MEET THE TEACHERS
Oli is a Yoga Teacher & Personal Trainer in Kings Lynn and founder of Barefoot Crew Yoga. Oli began practicing yoga at the age of 16 after a recommendation from a doctor that it may help with a bad back. Coincidentally, on the very same day, he was given a book on Yoga by his best friend.
When Oli started practicing yoga, not only did his back pain disappear, but his anxiety and self doubt went with it. Yoga had his attention, and he listened. The profound impact Yoga had on him personally led him to find out more so he could share it with others.
Oli studied in Tamil Nadu, India on a 4 month intensive Yoga experience. When he returned from his time at the Ashram on the South coast of India, he decided to also get his personal training qualification. Subsequently, he started his business: Barefoot Crew. Oli works hard with peoples physical, mental and emotional fitness, understanding the necessity of a holistic approach to health. Barefoot Crew Yoga offer Holistic Fitness Classes, Meditation, Mindfulness, Online Classes & Programmes and Group Fitness classes!
Oli cannot wait to share the teachings of Yoga with you.
Children's Yoga Teacher
Adelia is a Children and Families Yoga teacher committed to spreading the benefits of yoga through engaging, fun and energy packed yoga sessions.
She has been working with children and teenagers for more than 12 years in several different settings such as: schools, children's centres, youth clubs, young carers clubs, children with disabilities educational groups and charities, festivals and private parties.
She has been a Children's Entertainer for more then 10 years and she certainly brings the creativity, joy and a diversity of skills to each yoga session! During her yoga sessions expect not only yoga poses and calming breathing techniques, but also imaginative storytelling with multi props, games, dances, mindfulness crafts, laughter yoga and even sensory bubbles! All of this to achieve a fully immersive experience.
Her friendliness and imagination runs free as a child, hence her ability to connect and reach, not only to children, but to their families.
She believes that yoga is an holistic approach to a better mind, body and soul, having herself reaped the benefits of this practice. She has been doing yoga for many years as a way to heal not only physically but also mentally. Yoga has helped her to not have back pain anymore, to be flexible, strong and manage her overall wellbeing, specially during the last, tough for all, pandemic year. She is passionate to spread all these yoga benefits to her community and teach children and families to connect with each other, be happier, more self-aware, resilient, confident and thrive physically, emotionally and socially by practicing it. Yoga is a valuable life skill that needs to be shared, and Adelia sets herself the mission of doing so.
Yoga Teacher - Laughtercise Leader
Yoga has been in Harriet's life since the age of 4. In 2015/16, she trained with Yogacampus to become a fully qualified yoga teacher. It was from that point that her world opened.
To put it simply, Harriet teaches using a Hatha style which covers many different types of Yoga. This helps keep her self-practice and classes to be fresh and full of variety.
Red Rose Studio, the studio she runs with her mum Val, is her spiritual home, however you will also find her taking classes at The Secret Space, Hertford, Beautiful Day Yoga, Hatfield, BAYoga, Berkhamsted and virtually here at The Connection Project.
Practising Yoga throughout her life continues to ground and motivate Harri, and to keep her flexible in life and body. Harri believes in teaching from her own experiences.
A passion of Harriet's is passing the message of Yoga to Children, bringing them up with the light of the world running through them. She runs regular children’s Yoga classes and also take sessions in local schools where it is now part of the curriculum. Day events also allow her to give Children & Adults a taste for Yoga.
Four years ago, Harriet discovered Laughter Yoga, inspiring her to train to be a Laughter Yoga Leader. Harri has always loved to laugh, and finding Laughter Yoga made her realise she didn't need to wait for an opportunity to laugh, she could create the opportunity! Laughing helps her through the good, the bad and the ugly times, helping her confront and release suppressed emotions. Harriet continues to be amazed by the power of laughter!
A rule Harri tries to live by today is to not take herself so seriously!
Since the beginning of her journey as a healer, Harri has not stopped learning. There’s a vast ocean of ways to tune in with our bodies, and her horizons grow every day. This desire for exploration and growth on her journey has led her to train in Reiki, Crystal Therapy with Forrest Song Academy, Children’s Yoga with Susannah Hoffman & Tarot studying with Lise Heckmen.
Harriet's mission is to Heal, using all she has learned, and continues to learn. She values deeply getting to know the people she is working with so together, they can find the door that unlocks their horizons and opens their worlds.
Lynsey has been meditating since 1986, and teaching since 1988. She learned to meditate originally with the British Meditation Society, for whom she taught and organised courses and retreats for many years, until the Society became inactive some years ago. Lynsey practices in the Advaita Vedanta tradition, and has explored the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Vivekananda, Neem Karoli Baba, John de Ruiter, Catherine Ingram, Osho, Gururajananda (her first in-the-body teacher), Wayne Liquorman, Rupert Spira, Mooji, and Satyananda (her present in-the-body teacher).
Lynsey has developed a six-lesson meditation course to be taught online which offers the student a practical toolkit with which to deepen their awareness of the deeper self. The focus of the course is entirely practical and no understanding or interest in the underlying philosophy is necessary. There is no religious element. It is Lynsey’s deepest joy to share these practices with anyone who is interested in exploring the peace within. Further information on request.
Georgina is a 250 hour Certified Yogabellies for Women Teacher and Birth ROCKS registered mentor. She joined Yogabellies in September 2019 and run classes across West Norfolk. She is a very proud mummy to her beautiful son, Leo, aged 14 months, and partner in crime to her housemate (and one day husband when he decides to finally pop the question!).
Georgina absolutely loves yoga and would be completely lost without it. She first started practicing yoga over 7 years ago, to help reduce anxiety and stress induced by her job in the fashion industry and found it also helped improve her Rheumatoid Arthritis. She practiced yoga throughout her own pregnancy and postnatally, and found it to be an absolute lifesaver during her recovery from postnatal depression. Yoga can help everyone in different ways and Georgina continues to be amazed by its never ending benefits.
Georgina decided to become a Yogabellies teacher and Birth ROCKS mentor when she fell pregnant with Leo. It was this life event that completely changed her focus in life and made her consider what she truly wanted for her future, noticing how easy it was to get caught up in busy lifestyles and unfulfilling jobs. During this period Georgina decided an entire life change was in order and moved back to her homeland, the beautiful Norfolk countryside with the support of her family and friends around her and launched her new business earlier this year.
Yoga is such a key part of Georgina's life and she loves being able to support and guide women through their own yoga journey. Since starting teaching in January, she has not looked back and has enjoyed every single moment of it. Georgina is excited for what the future holds. Her classes are so much more than just a yoga class; Yogabellies have a large global online community and a growing local community in west Norfolk, with regular meet ups to encourage friendships and a support network of women supporting women.
Karen has been a participating yoga student for many years, enjoying the benefits and the power of her yoga practice in her Autumn years. Karen is a trained Sivananda teacher, chair yoga teacher, and Reiki II practitioner. She has also undertaken further studies in yin yoga, yogic history and philosophy and Sanskrit to name but a few! Her love for yoga permeates her whole way of living and her joyful presence always lights up any space she is in.
Her passion for yoga, her yoga teaching qualifications and yogic studies have helped her through the last few years of being her husband’s full-time carer after serious illness. Karen’s husband had a major operation which affected him both physically and mentally, leaving him very immobile and housebound. It was only a few months after her husband came home from a long stay in hospital that she decided to study chair yoga as a means to help her husband with his physical and mental wellbeing.
The very gentle breath movement and gentle physical movements that her husband enjoyed in their one-to-one chair yoga classes slowly helped to improve her husband’s wellbeing. Additionally, Karen and her husband had a lot of fun and looked forward to this time out of their normal day. All of this was over three years ago, and they both continue to enjoy their chair yoga together. Now, Karen also loves to share the joy of chair yoga with others.
As well as her continued yogic practice and exploration, Karen is also a Reiki II practitioner. She took to Reiki very naturally and is a powerful conduit for the healing, loving energies of Reiki. She enjoys treating others both in person, and at distance.
Karen’s continued exuberance for everything yoga and her enthusiasm for furthering her understanding and embodiment of the principles and practices of yoga and Reiki make her a wonderful addition to our team here at The Connection Project.
Patricia started her Yoga journey with a book, in front of the TV at home. Her Dad said that he didn’t understand why he bothered to buy chairs – she was always on the floor trying out some pose or in a shoulder stand. Step forward ten years and Patricia was lucky to have a Yoga course suggested by my midwife. She loved the special classes for Mums to be but didn’t have the time as her children were growing up.
Somehow, she kept feeling the pull back to the mat. As she entered my forties-and the girls were getting more independent – Patricia could make time for herself and it was Yoga that beckoned. It started with a single class a week – if she was lucky! And then one class a week became two and then four. Patricia then decided she was going to train to be a teacher herself.
In 2017, Patricia completed her 200 hour teacher training course. Since then she has taken other teacher trainings and deepened her understanding of yin and Yoga Nidra in particular. Her classes are designed to provide quiet, inwardly focused calm. Expect a variety of poses, with lots of options for different levels. A slow steady practice that helps you move forward with your Yoga – and also helps you rest and recover from the challenges of your daily life. Patricia has also taken courses in guided meditation and her classes usually end with some meditation to embed the sense of ease.