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 SADIYA 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.

Qualification

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

Click on a picture to reveal the teacher's name and access their bio and contact details.



Joan Abrams

joanabrams@hotmail.com
0778 867 2519
0145 776 3048
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3

Joan lives near Glossop in Derbyshire, and has been part of the Manchester 'yoga scene' for countless years, practising with Jeanne Maslen, a senior teacher there. She holds the Intermediate Junior Level 3 Certificate and has a ‘Yoga Room’ in her home where she teaches individuals or small classes.
However, she is now a 'Sheffielder' - on Tuesdays. Her daughter lives here, her partner teaches here, and she now feels a very welcome part of the Sheffield Yoga Centre. She teaches the 'Older and Stiffer' Tuesday lunchtime class and helps with the Therapeutic class later in the day.


Allie Carr

alliejcarr@gmail.com
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.


Caroline Anschutz

Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: Library Coordinator

I started yoga about 20 years ago with Frances but had a few years out when I had my son. About 6 years ago I took yoga up more seriously as it helped me to cope with the stress at work! I am delighted that I passed my teacher training under the fantastic guidance of Frances and that I can now teach at the Sheffield Yoga Centre. She currently is our representative on the IY (UK) committee


Dominic Batten

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Vice Chair and Trustee

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.


Monica Bejarano Cortes

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 2
Position in the Committee: Social Media Coordinator

Monica Bejarano originally from Spain, moved back to the UK in 2010 from Auckland, New Zealand. Four years on, she has 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 has had the opportunity to train with international senior teachers, including Stephanie Quirk (New Zealand), Pixie Lillas (Australia) and Faeq Biria (France). Monica transmits with passion the Iyengar’s teachings as she has learned them from qualified teachers and from her 15 years of personal practice. Monica’s classes are dynamic, enthusiastic, generous and compassionate.


Stuart Bolton

Certification Level: Introductory

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


Lorraine Bonete

lorraine.bonete@gmail.com
0780 756 7532
0114 236 2115
Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: Membership Secretary

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.


Helen Clay

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Event Organiser and 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.
She recently returned to Sheffield from Budapest, Hungary.Since then she has been teaching at the Sheffield Yoga Centre, at the Stillpoint Centre, and also providing one-to-one and small group classes from her yoga-space at home in the Sheffield 10 area.


Frances Homewood

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior Level 1
Position in the 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.


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.


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.


Iris Pimm

iris.pimm@zeronet.co.uk
0162 963 6341
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3

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Emma Rattenbury

emma.rattenbury@blueyonder.co.uk
0783 781 1967
0114 255 6406
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 2
Position in the Committee: Chair, Trustee and Newsletter Editor

Emma has been practicing Iyengar yoga in Sheffield for over 20 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. She has assisted in the therapeutic classes at the Yoga Centre. Emma combines her yoga teaching with her organisational development consultancy business.


Bridget Strong

bridgetstronguk@yahoo.co.uk
0114 327 3147
0793 913 8348
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 1

Bridget started yoga as a way of coping with the pressures and demands of a young family and quickly became a convert of Iyengar Yoga. 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 has also helped with posture and avoiding the aches and pains that musicians often suffer from. Yoga has also helped manage and overcome chronic backpain.
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.


Carolyn Usher

carolyn@yogatoyou.co.uk
0784 338 4496
Certification Level: Introductory
Position in the Committee: 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. Having moved to Sheffield in August 2010, Carolyn has been welcomed into the local yoga community and is delighted to be given the chance of teaching at Sheffield Yoga Centre.

Carolyn also offers group classes in the workplace adapted to suit anyone own requirements. Click here for details or to book.


Pascale Vacher

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 3
Position in the Committee: Web Editor

Pascale started Iyengar yoga in 1994. She qualified as an Introductory level Iyengar yoga teacher in 2007 and now holds an Intermediate Junior Level 3 certificate.
She runs four adults' evening classes and one teenagers' class at Silverdale School (Sheffield - Bents Green). She also teaches monthly Sunday morning workshops and offers 1:1 and 1:2 tuition on request. Occasionally she also covers classes at the Sheffield Yoga Centre or Zag Iyengar Yoga Studio.
She is also a member of the SADIYA committee where she maintains this website as well as she can (;-) and helps organise yoga events.
Her yoga practice allows her to balance a full-on family and working life.


Wendy Weller-Davies

wendy@wellerdavies.co.uk
0114 236 3039
Certification Level: Intermediate Junior Level 1

Wendy has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1992. She qualified to teach in November 2007 and gained her Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate in 2011. She has studied with many eminent Iyengar yoga teachers such as Geetha and BKS Iyengar in Pune in 2004 (Geetha's 60th birthday celebrations), Rajvi Metha, Jawahar, Faek Biria, Marion Kilburn and many others.
Wendy began teaching at the Sheffield Yoga Centre in January 2008. She is also currently Chair of SADIYA.
As a member of the full-time workers' "rat race", Wendy is particularly keen on the aspects of yoga that help us to achieve a balance in our busy working and personal lives.


Liz Whelan

lizwhelan@talktalk.net
0114 236 8199
0781 128 1213
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.


Teachers further afield

Marios Argiros

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior Level 3

Marios is a Senior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar teacher who combines teaching yoga with his work as a classical musician. He came to yoga originally through neck and back problems he had been unable to solve with other therapies and found that Iyengar yoga had a transforming effect on his life and his work as a musician. Marios has studied and practised yoga for many years and completed his teacher training at the Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga Institute. He has studied with many eminent teachers, including the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Memorial Institute in Pune, India.


Sue Lovell

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior Level 3

Sue Lovell holds a Senior Iyengar teaching certificate and has been practising yoga for 21 years. She leads the Peak Yoga Studio in Buxton where she regularly runs workshops with visiting teachers as well as offering her own regular classes.