As of January 2020, Lolli became the owner and manager of Thaxted Yoga and has been teaching at the studio for over two years.
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 course taught by Tara Fraser. 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 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.
Integral 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 integrates 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. Practicing 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 its own true nature.
Lolli teaches a wide range of classes at Thaxted Yoga including Beginner’s Courses, Integral Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Nidra and Mindful Movement and Meditation.
Stephanie Foster – Administrative Manager
Stephanie began attending Thaxted Yoga three years ago and soon fell in love with her practice, as well as 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 and just about anything else you might need.
Questions? Steph can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07804 560595.
Theresa Banovic – Teacher
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 and 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 teaches Restorative Yoga classes on Monday mornings.
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.
Mary Bonett – Teacher
Mary teaches Gentle Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Flow.
Allison teaches an energetic Vinyasa Flow on Thursday evenings which is at an intermediate level.
Claire teaches Mindful Flow on Monday evenings.
Magali’s training includes a 200 hour Ashtanga course in India and 200 hours in Hatha Yoga in Mallorca, both of which are Yoga Alliance Certified schools. Her practice is a very free-flowing style which provides a sense of purpose and equilibrium and aims to hold a safe space for people to explore their physical bodies without judgement. She enjoys combining creative sequencing with stretches and restorative postures to rejuvenate you and relax you all at once, all the while focusing on the breath and relaxing the mind. Magali teaches Hatha Flow and Men’s Yoga.
Casey Gill- Founder
Casey is the founder of Thaxted Yoga, which first launched in 2014 in Thaxted’s Guildhall. In September 2018, the need to travel caught her and her family by surprise when they were offered a new life in Australia.
We’d like to thank Casey for creating a beautiful space and installing a living moss wall to complement the experience.