Meet the Team

It’s safe to say we’re just a little bit choosy about the teachers we have in our team.  Over the years we’ve worked with many inspirational teachers, some well-known and others less so and for us, what makes a great teacher boils down to three important things:

  • An ability to convey instruction with clarity, safety and laughter, always meeting each student’s needs at that moment, in that class.
  • A humility born of knowing they are here to guide and support, working alongside the student, not in front or above.
  • An emotional connection with our yoga community, our space and our vision.

The teachers we are privileged to work with here at the studio and around the world have all these and more and we feel deeply blessed that they choose to be part of our evolving Lime House Yoga team.

Jock Orton

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I did my first two teacher training’s with no intention of ever teaching yoga, I just wanted to further my knowledge for my own practice. It was my first teacher Bridget Woods-Kramer who dropped the bombshell on me that she needed cover for that Saturday’s class and there was no one else to do it that forced me into teaching my first class. I absolutely loved it…….. completely terrified……… but loved it!

 

It is said that we all come to healing in our own time and this was true for me when in 2000, I fell down a mountain snowboarding, breaking my back in four places and shattering my collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations, I decided to take matters into my own hands so that I might stand a chance of being mobile by the time I hit forty.

 

I began a regular yoga practice and as the ancient saying goes – ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’, I moved back to Cornwall at the same time as Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world renowned Anusara teacher. I spent six years studying and teaching with Bridget and have developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. My experience has taught me to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind, body and soul that inspires my practice.

 

In the last few years my personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and have undertaken Ashtanga teacher trainings with David Swenson, Manju Jois and John Scott. I am now a good friend of John’s, with whom I practice regularly and have assisted him on his teacher trainings and CPD weeks for his 200 hour students. I am humbled to be in a small select group of John Scott 500 hour certified teachers.

 

I have been teaching for 14 years and over this time I feel deeply privileged to have been taught by some of the worlds best teachers from a range of different schools of yoga, including Richard Freeman, David Williams, Sianna Shermann, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Bruce Bowditch, John Friend, Nancy Gilgoff, and Doug Swenson. In my classes I call upon the teachings of all of my teachers to best serve my own students, with a blend of the styles, techniques and adjustments I’ve learnt along my yoga journey. I am also co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga and The Retreat with my partner Emma and a dad to two wonderful daughters who constantly inspire and challenge me to be more present in the world and on my mat.

 

Claire Cook

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I have always had an interest in anatomy and physiology and after completing a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, I worked as a personal trainer for over ten years. I found yoga to be a journey that started with wanting to work on the physical elements such as improving my flexibility, balance and strength, but then I discovered the added benefits yoga brought and after previously being focused on high impact exercise, yoga soon started to become a big part of my life.

I then discovered the fluid and beautiful practice of Vinyasa Flow. I went on to complete my 200 hour Teacher Training in 2010 with Yoga London. I worked for a number of corporate companies creating energising classes that emphasised alignment and the development of posture through flowing sequences.

The number of pregnant women seemed to increase in my Vinyasa Flow classes so I decided to go and complete my Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with the experienced Yoga Therapist Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. I feel it it important to encourage the mums to maintain their health and fitness whilst promoting relaxation and preparing the body for labour.

I was keen to continue the journey with the mums so went on to do my Postnatal Training with the inspirational Nadia Narain. My classes focus on strengthening the back, abdominals and pelvic floor muscles whilst incorporating the baby, creating a fun atmosphere and a closer bond between mum and baby.

Kali Pearce Yoga

Kali Pearce

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My deep connection with Yoga and Meditation began many years ago with a regular Kundalini & Ashtanga Yoga practice. My passion and quest for knowledge took me to India to study Hatha Yoga with Guru Swami Santhi Prasad, and more in depth studies of Vinyasa, Hatha & Pranayama with inspirational teachers, Heather Elton; and Liza, James & Rory from Tribe Yoga.

As part of my explorative journey to develop a deeper meditation practice, I attended a few vipassana silent meditation retreats which sparked a profound interest in Buddhist mindfulness meditation. Urged by the transformational effects of the practice, I went on to study Yin Yoga & Insight Meditation with Sarah Powers. Along with regular practice, I draw inspiration from wisdom teachers such as: Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhante Gunaratana & The Dalai Lama.

As a surfer, nature lover, healthy eating advocate, green living activist and training in fitness and nutrition, I promote Yoga & health as a holistic way of life and enjoy sharing my passion and enthusiasm with others through my work.

My yoga classes incorporate mindfulness with an emphasis on breath and energy awareness to assist ‘going within’ to draw out the gold from your practice. Themed classes are carefully pieced together using asana, pranayama and occasionally mantra to cultivate a deep connection with your inner being through both dynamic and slow reflective practice to encourage a more spiritual experience.

Natalie Fox

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Natalie has been teaching yoga since 2011 and practicing since 2005. These days, for her, yoga is about coming back to her true self, uniting with nature (she is passionate about the environment) and finding flow in this modern, sometimes confusing and chaotic world. She has taught in surf camps and retreats around the world and her classes are a melting pot of Quantum (sequencing for the Ayurvedic doshas), vinyasa, surf specific and yin. Her focus is on expanding connection, awareness and openness; where the space created leaves room for a healthier body, a calmer mind and more joy!

Helen Hedge Yoga

Helen Hedge

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I attended my first yoga class 18 years ago following advice to ‘stretch’ to ease a knee injury I had developed through a decade of long distance walking and rock climbing. I was the least flexible person in the room and found savasana the hardest pose of all! . However, with perseverance and time, yoga worked its magic and I was a convert! Subsequently I obtained a qualification in yoga which allowed me to teach my own classes which I did for a number of years. It was during this time that I first started practising with Jock and have been attending his classes for over 6 years now. Although I have my hands full with the demands of being a mother and working as a nurse, I remain passionate about my own practice and all it has to offer physically and mentally.

Lucinda Pimlott

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I combine dynamic sequencing with uplifting philosophy to help students connect with their own hearts. My approach to teaching draws on a mixture of ancient yogic philosophy and contemporary texts to bring spiritual wisdom to students in a way that is meaningful to their everyday lives.

Apart from teaching at Lime House Yoga, I run my own yoga business – Yoga in Penryn, teaching weekly classes in Falmouth and Penryn as well as weekend workshops. I also teach yoga therapy and pregnancy yoga and I am a regular teacher at the annual Surya Yoga Camp.

My formal training to become an Anusara Inspired Teacher includes intensive study with Bridget Woods Kramer, Carlos Pomeda, Sianna Sherman and Beth Shay. I’ve been teaching for 10 years and in order to deepen my knowledge and continually find new ways to bring the benefits of yoga to my students, I regularly train in yoga and meditation. With a background in dance, teaching and natural healthcare, I am also a Registered Bach Flower Practitioner.

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Julie Bonheme

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Although yoga was present in my life even as a child, I discovered its real physical and psychological benefits whilst recovering from a car accident sixteen years ago. I started practising in earnest and it rapidly became an integral part of my life.

 

I have trained with a range of teachers and this is reflected in my teaching, which embraces a holistic approach to yoga. Having had several frustrating injuries myself, I encourage people to challenge themselves whilst still honouring their bodies.

I enjoy using a range of yogic tools in my classes to create a warm, safe and personal atmosphere, which is inclusive of all levels of ability and experience, whilst delivering flowing, challenging and uplifting sessions.

I have a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit and include yoga philosophy in my lessons to accompany both physical and mental transformation.

 

I started teaching in 2013 after graduating from The Devon School of Yoga and went on to study yoga therapy there where I specialised in Yoga for anxiety, stress and depression. The magic of Yoga and its ability to transform us never cease to amaze me.

Emma-Louise Campbell

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Curiosity, enthusiasm, interest and instinct have guided me towards bodywork and yoga.  I am fascinated by the human body and believe that both yoga and massage are truly wonderful experiences and can help us to find harmony with ourselves.

I have exercised most of my life and have felt certain stress relieving benefits but nothing speaks to me as powerfully as the complete well-being that I feel after my yoga practice.  I delight in both the movement and stillness that I discover and I find the ‘well-being’ contagious.  Yoga calms my mind and I find a deeper way of coming into my body than exercise alone offers.  For me it’s the missing piece, that understanding of the union between mind and body.

I had been curious about yoga since I was a teenager where I discovered a friends mother practising.  I then spent my life dipping in & out of various classes and styles, even attending pre/post pregnancy yoga classes with both of my children.  8 years ago, I met Jock and so began my regular yoga practice with him.  I was immediately drawn to the style of Anusara Yoga and Jock’s wonderful interpretation of it and I knew I was hooked.

In November 2014 I had the privilege of completing my Yoga teacher training with Doug Swenson.  Doug began his study of yoga in 1969, the year I was born.  His style of yoga ‘Sadhana Chi’ is an evolution of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Yin and Restorative Yoga with the goal being to create a holistic balance between learning & teaching, power & softness, intellect & fitness.  This simple approach resonates a great deal with me and my personal practise is a reflection of his teachings.  Some days I have the energy to approach a powerful Ashtanga practice and other days I need the restorative effects of a more Yin based approach but all the while paying particular attention to the correct alignment of my body.

I try to spend as much time as I can with my mat and am excited to be joining Jock to assist and teach on the Yoga FUNdamentals class.  As well as teaching yoga I continue to investigate body-centred and spiritual approaches to holistic health using various massage techniques including ‘Thai Yoga Massage’ and the wonderful ‘Chavutti Thirumal’ (massage by foot pressure), also known as the dance of the Hindu god Shiva.

Amy Hughes

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I began yoga when I was 16 having been introduced to it by my wonderful mother, Lynden. Having studied Iyengar and Ashtanga primarily, I met Bridget Woods-Kramer in 2004 and trained to become an Anusara Yoga Teacher with her in 2005.

I subsequently taught at her studio in Cornwall and assisted on her retreats and trainings in Europe and abroad. I was later able to combine my yoga teaching with travel, and taught regular classes in New Zealand for a year and on a surf yoga retreat in Portugal for a season. In 2009 I met John and Lucy Scott in New Zealand and my interest in Ashtanga was rekindled. It became my daily practice again and I studied with them further in Cornwall and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat, two wonderful Ashtanga teachers in Goa. I did Ashtanga Teacher Training with David Swenson and Manju Jois.

I’ve been teaching a Vinyasa style of yoga for over 10 years. Vinyasa means that breath is combined with movement in a dynamic meditation. In Vinyasa classes, whilst there is a strong focus on the bio-mechanics of alignment, there is also a flow to the practice.

I hold fast to the belief that it is not how bendy yoga makes us, but how much better a person – that’s what shows us yoga is working. I try to teach with humility and view myself first and foremost as a student – always. As a practising secondary school teacher, my sense of humour and love of stories are also woven into my classes. Apart from teaching at Lime House Yoga, I run my own yoga classes in Stroud.

Helen Clare

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After exploring various styles of yoga around the world, I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in traditional Hatha Yoga, with the Sivananda Vedanta International Yoga Centre in Scotland in 2009. Since settling in Cornwall, I have developed a more dynamic physical yoga practice and now practise Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga.

I endeavour to continually improve as a yoga teacher in a constant effort to learn more and deepen my knowledge and understanding, and have trained with many internationally recognised teachers, such as Bridget Woods Kramer, Sianna Sherman, Kathryn Budig, Kino McGregor, Doug Swenson, and has the opportunity to regularly practise with John Scott. In addition, Helen is currently undertaking her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Medicine Training with Tiffany Cruikshank, an internationally known Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher with a background in Sports Medicine.

I have experience teaching to adults of all levels and to children and teenagers. Being a qualified primary school teacher enables me to fully understand the behaviours and requirements of children and young adults and the innumerable benefits that yoga offers them, particularly in the educational setting. I regularly teach yoga as part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools in Cornwall and Devon. I have been accredited by Teen Yoga UK and am now part of the teaching team on the Teen Yoga teacher training courses.

I am a keen trail runner and surfer and am dedicated to spreading the health benefits of yoga and working closely with many athletes as part of their cross-training, injury prevention and therapy. I have gained the Leadership in Running Fitness certification and Sport Yoga instructor status, and all my yoga retreats have added elements of trail running, surfing or triathlon.

I teach a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga to adults of all ages and abilities, influenced by my Ashtanga practice and training in Hatha yoga. This is a dynamic flowing form of yoga, where postures are linked together using the breath. Each class will work the whole body but sometimes there is a special theme or focus area, and every class always ends in a much needed Savasana (final relaxation).

Emma Rowse

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My passion for food began early when mum insisted that each of her three children learn a dish and cook once a week as a way of contributing to the running of our home. I loved the process of taking great ingredients and turning them into something delicious and even more, the pleasure of sharing food with others. I can still remember the excitement of cooking my first recipe from memory. In my early teens I took over cooking for the whole family, teaching myself from a well-worn copy of the Cranks recipe book. Cooking and sharing food with people I love is one of my greatest pleasures.

My yoga journey began in 2002 with an Iyengar class, which gave me a wonderful grounding in good posture and a focus on safe alignment. In the intervening years I have discovered as much benefit from yoga for my mental wellbeing especially during periods of extreme stress, as for my physical health. I happily remain a yoga student, relishing this one space in my week where I can be solely focused on my practice and calm my mind. In co-creating Lime House Yoga, I have been able to combine my love of yoga with my love of growing, cooking and eating delicious, healthy food and sharing it with likeminded people. I manage the studio and cater for our workshops and retreats.

Alongside Lime House Yoga, I run my own management consultancy company working with the NHS, local government and voluntary organisations to improve the delivery of care services across the South West region. I am the co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga and The Retreat, a qualified coach, trustee of Volunteer Cornwall one of our local Cornish Charities and am setting up a community woodland social enterprise in West Cornwall.

Aimee Stapleford

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I joined my first yoga class when I was 15 and fell in love with the practice. Back then I had no injuries and found the physical asana/postures easy and effortless. As I went through my later teens I lost my connection to my practice and rediscovered my passion in Australia whilst living there.

After an accident, which resulted in lumbar spine injury, I was invited to a local class with a friend as a form of pain management. This lead me to my inspirational and deeply knowledgeable teacher Nicky Knoff. I felt instantly connected to my body again as a result and my strength, ROM (range of motion) and mood seemed to improve after every class. After 3 months my back pain, which had persisted for years disappeared and I was hooked!

I took my 200hr teacher training with Nicky in 2009 and continue to study with her today.

My teaching and love for the therapeutic effects of practice eventually lead me towards my Level 7 certificate through the Knoff Yoga System. It was at this point I decided to focus my attention towards yoga therapy and to deepen my knowledge. I studied with Duncan Hulin, gaining a post graduate diploma in Yoga Therapy through Devon School of Yoga in 2012. I am the founder of Synergy Yoga and now specialise in yoga therapy for mental health, women’s health, injury rehabilitation and back-care. I also hold a Level 3 counselling skills certificate, am a ROXY yoga and outdoor fitness ambassador and love to create and illustrate yoga inspired art in my spare time.

I teach a collective of alignment focused sequencing, incorporating flow and creativity and specialise in Restorative sequences designed to replenish mind, body and soul. Through a concoction of compassion and humility I encourage students to travel home to their bodies, to rest back into ‘being’ rather than the ‘doing’ of practice.