Meet the Teachers

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CHELSEA

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CLAIRE

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EMMA

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SARAH

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VERITY

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ANGELA

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DEBBIE

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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. It was intense. 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! 

Jan is Back! 💛 so happy to welcome Jan’

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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Claire Yates

Yoga Instructor  @claireyogagogo

I started my yoga journey way back in the 1990’s at dance school, and after a career of more than 25 years as dance teacher I decided to hang up my ballet shoes and re train to become a yoga teacher. Best decision ever! 

My personal practice is Ashtanga, and have studied both at the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, and with Authorised Teachers of the lineage throughout Asia. After Mysore I went to work on a Yoga Retreat in Thailand, and another, a little closer to home in the Carpathian Mountains. I came back to the UK in 2017 and have been teaching in Gloucestershire ever since. 

I believe each class is a personal journey for the learner. I fit the class to the student, looking at ways to adapt the asana (postures) to every individual in the room. I really would like to encourage people who don’t think they are bendy enough, or look a certain way to come and experience yoga in a welcoming accessible way. 

When I’m not on the mat I'm walking in our wonderful countryside with my dog, or on a board either in the sea, lake or mountains! 

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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

Meditation Coach  www.meditationcotswold.co.uk

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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England, United Kingdom

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