Derekthedog Yoga Teachers
☀️Our wonderful team of carefully selected teachers
Fran owns and runs DerektheDog Yoga Centre and teaches a wide range of classes including Ashtanga Vinyasa, gentle, Tibetan and pregnancy Yoga.. In 1990 she moved to Asia where she was to spend the next thirteen years living and travelling extensively. Fran received direct one-to-one instruction in the Yogic tradition of direct oral transmission from Guru to disciple. She received teachings in this way directly from three Yoga masters. Fran is also a practitioner of Tantric Buddhism, a student of Lama Olé Nydahl, her unique classes are informed and healing, influenced by her wealth of direct knowledge and experience, by the teachings of Patanjali, Krishnamacharya and Ashtanga Vinyasa. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher.
Andrea shares a compassionate, holistic approach to Yoga. She currently teaches in Exeter & for the 'Life Centre' in London. Her teaching is influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa, Swami Satyananda, Kundalini & Buddhist Studies. Andrea has a an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience & has been teaching for 30+. She was the first teacher to bring Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to Exeter in 2001. She currently runs Mindfulness course & teaches on The Devon School of Yoga, foundation and teacher training courses. Andrea teaches a weekly drop-in class on Mondays 10-11:30am.
Saghar is Persian in origin and arrived to the UK in 2000 after 8 years of study in India, completing her PhD in Psychology and her journey of discovery into yoga, meditation, and traditional ayurvedic massage. She studied at the Iyengar Institute for Yoga in Pune, and then went on to study at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, qualifying as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher in 2004 . She has been teaching since that time, mostly general classes, but also some yoga for kids and classes for the Muslim Woman Community Centre.
Duncan is the principal teacher, founder & director of The Devon School of Yoga. He is a founder member of the IYN (Independent Yoga Network) & has been practising yoga for 40 years and teaching for the past 35 years. In the early eighties he spent three consecutive winters in South India studying with the late Dr. B. P. Pillai, former director of the government recognised Yoga Therapy Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala. Duncan brings a wealth of experience to his Holistic Yoga teaching, courses and retreats. Duncan teaches a weekly drop-in class on Tuesdays 10-11:30am
Alice is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher with a personal interest in pre and post-natal yoga and also yoga for women’s health. She studied and trained in India over the course of several years and has also completed post-graduate training in yoga therapy with the Devon School of Yoga. Alice has been practising Vipassana mediation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 14 years. She has been teaching yoga since 2008 and is a teacher trainer for the Devon School of Yoga and also teaches on the school’s postgraduate therapy course.
Graham is a local practitioner, student & teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Qualified under Martha Chester & The Amrit Nam Saravar Yoga School. He discovered yoga over 10 years ago as a way of managing stress & the positively transformative effects. Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic blend of physical postures, breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, mantra & relaxation. This combination brings awareness, strengthens mind & body, & breaks free from limited beliefs & fears. Something for everyone, regardless of age, fitness, occupation & experience.
Wendy teaches Scaravelli Yoga (Vanda Scaravelli was a student of the late, great BSK Iyengar). Wendy's classes are gentle and focused, inviting you to explore the subtle inner richness of self-enquiry, to soften, open and release your body by undoing learned ways of holding tension. The classes include breath work, deep relaxation and rest. Classes are suitable for complete beginners, people with limited movement or high flyers looking to benefit from technics to slow thing right down to a much less stressful pace. Wendy teaches a drop-in class on Friday mornings 10-11:30am.
Leah completed her 500hr Yoga teacher training with the Devon School of Yoga. Born in Devon and sticking to her roots, Leah teaches Hatha and restorative yoga, creating a nurturing, safe space with emphasis on breathing to build vitality and expel tension. Each class will leave you feeling grounded and peaceful. Leah teaches Hatha yoga on Saturday mornings 9am- 10:30am.
Caroline trained as a teacher with the Devon School of Yoga 500hrs and her background is in alternative therapies, crystal healing, flower essences, shamanic healing, colour therapy and mindfulness practice. She began her own journey in 2000, enjoying the process of learning and sharing. Caroline teaches Holistic Hatha Yoga and integrates asana, flow, breath, mantra, mudra, pranayama and visualisation.
Having practiced Yoga for more than 20 years, I have felt the positive effect it has had on my body - more importantly - my mind. It has woken me up to a world of self-healing and spiritual abundance. I completed my Kundalini Training Level 1 and 2 between 2007-2010 and am now part of the worldwide Kundalini Yoga teacher training team, running Level 1 Teacher Training programmes here in Devon. I'm passionate about teaching Yoga to teenagers and adults alike.