Our Teachers

A large team of fully qualified and experienced Iyengar Teachers in Sheffield offer classes for everyone in a wide range of venues in Sheffield and District.

All the SADIY workshops and classes are taught by our fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers, each holding the Iyengar Yoga Certification mark. More details about each teacher can be found on this page.


All classes and workshops listed on this website are taught by fully qualified Iyengar teachers who hold the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark. The Certification Mark is a registered trade mark awarded to teachers who are approved members of the Iyengar Yoga (UK) Association. Only properly trained and certified teachers who have maintained their professional development are legally permitted to use this logo. For details of teaching qualification see the IY (UK) Teacher Training site . Our teachers' IY (UK) profile gives their current teaching certificate level.

Teachers in Sheffield

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Allie Carr

07850 153182
Certification Level: Introductory

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.

Anna Cowlishaw

Certification Level: Introductory

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.

Bridget Strong

0114 327 3147
0793 913 8348
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 1

Bridget has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over 20 years. She works in mental health and can see how beneficial yoga can be to our whole wellbeing - both physical and emotional. She also plays the violin and has found that yoga helps with posture and avoiding the aches and pains that musicians often feel. She is a runner and keen walker and has developed a particular interest in yoga for people who are especially active and teaches a 'Yoga for Sport' class.
Bridget qualified as an introductory teacher in 2007 and gained her Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate in 2011. She teaches at the Sheffield Yoga Centre.

Caroline Anschutz

Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: Committee Member and Library Coordinator

Caroline started yoga about 20 years ago with Frances but had a few years out when she had her son. More recently she took yoga up more seriously as it helped her to cope with the stress at work! She passed her teacher training under the fantastic guidance of Frances and that now teaches at the Sheffield Yoga Centre.

Carolyn Usher

0784 338 4496
Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: Committee Member and Newsletter Editor

Carolyn began studying yoga when she joined her local gym and quickly found that a yoga class was much more preferable than the treadmill! Iyengar Yoga became an important part of Carolyn’s life and she decided to take the teacher training course so she could pass on the benefits of yoga to others. Carolyn studied to become a teacher with the North East Iyengar Yoga Institute and qualified as a teacher in 2010, moving to Sheffield in the same year. She is an Introductory Level teacher at Sheffield Yoga Centre and also runs classes for private groups in work places.

Cath Morgan

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 2

Catherine Morgan teaches from her studio (Hope Valley Studio) in Hathersage in the Peak District and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate. After starting Iyengar yoga with Frances Homewood in 2003 in Sheffield, she then moved to Sydney where she trained to become a teacher under the internationally respected advanced teacher, Pixie Lillas. During her time in Sydney, Catherine spent many hours assisting and attending classes/workshops with Pixie before returning to the UK to open her own studio. She continues to deepen her knowledge by attending a weekly class with senior teacher Sue Lovell and workshops/conventions in the UK with visiting teachers from home and abroad. She has studied at the Iyengar institute in Pune, India as well as attending the 2009 convention in Australia with Geeta Iyengar. She continues to attend annual workshops with Pixie Lillas in London and Italy.

Dominic Batten

0114 264 9418
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Committee Member

Dominic started practising yoga in the 1980s on the advice of an osteopath. He no longer needs osteopathy. He qualified as an Introductory Level teacher at Manchester in 2001 and is currently qualified at Intermediate Junior Level 3. As well as attending classes with Frances Homewood and Marios Argiros, Dominic has gained from practising with a range of teachers at Yoga conventions in the UK, and at other events in Greece, Portugal and India. He has attended sessions with both Geeta Iyengar and BKS Iyengar.

Emma Norminton

Certification Level: Introductory

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 now lives and teaches in Sheffield.

Emma Rattenbury

0783 781 1967
0114 255 6406
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 2
Position in the Committee: Committee member and Newsletter Editor

Emma has been practicing Iyengar yoga in Sheffield for over 30 years. She has been teaching regular classes at the Sheffield Yoga Centre since she qualified as an Introductory teacher in 2007. She now holds a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. She is passionate about the benefits of yoga for everyone, and in particular its value in addressing physical, mental and emotional challenges. Emma combines her yoga teaching with being a grandmother and Chair of her local Labour Party.

Frances Homewood

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior Level 1
Position in the Committee: Committee Member

Frances is a very experienced Iyengar yoga teacher with over 25 years’ experience teaching Iyengar Yoga in and around Sheffield, and over 6 years’ experience teaching Therapeutic Yoga. She has gained her Senior Intermediate (Level 1) certificate in November 2012 and 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.
Her classes are enjoyed by beginners to intermediate level students and she is known for warmth and humour in her teaching. In 2005 she realised a lifelong dream of opening a dedicated Sheffield Yoga Centre so that people can practice in a calm and fully equipped environment.

Helen Clay

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Secretary

Helen first qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 1991 and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 3 certificate. She has taught a wide range of students, from beginners to intermediate, as well as disabled people and those with health problems including ME and chronic back back pain.
She has studied with many senior teachers in the UK, as well as with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. In addition she has studied therapeutic yoga with both Stephanie Quirk and with Mira Mehta and has completed the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs training.
Helen has a particular interest in yoga philosophy and its relationship to pratice, on and off the yoga-mat. Having studied with Gitte Bechsgaard's Yoga Vidya, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and others she is currently studying for an M.A. in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In 2018-19 she co-delivered a study/practice course for yoga teachers around the Patanjala Yoga Sutra.

Laura Curtis

Certification Level: Introductory

Laura has been regularly practising Iyengar yoga since 2012. She first discovered Iyengar Yoga at a time of change in her life and found it provided her with a sense of space, balance and strength. As her practice developed it became more central to her life, the sense of well-being this brought motivated her to share with others and to train to teach.
Laura teaches with warmth and humour, creating a welcoming, enjoyable and encouraging atmosphere in the class.

Liz Whelan

0781 128 1213
0114 236 8199
Certification Level: Introductory

Liz has been practicing yoga since 2000, In 2009 she started the two and a half year teacher training course and gained her teaching certificate in 2011. Since then she has been teaching regular classes at the Sheffield Yoga Centre and family workshops. She now also teaches a class in Dore on Tuesday morning.

Lorraine Bonete

0780 756 7532
0114 236 2115
Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: Membership Officer

Lorraine first tried yoga when she was pregnant and attended ante natal yoga classes. She discovered Iyengar yoga after the birth of her birth second child on the advice of her ante natal yoga teacher who recommended Frances Homewood's classes, and hasn't looked back.
Lorraine goes to as many workshops with visiting teachers, in Sheffield and further afield, as she can fit around family and work commitments. She was delighted to have the opportunity to train as an Iyengar yoga teacher and is now teaching at Silverdale School on Tuesday evenings.

Monica Bejarano Cortes

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3

Monica Bejarano originally from Spain, moved back to the UK in 2010 from Auckland, New Zealand. Four years on, she moved her classes to her own Yoga studio in the thriving Harland Works, John St in the heart of Sheffield, ‘Zagyoga’ Iyengar Yoga Studio.
She has taught an extensive variety of people, ages and abilities from the elderly to the athlete community including cyclists, runners and members of the New Zealand national rugby team. Monica Bejarano has had the opportunity to train with international senior teachers, including Stephanie Quirk (New Zealand), Pixie Lillas (Australia) and Faeq and Corine Biria (France) as well as with the Iyengar family in Pune, India.
Monica transmits with passion the Iyengar’s teachings as she has learned them from qualified teachers and from her many years of personal practice. Monica’s classes are dynamic, enthusiastic, generous and compassionate.

Nidhi Nanda

Certification Level: Introductory

Nidhi is a pharmacist, practising Iyengar Yoga for the last 12 years and recently qualified as an introductory level teacher. 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.

Pascale Vacher

0794 164 6418
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Treasurer and Communication Officer

Pascale started Iyengar yoga in 1994. She qualified as an Introductory level Iyengar yoga teacher in 2007 and has been holding an Intermediate Junior Level 3 certificate since 2011.
She runs four adults' evening classes and one teenagers' class at Silverdale School (Sheffield - Bents Green), a few daytime classes of various levels in her little studio (A Yoga Room) and an intermediate class at the Sheffield Yoga Centre. In addition, she teaches two monthly Sunday morning workshops (one for Beginners and the other for more experienced students) and offers 1:1 and 1:2 tuition on request. Occasionally she covers classes elsewhere.
She is also a member of the SADIY committee and the Treasurer. She maintains this website as well as she can (;-) and helps organise yoga events.
She has a particular interest in anatomy and the understanding of the physical structures and principles underlying movement to enhance the safe and efficient practice of yoga poses and to improve strength, flexibility, balance and posture.

Stuart Bolton

Certification Level: Introductory

Stuart has been practicing yoga for 13 years and qualified as an introductory teacher in October 2011.