Teacher profiles

Carolyn Lindsay


Caro has practised various styles of yoga for over a decade. She was first drawn to the physical practice of yoga as a healthy way to relax and unwind (escape?) from the pressures of hectic city living. As years went by, her lifestyle changed dramatically. She moved from the stressful city she had been living in, travelling and discovering many new interests yet no matter where she was, always found herself returning to yoga. “Yoga was a thread I could pick up wherever I was in the world, physically or emotionally”.  Following the encouragement of one of her teachers, she went on to successfully complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at a Yoga Alliance RYS in India. Moving through a series of postures (asana) connecting breath to movement, her classes will teach you how to move your body in new ways, helping to increase strength while improving balance and flexibility. Providing a safe space, her classes are designed to be inclusive and accessible for all bodies and abilities. Beginners are most welcome, and she encourages alignment, body and breath awareness for wherever you are today. Caro’s  Flow Yoga classes blend dynamic vinyasa  movement with deep release stretches, building heat and releasing tension in the body, calling and responding to both yin (female) and yang (masculine) energies for an integrated, balanced and unifying practice. Caro is inspired by the concept of ‘pay as you feel’ yoga which she originally discovered during a visit to a restaurant in Amsterdam. This has led her to set up her ‘Yoga for Everyone’ community based class. http://carocayayoga.weebly.com/  

Clare Maddelena


  Clare is the founder of LushTums which she created back in 2007 after the birth of her first child. She has been teaching yoga since 2003 yet realising the benefits her yoga practice had on her pregnancy and birth her priorities changed and she decided to focus her career on her passions and dedicated her time to becoming a specialist in the field of pregnancy birth and motherhood. During this time Clare became a birth doula and antenatal educator and since then has personally taught and supported thousands of women; teaching them pregnancy yoga, birth preparation, postnatal yoga and women’s (or mother's) yoga. Something she continues to find hugely rewarding. After becoming a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and a registered Antenatal Educator and Birth Doula with FEDANT (the UK's leading body for antenatal education and midwifery), she decided she was ready to share her experience and knowledge with others - and LushTums was finally born! http://www.lushtums.co.uk/brightonandhove 

Lauren Hassan


    Lauren has been practising yoga for the past 6 years but has worked heavily in the corporate world so understands the need for yoga as a tool to relax and unwind. She has suffered with anxiety in the past and found that yoga & meditation can be incredibly beneficial to mental wellbeing. After recently training in India as a multi style teacher, she launched Malli Yoga and began teaching in Eastbourne, Crawley, London and Brighton, as she believes yoga is for everyone and should be accessible. She is excited to share her passion for Hatha/Vinyasa flow and Power Yoga in a friendly, safe and open environment where anyone is welcome. All of her classes are a hybrid of traditional techniques, which are usually lost in the western world, combined with modern yoga styles. Classes are spent moving and breathing, exploring asana and particularly listening to how our body feels as we flow through each sequence. Lauren is also an advocate for mindful living and introduces ways of incorporating mindfulness into everyday life. She is currently studying pre/postnatal yoga along with Yin and Yoga Nidra, which she hopes to teach in the future. ‘Every soul is divinely potential’ Baskhar Ji Please contact Lauren if you have any questions on 07540521677 or lauren@malliyoga.co.uk More info on classes/booking & prices can be found on the website www.malliyoga.co.uk 

Ciara Lily


Yoga has changed Ciara's life in more ways than she could ever imagine. Wanting to approach healing her body hollistally, yoga became a form of therapy for Rheumathoid arthiritis. It wasn't untill she deepened her personal practice that she  became aware of how movement was the medicine she really needed. 

She also discovered the magical thing about yoga is that it is unique to each and everyone of us. And that physical asanas are just a small part of yoga. It is an open ended spiritual practice. A union of body and mind. She feels yoga has the ability to calm the mind, body and soul. 

Ciaras journey has inspired her to teach and share yoga as a path to health, healing and happiness and cannot wait to share it with you.

Grainne Bartholomew


Gráinne (an old Irish name pronounced like “gronya" :) ) is a 200hr qualified yoga teacher. Practicing for over 20 years she loves the power of this ancient practice that brings you to your sense of self.

Gráinne has a calm and unique style without taking herself or the practice too seriously and believes life is about experiencing as much joy as possible. Her classes are designed to make you feel uplifted, positive and motivated. She connects you to you and leaves you with a smile on your soul.

Cat Duval



Cat's joy is sharing the power of connection and enabling people to create greater intimacy in their relationships, as well as to themselves to embody lives full of freedom and expression.

Cat is a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance having taught over 6,000 hours in the last 8 years. She is a qualified Unity Partner Yoga, Sun Moon Partner Yoga and Acroyoga Teacher and Thai Massage Therapist. She has a background teaching Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness as well as NLP and Hypnotherapy. She uses all these tools and inspiration from these disciplines to bring power to her work as well as her sensitivity to the people in the room and awareness to offer a safe, nurturing and loving space to open into the heart and flow from there.

Anika Grimm


Anika Grimm has been teaching yoga classes since 2002 and has worked as a yoga therapist since 2009. She completed the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) diploma with Dave Charlton, and the Association of yoga studies (AYS) diploma for yoga therapy with Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy.

Anika is a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher, having trained with Beautiful Birth and beyond, instructed by Gail Reeves. 

As well as having a passion for yoga, Anika offers Thai yoga massage treatments. 1-1’s, yoga therapy and private group sessions can be arranged. Workshops and yoga teacher training offered throughout the year. Yoga holidays in France, Spain and further afield.

Anika lives in Brighton. She enjoys walks on the nearby Downs, and swims in the sea (all year round). 

Anya Patterson


Anya has been practising yoga for more than 15 years and has experienced first hand the profound effect yoga can have on your mind, body and breath. For her, it’s how yoga begins to filter into daily life that makes it so relevant - a moment to notice your breathing, let your shoulders go and to notice your body. It’s not about being able to touch your toes! 

Anya completed her 200 hour teacher training with the Yoga Alliance. She knows yoga is for all people, with any range of ability. 


Sarah Pfitzner


Sarah is a Pilates & meditation teacher, an Embody Love Movement® Facilitator Trainer and she co-owns I Love Pilates in London. She has always been passionate about contributing in ways that make positive change in the world, however it was through a severe life-changing illness that she moved away from her design background and began to really connect with her life purpose, to empower others  to connect with the best version of themselves possible. 

She discovered and fell in love with Pilates, having experienced firsthand just how powerful and transformative the method and movement as a whole can be, and so completed her teacher training with Body Control Pilates in London, in order to share this wonderful gift with others. Her studies in movement, health, NLP, psychology, mindfulness & meditation all play an integral role in her work with clients. 

In 2015 she trained with Dr Melody Moore, the founder of the Embody Love Movement®, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to connect with their true worth and purpose and contribute to meaningful change in the world and Sarah now offers ELM workshops and trainings in the UK and around the world. 

She is currently studying for an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and also as a TRE® Provider.

“I’m passionate about embodied self-awareness, integrity, authenticity and encouraging people to trust their intuition and to 
believe in their self-worth. I care deeply about inequality and injustice and so seek to contribute to meaningful and positive change – 
I believe that for me to experience true well-being in the world, you need to as well.”

Sher Benjamin



Sher is passionate about sharing the joy of yoga for the body heart and mind.

Her journey began many years ago on a retreat in Ibiza where Sher experienced yoga as a journey of healing, transformation and connection. On returning to the UK she left a career in fashion to devote herself to training as an accredited teacher in mindful flow yoga with Be yoga.

Sher believes that yoga is for everyone and her classes are designed for all ages and levels. With a strong focus on listening to the wisdom of the body Sher guides the class so that safe exploration, release, awareness and nourishment are brought with kindness to the whole self.

Sher is a 200 hour yoga teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance International.

Ellie Priest


Ellie is the founder of Brighton Pilates. Her Pilates journey started initially from her love of dance and from this stemmed her interest in movement, theory and exercise. Ellie became very passionate about the Pilates method at a young age as she used Pilates to supplement her dance training. It was during her years of studying Dance at Roehampton University that she discovered her love for teaching and the more scientific aspect of dance/movement. It was after graduating at University that she went onto study Pilates at Body Control Pilates in London. Now 10 years later she continues to teach and loves nothing more than helping people to achieve their goals in Pilates. She is now Brighton's first HIT Pilates and Classical Pilates teacher.


Christine Chessman


  Chrissie is a trained fitness instructor in aerobics, dance-fit, core stability and post-natal exercise. She works part-time for a small local business and is mum to two beautiful and sparky little girls. Her real passion is promoting positive body image and to that end, teaching classes where women can strive for strength in mind and body and where they can feel comfortable in a group exercise environment.  A few years ago Chrissie worked as a volunteer for BEAT – the UK charity for beating Eating Disorders and since then feels very strongly about promoting a positive body image for her girls and for those who come to her classes. She believes in exercising to build up fitness and muscular strength as well as boosting self-esteem and confidence.  Chrissie says "I am hoping to help women understand that rushing to the nearest military boot camp or running a marathon is NOT the answer. Rather a holistic approach to exercise, the core, breathing and the pelvic floor is crucial to whole body fitness and health" Testimonial… “Core restore was amazing, I have spent years trying to work my lower abs with no joy, woke up this morning after yesterday’s class with Christine and feeling them now! Yay!”  

Deborah Brown


 Deborah is a UK Advanced Certified Provider of TRE® (tension releasing exercises) and works one to one and with groups in Brighton & Hove. She also assists on the UK TRE Teaching Team and provides supervision to trainees.

Deborah has over 12 years experience working with adults, babies and children as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner in the Brighton and Hove area and more recently has trained in Brainspotting.

Deborah's belief is that to heal we need to deepen our relationship to the body. She works with body/brain based therapies that turn down, or reboot, the parts of the nervous system that condition how we respond to stress, perceived or real.

Her passion is to empower the body to shift towards health by releasing tension and restoring balance. As we learn to switch off the stress response and rebalance the nervous system our health changes both mentally and physically, allowing a deeper connection to ourselves, others and the way we meet the world. Our quality of life improves, health conditions shift and we can experience healthy emotion without becoming overwelmed.

She is touched to be working with others on their journey's exploring how it is to trust in the wisdom of the body.

Stress, trauma and health conditions do not have to be barriers that dampen our sense of aliveness, connection, joy, and presence. The body knows how to restore, we just need to trust in it

Lauren Azor


Qualified in India, Lauren is a playful teacher, who is keen to share her love for going upside down through yoga. She is also an AcroYoga International teacher and a RYT200 Yoga teacher, who has taught Yoga in the UK & India. She currently teaches weekly classes in Brighton, workshops in various cities and has trained at European Acrobatic conventions.

Jenny Dunn


Jenny has extensive experience as a personal trainer, helping clients with injuries, postural and occupational issues. She first started practising Yoga 20 years ago, recently completing her Hatha Yoga teacher training.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible for all, regardless of age, race, gender, ability, size, shape and flexibility - in other words, yoga for EVERY body!

Laurie Cooper


Laurie has been studying Yoga for over eight years, and is currently training in Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Chronic Illness. She is also a Massage Therapist and specialises in treatments focusing on stress reduction.

She believe Yoga should be accessible to everyone, and offers support throughout her classes giving options for varying abilities. 

Laurie feels breath work, listening to the body and being patient with the mind are some of the essential foundations for building a functional Yoga practice, where the benefits will overflow into daily life.

She is passionate about guiding people into a yoga practice to improve their mental and physical health, feel more connected to those around them, and most importantly, learn to shine loving kindness upon themselves.

Laurie believes Yoga is much more than training the body into physical shapes, she believes it is an excellent guidebook into living a happier, healthy life.

Instagram - @santosha_wellbeing 

Email - lauriecooper82@hotmail.com


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