YOGA - HOLISTIC THERAPIES - COUNSELLING - CREATIVITY - COMMUNITY
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.
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.
Yoga Teacher - Yoga Therapist
Heather is registered with the British wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. Having experienced first hand yoga’s ability to restore and transform, Heather teaches from the heart with a long term love of yoga and a down to earth methodical approach to alignment which encompasses her joy of the freedom that movement and the breath allow for individual expression.
YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE.
Heather is sensitive to individual needs and teaches in a style that caters for all using props and personal adjustments . Each class is delivered with passion and a sense of fun whilst encouraging contemplation and introspection.
YOGA ISN’T SOMETHING TO DO ON YOUR MAT ITS AN AWARENESS TO TAKE INTO EVERYDAY LIFE.
Heather trained with Anna Ashby and Joey Miles at London’s Triyoga and has gone on to work on the teacher training team. She has studied in India, trained in meditation with the renowned Sally Kempton, and trained in breath work with Richard Rosen, the author of two of the most renowned books on breath work. She has also studied for an additional two years in yoga therapy and is fully qualified in restorative yoga.
Recently spending a further two years in study to complete her advance teacher training, Heather has been using that time to explore the value of home practice for all students and to further study the philosophy behind our yoga practice. She has attended philosophical trainings with Bill Mahoney, Carlos Pomeda, Christopher Hareesh Wallis and teachings by the wonderful academic team at SOAS London- Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Jason Birch, Suzanne Newcombe.
Heather now lives in North Norfolk.
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.