Dory Walker (co-founder)
Dory has experienced the true spirit of yoga as transformational practice. She believes in the power of yoga to guide conscious evolution, individually and collectively. Certified to advanced level and teaching full time since 2001, Dory has trained with various yoga schools, amongst them Sivananda (traditional hatha Yoga), Satyananda (yoga nidra and meditation), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chant) and Dona Holleman (enlightened asana work), as well as studying yoga therapy with the Biomedical Trust. Dory teaches retreats and teacher training programmes internationally. Through her own practice Dory has discovered that regular practice promotes effective, positive and healthy living and is inspired to help others establish a strong practise in their own lives. She believes strongly in making the yoga (union) adventure joyful, keeping it light and remembering to laugh! Dory teaches classes, courses and private tuition around Bristol, the South West and London. She is a dedicated yogini and mother.
Rory Viggers (co-founder)
"The breath is at the heart of practice. A good posture is when we can breathe well."
Rory is one of Bristols most popular teachers. He has a breadth and wealth of experience, inspired by many systems of hatha yoga, martial arts and radical minds. His extensive and ongoing study with one of the worlds leading and much revered asana teachers, Dona Holleman (of whom has certified him to teach her method), continues to elevate and deeply enrich his practice, knowledge and teaching.
His in-depth classes seek to reconnect and harmonise body, mind and spirit.
The foundation of his philosophy and teaching is rooted in awareness, breath, and an understanding of the physical and subtle bodies. He is passionate about yoga asana in terms of approach, application, technique, form and essence.
His classes deliver a deep and strong practise, and can seamlessly accommodate both those newer to yoga through to more long term practitioners and teachers.
Rory believes we all have the capacity to find our still point, calm zone and true center, whenever we desire. The aim of his classes is to navigate you there.
Rory co-runs Bristol based yoga center Yogakutir with his partner Dory Walker.
"Rory is one of the best teachers in Bristol, by regularly attending his classes I have been able to achieve a moving meditative experience that has inspired me to continue to grow and develop my own practise. Rory is committed to continually develop and share a depth of knowledge that continues to inspire. Thank you"
"Following a move to Clifton I joined classes following a recommendation from a friend who regularly attended Yogakutir, which speaks volumes in itself and it certainly did not disappoint. I was looking for more than just a regular yoga practice and this has been expertly delivered and further enhanced after attending focused workshops with Rory & a retreat with Dory over the last year. The years of experience & knowledge both share during each practice provided the therapy I needed - as of course yoga is far more than postures on a mat. Yogakutir has actually changed my life and I very much look forward to continuing my journey in the coming years with their guidance & support - and they are both so lovely with it too"
"My Tuesday early morning yoga class with Rory is the highlight of my week. Its a fantastic way to start my day. I've learnt not just yoga practices but breathing techniques. Each week is different and I can't recommend the class enough."
"I love Rory's no-nonsense, gentle approach and I always leave feeling peaceful and energised at the same time."
"Rory's class on a Sunday evening is my anchor point for each week. The asanas are challenging and the relaxation is incredible. I look forward to the class immensely and feel the benefit all week - the best thing I do for me!"
"I enjoy Rory’s classes so much that if I had to move out of the area, I would find a way to get back to Clifton at least once a week."
"Rory's yoga classes are excellent. I really appreciate the variation in sequences from class to class, and Rory's attention to detail and ability to describe poses and movements. Rory, you are an inspiring yoga teacher!"
"I try to get to Rory's class every week. The practice is different each time, and I like the way he breaks things down to help with a physical understanding of the postures."
"Thank you for some wonderful classes, I feel I learn something new each time I'm at class. This is probably the most technical yoga I've done and I'm really enjoying it!"
Lila is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received advanced level certification in 2004 and in 2007 was given the authority to teach yoga teachers as a principal teacher. Lila has spent the best part of 8 years living in yoga ashrams in India and Canada, being fully immersed in a yogic life of service, study, practice and teaching yoga to students from across the world. Lila has trained extensively with various schools including Sivananda (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga), Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Tantra Yoga), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chanting/Sanskrit) and Usha Devi (Iyengar Yoga). As a result of years of practice and study, Lila is inspired to share the wisdom and joy of yoga from the heart. Lila found transformation in her own life through Hatha Yoga, which ultimately lead her to Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of the heart and the path of devotional service. Lila spends regular periods of time in India studying and deepening her own practice. She has a highly individual and sensitive approach which resonates deeply with her students. Lila is also deeply inspired with the healing power of food, fasting and detoxification. Based in the South West of England, Lila teaches weekly yoga classes and workshops, international yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in Europe and India.
Prompted by backpain, Belle took up yoga some 26 years ago discovering a positive shift not only physically; like a bubble of oxygen rising up though turbulent waters, yoga helped gain clarity to take the next best step forward - sometimes immediate clarity, sometimes not so immediate! - but regular practice always opened the way ahead.
Teaching since 2003, Belle is a registered Yoga Therapist and a qualified teacher in both the Satyananda/Bihar and Sivananda Vedanta lineages. Drawing from ongoing studies & practice across a wide rage of traditions over the years, including Ashtanga Vynasa, Iyengar and Scaravelli - Belle teaches traditional Hatha yoga, weaving flowing or static asana on the breath, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, yoga nidra and chanting/Kirtan according to level and context. Her aim is to help students establish a sustainable, safe and enjoyable practice, leading towards greater well-being, clarity and joie de vivre!
Alongside teaching, Belle continues her singing career, developing songwriting, voice coaching and performing too. She is qualified in Holistic, Indian Head and Facial Rejuvenation Massage. Belle is a practicing Buddhist.
Kate McKenzie has been practising various forms of yoga all her adult life. She teaches Kundalini and Sivananda yoga. Her busy career as a singer/performer informs her approach. Her workshops explore the connection between breath, movement and chakra awareness in order to free the voice and enjoy greater well being and creativity.
Kundalini yoga has a wealth of practices which really help to balance, energise and develop the entire being. Kate has lead "Mantra Choirs" for fun singing and improvising in groups to free body, sound and soul! Other training includes massage, Reiki, First Nature voice, Indian Rag and Life Coaching.
Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992, she is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY, Sivannanda. Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. She also practiced Ashtanga yoga for years under John Scott and spent 4 months in Mysore with Sri Pathabi Jois, previously she did Iyengar Yoga. Her personal practise draws on her current teacher's teachings, she also assists him when he is teaching in Europe. She is a Mentor for the Life Centre on their teacher diploma course which she often assists on. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching and empowers her students to have fun and to enquiry within, in aiding them to empower themselves.
Tania has been leading inspirational classes for nearly 10 years and has a unique ability to naturally inspire a deeper understanding of the flow of breath, movement and the mindful connections of yoga.
Her teaching emphasis is on the power of the breath to manage and open the body, postural alignment, yogic philosophy and the integration of yoga principles into daily life. She is passionate about promoting health, vitality and wellbeing through yoga, but in a light hearted and fun way.
Tania's practice began with her dad as a teenager. After 20 years of regular yoga practice she studied with the Amrita School of Yoga to qualify as a Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher. She has also studied with Claire Missingham, (Vinyasa Flow), Charlotte Bliss (Sivananda yoga), Janet Evans, (Vini yoga), Dan Levitas (Ashtanga yoga), Nigel Gildersen (Hatha yoga), amongst others and most recently is proud to be a student of Judith Hanson Lasater (Yin yoga).
Tania continues to develop infusing the different schools of yoga to give a rounded class reflecting the best of all the schools of yoga she has studied.
Virginie teaches yoga in order to help others experience the freedom, self-knowledge and sense of peace that come from a focused yoga practice. Her inspirational classes combine a light-hearted and down-to-earth approach to yogic philosophy with a mindful, breath-led flowing physical practice.
She discovered yoga in 2001 and has been teaching since 2007. She trained with Nicky Knoff in Hatha Yoga, and with Tara Judelle in Anusara Yoga and 'Embodied Flow'. She has travelled extensively over the years, seeking out teachers in the UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Bali, in order to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, meditation, as well as other mind-body practices such a Thai Yoga Massage, Dance, and Balinese philosophy.
Her teaching offers a continuously evolving, personalized blend of different yoga styles, firmly rooted in Hatha Yoga and life-embracing Tantric philosophy. Having trained in psychology, she is also particularly interested in the psychology of yoga and how we can use this ancient practice in our daily lives to increase our wellbeing and happiness.
Atiya is a warm and compassionate yoga teacher. She was drawn to yoga initially through books on self-enquiry and meditation, and later through attending classes. Yoga became important for Atiya when working as a solicitor in London, where it had a profound effect on her life. It kept her steady, grounded and positive during a major transitional period.
Atiya studied yoga within the Sivananda tradition, has been teaching since 2011 and is certified to Advanced Level. Her aim is to share the teachings as best as she can - with love, inspiration and a sense of fun! She is committed to her personal development as a teacher and student as she continues with her own practice, study and regular immersion in ashrams.
Alongside teaching yoga, Atiya is a registered and practising Nutritional Therapist. She draws on her degree in Biochemistry, training in Naturopathic Nutrition and holistic approach to promote health and vitality.
Lisa was first introduced to Yoga in 1990 but it was only in 2001 that she took herself off to the Sivananda Ashram in India to train as a Yoga teacher. Since then she has completed a diploma in yoga therapy, pre-natal yoga, restorative yoga and vinyasa flow yoga. She continues her studies with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga and is also a practising Sport Massage Therapist.
Lisa's holidays include asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation as well as visualisation, chanting, bandhas, mudras and mantras. As well as learning the art of creating a positive affirmation and self awareness exercises to help students gain a deeper understanding of where they are in their lives and how to go about achieving their dreams in the future.
Jaya started practising yoga in 1995 and has explored many styles since. She completed an intensive 9-month teacher training in Byron Bay in 2003 and taught at Brahmani Yoga (former Purple Valley) in India until 2008. Jaya now lives and works in London and periodically leads or assists on retreats abroad.
Jaya teaches a dynamic flow style that combines the integrity, precision and alignment of Iyengar with the movement and breath awareness of Vinyasa. Her most influencial teachers include Glenn Ceresoli, Louisa Sear, Clive Sheridan, Max Strom and Julie Martin.
Jaya's techniques tend to suit students of varying abilities, as they can be both calming and challenging. Most important, Jaya creates a safe and nurturing environment that encourages self-discovery and non-competitiveness. She is particularly skilled at one-on-one adjustments.
As well as strengthening the body and increasing stamina and flexibility, Jaya’s teachings help create a more peaceful mind, a more open heart and a more grounded attitude, all of which can help no end in today’s hectic world.
Jaya is also a yoga therapist and certified to teach pregnancy yoga and yoga nidra.
Gita, Nicola Schneider
Gita shares the dance of the medicine wheel as a tool to awaken people's own healing power, helping each person to touch their inner wisdom and truth. In group activities, healing circles and personal awakening sessions, Gita supports the process of opening. During 30 years experience in bodywork, holistic therapy and energy work Gita has a unique approach of guiding each person to see where they are in life's circle right now.
Her study of Yoga and Shamanic Technique allow her to shed light on the missing link. She has taught and studied in India, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the US. Gita now lives in the Laurentiens, Quebec. Walking her own medicine wheel and being inspirited daily by her interaction with nature, she teaches healing, shamanic practices, runs healing circles and produces her own natural skin care, herbal products and ceremonial tools.
During his many years of travel in Central America and India, Pierre lived close to the native cultures, from which he learned shamanic and yogic techniques. The experiences of those years led him to develop an intimate and respectful relationship with the Earth – his divine mother and communication with animal spirits. He is a skilled and sensitive guide with a wealth of experiences leading ceremonies and sweat lodges.
Pierre lives in the Laurentiens, Quebec where the grounds and gardens of his home are full of medicinal plants, herbs, vegetables and flowers as well as much wild life. His passion is to love in rhythm with the cycles of nature and to inspire that connect in other.
“By the practice of meditation” the master said “you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise” Paramahansa Yogananda.
Lara Stapleton is a truly nurturing and attentive Scaravelli inspired and Hatha Yoga teacher with extensive training and a deep self-practice for over 14 years. This shines through in her teaching as she has a strong intuition of what is going on for each individual in a class. She cares deeply about her students, inspiring and supporting them to develop both on and off the mat.
Her style is gently powerful with special attention on the breath, allowing for growth in ones own internal awareness and awakening the spine, creating flowing wave-like movements and natural rhythms as well as working deeply from the ground up.
Her classes allow you to work profoundly from the inside out on individual areas of resistance, injury, deep emotional blockages and alignment with grace and softness. Lara puts her sensitivity as a teacher down to a strong one-on-one approach: “I’m able to adapt yoga to the individual rather than the individual to yoga”.
Lara’s philosophy and teachings are inspired by the spirit and practice of moving into stillness, to experience your true being. Her work and practice have been greatly enthused by her teacher John Stirk. Lara’s areas of speciality are spinal rehabilitation as well as being a trained Aromatherapist.
Discovering yoga while training as an actor and using it in his career in movement and physical theatre, Will’s yoga adventures have taken him to Bali and India to learn yoga and the study of Ayurveda.
Going on to train as a yoga teacher with yogahaven in Morocco, Will now runs retreats in various locations around Europe as well as teaching events and classes throughout London including hot yoga, vinyasa flow and restorative. With a fun and playful teaching style, Will’s classes are strong, upbeat and lively.
Alongside pro-fighter and boxing coach Chris Baugh, Will is also the co-founder of YogaBox London — a workout using the disciplines of boxing, yoga and mindfulness.
Will continues his professional development by studying with senior teachers including Sianna Sherman and Jason Crandell (US) and Claire Missingham (UK).
In yoga Ash has found a tool for liberation, a means to heal and to awaken our deeper authentic selves. After spending a number of years as a secondary school teacher, Ash turned to yoga as a full time path. She has taught and travelled internationally, including five years teaching in Malaysia, China and Thailand and on the Freedom through Movement project in Palestine. Ash embraces influences from many movement patterns in her yoga teaching: rock climbing, running and freediving are woven into dynamic vinyasa, steady bodywork and peaceful breath-centric restorative practices. Inspiration for her classes is rooted in the Earth’s elements and in the bodies and stories of the students that she welcomes. Ash lives a full life, teaching in Bristol and as one half of the duo HandstandYogi, Ash has just completed her first book The Handstanding Yogi which is currently in the top 100 yoga books on Amazon.
Amelia has been on her yoga journey for the past 12 years. Her love of yoga led her to travel to Southern India to gain her Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training Certification at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, under the guidance of Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda.
Her Hatha Flow yoga will gently encourage you to explore your physical and mental capabilities, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of yoga and its philosophy. The atmosphere is authentic, relaxed, friendly and open for EVERY body to experience the incredible benefits of yoga.
She views the discipline of yoga as a vital element to learn more about our nature as human beings. Her teachings are infused with a meditative practice to transcend the mind. They deal mostly with body and breathing practices – guiding awareness to internal states and senses, incorporating meditative postures to encourage full observation, calmness and peace throughout – bringing attention to the more subtle and positive powers within to encourage creativity, intuition and contentment.