Teachers At Body Bliss Yoga | Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Tracey is the founder of Body Bliss and the director of our teacher training school.Tracey has been practising yoga for 30 years and teaching for 15. Yoga has always been a big part of her life since an early age watching her mother practice. Originally qualified in Hatha, Tracey has since trained in Hot Yoga and other styles along the way. Combining her love of yoga and knowledge of weight training she introduced “Yoga with Weights” and loves teaching Hot 26.
Alongside her love for yoga and teaching, her two daughters are very much a huge part of her life and spending time with them is of high priority.
Tracey comes from a strong fitness background. Her qualifications and experience include CYQ Exercise to Music, Step, Aqua, Fitness Instructor, MEND (Exercising children) Level 3 GP Exercise Referral, Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 4, Yoga (500hr) Pilates Teacher Level 3, Assessor and PTTLS. Working with the NHS brought to light just how much people need yoga and pilates in their life.
“I have always enjoyed teaching and watching the important changes in people’s lives, this for me is incredibly rewarding. To pass on my experience"
I originally trained to be a Personal Assistant and worked for many years in London, mainly in the Loss Adjusting industry, before leaving London to raise my 3 children. I have worked part-time locally whilst they were growing up, in an architects, a building firm and the NHS.
I was a Governor for 5 years at one of my children's schools and was Commodore at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club for 3 years.
I have now been at Body Bliss since the beginning of 2017 and really enjoy meeting all our client's and making Body Bliss a perfect place for you to practice yoga/pilates.
'Hi, I’m Lauren and I’ve been practicing yoga since 2007. Yoga helped me to find a greater sense of peace and purpose after struggling with anxiety, stress and burnout in my former life as a major donor fundraiser. The practice totally changed my life and I’m here to help it do the same for you.
I completed my initial teacher training in a traditional ashram setting in Rishikesh, India and just recently completed my second teacher training qualification with renowned vinyasa flow teacher, Claire Missingham, an incredible experience. I’m hugely inspired by yoga philosophy and dedicated to demystifying these ancient teachings, making them accessible and relevant to our busy, modern day lives.
I teach alignment-based, hatha-vinyasa flow yoga, drawing inspiration from both ashtanga and kundalini. My teaching is infused with uplifting music and spiritual lessons for modern life - expect to be challenged, inspired and above all, to have fun! Hope to see you on the mat soon.'
Eight years ago when I was a single mum, my children reached an age where I could leave them for a hour here and there. I decided to join a gym and started attending yoga classes and since then, never looked back! For me yoga has always been a rod in my life and no matter what life throws at you, it’s always there even if you turn your back on it from time to time.
I started teaching yoga in 2016 after completing a RYA 200 hour. Yoga is something that you can continually learn and evolve in. Ashtanga is the lineage in which I trained and has a strong influence on me the way I teach. Personally, I like class which make you feel as if you’ve had a work out and hope this is reflected in my classes. Recently I completed a ‘Hot 26’ Yoga conversion at Body Bliss and really feel this has had an impact on my teaching methods. I enjoy working at Body Bliss and meeting the amazing, inspiring people along the way.
My involvement with Pilates goes back to my training as both a dancer and dance teacher, doing class with teachers such as Alan Herdman, one of the pioneers of the technique in this country. I have developed a great respect for how Pilates could aid the development of the performers physique and help them recover from illness and injury.
Whilst teaching dance I become more concerned with fitness and health issues relating to the general population, leading me to train as a Stott Pilates Teacher.
I now work with a wide range of clients, including athletes and dancers, those recovering from injury or illness to people interested in developing and maintaining their own level of fitness through this empowering form of exercise. In all these cases the challenge is to develop each person’s awareness of how they can use their body to enhance and maintain this aspect of their quality of life.
AREAS OF SPECIALISM
- Stott Pilates
- Merrithew Total Barre
- Exercise Anatomy and Physiology
- Kettlebell Fitness Training
- Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance
After an early end to a career in the arts I started teaching Pilates in 2011. Since then I never stopped learning about how movement can heal us and help us explore who we really are.
I spend several years working within a Physiotherapy clinic, where I also started integrating biomechanics coaching and clinical massage into my movement work.
When I started working with clients with neurological conditions, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and PTSD I started to notice the impact our nervous system has on our body and overall health. I noticed that standard rehabilitation or exercise was not so helpful to those who suffered with these conditions. I learned from my clients what was helping them and what was not and I sought further training in neuro-linguistic programming and somatic experiencing, in order to develop effective treatment for these conditions through embodiment and movement.
I now specialise in helping people, who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety and life-changing conditions and injuries, that impact on their physical and mental well-being.
In 2017 I also became a member of the Polestar Pilates UK Education Team. I provide 1-1 sessions and mentoring for the students and offer professional development workshops to Pilates Teachers.
During my time as an artist I worked with holocaust survivors in Germany and got involved with projects that strive to connect young people from previously war-ing countries. Now, as a movement therapist, who works with trauma induced conditions I am reconnecting with this work in my free time to support healing across generations and boarders.
Somatic Experiencing: The Beginning, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach PractitionerComprehensive Studio Polestar Pilates Practitioner The Myofascial Anatomy & Movement Series , BTEC Level 5 Clinical and Remedial Sports Massage Specialist Biomechanics Coach (incl. Low Back Pain Specialist) Reps Level 3 Personal Training, Reps Level 3 Mat Pilates, PgDip in Arts and Cultural Management, BA (Hons) in Visual Communication.
Yoga Teacher and Body Bliss Tutor
I started practicing Iyengar style Hatha Yoga in 1976 in Norwich and continued in Southend working with Peter Ballard, one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s first qualified teachers in the West. I began teaching in 1987 and joined the British Wheel of Yoga, since then I have studied with teachers from many traditions from all over the world. I am a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and have studied Tai Chi, Taoist meditation and Chi Gong, Chinese exercises for health and vitality since 1992, using my experience of these to compliment my Yoga teaching.
- BA (Hons)City and Guilds Diploma in Teaching Adult and Further Education
- British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma
- ASCA Therapeutic Thai Massage
My journey started when i had spent a year visiting a chiropractor twice a month. I had suffered for years with lower back pain and was suggested yoga. After feeling desperate to find a fix I tried a 5 minute flow and within a month this quickly turned into an hour flow every day.
2 years later I have qualified as a hatha yoga teacher working on a 500hr yoga teacher qualification.
I don’t intend to stop there, I have become obsessed with everything yoga, pushing my strength and flexibility, exploring where the body and mind can take us. My goal in my practice now is to help others find the path i walk whole heartedly, to find strength, calm, and focus on the mat that exudes into your daily life.
I haven’t been to a chiropractor since starting yoga, my posture has improved tenfold my attitude towards life has become one of learning and finding growth in where ever passion flows. I owe so much to yoga as a practice and a lifestyle and I want so much to share what I have found with my students, I hope this shows in the practice we share.
Charlotte qualified as physiotherapist from Kings college London in 2011. Charlotte’s background is in rehabilitating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic clients, with a special interest in knee and back injuries. She has a passion for human biomechanics and inspiring people to take care of their physical fitness and health enabling them to feel and move better.
Alongside her physiotherapy career charlotte has, always had an interest in the world of Pilates and followed a variety of experts within the movement world. She incorporates her clinical expertise when designing her Physiotherpay lead rehabilitation classes and strives to ensure her clients feel supported throughout their individual journeys.
Charlotte spends her free time running, rock climbing and competing in Brazilian Jujitsu, but enjoys any sport or movement and is always keen to optimise others people’s performance within their chosen hobbies.
My background is in dance/musical theatre and as a Fitness instructor with Reebok company.
During my dance training I turned to Yoga as a hobby and as an additional exercise but found this also to be my path to recovery, from injuries that had naturally resulted from my training regime over the years.
A career change, then gave me new opportunities and I decided to focus on my growing passion and appreciation for Yoga. I undertook a Yoga Foundation Course following a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course. As ongoing learning process, I’m regularly attending Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini Yoga workshops to enrich my own practice and my classes. I have also continued on with further training as Fitness instructor over this period and now enjoy teaching and sharing yoga with my Students.
My aim is to guide others so they too can experience the many amazing benefits of yoga for the body, mind and soul.
Sarah is a podcast host on her own show 'Impulse Chats with Sarah Barnes', a @SlowFashionSeason Ambassador, Yoga & meditation teacher and workshop facilitator.
After travelling the world Sarah made Bali her home, where she fell in love with Yoga, holistic lifestyle approaches & mixed movement practices. She is now back in the UK and based out of Leigh-on-Sea and London.
The most important message that Sarah shares is ‘Yoga should not be contained to the mat’. The rich teachings and ethical grounding it offers is designed to be bought into the ‘real world’.Sarah applies her knowledge to activism, workshops, Masterclasses, event organisation, teaching (both virtually and online) and spreads tools of education for self-empowerment.
Sarah has been featured on BBC Essex, The Stuart Watkins Podcast, A Meaningful Life by Design Podcast, Yoga Indonesia, Yogis of Indonesia, This is Limitless and as special guest speaker for Zazyoga / Yoga Teacher Training, Bali with more interviews being released soon!
I started Yoga in my early 20's completely by accident when I ended up in a Hot Yoga class back home in Dublin, Ireland. I can't say that it was love at first sight, yet I grew to like it over the years - Yoga and I had a sort of "on and off relationship".
When I moved to London in 2014, yoga became a regular practice and I was deeply inspired by my yoga teachers to pursue my teacher training. I went on to do my first teacher training in 2017 with YogaLondon where I trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa. I then expanded my learnings with Dulce Aguilar and Jamie Clarke of pioneering yoga school The Yoga People, training in Rocket, Yin and Mandala Vinyasa Yoga. My passion for knowledge, led me to training further in Rocket Yoga and Advanced Anatomy with Marcus Veda and Hannah Whittingham of Good Life Yoga School. In 2020, I also completed my pre-natal, post-natal and mom & baby yoga teacher training with Sally Parkes.
My classes are strong, dynamic and playful. I am passionate about Movement and my inspiration comes from yogic practices but also from primal movement, mobility training, sports and dance. I look forward to flowing with you all!
For the past 10 years after a career within the media industry, Rosanne sought ways of how to enhance her physical and mental wellbeing and discovered yoga was the answer.
Since moving to Leigh-on-Sea in 2014, Rosanne found the benefits of Hot Yoga at Body Bliss as the perfect remedy. So in 2019 she signed up to their 500 hour teaching training course.
Being a newly qualified teacher, Rosanne is looking forward to helping all of her clients on their spiritual journey alongside hers. Her aim is to allow her clients to realise the amazing benefits of yoga. In her new classes Rosanne will focus on bringing clarity through the use of positive affirmations. To encourage balancing the mind and body by easing out tightness and tension. Overall creating space and harmony through movement and breath work.
- YMCA Awards, 500 hours, CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
- YMCA Awards, Level 3, The Philosophy & Fundamentals of Yoga
- YMCA Awards, Level 3, Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Health
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Know How To Support Your Clients
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Health, Safety & Welfare in a Fitness Environment
- Certified First Aider
After many years in a desk job and having various back issues, I started to attend yoga classes and really noticed the benefits for both my body and mind. Fast forward 15 years, and my love for Yoga and Piltes has grown tenfold.
I decided to further my knowledge and enrolled on the Level 3 YMCA 500 hour Yoga course at Body Bliss in 2015. I absolutely loved it and came back in 2019 to qualify in the Level 3 YMCA Pilates Diploma.
My goal is to help people with their flexibility, strength and overall well-being. I teach a mix of traditional yoga asanas combined with the core exercises of the Pilates principles in a heated studio. My class Yoga and Pilates Fusion is on a Tuesday night at Body Bliss and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.