• 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. She hold degrees in both Art History and Fine Arts, as well as being qualified in Swedish massage, Shiatsu (The Swedish Institute NYC), Polarity Therapy ( Reese Williams NYC), Chinese Herbal Medicine (Dr Jeffrey Yuen NYC) and Craniosacral Therapy ( Franklyn Sills/Karuna Institute UK). 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. She currently teaches classes and retreats in Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Yoga, Pranayama, Buddhist thought and practices. Her personal practice and teaching have 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 (1989-1996) and as of 2003 is represented by and exhibits regularly at greengrassi in London.

  • 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. Alice is also a practicing yoga therapist since 2010 and has studied with Uma Dinsmore Tuli since 2014 deepening her training in yoga for women's health. Alice teaches for the Devon School of Yoga on their foundation, teacher training and yoga therapy courses. Alice's approach to Yoga is informed by her long-term practice and study of Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka.

  • 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 Bodiley

    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.

  • Judit Meixner

    Judit is a fully qualified Feldenkrais teacher. ​She found Feldenkrais when dealing with a stubborn lower back problem that interfered with her busy practice as a body worker. There was a profound and unique quality of the class that made a huge and fast improvement and led her to join the four-year teacher training. As a body worker over the past 8 years she learned about the various injuries and patterns of tensions people were struggling with. The somatic learning of movement has expanded her understanding of function and dysfunction, ease and dis ease. Aware of that each individual is shaped by life’s experiences, Judit holds a safe and welcoming space encouraging the participants to listen to themselves. Judit’s passion, interest and curiosity of vitality and well being of body-mind is continuously growing as she explores this path further.

  • Martha Chester

  • Symi Fuchs

    Where I'm coming from....

    I left my job and headed to San Francisco to take Ana Forrest's Foundation Teacher Training in 2015. I have never looked back. I'm one of a handful of Certified Forrest Yoga teachers and it has changed my life. I've had many career paths and adventures, with yoga always having been a part of what I have done even before teaching it.

    In yoga, you're always a student. I'm in the process of completing the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Programme and my learning continues as I deepen my knowledge in body psychotherapy, biodynamic massage and Reiki. I live on Dartmoor with my awesome husband and continue my advanced yoga studies under the guardianship of my 3 beloved furry Newfs. I love photography, stories, writing, haribos, lazy Sundays, feeding my mind with books and the magic, mystery and beauty of the great outdoors.

    My style is warm, vibrant and deeply caring, and I'll support you through your journey on the mat in a safe and nurturing environment. You'll get to play with your edges, make new discoveries and leave class feeling completely rejuvenated.


  • Jonathan Fitzgordon

    Jonathan Fitzgordon

    Jonathan Fitzgordon has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2000, after studying with some of the yoga community's leading teachers. He owned and operated the Yoga Center of Brooklyn from 2001–2009 and created the CoreWalking Program in 2005 out of his personal and professional experience with changing habitual movement patterns through self-awareness and repetition as a way to bring about positive change. Jonathan had suffered through three knee surgeries and repeatedly re-injured himself before stepping back to take a good look at how the body works. Injury-free these many years later, the walking program he created aims to help people age gracefully and live a pain-free life.

  • Jessica Louise

  • Sarah Gray

    Sarah Gray has been practicing yoga for eight years. Qualifying in 2017, Sarah is a Teacher of Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga. She has worked with Bill Wood, Helen Noakes, Rupert Johnson, Steven Bracken, Gary Carter, and Elizabeth Pauncz.
    She has been training as a Somatic Movement Educator since 2016 in Body-Mind Centering participating in seminars with Bonnie-Bainbridge Cohen. She teaches somatics and experiential anatomy at the School of Experiential Learning in Dartington.
    She studied at Dartington College of Arts and holds a degree in Theatre and Choreographic Practices.
    Her personal and teaching practice is informed by somatics and arts practices as well as by her love of music, dance, and ecology.
    She is a radio-maker on Soundart Radio with the show Attendance exploring experiments in being present.


  • Gavin Tilstone

    Iyengar Yoga is renowned for its clarity, systematic approach and accessibility through which BKS Iyengar devised the use of everyday objects such as chairs, belts, walls and wooden blocks as props in the postures, to enable every type and level of practitioner to attain the correct and beneficial effects of yoga. Iyengar Yoga Teachers are qualified to a high standard and certified by the Iyengar Institute of Pune, India. They are experienced practitioners of yoga, who have successfully completed rigorous assessments of their own practice and teaching. Iyengar Yoga is a hallmark of quality.
    Gavin Tilstone has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for over 20 years. He holds the Introductory Level 1 and 2, Junior Intermediate 1, 2 &3 and Senior Level 1 teaching certificates. Gavin has been taught directly by the Iyengar family and continues to travel to India to develop under their guidance.

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    Voted one of the best in the UK by The Independent in 2003 & one of the best in the world by The Guardian in 2012!

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