Casey is the founder of Thaxted Yoga, which first launched in 2014 in Thaxted’s Guildhall. She is registered and insured with the UK Yoga Alliance and received her 300 hour training certification from Yogadarshanam Mysore, India whilst living in the Middle East. Casey’s classes focus on a combination of authentic Hatha Yoga and Flow with an emphasis on core strengthening. She’s not shy about making you sweat whilst also making you smile and her classes leave you feeling the benefits to your physical body whilst your mind is calm, relaxed and refreshed. Her classes also focus on the key benefits of each posture as you move through your practice one step at a time.
Casey believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and prides herself on creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where it is possible to escape the stresses and challenges of everyday life in a safe and welcoming environment.
Additionally, Casey is a certified Aerial Yoga teacher (WildLotus Yoga) as well as being trained in the Yoga Bananas® Technique as a qualified children’s yoga teacher for 3-11 year olds. She has also completed the Hotpod Yoga Teacher Training programme and worked with Nicola Batten to help launch Hotpod Yoga in Saffron Walden.
Casey currently teaches Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays and Hatha Core on Friday mornings, as well as covering Tracey’s Wednesday evening Ashtanga class.
Andy is a 300 hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher.
His classes have a strong, playful dynamic with attention paid to meaningful connection with students, disciplined practice, philosophy, uplifting intention and inspirational chanting. As well as featuring hands on assists and carefully curated musical soundtracks inspired by Andy’s past life as a dj and musician.
Andy began practising yoga over 7 years ago. Having suffered a serious muscular injury through long distance running, his physiotherapist recommended yoga and the rest is history. Far from having a typical background of dance/gymnastics/martial arts, (Andy ran, played football and worked in an office) Andy strongly believes that he is living proof that yoga is suitable for every body and bases his teaching philosophy on this.
Andy continues to study and practice around the world with senior Jivamukti teachers including Sharon Gannon (co-founder of Jivamukti), Jules Febre, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Emma Henry, Andrea Kwiatkwoski, Petros Haffenrichter and Gabriela Bozic. Andy completed his teacher training in India under the watchful eyes of Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life, his mentor Emma Henry and his beloved teachers Jules Febre and Ruth Lauer-Manenti.
Andy is passionate that all yoga ‘work’ is seva; to be offered up in the service of all who need to practice. So the practitioners develop tools to support living in often chaotic and dizzy modern times. Andy’s intention is for students to become inspired and uplifted through their experience of yoga and to live inspired lives.
Andy teaches Jivamukti Yoga on Monday evenings.
Tracey has had an interest and been practicing yoga from the age of 12 and initially self-taught through books whilst at school. Since then it has always been an important and integral part of her life and fundamental to her upbringing. Tracey has always found that practicing Yoga and Pilates makes her feel revitalised and is great exercise for bringing balance and harmony to body and mind. She began her teacher training in 2004 and is now fully qualified as an Advanced Hatha Yoga teacher & a mat Pilates teacher.
Tracey teaches Beginners Yoga on Monday night & Ashtanga on Wednesday evenings.
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.
Aga has been practising Iyengar yoga for over a decade. She went to her first yoga class after reading a yoga article on her 18th birthday. Yoga has been present in her life since then. She is registered with Yoga Alliance Professional in UK. By coincidence Aga was drawn to Power Yoga which derives from Ashtanga. She loved the flowing nature of the practice with one asana leading to the next. With elegant and beautiful sequences that you can change and modify each time you practise, we’re sure you’ll love Aga’s newest class. To Aga, the most important aspect of her yoga practice and teaching is to understand each posture whilst realising one’s physical abilities and restrictions. And this is where Aga would like to help. Vinyasa Yoga is great for strengthening the body and mind, adding rhythm and meditation to movement whilst clearing the mind. She would like to give as much as possible and share what she knows in a way that people understand. She wants to share with you just amazing how yoga is for all shapes, sizes and abilities.
Aga teaches Slow Flow Yoga on Thursday nights and Vinyasa Flow on Saturday mornings.
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 love 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 teaches Mum & Baby Yoga on Mondays as well as Pregnancy Yoga on Tuesday evening.
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 Integral Yoga on Thursday & Saturday mornings.
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.