Sammie Walker

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Samantha is a World Wide Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga 200 / 500 -hour accredited teacher and teacher trainer and has created a contemporary way of teaching yoga, a style which incorporates all the elements of a traditional yoga practice, but which is taught in a refreshingly light hearted, positive and modern way with the individual in mind. Sammie has worked with over a thousand clients during her 17 years practicing and teaching yoga. As well as working with a very wide range of influential and inspiring teachers in all styles of yoga.Sammie also has extensive experience in identifying and working with particular stresses and strains that can be caused by a lifetime spent at work or through sports that require repetitive actions. As we age repetition in stillness or as an athlete can often manifest itself in pain or stiffness in the hips, neck and back.

Through cultivating an individual Yoga practice suited to your own physiological and bio-mechanical blueprint, Sammie’s goal is to have you understand your own body so well that you can take what you learn in class and adapt and apply this to your life on a day to day basis. Ultimately this can lead to an intelligent mind and body connection from which a whole new understanding and appreciation of your body can emerge and reducing visits to medical practitioners too!

Samantha has recently gained a Red Belt Sensei prestigious qualification under Yogic and Marital Arts Master, Kancho Cameron Shayne, founder of Budokon.

“I found Budokon enhanced me in every way. To integrate the qualities and disciplines of Yoga and Martial Arts makes perfect sense for one to wake up, look further and become sharper” — Sammie.

Kathryn Murphy

 

541568_10151332254544272_1793210640_n[3]Practicing yoga for 7 years and a Limitless trained teacher for 3, Kathryn’s classes have a distinctive style drawing inspiration from and integrating work passed on by the teachers she is grateful to have learnt from over recent years.

Cultivating a blend of breath, movement and safe alignment, her classes work on building strength, in particular the core, whilst opening and creating flexibility in the body.

Kathryn aims simply to pass on her enthusiasm for yoga, helping others to develop their practice in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Howard Caine

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Howard first started practising yoga while still in short pants, watching “Yoga for Health” on ITV with Richard Hittleman and Lynn Marshall and trying to copy the asanas, albeit on his bed rather than a yoga mat.

This seventies hippy classic sowed the yoga seed in his mind at an early age and he has maintained an interest and practice off and on for the ensuing forty years, before becoming re-invigorated by some of the great local “gurus” the Island has produced including gurus Carswell and Woolley. He did his teacher training with Geoff Powell of Antara yoga.

He enjoys the element of space for yourself which yoga introduces to life, trying different pranayama practices and exploring working with sound from time to time.

He still practices yoga in short pants.

Linda Carswell

Linda has over 20 years’ experience in yoga.  She is fully qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and also holds the BWY Pregnancy Yoga Certificate. She has taught classes through the IOM College since 1994 in Peel, St Johns and Douglas and has taught at Karma since its inception.

In her Beginners’ class, postures are tailored to students’ individual needs.  The emphasis is on learning correct alignment and technique to create a solid foundation practice.  This includes modifying postures for ongoing health conditions.

Linda’s personal practise and teaching are influenced by Iyengar (precision in alignment), Bihar School (the yogic unity of asana, pranayama, mudra & bandha) and Desikachar (breath awareness in asana).

She has developed a special interest in the breathing practices known as pranayama, becoming fascinated by the subtle effects that this aspect of yoga has on the body, mind and emotions.  All her classes include breath awareness leading to pranayama.

Linda and Kathleen Swan take turns to lead the Thursday early morning Meditation class.

(Please contact Linda direct for further details of Pregnancy Yoga:

Tel: 456782 or e-mail: maynrys3@manx.net)

Sonja Colenso-Hall

SonjaColensoHall-smlSonja is a graduate of the World Yoga Alliance 200hr-accredited Limitless Yoga Teacher Training course with Samantha Walker (Jan ’13).  Sonja teaches a strong focus on alignment, building strength and flexibility whilst also encouraging movement, flow and breath.  Her classes incorporate mindfulness and self exploration while also endeavoring to maintain a lightheartedness and sense of humour.

“The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots – we are already tied in knots. The aim is to untie the knots in our hearts, and to unite with the ultimate, love and peaceful power of the universe.”  ~ MAX STROM

 

 

Wendy Ranft

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Driven and passionate yoga practitioner and teacher with a great love for the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

Céline Courmont

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I grew up in France in a mountainous region and I have always been close to nature. I began my Yoga practice seven years ago shortly after my arrival on the island. Unexpectedly Yoga began holding a very important place in my life and as my personal practice developed I decided to explore it further by undertaking a yoga teacher training.

I am now a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. I trained with the Yandara institute in Bali, which offers a fascinating insight into yogic philosophy and physical alignment principals. My training consisted of training and practice of techniques of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting, Anatomy & Physiology, Yogic Philosophy, Ethics and Life-style. I have also undertaken a 300Hour teacher training with Shiva Rea and learnt how to incorporate the movements of nature in my Vinyasa flow.

I believe in the extraordinary changes Yoga can bring into a person’s life and I am looking forward to help others discover this wonderful journey.

Janette Alexander

JeanetteJANETTE Alexander was a professional classical ballet dancer engaged with ballet companies around the world.  On her retirement from ballet she discovered and embraced yoga (crediting Sammy!).  Janette is very passionate about traditional styles of yoga and her ambition is to inspire, bring grace, joy and share yoga practice with others.  Janette qualified as a 200hr yoga teacher in Bali, Indonesia (Hatha Vinyasa & Iyengar), achieved a Yin Yoga qualification, Krakow, Poland, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Teaching Certificate, Dharamshala, India.  She is delighted to be a member of the Karma Team.