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!
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 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.
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.
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. .
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Gemma's Yoga blends dynamism and stillness into an integrated fluid practice that is both gentle and powerful, cultivating somatic core awareness and regulation at the level of the nervous system.
She is down to earth, bringing humor to her teaching and transmitting a feeling of ease, warmth and community in her class.
Her teaching is informed by a trauma sensitive approach and her long term practice and study of Insight Meditation.
Founder & Director of Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training - A Registered International Yoga School that operates in Ibiza, Thailand and the UK. (Established in 2008)
Gemma works as a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist (Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing)
She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance
Gemma's study of Yoga has been mainly through self practice / embodied enquiry with various supporting teachers.
In 1998 she started Yoga in the Sivananda Tradition in Kerala, South India and was introduced to the Buddhist Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh during the same period.
Yoga:- Danny Paradise 1999-2007 (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) / Aki Omori (Yoga and Somatic Movement) since 2009
Since moving to Totnes from Ibiza in 2011 has studied with Bill Wood, and carried on with Caroline Lang (Scaravelli Inspired)
Insight Meditation:- Steven Smith (Co Founder Vipassana Hawaii) / Martin Aylward (Resident Teacher Moulin de Chaves)
Katie Burgess, BA(hons), DipYE.
Katie's interest in Yoga stems from gymnastics as a child, and in frequenting five rythmns dance through her twenties, She first became aware of the benefits of Yoga when at university studying Fine Art took her abroad to south east Asia in 1999. On her return she studied TaiChi and began yoga lessons in a Scaravelli style class until moving to Devon in 2006.
Since then Katie became more aware of the link of Yoga to Buddhism, learned to meditate and chant in retreat condiditons, as well as at home, and began led meditation groups in the Totnes area, untill recently, when in 2012 deciding to train as a Yoga teacher with the Devon School of Yoga in The Forge!
Having had two children and continued pregnancy yoga throughout her terms, and kept up breath works, and meditation, now 7 years later, the breath is core to her classes, and with the holistic training recieved, has a broad and varied toolbox of styles to integrate into her lessons.
Katie continues to study different facets of yoga, currently focusing on Kria yoga and its benefits, and holds tailored one to one classes in her spare time.
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.
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.
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!
Local newcomers to the centre can purchase a £10 taster card for 7 different classes valid for 7 days.
Card will not be available from 1 June- 1 September.
Class prices are teacher specific.
Please look at timetable for drop in rates and teacher class card discounts.