Casey is the founder of Thaxted Yoga, which first launched in 2014 in Thaxted’s Guildhall. Casey is a well seasoned traveler having lived in the U.S where she was born before finding her feet in the UK as well as living in the Middle East for a while. Casey has taken her worldly experiences as inspiration for creating Thaxted Yoga and providing an oasis for the local community and beyond.
In September 2018 the need to travel caught her and her family by surprise when they were offered a new life in Australia. Casey and her family knew this couldn’t be turned down and followed their dream of living a life inspired by the outdoors in Oz. Casey was adamant that the legacy of Thaxted Yoga would live on and turned to her teachers to start the process of finding a new studio owner. It didn’t take long before Jemma Mahon stepped up to the exciting challenge.
Casey believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and prides herself on having created a warm and friendly atmosphere at Thaxted Yoga where it is possible to escape the stresses and challenges of everyday life in a safe and welcoming environment.
Casey also took inspiration from the amazing scenery at Thaxted Yoga to bring a bit of the outside indoors by installing a living moss wall and surrounding the space in greenery.
Jemma is the owner of Thaxted Yoga after spending just over a year and a half teaching at the studio and feeling very privilidged to do so. When Casey was faced with the dilema of handing over management of the studio, Jemma knew that putting enthusiasm and passion into such a life-changing space was something she could step up to.
Jemma began teaching yoga in 2014 and since then her interests and love for yoga have been changing and evolving. Initially she felt drawn to teach simply because she loved attending classes and practicing yoga and also felt it would be a great alternative to working in an office job.
However since then Jemma’s passion for teaching has taken on lots of different aspects mainly due to her own experiences. Jemma now feels compelled to provide people with a welcoming environment to reconnect with their own strengths and capabilities.
Jemma is fascinated by mindfulness and meditation so this trickles into her teaching often. She loves all styles of yoga and will always allow them to influence her teaching style however she teaches predominantly Hatha and Vinyasa style classes.
In 2016 Jemma’s life changed for the better after giving birth to her son and it was from there that she began a journey into how yoga can support pregnant women and women in the post-natal stage.
Jemma is always open to chatting about anything to do with Thaxted Yoga – just get in touch.
Jemma teaches a wide range in the current schedule including Beginners Yoga, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Mum & Baby Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga & Hatha Yoga.
Theresa completed the BWY Teacher Training Diploma in 2004, followed by the Birthlight yoga for pregnancy Foundation course and more recently trained in Ayurvedic Massage in India and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage level 1 & 2 in London.
Theresa was first introduced to yoga at the age of 18 and from then on she regularly attended classes and workshops working alongside a variety of teachers. Her personal practice has been strongly influenced by the vast disciplines of Hatha yoga from BKS Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli and the Bihar School of Yogas teachings. More recently she has found huge spiritual inspiration from Jivamukti yoga and Kundalini yoga.
Theresa lives with her partner and their dog. She is passionate about the food that she eats and tries to live the most healthy and conscious life she can and encourages her students to do the same.
Theresa teaches Restorative Yoga classes on Monday mornings and Restorative Yoga Nidra on Tuesday evenings.
Lolli has been practicing Yoga for more than 30 years and has been inspired by many teachers.
She practiced for more than 10 years with Catherine James of Independent Yoga who was trained by Mary Stewart both influenced by Vandal Scaravelii. Yoga was a lifeline for Lolli as she worked as a Producer in TV and Film, Yoga was her sanctuary. She had practiced Trancedental Meditation since 1973 and had always turned to the spiritual side of life to try and have a life/work balance. When pregnant aged 38 she continued practicing yoga with Lolly Stirk and John Stirk, attending many workshops for active birth. When moving to East London soon after the birth of her daughter she continued her yoga with Mohini Chatalini and was influenced by Eric Shiffmann and B.K. Desikachar.
In 2002 she completed a 100 hour British Wheel of Yoga foundation coursed taught by Tara Fraser. She wanted to continue on to the 200 hour course but was then employed on a film that took her to Greece for six months and she missed that opportunity. In 2003 she completed a Thai Yoga Massage course for one year but another film took her away from London four weeks before qualifying. In 2004 she completed a Shiatsu Massage Course at Zen Shiatsu School. She worked with clients using both techniques in between various film projects.
Finally three years ago she decided to finally give up the film business and has worked with clients using massage and yoga techniques. Many clients as stressed as she had sometimes found herself. Just over a year ago she gave up living in London and now lives in a village between Thaxted and Dunmow and for the last year devoted herself to 200 hour Integral Yoga course.
Intergral yoga is where Lolli arrived: Founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda, it is a flexible combination of specific methods designed to develop every aspect of the student : Physical, emotional intellectual and spiritual. It is a scientific system which intergrates the various branches of Yoga in order to bring about a complete and harmonious development of the individual ! – Working though the koshas and branches of Yoga :Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Japa Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga. Her classes include Chanting, Meditation, Asanas, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama,
Practising Integral Yoga leads to a peaceful mind an easeful body and a useful life.
Yoga is the uniting of conciousness of the heart where it rests in it’s own true nature.
Lolli teaches a wide range of classes at Thaxted Yoga including Integral Gentle Yoga & Hatha Yoga for beginners and improvers.
Stephanie began attending Thaxted Yoga as a regular student and soon fell in love with her practice, the effects it had on her (and others around her) and also the calming space inside the studio. If you’ve emailed us or phoned us, chances are you’ve spoken with Stephanie who is here to help answer questions, assist with bookings, give suggestions on classes based on her own personal experience and just about anything else you might need. In short – she is our blessing!
Questions? Steph can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07804 560595.