• 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. More recently she has studied Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami and one of his senior teachers, Debbie Mills. 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 (Tibetan Yoga) 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. 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.

  • Hilary Bee

  • Alice Chapman

    Alice originally trained in India 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.

  • 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’ whilst studying in India. 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


    Teaching yoga & movement for eight years, Cami encourages a deeper enquiry into what it means to be an embodied human being. She’s certified in hatha, yin & prenatal yoga.

  • Gina Hayes


    Put an extra spring in your step with a flowing hatha-fusion yoga class that will leave you toned and revitalized.

    Gina’s style draws on multiple yogic disciplines and Chinese Five Element theory. Classes combine breath, alignment and energy work in creative sequences to free cluttered minds and bodies and bring them into the here and now.

    Positive and down to earth in her approach, Gina’s teaching is about helping people to tune into their internal dynamics. Find the balance between flexibility and strength, work effectively within your limits, and develop your practice over the long term.

    Gina started practicing yoga 15 years ago and used it to heal a fractured spine. She has been teaching for 9 years in London and Devon and is particularly interested in yoga for healing.

    She has trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Professionals, Kripalu LifeForce and the Devon School of Yoga. She is a qualified yoga therapist and runs a pioneering Chair Yoga program for stroke rehabilitation in south Devon.

    You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, whatever your ability.

  • Helen Bodley

    Helen's early training was in release contemporary dance and physical theatre. She was inspired to take up Yoga by her late mother-in-law, an Iyengar yoga teacher.
    In 2000 Helen also qualified as an Iyengar teacher, and for several years combined co-raising three children with her yoga practice and teaching.
    In 2009 Helen 'discovered' the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, after starting to work with Caroline Lang, and later also with Bill Wood.
    'Something in this way of working immediately chimed with me ' she says ' there is a lightness, an openness, and a sense of integrity in this way of working which feels fresh and real '.
    It has less to do with making certain shapes, and more to do with using the postures as a framework for undoing patterns of tension and holding, and letting the intelligence of the body speak.
    Helen started teaching yoga again in 2015, and also works at Park School in Dartington, with children from the Early Years. Working with young children also informs her yoga practice.
    'It's a great privilege; children are so in the moment, just busy being and doing, driven by curiosity and fascination with the world around them'.
    Helen's classes are open to all.

  • Caroline Mayers

  • Amie Roberts

    Amie Roberts was born in Colorado. She was first introduced to Hatha Yoga in 1991 with Richard Freeman and has been a committed student for the last 25 years. Amie's background includes extensive training in therapeutic massage, body centred psychotherapy, and the use of natural food remedies. She was trained to teach yoga in 2012 through the inspiration of Anusara and is deeply grateful to her teachers, Bridget Woods Kramer, Noah Maze, Carlos Pomeda, and Pranayama teacher, Ananda Leone. Through this training she became inspired by the combination of therapeutic alignment, Tantric philosophy, and vibrant community. It is Amie's intention to help people of all ages, sizes and backgrounds experience the beauty that is yoga - encouraging joy, transformation and conscious living.

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  • Virginia Compton


    “I want you to fall in love with Yoga as a practice, a philosophy, a lifestyle”. In my own practice I incorporate the Yoga teachings as well as Ayurveda, using a physical Yoga (hatha) practice, breathing (pranayama) and meditation as well as massage therapies and healthy vegetarian cookery to enhance the whole life experience. My focus is on the psychological as well as the physical effects of Yoga, using this therapeutically within Yoga classes or on a one to one basis. My classes are sometimes challenging but always a balanced practice with room for individuals to explore their own capabilities and to work within their limitations.

    Qualifications/experience
    Registered general nurse ~ experience of working with people with substance misuse and mental health issues as well as extensive physical health needs since 1994.
    Devon School of Yoga Foundation Course ~ completed 2007
    Devon School of Yoga Teacher Training ~ completed 2009 (500 hours)
    Indian Head Massage with Bristol School of Holistic Therapies (2010)
    Devon School of Yoga Therapist training ~ completed 2012 (200 hours)
    Extensive study with Debbie Mills ~ includes 3 day retreat focusing on Bandhas (2010), week long retreat focusing on general practice (2011), two 30 hour immersions focusing on all aspects of practise, energetics and philosophy (2012 and 2013).
    Study with Srivatsa Ramaswami (direct student of Krishnmacharya and teacher of Debbie Mills)
    30 hour Raja Yoga practicum completed 2012.
    25 hour Vinyasa krama teachers intensive May 2014.
    Yoga therapy for the internal organs May 2015.
    Past studies also include Doug Swenson (2014), David Swenson (2012) and Diane Long (2008).

    Mindfulness tutor training (MBRP) June 2015 with Sarah Bowden and Devin Ashwood.

    Ayurvedic Massage Therapy training with Sunita Passi of Tridosha April 2015.
    Ayurveda Philosophy study with Robert Svaboda completed 2015.
    Living Ayurveda further study incorporating diet and lifestyle, completed May 2016.
    Yoga Nidra training with Yoga Nidra Network, commenced December 2015 and ongoing.
    Continuing self study and practice with Steve Brandon of Harmony Yoga and Ayurveda.

    I am a Yoga Alliance and Independent Yoga Network Registered teacher. My passion is to share the ancient philosophies and benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda to help others to find peace of mind and well being in a holistic way in the modern world. To enhance this experience I now offer regular retreats, weekly classes, in depth workshops and individual private and therapeutic sessions as well as lifestyle advice and therapeutic massage.

  • Justin Dalton

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