie's life has centred around Pilates since she was 16 years old and took her first Pilates class at ballet school. Lottie started a daily Pilates practice and never looked back. She went on to train with the renowned Body Control Pilates and has almost a decade of experience teaching Pilates in studios around London and working with a wide range of clients. During her Pilates career, Lottie has hosted events and retreats around the world for different brands and taught in the corporate world. Her classes are technical, mindful but also creative and fun. Lottie is continuously educating herself further; always learning, researching and taking courses. She loves helping people discover how incredible Pilates can be not only physically but mentally. Lottie is a Level 3 certified Pilates Teacher with Body Control Pilates and continued her education there completing her Intermediate, Advanced Matwork and Reformer Qualifications and has studied pre and postnatal Pilates with both Body Control Pilates and JPilates. Lottie spent years teaching under the incredible supervision and mentorship of Genine Patrick. Whether you want to improve your mobility and strength, your running/sport or your desk posture, Pilates is for you and Lottie can’t wait to share all it's never-ending benefits with you.