Meet Our Instructors

Our Instructors

Iyengar Yoga

Claire Best

Claire Best

Claire Best enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga and has over 20 years’ experience in teaching.

Claire teaches Iyengar Yoga every Tuesday at 6.30pm and Friday at 10.30am. She holds Yoga Days throughout the year and a winter Friday Night Yoga & Soup.

Iyengar Yoga is a safe, progressive practice that focuses on the alignment of the body in postures and provides exercises to help improve how we breathe. In class, postures are demonstrated with clear instruction and excellent sequencing. Certain props like blocks, belts & blankets may be used to help the student experience the posture.

Claire’s class is suitable for all abilities, men, women & teenagers.

For more information, email clairenbest@hotmail.com or visit

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Yoga

Pauline Johnson

Pauline Johnson

Pauline welcomes you to yoga classes for all. Inspired by the beautiful practice of Vanda Scaravelli, the freedom of somatic movement and the traditions of Hatha yoga. Explore how to integrate strength, ease and balance with the earth. Come as a beginner or dive deeper into your own practice. Pauline is a 500hr RYT teacher.

For further information, please contact Pauline: on yogaequals@gmail.com or via mobile: 07519 647343

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Slow Vinyasa Yoga

Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts teaches Slow Vinyasa Yoga on Thursdays in the Chapel. Classes will include dynamic Vinyasa flow as well as more passive restorative sequences to bring balance and strength to body and soul. Classes are suitable for mixed abilities with simpler and more challenging options available although some prior experience is recommended.

Hannah has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and carried out her Yoga Like Water teacher training with some truly talented and inspirational teachers including Dan Peppiatt, Lolo Lam and Mimi Kuo-Deemer. She guides students with her authentic and compassionate teaching style to practice safely and with awareness for maximum benefit and wellbeing.

For more information or to book, please contact Hannah: hmrroberts@hotmail.com or via mobile on 07815 425 965

Qigong: Moving Meditation

Kim Lovelace

Kim Lovelace

Kim Lovelace runs a monthly Saturday morning Qigong class. This is a three hour Saturday morning classes consisting of two 80 minute sessions with a short interval tea break. Each morning may be treated as a one-off class. The date of the next morning has not been confirmed yet.

Due to limited places, prior booking is essential. Email Kim to book on ShiatsuKim@gmail.com

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Hatha Yoga

Louisa Williams

Louisa Williams

Louisa Williams is a regular yoga teacher at Cowdray Hall where she offers classes in Hatha yoga inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. She has a 500 hour teaching qualification and is passionate about helping students find ease, freedom and natural strength in their bodies. As a professional aromatherapist and reiki master she frequently combines these disciplines in her classes. During the recent pandemic, she has continued her teaching online and currently runs 4 classes a week as well as regular wellbeing courses, sports specific yoga courses and individual tuition, through her company Orenda Wellbeing.

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Yoga

Sacha Kent

Sacha Kent

This Autumn, Sacha Kent is running two yoga classes at Cowdray Hall. On Thursday, Sacha takes a dynamic flowing class to stretch and strengthen both in body and spirit. All welcome though not a beginners' class. On Friday, she runs a therapeutic class for deep stretching, slow flow and is ideal for beginners or those wanting a gentle class.

For more information, please email: sachakent@btinternet.com.

Yoga

Nicky Reed

Nicky Reed

Having practised Hatha yoga for many years, Nicky discovered Scaravelli. Inspired by this approach to the body, she decided to become a teacher herself and now, fully qualified, runs classes at Cowdray.

Scaravelli yoga is all about waking up the spine. Rather than pushing our muscles to achieve a pose, this approach teaches us to open up the body gently through the spine, taking us into the posture without force. Anyone at any age and ability can benefit from this gentle but very powerful approach to yoga.

To find out more about Nicky's classes, email nicky@firgrove-reed.co.uk.

Mindfulness

Sandrine Cranswick

Sandrine Cranswick

Sandrine runs evening Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses which take place over nine weeks. Sandrine offers regular group and one to one mindfulness courses and events at Cowdray House.

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Pilates

Rachel de Blaby

Rachel de Blaby

Rachel is a fully qualified Body Control Pilates teacher and is passionate about helping people to achieve the perfect balance between flexibility and strength. Through a well balanced class, Pilates targets the deep postural muscles improving posture and tone and at the same time relieving unwanted tension. Rachel’s classes will be small with an emphasis on personal, safe, bespoke care and tuition to help you achieve fitness, fulfilment and reward beyond your expectations.

For more information or to book please contact Rachel on 07889 445260 or email her on rdeblaby@btconnect.com.

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