Helen practises and teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Dorset and is director of ‘Yoga at the Space’ here in the beautiful Purbecks. She runs the morning Mysore programme as well as teaching Yoga for Pregnancy and running regular retreats and workshops.
She started practicing yoga in 1991 when she was working in the film industry and had just had her first daughter. It has played a major part in her life ever since. She completed the BWY 3 year teacher training course in 2005 and subsequently both level 1 and 2 teacher training courses with her main teachers John Scott and Lucy Crawford, for whom she owes huge gratitude. She is recognised by Yoga Alliance UK as a Senior Yoga Teacher and has recently been given the privilege of a 500 hour accreditation from John Scott.
Helen aims to bring a mindful and gentle approach to sharing this practice and the powerful tool which it can be for everyday life. She is also passionate about the importance of building community. Her own practice and exploration of yoga is ongoing as she continues to learn not just from her own teachers but also from all the people that she has the privilege of sharing yoga with. As a mother of two grown up daughters the involvement with the Urban Yogis UK project which looks to share this practice with young people is also very close to her heart. The brilliant thing is that it is accessible to everyone … you don’t have to be flexible or have any experience to start.
Sandra is a GP and long term practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as well as being a keen cyclist. She has completed both Level 1 and Level 2 teacher training with John Scott and Lucy Crawford and we are really lucky to have her at the Space sharing yoga with our community here.
Yoga is a beautiful practice which I have been fortunate to learn under the guidance of Helen McCabe since 2008. In May 2015 I completed my Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training with John Scott and Lucy Crawford (asana teaching), David Keil (yoga anatomy) and Greg Nardi (yoga philosophy). For me yoga is a wonderful journey. It challenges my discipline and patience, fosters humility and gratitude and encourages me to explore the relationship I have with myself and others. I have been a GP for 22 years and over this time I have been increasingly aware of the impact that our daily living patterns have on our bodies, minds and general wellbeing. I believe yoga can provide enormous physical and mental health benefits all from the simplicity of a small space and a mat! I am a keen cyclist and director of Blue Sky Cycle Tours. A company which takes small groups on personalised Alpine road cycling adventures. With this in mind I teach specific Yoga for Cyclists classes in addition to traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow. I wish to thank all the students and teachers who enrich my journey and as Guruji said “Practice, practice and all is coming”.
Ella McCabe Barton
Our newest addition to the teaching team is the lovely Ella, who has recently completed her training with John Scott and will be teaching some of the assisted self practice classes and Beginners courses here.
Ella has grown up surrounded by yoga in her family and has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2012 when she attended her first beginners course under the Guidance of Scott and Ozge at Stillpoint Yoga London. Since then yoga has become a more and more prominent part of her life and has guided her through completing a degree in textile design at Chelsea School of Art and working subsequently in the Interior design industry. She has recently completed her Level 1 and 2 teacher training with John Scott Yoga, and has had the privilege of practicing under the guidance of John both here and in India as well as with Lucy Crawford, David Keil and Greg Nardi. Ella feels that Yoga is about learning to be in touch with where life is in each moment. For Ella, this breath, body and mind practice is not about conforming to other people’s ideas of yoga but simply developing awareness in our relationship with ourselves and those around us as we embark on a powerful journey of self discovery.
Justine is one of our regular practitioners here at the Space and so it is wonderful that she is also able to step into the role of teacher here, holding the space for other students from time to time.
I discovered Ashtanga yoga after the birth of my first child in 2007 and have been practising ever since. When I subsequently moved to Dorset I was unable to find an Ashtanga teacher. So I decided to enrol myself on a teaching course with the renowned John Scott. Since then I have been lucky to meet a wonderful yoga community in Dorset and find a fabulous teacher in Helen. I completed my teacher training with John Scott Yoga in 2015 and am registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Natalie is a lovely friend and colleague of all of us here at the Space and a fabulous teacher and we are really excited that she will be teaching classes here from time to time and workshops, in particular her wonderful ‘Acroyoga’ Workshops
I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years and in 2006 discovered Ashtanga yoga which led to study in India and the UK with some truly inspiring teachers including Ajay Kumar, Sri K Patthabhi Jois and, more recently, Sharath Rangaswami in Mysore where I studied for three months at the KPJAYI in 2012. I am passionate about Ashtanga, loving the flow and intensity it offers and have continued this practice. It has also led me to meditation which helps bring a balance and calm to both practice and teaching. I completed my 200 hour teacher training through Zenways with Julian Diazan Skinner, where I deepened my knowledge and practice of meditation and discovered a more Buddhist philosophy.
In addition to yoga I work within the youth service and this is an important part of life as I am passionate about the development and support of young people.
for more information about Natalie’s classes in Bournemouth and Poole you can check out her facebook page: Yogadreads