Sheffield Yoga Centre Director – Frances Homewood

Frances discovered Iyengar yoga in her late teens and has practiced ever since. She has been an Iyengar yoga teacher for over 30 years and first went to India in 1987 to study with BKS Iyengar at his Institute in Pune. She has made many return visits and gained her Senior Intermediate ( Level One ) certificate in 2012.
After a knee injury, she became interested in therapeutic yoga and began to assist in medical classes in Pune. This motivated her to set up a fully equipped Yoga Centre where such classes could be held. She has taught therapy classes since 2010 and now mentors other teachers to assist in these classes.
Frances is a teacher trainer and assessor for the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) and has trained most of the teachers who work at the Centre. She teachers a weekly Beginners 2 class as well as Intermediate classes and Philosophy/ Pranayama classes.


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.

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.

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.


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


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


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.

Anna Cowlishaw

Anna Cowlishaw

Anna has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for 12 years and recently qualified as an introductory level teacher.

Anna draws on her experience as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and interest in anatomy to inform the practice of yoga. Anna finds Yoga helps to balance professional life with cycling, swimming and dinghy sailing.

At the Sheffield Yoga Centre, Anna teaches Beginner level 1 on Mondays.

Nidhi Nanda

Nidhi Nanda

Nidhi is a pharmacist, practising Iyengar Yoga for the last 12 years and recently qualified as an introductory level teacher. Nidhi teaches the Beginners Level 1 class on Tuesday evenings at the Centre. Nidhi has had the privilege of visiting Pune and being taught by the Iyengar Family.
Nidhi’s interest includes trekking and have had several trips to the Himalayas and Andes. In such situations teaching of the Iyengar method of yoga have been very beneficial and she has an interest in the spiritual aspect of yoga.

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

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