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Samantha Layzell

Samantha Layzell

Co-owner & Yoga Elder
Park Road, East Bergholt, Colchester, Suffolk, CO7 6XS

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.

Samantha says…

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.”

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Faye Shekhar

Faye Shekhar

Co-owner & Yoga Elder
Park Road, East Bergholt, Colchester, Suffolk, CO7 6XS

Faye Shekhar is a registered 5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN and is following both of her passions as a travelling Yoga Teacher having been fortunate enough to have taught in some incredible locations such as New Zealand, Africa, Peru, Barbados, Bali, India & Sri Lanka to name but a few.

Faye has been a Massage Practitioner since 2007 and Massage Teacher since 2012 Founder of The African Bodywork Initiative launched in 2017 a Karma Yoga Project to help African people with jobs to create sustainable incomes, she has been studying yoga for over 16 years & teaching for over 14 years and in 2018 proudly opened Same Star Yoga in Dedham.

Faye has been fortunate enough to study with Liz Lark, Judith Hanson Lasater, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Shiva Rae, Claire Missingham, Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze’, Suzanne Faith Slocum Gori, Nikki Slade & many incredible Jivamukti teachers and is very blessed to be continuing her studies with her greatest influence to date Paul Muller Ortega.

Faye has had many of her students go on to be teachers & understands it to be her dharma to empower her students in whatever way she can.  Faye is fascinated by Svātantrya & passionate about conveying the relationship between the physical form and the emotional/mental states. Her personal investigation and study with some of the world’s leading teachers has led her to a greater understanding of the potential transformative energies that the various components of yoga both intellectually and experientially can give.

“Yoga enables me to see the divinity within all other beings, and sweetly detach from the things in life that are no longer serving in happy & healthy ways. All we should ever expect of ourselves is to make sure that we are always moving towards our truth. Truth will carry you through the toughest of times & life will always fall into place if it is with the pursuit of truth in mind.”

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Explore all of the yoga classes we have to offer. From Hatha to Flow we have classes to suit everyone.