• Gretchen Faust

    Gretchen Faust (BA, MFA, M.Th.,PP, RCST) began practising yoga in 1989 with Carolyn Oberst in New York City. Further study at the Jivamukti Yoga Cente and the Astanga Yoga Nilayam, as well as with Dr. Alison West, led her to begin teaching in New York in 1994. She then studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India before choosing to settle in Totnes, where she established The Forge Yoga Centre in 1999. She hold degrees in both Art History and Fine Arts, as well as being qualified in Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Polarity Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. She has studied for 12 years and completed and three year teacher training in Kum Nye with John Peacock and has studied Buddhist thought and practice informally for 22 years and under the aegis of Stephen Batchelor since 1997. She currently teaches classes and retreats in Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Yoga, Pranayama, Buddhist thought and practices, and Astanga Yoga. Her personal practice and teaching have also been as informed by her experience as a classical musician and a visual artist, as well as by her love of cooking, gardening and birds. As an artist, she had been represented by Pat Hearn in NYC and is currently represented by and exhibits regularly at greengrassi in London.

  • Tom Butterworth

    Tom has practiced yoga and meditation since 1997 after an introduction in Japan. During the last 10 years Tom has studied under Maartin Vermaase, completing four years of teacher training through the British Wheel of Yoga in 2007. Tom’s practice and teaching are rooted in Buddhist philosophy, focussing on developing a subtle awareness of the breath, body and mind, to allow yoga to become a path of meditation, healing and joy.

  • Martha Chester

    Having practised yoga for 12 years, I have felt the positive effect it has had on my body and more importantly my mind. It was in 2007 that I discovered Kundalini yoga and quickly realised how powerful this practice was. For the first time I realised the connection between the practice of yoga, raised consciousness and heightened awareness. It has unlocked my mind and opened me to a world of self-healing and creative abundance. I continue to feel the transformative effect it has on all aspects of my life.

    I completed my Teacher Training Level I (200 hours) and Level II (1001 days) with the Amrit Nam Sarovar School in France under the guidance and teachings of Karta Singh. I have also completed my Conscious Pregnancy Training, with Carolyn Cowan (80 hrs).


    More recently I have set up a Level 1 Teacher Training here in Devon, and I am currently studying to become a teacher trainer. I am part of the Amrit Nam Sarovar Committee and contribute to the planning and delivery of its Teens curriculum.

  • Kate Hewett

    Kate started teaching in 2001 and soon established herself as a leading teacher in the major London studios. In 2005 she discovered Anusara yoga. Kate aims to make the ancient teachings of yoga relevant to modern life, and in each class or workshop you can expect to find a key philosophical theme woven into a flowing practice with clear alignment instructions and playful challenges. In addition to teaching yoga, Kate runs a learning programme for budding social entrepreneurs in Devon. She lives on the edge of Dartmoor and travels regularly to teach workshops in London and elsewhere.

  • Sue Smith

    Sue completed her training with Pilates Foundation UK in 2002. The course covered the classical as well as the evolved repertoire with focus on adapting the method to teach at all levels. Areas of study also included pre and post-natal, working with the elderly, rehabilitation and working with dancers and athletes. Sue’s pregnancy classes focus on strengthening the body in preparation for pregnancy, labour and delivery through use of adapted Pilates matwork and some Yoga-based exercise. Moving through mobilisation and stability work and positions for labour and delivery, the class aims to offer a well-balanced structure that can be adapted to suit individuals. Relaxation and visualization techniques are also practiced to encourage a healthy and powerful mind/body relationship. .

  • Hilary Bee

  • Alice Chapman

    Alice originally trained in India in the lineage of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and completed diplomas in yoga education and advanced yoga studies. She studied with a number of teachers in India and has been teaching since 2008. Qualified to teach pre and post natal yoga, Alice is also a practicing yoga therapist. She is currently one of the main teachers on the Devon School of Yoga Foundation course. Alice’s approach to Yoga is informed by her long-term practice and study of Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka.

  • Emily Katsuno

    Emily was bought to yoga through dance and holds a first class BA (hons) Degree from London Contemporary Dance School. She received her Yoga Teacher Training in India with Yoga Life whose teachings are descended from the lineage of Swami Satyananda. Emily has traveled through much of Asia, teaching full time in Malaysia and Bali and deepening her practice with world renowned teachers. In her classes Emily uses creative and dynamic flowing sequences to music to help create a union between breath and movement taking you to the core of your energetic self. Currently Emily is studying to be a Yoga Therapist and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher with the Devon School of Yoga on their Post-Graduate Yoga Therapy Course. Emily is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.

  • Atmamantra

    Sannyasi Atmamantra (Mark Maunsell-Thomas) has been teaching in the Satyananda Yoga Tradition since 2002, and for the last 7 years has been living in their main ashram in India, Rikhiapeeth.

    He began practising yoga in 1998 and quickly discovered there was much greater depth to this science. This led him to the Bihar School of Yoga in 2001 for a 4 month residential course. This was to be the first visit of many that would lead to him living there immersing himself in the ancient tantric tradition.

    While in the ashram he became one of the main teachers for courses in English. He conducted a variety of courses for adults and children including the running of the annual teacher training course. He also accompanied Swami Satyasangananda, Peetadishwari of Rikhiapeeth, on her official trips to teach at the functions that she was presiding over.

    He encourages students to bring the ancient practices of yoga off the mat and integrate them into their lives as an antidote to the challenges of modern life. He has recently settled in Devon.

  • James Russell

    James Russell, BA, DipYE

    James first became interested in yoga after visiting India in 2000. He found that practising yoga regularly helped him to feel healthier and calmer. He has personally experienced the transformative, healing effects of the practice and is now dedicated to helping others awaken such benefits.

    James has spent much time in India studying yoga directly from experienced teachers. He formally studied ‘Yoga Education’ and ‘Advanced Yoga Studies’ at an ashram in the lineage of Swami Satyananda. In the UK, he trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and the Devon School of Yoga.

    James teaches a holistic approach to yoga that integrates a range of practices such as mantra, kriya, asana, pranayama and meditation.

    In addition to weekly classes, James teaches on courses, workshops and festivals. He is a teacher trainer for the Devon School of Yoga and also teaches on the school’s foundation programme.

    James continues to study and is currently training in yoga therapy.

  • Camelia Robyn

    Born in Vancouver, Canada, she has recently journeyed to the British Isles to explore the roots of her family tree. She’s been teaching yoga for eight years and is certified in hatha, yin, & prenatal. Her passion lies in the exploration of presence IN the body so that we learn to trust our own organismic intelligence and allow our-cell-ves to authentically express our true nature.

  • Diane Foster

  • Lis Kurzman

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