Meet the Ambassadors
Emma is a musician, massage therapist, writer and full-time Yoga teacher. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma trained as a 200hr RYT with Esther Ekhart in Europe and a further 500hrs advanced training in India with Julie Martin, her thirst for knowledge is ever increasing, and she has continued to learn with acclaimed teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Doug Swenson, Stephanie Snyder, Max Strom and Shiva Rea. With a love for flow-style yoga, it is this aspect of creating a ‘moving meditation’ that intrigues Emma the most. She is passionate about creating effective sequences that lead students through a journey, and believes that there is definitely no ‘one size fits all’ approach to the physical practice. Emma has also trained to teach children’s yoga and restorative yoga after finding the practice transformational both physically and mentally, and feels that Yoga has been a hugely empowering and healing journey for her so far…. Emma leads kirtan evenings (music and singing), writes for various health and wellbeing websites, is a published author, and is the manager of the Brighton Yoga Festival. She loves sharing knowledge about Yoga philosophy and how we can take our practice ‘off the mat’.
Linda has been teaching yoga since 2013. After practicing various styles of yoga over the years she finally found ‘the one’ when she attended a dynamic hot power yoga class in Clapham back in 2011. Feeling stressed out and frazzled with the frenetic pace of London life, she embarked on a ’40 days to personal revolution’ programme designed by Baron Baptiste and has never looked back, signing up for teacher training on the back of the empowering experiences practicing yoga and meditating daily taught her. Linda’s vinyasa classes are dynamic and challenging but she encourages everyone to try new things and work outside of their comfort zone, as this is the place where the limits we place on ourselves begin to expand and real, lasting change can occur. Top tips for this class – come to yoga rested as the vinyasa style is heat building and stay hydrated during the day as well as in class. Linda has also trained in prenatal yoga, qualifying in March 2016 with Yogacampus in Manchester. After having a baby herself in 2014 she discovered there was a real lack of pregnancy yoga available to the women of Darlington, and set about to change this. These classes are restorative, meditative and designed specifically around the pregnant body. Each class also has a long relaxation at the end, peppered with uplifting and positive affirmations around pregnancy and birth.
Jo believes her real teacher training has been stepping onto her mat six days a week for the past 10+ years. During this time she has travelled to Mysore, India to practice under R.Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois to learn at the source of modern Ashtanga yoga. She travels here annually and continues to study with her teacher in London, Ursula Scott (Authorised level 2). Her respect to the lineage of Ashtanga yoga has produced a traditional understanding of the asana and the philosophy of the practice. She assists Ursula Scott's Mysore program at Tri-Yoga Soho, in London, where she is developing her abilities to teach students of all levels, from complete beginner to advanced practitioner. Jo believes in the Indian tradition of Parampara - knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student through generations. Paramapara is a Sanskrit word that places emphasis on complete devotion to a teacher and through this gaining knowledge of their experience and the experience of their teacher before them. The teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, Jo believes it should come from parampara. Jo teaches Ashtanga yoga in the traditional Mysore method - the way Sharath Jois still teaches in Mysore today. Sharath is a student of his Grandfather Pattabhi Jois, considered by many to be the father of modern Ashtanga yoga. Jo believes in the practice because of how much it has done for her body, mind and soul. She believes that ashtanga yoga is the perfect tool for a strong healthy body, a peaceful mind and devotion to her spirit. Her devotion, love and passion to share this beautiful discipline shine through in her teaching and she welcomes people of all abilities with an open heart. Follow Jo’s journey on instagram: @jojoyoga
Lucy began practising yoga over 20 years ago, and has been teaching for 11 of those. Lucy's teaching & personal practice are based on the principles of non-violence, the cultivation of contentment and embodied awareness. Lucy describes her classes as Lucid Yoga: her teaching is underpinned by the belief that all her students should know what they are practising and why. In classes with Lucy, you will develop a yoga practice that meets you where you are now, allowing you space & time to grow and deepen your practice. Lucid Yoga will bring you deep wellbeing as you discover a stronger, more supple body, a compassionate open heart and a calm mind. Lucy holds several qualifications as a Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist and is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. Friends of Yoga Society (FRYOG) International Diploma FRYOG Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching Yoga to Children Birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma Birthlight Certificate of Training in Birth Preparation Active Birth Centre Yoga for Pregnancy Module Birthing From Within Mentor (Introductory Training complete) Yoga Therapist (Devon School of Yoga) When she is not on the mat, Lucy puts her yoga into practice as a conscious mother, seeking to keep her sons "free-range" and giving them a playful and creative childhood. Lucy also volunteers to support other mothers through the Positive Birth Portsmouth group, and regularly arranges or participates in fund-raising for a variety of charities based in or around Portsmouth.
Zoe is an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher based in Andover, Hampshire. She teaches classes regularly in Andover, Winchester, and Portsmouth as well as teaching workshops and retreats. Zoe is a Yoga Alliance Professionals registered teacher trained by Brian Cooper. She is currently Chartered Level 1, demonstrating over 4 years and 2000 hours of teaching experience. You can find Zoe on Instagram as @zoegoodyearyoga for regular Yoga challenges, tips, and giveaways.
Sarah is originally from Louisiana. After some time living in Africa and Japan, losing her Southern drawl along the way, Sarah has settled in Harrogate with her husband and their young daughter. Sarah began practising yoga over 9 years ago whilst living in Japan, after a dare from her now husband. She had never really been sporty and event thinks she was allergic to anything that would make her sweat (erm, glisten!) but she wanted to prove a point; that she could ‘do' yoga. Sarah found experiencing yoga grounded her, put her in the here and now and forced her overactive mind to be still. As a teacher, Sarah considers herself to be responsive and considerate, enjoying a laugh or three along the way. Teaching yoga began with Sarah’s certification with Yoga Alliance at The Yoga Space in 2013. She now owns and teaches in the Lotus Shala Studio, Harrogate.
All Chant Ambassadors are yoga teachers and studio owners based in the UK. I am always on the hunt for new faces to join the clan. If you fit the above spec and would like to join, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to see if I have spaces.