OUR TEAM

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FIONA
MCINTOSH

Fiona has been a passionate teacher of movement since 2006..  She is a certified pilates teacher with international academies; Body Control, Polestar Education and Centre for Spatial Medicine.  

 

Fiona is a certified Experienced Yoga Teacher and an iRest Meditation Teacher Level 1.  She also holds a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.  

 

She constantly attends courses and workshops to extend her knowledge of the human body especially the fascial system.  Fiona hopes in all her classes to share her passion for movement for whole body health.

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MARTINA
ELTER

Martina fell in love with yoga almost 20 years ago and is a passionate practitioner ever since.

She is qualified with Claire Murphy Yoga UK, Sivananda Yoga Austria and Calm for Kids.

She is a member and a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. Martina likes to share her love for yoga combining it with her passion to empower people and to nurture a sense of wellbeing and calm..

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HANNAH
SMALLEY

Hannah teaches Hatha and flow, often offering regular class themes, supporting students to deepen their practice in specific areas over a few weeks. Hannah’s teaching style is relaxed and inclusive. She believes that yoga is for everyone, supporting her students to find their own pace and level in a light hearted manner. Hannah focuses on alignment in class and offers a range of options to suit all. 

Hannah has not only found strength and focus through her own lifelong love of yoga, but flexibility of mind and heart. She aims to help her students connect with the same long-term benefits through their own yoga practice.  

Having worked for nearly two decades in senior roles in the corporate world and the NHS, Hannah witnessed the importance of movement and mindfulness for health and mental wellbeing. This spurred her to combine her coaching skills with yoga and she took her 200 hour teacher training at Santosha. Hannah is a member of the Yoga Alliance Professionals and is delighted to be joining the team in 2022. 

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ROSEMARY 
LEWIS

Rosemary has taught for over 30 years as a primary school teacher and has spent at least half of that developing her yoga practise, appreciating the calmness and sense of wellbeing it has bought to her life.

 

In recent years she has begun to combine her joy of both her teaching and yoga within the classroom, recognising the beneficial effects it has on the children’s learning and sense of self. She qualified as a yoga teacher with Chie Sibbring and is also a children’s yoga teacher.

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EMMA
CLACK

Emma returned to yoga around 6 years ago when she found Santosha studio a sanctuary from her role in mental health and body that was starting to feel the toll of old injuries. She was hooked. Falling in love with all aspects of yoga not just the postures, She was inspired to complete her teacher training with the traditional yoga association.

She has been teaching since 2019 and share classes that are down to earth, inclusive and hopefully fun.


My interest in women’s health and empowerment has recently led to complete my menopause yoga teacher training.

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SUSIE
CHAMBERS

Susie  has been teaching for 13 years & initially trained with Body Control Pilates as a matwork teacher in 2007. She undertook a number of further professional development courses including; Pregnancy in Pilates, working with older clients and various equipment modules.

Discovering the qualitative difference of working from a fascial perspective led her to start the 1:1 apprenticeship training with Centre for Spatial Medicine (CPM) in 2015 enabling her to  teach the full studio equipment as well as matwork through a fascial perspective. The training has taken her across the world to Houston in the US and Zurich as well as across the UK.

As a fully qualified teacher with Centre for Spatial Medicine (CPM), Susie teaches both studio & matwork helping clients to find healthier and strain free ways of moving.

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CHIE
SIBBRING

Chie is our Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Org Accredited Senior Yoga Teacher.

 

Originally from Japan, she started practising yoga 16 years ago because of stress, poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. She has been teaching in Japan and New York for 9 years and completed her 500hr teacher training at Dharma yoga. She is also certified as a Prenatal Yoga teacher (Urban Yoga) and a children's yoga teacher (Karma Kids Yoga)

She is the teacher of our 200hr Teacher Training and Prenatal Teacher Training.

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BEVERLY
WALKER

Beverly was inspired on a trip to California to finally commit to a regular yoga practice and returned home to look for a teacher an venue that lived up to the one she found in America. Her search led her to the Santosha Studiio. Her love of how yoga makes her feel physically and emotionally made her decide to complete her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Claire Murphy Yoga. She now teaches our Yoga for Lunch class.

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JENNY
CHAPMAN

Jen began practising yoga whilst at university in 2007 on the recommendation of her Ju Jitsu Sensae who thought her strength and flexibility could use some work. Unfortunately, his plan backfired and she swapped the dojo for the yoga studio...  

Yoga has been a vital lifeline, both through conditioning the body for other sporting endeavours, particularly running, and also for promoting mental clarity in life's storms. Jen firmly believes that yoga is the best medicine for all. 

Qualifying in 2022 from Chie's 200hr yoga teacher training programme at Santosha, Jen is extremely excited to be joining the ranks of the excellent teachers she has practised under since moving to Chippenham in 2011. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Alongside yoga teaching, Jen is a Physiotherapy Assistant and Sports Massage Therapist, both of which influence her energetic and anatomically focused teaching style. She welcomes yogis new and experienced to the mat for a vibrant, creative and lively practice.  

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JANE 
ROURKE

Jane worked as a solicitor in a highly stressful environment for 17 years, before making the leap to pursue her dream of teaching yoga. Yoga was undoubtedly a lifeline for Jane during her latter corporate years, as well as those hazy days of having young kids.

 

Jane hopes to share even a little spark of the magic that yoga has brought to her life, by providing a space where students are able tofind some calm and balance.

 

Jane is qualified with Chie Sibbring Teaching Training, Rainbow Kids Yoga and is also a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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NIKKI 
KNIGHT

Nikki is a RYT-200 (Sally Parkes) and Teaching Yoga in Sports and to Athletes (Sarah Ramsden) certified Yoga Alliance Professional. 

 

Nikki's approach is light-hearted and supportive with an emphasis on safe, steady and strengthening classes designed to keep the body moving fluidly and to complement other lifestyles activities and sports.

 

Her classes explore the connection between breath and movement and the use of props to allow all abilities to enjoy their time on the mat and experience the benefits of yoga.

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JO
DUFFY

Jo decided to embark on the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course to share the benefits of yoga with others. She is now an Experienced Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and has trained as Yin Yoga Teacher with Bernie Clark.

 

Jo's classes are practical, supportive and accessible to all, allowing students to develop at their own pace with curiosity, playfulness and integrity.

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JO 
KITTS

Yoga has been an important part of Jo’s life for over a decade. After 20 years in medical research and studying with world renowned teachers she finally made the move to follow her heart and start teaching yoga.

 

She has a passion for practices that support individuals dealing with chronic stress, anxiety and depression, as well as conditions such as CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, and cancer related fatigue.

 

She is fully qualified with Claire Murphy Yoga and is registered as an Experienced Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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ANGELA 
DAJNOKI

Angela, originally from Hungary, discovered yoga as a teenager. It's been a steady part of her life ever since, accompanying her through different countries and different stages of her life. Above all, Angela appreciates the serenity and self-acceptance that yoga practice gives her and this is what she would like to share with others.

 

She deeply values the subtler aspects of yoga, with a special interest in pranayama and the yoga of sound, despite of - or maybe because of - her scientific background.

She completed her 200h teacher training at Bristol School of Yoga in 2019 and is a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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TONE
BRAZIER

Fascinated by altered states of consciousness and the power of sound since the early 1970s, it’s no surprise that the Gongs finally found Tone at a time when he was open to their magic.


Intrigued by the sonic and personal pathways that opened, Tone formalised his love of Gongs by completing training with Sheila Whittaker and Don Conreaux, two of the worlds foremost Gong Masters.
The complex sound matrix created by the Gongs has the power to instill a rapid state of relaxation, meditation and altered states of being from where moments of personal clarity and self healing can emanate.


Tone now offers Gong Baths or Sound Journeys throughout the UK and beyond and monthly here at Santosha Studio.
Tone is a member of the College of Sound Healing.

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CONNOR
WALKER

Connor started practicing yoga asana in his late teens out of necessity due to back pain. Experimenting with different remedies, he owes an astounding recovery to the path that yoga offered. An appreciation for yoga was born out of this experience which later transformed into a passion when he realised that yoga was helping him get through various personal traumas.

 

To be an aid to others and share this passion he has since successfully completed a 200hr Hatha yoga training with Chie Sibbring under the Dharma lineage as well as specialist sports yoga training with Sarah Ramsden (both Manchester City and United coach).

 

Connor provides a unique perspective to those who seek more from yoga than simply making shapes. He offers creative, effective and carefully constructed classes with a focus on balancing flexibility and strength; physically and mentally.