Nathalie Manning - Founder of Wellness 108 Nathalie founded Wellness 108 (then called TotalLife108) in March 2017 in order to share the therapeutic value of Yoga and her love of the practice and its philosophy. "After being diagnosed with M.E. in 2009, I decided to choose Yoga over conventional treatment. I soon fell in love with the practice, the philosophy of Yoga and as my practice deepened, my health improved and life began to change. Later, through my work in a Community Rehabilitation centre for those recovering from addiction, my desire to share the transformational power of yoga grew as I noticed the benefit that others began to have by practicing a more mindful and physical response to stress & mental health issues. This insight, along with my own personal experience, was the building block from which I completed my yoga teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and am able to share this journey with others . Passionate that Yoga remains accessible for every body, I am delighted that our classes are inclusive, friendly, non-dogmatic and most of all, fun! Today I am honoured to share this journey with such wonderful clients and have seen our beautiful yoga community grow into a supportive and encouraging network of like minded people. I also get to work with a team of teachers who are not only brilliant in their field of expertise but are also inspirational and amazing people. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone, regardless of flexibility, strength or level of fitness to step on to the mat and practice Yoga. What have you got to lose?”
Nathalie is fully accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals and teaches Vinyasa classes for all levels, regular restorative flow & deep relaxation classes & lifestyle events.
Gemma Davies Gemma discovered yoga when she was 17 whilst studying Sports Science at college to become a personal trainer and after taking a gap year to gain more experience and knowledge within the fitness industry, Gemma knew that she wanted to study Yoga in more depth and set her sights on India after University. She continued her yoga practice throughout the rest of her University education and found Yin Yoga, in perfect time to manage her final exams and what was to be a very emotionally challenging period of her life. After University, instead of travelling, Gemma had a beautiful son and opted, few years later, to study Ashtanga Yoga a little more locally! Yin Yoga appeared again soon after during another challenging period of life, and Gemma’s passion for Yin was cemented. She trained to teach this beautiful style of yoga along with the immensely healing practice of Yoga Nidra and feels it was definitely life changing along with being the second most amazing, magical piece of life to be imbedded within her heart and soul - The first being her son. It is the stillness of Yin Yoga that Gemma finds so powerful as an antidote for a fast paced world and her creative & skilled teaching will lead you to inner peace, softness & release.
Gemma teaches Reset & Restore every Monday at 9.30 - 10.30am & Yin Yoga every Wednesday at 11am - 12 noon; along with regular Yin & Yoga Nidra events.
Grace Segger With over twelve years experience in the health and fitness industry, Grace has worked at various health clubs and gained knowledge across several disciplines to ensure her clients have the best possible support, no matter what their need is. Alongside Grace’s first step into fitness as a personal trainer, Grace also began teaching classes and it was here that yoga found its way into her life. The holistic balance to the adrenaline fuelled personal training was the perfect combination for her. A life-changing trip to India for intensive teacher training was the catalyst for the formation of Grace Thorne Yoga. Away from work, Grace finds the balance in life with two young children keeping her busy, as well as finding pockets of time to continue practising & developing herself. With a real passion for finding new techniques, routines & ways to implement exercise into busy lifestyles, Grace also has an interest in food & nutrition which plays a big part in both her family life and her professional life.
Grace teaches Hatha Yoga, every Friday at 11am - postponed until September 2019.
Hayley Tarbard My love of yoga started when I was pregnant with my little boy and although I had dabbled with yoga over the years, it was then that I really began to fall in love with the practice. I really needed something to help me feel grounded during this time of change and yoga did just that, whilst also keeping me active and strengthening my body. I completed by 200 HRS Registered Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2019 and am excited to share my knowledge of the practice with my students. My aim is to create classes that are friendly and relaxed, so whether they are seasoned yogis, don't yet know their downward dog from their pigeon, are coming to stretch out tired muscles and/or tired minds, or all of the above, then my students will instantly feel welcome and at ease when they walk through the door. I try to combine creative sequencing with a dose of inspiration, allowing some time to recharge before heading back to busy lives. Learning how to connect with the body and mind through the breath and being able to get out of my head and into the present moment has been invaluable for me. I am still very much on my yoga journey and look forward to learning and growing with my students as we develop and deepen our practice together.
Hayley teaches our Lunchtime Yoga class every Tuesday 12.15 - 1pm and Sunday Soul Sessions, every first Sunday of the month at 8.30 - 9.30am.
Henry Hebron “I first got into yoga after realising my current sports (rugby and cricket) were no longer serving my body justice. After recovering from 2 hip operations, yoga stood out as the perfect alternative to improve my mobility and physical health. As my yoga practice developed, I was able to move a lot better and I am now able to weight train all because of my new found skill in yoga. When I embarked on my travels to India last September, there was no better way for me to begin my quest than a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. I loved every minute of it and I can now confidently practice on my own, using this new skill to keep my body in top condition to accompany everyday life and training. I am now sharing what I have learned with the world as I now believe that everyone, no matter your ability, can benefit from incorporating yoga into their life. This not only keeps my body functioning in training, but I can now walk the dog without a limp due to the care and attention I give my hip every day. The strength I have built through yoga has also surprised me, so any lads that think they can't sustain or build muscle, I urge you to take a class or look up male yogi’s - the physical strength you need to practice is quite something. I like to incorporate some strength exercises in my own practice, but the beauty about yoga is that you can make it as challenging as your body allows - everybody is different and at different levels. The benefits of yoga really should be enjoyed by everyone even if its just simple stretches to loosen up key joints in the morning, and I can't wait to share my knowledge so that you can incorporate yoga into your own life and see the benefits unfold for yourself"
Henry teaches Dynamic Vinyasa every Wednesday 8.15 - 9.15pm & Beginners Vinyasa every Thursday 7-8pm.
Jessie-May Cable Jessie was first drawn to yoga in 2012 as an antidote to anxiety. From the very first class she was amazed with the effects the practice had on both body and mind & yoga became her passion & wholeheartedly believes that yoga, mindfulness and the breath can give you the tools to keep you healthy and well both in the mind and body. In 2016 she had her daughter Flo and whilst on maternity leave took the opportunity to study Ashtanga Yoga with Mark Ansari and Raquel Salvador to qualify as a 200 hour UK Alliance Yoga teacher. As Jessie continued her practice throughout pregnancy and early motherhood, she believes that this aided her birth and postnatal recovery both physically and emotionally. So much so, that Jessie studied & qualified in Pregnancy Yoga with renowned teachers Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa White at The Yoga Campus, London. Jessie says "Pregnancy and Motherhood is the most beautiful rewarding journey but it’s not always plain sailing and can be hard. Yoga helps Mums to be kind to themselves and create space when it’s most needed". Jessie has a deep passion and wants you to learn with her. Pregnancy yoga allows mothers to contact with themselves. It assists with preparing the body and mind for labour but also helps with the experience of pregnancy itself. In her classes expect to reconnect with yourself and baby, leaving us feeling nourished and relaxed.
Jessie teaches our Pregnancy Yoga class, every Saturday at 10.30am.
Kerry Conway “An adventure from the outside in to the inside out” Kerry is a creative seeker of experience, adventure and truth and was first drawn to the practice of yoga 14 years ago as a tool to compliment her career in dance, music and art. Like many, her experience of yoga began with more emphasis on the physical body and along the way she experienced a disconnection within herself as the highly charged and competitive industry in which she worked swallowed her confidence and creativity. It was when Kerry began using meditation as a tool throughout pregnancy and birth and her asana practice helped her adjust to her changing physical form that she began to understand how yoga can truly enhance life’s experience. With this understanding, a serene stillness that invited new ideas and inspiration came along, as well as a sense of wonder in herself, in other people, and the world around. It was from this place of joy, experimentation and fulfilment that she embarked on her teacher training knowing she wanted to share the experience of yoga to others, help them enjoy life and what it has to offer in the most fulfilled way. Kerry is dedicated in creating space for magic to enter, expecting the unexpected, accepting and embracing where we are and what we have today. She looks forward to meeting and connecting with the unique and eclectic growing community of individuals at Wellness 108. Kerry teaches Led Ashtanga Primary every Tuesday from 7.15 - 8.30pm.
Laura Carolan Hi, I'm Laura! My passion for health & fitness started over 20 years ago & I have been teaching classes for 15 years. I started out teaching the classic legs, bums and times classes, street dance and spinning. My true love, however, is Pilates, balance & core strengthening and is now my focus, especially after my two children and a double hernia operation 3 years ago, as I have learnt how important these are in life. I absolutely love a challenge and have ran the London Marathon and recently came 2nd & 5th in two bodybuilding competitions! I think that there is nothing to stop anyone feeling fut and healthy and I want to share my enthusiasm with you! Laura teaches Pilates at Wellness 108.
Liana Oldham My Yoga Journey started over 20 years ago in Brazil when I stepped into an Ashtanga Yoga class to destress from a demanding and successful career in the Media Industry. I remember the overwhelming feeling of chanting mantras and hearing commands in the ancient Sanskrit language whilst sweating immensely. I was very intrigued on how much was going on and how all that comforted my heart. I had to go to that class again and again as noticed not only physical benefits but mental ones too. I added Iyengar Yoga to my week routine and years later, I was fortunate to practice Pre-Natal Yoga during my three pregnancies. I am very happy that breath awareness and focus on the present moment made giving birth moments I hold very close to my heart. Finding the balance between work and building a family made it hard to step into a yoga studio. Migrating to England raised stress levels and I experienced some unhealthy moments. My former yoga teacher encouraged me to read only one book and step on my mat if I couldn’t attend Hatha Yoga classes. A little bit of discipline and faith made me feel myself again. After a long career break, it only felt right to dive deeper into Yoga and share my passion and experience with others. In 2017, I became a Fitness Instructor to teach BodyBalance, and soon after I qualified as a Yoga Teacher where I deepened my knowledge about this way of life that unites mind, body and soul. Hope to meet you soon!
Liana teaches Balance Flow every Monday at 11am - 12 noon - postponed until September 2019 - and the Sunday Soul Sessions at 8.30 am - 9.30 am (every 1st Sunday of the month with Hayley).
Vikki Kavanagh Vikki Kavanagh started teaching children’s yoga in 2014 with the ambition to bring yoga to children’s lives so that it is more than just an exercise but “about touching hearts and not just toes.” Having qualified to teach Yoga to Children at the Special Yoga Centre under the guidance of Jo Manuel, Vikki continued her yoga training and has completed a Foundation Course and level 4 Certificate in Teaching Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga. Vikki also teaches family yoga, works with local schools in after school clubs and/or PE lessons. Vikki is a meditation and mindfulness teacher for adults, children and teens. "as a teacher of yoga to children we are teaching as much about gratitude, self-belief and love of life as we are teaching stretching and breathing exercises."
Vikki teaches Yoga for Kids - coming in September 2019.