Fiona Pitelen. BSc, CHt.
Fiona is a 200hr Yoga Teacher, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practitioner, Intuitive Tarot Reader, and a Registered Adult Nurse BSc. She is also the founder of Step Inside Yourself.
Fiona describes herself as an able soul, blessed with a less able body. She has a chronic condition (Ankylosing Spondylitis), with has affected her mobility and flexibility for over 30 years, resulting in some asanas not being available to her. She allowed yoga to become part of her life 10 years ago and has experienced many internal obstacles along the way, with regards to what we think yoga should aesthetically look like, and what it actually is. She seeks to welcome and encourage people, through example of self-belief.
Fiona entwines the ancient philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, with her own deeply rooted knowledge of the Tarot, enhancing her pupils both inwardly and externally within her classes.
Trained as Kinesiologist, Tara’s role is to help people unlock the keys to listening to their bodies, to make a positive difference to their work, relationships and peace of mind.
Tara trained with Same Star Yoga School to complete her Teacher Training, and gone on to complete Trauma Informed Restorative Yoga.
These have ignited her passion to teach and share Yin and Restorative Yoga.
Tara has specialist knowledge to support women to overcome the challenges caused by hormonal issues, fertility challenges and fatigue so they can get their life back.
Believing in creating sacred space on the mat that is accessible to all, Tara loves to create fun and nurturing spaces where people can connect, reset and flourish.
When Ruth was offered the opportunity to do a 200 hour teacher training course with her yoga teacher, Faye Shekhar, she jumped at the chance. As she had found that for her a yoga class was more than just stretching into weird shapes. After the class was over she was finding herself looking up different aspects of the class on the internet and could frequently hear herself repeat the words of her teacher into her home and work life as it had so much relevance. Yoga has helped Ruth to manage and improve her own personal health issues and it remains her ‘go to tonic’.
Whilst doing her yoga teacher training, Ruth could immediately see that there was a huge transferable knowledge base from yoga to her work as a Speech & Language Therapist and she started to sprinkle a little more yoga philosophy, pranayama and asana into her therapy and got great results.
This success has been the catalyst to develop specialist yoga classes and workshops that blend my clinical experience of nearly 30 years in both the NHS and private practice with my yoga knowledge.
Ruth Myers holds a regular specialist workshop Learn to Listen and Love your Voice at Same Star Yoga that is an innovative and authentic expression of both her clinical knowledge and her yoga practice.
Louise took her first yoga class in 2013 & instantly felt something light up inside of her, however it was only after Louise fell pregnant five years ago that she knew there was more to this journey that she wanted to explore. Louise trained with CAM Yoga in 2019 to gain her Yoga Foundation qualification & then went on to train with Same Star Yoga in 2020. She has since loved every aspect of teaching yoga and meditation.
Louise is very passionate about sharing the physical & emotional benefits of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness with children, as well as adults, and creating the space for children to be able to express themselves and connect to one another in a safe and joyful environment.
I thought I was drawn to find Yoga through the avenue of looking for improved strength and flexibility. And that in some part is true, but what kept me coming back was the intrigue and in awe of how Yoga both challenged and comforted me. Yoga is physicality with beautiful thought provoking subtilise. Shining light onto options for navigating life that are thousands of years old and yet seem just so relevant and vital today, plus of course you get an awesome stretch.
When the opportunity to teach was placed in my path, I simply had to. A deep yearning to share what I am continuing to learn and experience has bought me to ‘Honour Yoga’.
I hope to offer everyone the opportunity to honour yourself with less critique, clear the path to deep rooted intuition, indulge in feeling content and perhaps through the study of yourself feeling more prepared to be present in the world and embrace all of its ebbs and flows. (I can recommend a Warrior Pose in the supermarket is always appropriate)
I’m not sure we honour ourselves enough in this modern world and I hope through ‘Honour Yoga’ you feel welcome, safe and deeply cherished.
Samantha Layzell is a registered 5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN. Her personal yoga practice had supported her for 25+ years through back injuries, family life and a corporate career, and massive change, so when she had the opportunity to go on an extended retreat in 2013 she signed up for a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (200YTT) in Southern Goa, India with a view to simply deepen her own practice.
She had no idea that this was going to change her life forever! Within a month of returning to the UK, Samantha found herself teaching a regular yoga class and much to her surprise never looked back. During the past nine years Samantha has fully stepped into her own personal development, surrendering to the spiritual aspects of yoga and finding a path to compassionate self-healing through yin yoga & Buddhism.
Samantha’s calming vibe and positive energy come through in every class where she compassionately encourages her students to indulge their physical, emotional and spiritual selves in a powerful exploration of everything yin. Her knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, gained through her work as a sports massage therapist, supports her teaching and allows her to identify modifications for people wishing to practice yoga as part of their injury rehabilitation process.
Samantha strongly believes that yoga is for everyone. One of her big loves is sharing yoga with people who didn’t think yoga was for them.
“Yin yoga invites us to be emotionally adventurous, truly being with what is and gives us the time and space to practice finding comfort within discomfort. Bringing yin energy into our lives balances and supports our yang (active) yoga practice and challenges us to dig deeper, unwrapping the layers until our innermost self, our Buddha nature, is revealed. Come and join me on the mat where you can luxuriate in the compassionate loving kindness that is yin yoga. Step into a beautiful nurturing space where you can broaden and enrich your yoga practice and truly find your bliss.”