Our teachers

Teachers

Sheffield Yoga Centre Director – Frances Homewood

With over 25 years’ experience teaching Iyengar Yoga in and around Sheffield, and over 6 years’ experience teaching Therapeutic Yoga, Frances is our most senior Yoga Teacher. She has held the Intermediate Junior Level 3 Certificate since 1990 and gained her Senior Intermediate (Level 1) certificate in November 2012. She is a qualified Assessor and Teacher Trainer for the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK). Frances has made regular visits to the Iyengar Institute in Pune over the last 20 years.

Frances still delights in teaching the following classes at Sheffield Yoga Centre: New Starters, Beginners Level 2, Intermediate Level 1, Intermediate Level 2, Women-Only Intermediate Level 1, Therapeutic Class


Emma Rattenbury

Emma has been practising Yoga for over 20 years and currently holds the Intermediate Junior Level One Certificate. Always looking to improve her teaching and knowledge of Iyengar Yoga, Emma regularly attends workshop and conventions with senior yoga teachers including Geeta Iyengar, Jawaha, Rajvi Mehta and Firooza Ali.

Emma teaches the following classes at Sheffield Yoga Centre: New Starters, Beginners Level 1, Beginners Level 2.

 


Bridget Strong

Originally starting yoga as a way to cope with the pressures and demands of a young family. Bridget qualified as an introductory teacher in 2007. She currently holds the Intermediate Junior Level 1 Certificate. Working in mental health, Bridget is able to see how beneficial yoga can be to both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Bridget teaches the following class at Sheffield Yoga Centre: Intermediate Level 1.


Joan Abrams

A member of the Manchester yoga scene for ”countless years” practising with Jeanne Maslen, Joan is one of our more senior teachers and currently holds the Intermediate Junior Level 3 Certificate. Regularly teaching individuals and small groups from her home in Derbyshire, Joan is happy to be an honorary ‘Sheffielder’!

Joan teaches the following classes at Sheffield Yoga Centre: Relax and Restore Class and assists Frances with her Therapeutic Class.


Caroline Anschutz

Caroline has been practising yoga for over 20 years and has found that it helped her to cope with stress at work.  Now being retired, she completed her teacher training in October 2011.  She regularly attends workshops and conventions to improve her own practice.

Caroline teaches the following class at Sheffield Yoga Centre: New Starter, Beginners Level 1 / 2, Slower Paced Beginners Level 2 and assists Frances with her Therapeutic class.


Stuart Bolton

Stuart has been practicing yoga for 13 years and qualified as an introductory teacher in October 2011.  Being an active person he initially came to yoga to help manage the various physical stresses and strains associated with indulging in a variety of sports including cycling, climbing, running, snow boarding and skiing.  He soon realised how yoga also helped him to manage the mental and emotional stresses and strains associated with an equally busy work and family life!   Stuart regularly attends workshops and events with senior yoga teachers to develop his own practice and teaching.

 


Helen Clay

Helen has studied and practised yoga for around 30 years and holds the Intermediate Junior 3 certificate. She first qualified as an introductory teacher in 1991 and for many years combined teaching yoga with raising a family and with professional work in early years.  She has studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India and with other eminent teachers both in the UK and in Hungary where she spent some years. She has also studied therapeutic work with Stephanie Quirk, at the Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga Institute.

Helen teaches the following classes at the Centre: New Starter, Relax and Restore, Beginners Level 2 / Intermediate Level 1.

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Carolyn Usher

Carolyn qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2010, shortly after joining the Sheffield Yoga Community when she moved to the area from the North East. Carolyn combines her own practice and teaching with full time work, benefiting from yoga as a means of managing stress as well as staying fit and healthy! She also co-edits the SADIYA newsletter with fellow teacher and friend, Emma Rattenbury. Carolyn regular attends classes and workshops with senior teachers to improve her teaching and own practice and enjoys sharing teaching of the Saturday class at the Centre, as well as helping out with class cover and drop-in’s as required.


Emma Norminton

Emma started practising Iyengar yoga in London in 2002 and qualified as a teacher at Introductory Level in 2012, having trained in Edinburgh and Manchester. She is delighted to have joined the community of teachers in Sheffield and enjoys teaching the Saturday morning class as part of a rota. She combines teaching with looking after her small daughter, a natural yogi who puts her mother to shame!

Emma teaches the following classes at the Centre: New Starter, Beginners Level 1.

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 Liz Whelan

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Liz has been practicing yoga since 2000, and gained her teaching certificate in 2011. Liz teaches the following classes at the Centre: New Starter, Beginners Level 1.


Allie Carr

Allie started Iyengar Yoga while working as an administrator at the Sheffield yoga centre. From her first class, she loved taking classes with Frances, realising immediately that this practice of yoga offered something different from what she had tried before in gyms. That was over 10 years ago. Since then, Allie’s life has taken on the twists and turns of life in art and academia, yet yoga has enabled her to stay grounded and balanced. She qualified as an Introductory level teacher in 2016.

Allie teaches the following classes at the Centre: New Starter, Beginners Level 1.

 


Pascale Vacher

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Pascale qualified as a Iyengar yoga teacher in 2007 and has held an Intermediate Junior Level 3 certificate since 2011. She continues to deepen her knowledge by attending classes and workshops/conventions in the UK with visiting teachers from home and abroad.

At the Sheffield Yoga centre she teaches the Monday evening Intermediate 2 classes with Frances Homewood and some weekend workshops.

Her yoga practice allows her to balance a full-on family and working life.


 

All our teachers hold the internationally recognised Iyengar yoga Certification Mark.

Other teachers who help us with their skills by teaching on a substitute basis are Dominic Batten and Pascale Vacher. For details about these teachers and other Iyengar classes in the South Yorkshire area visit the Sheffield and District Iyengar Yoga Association website www.yogasheffield.org