Chloe Fremantle Blegvad, Founding Director
Yoga has been part of Chloe’s life since the late 1970s and she has been teaching since 1986. She learnt with Mary Stewart from 1982-2000, training on her 1990-1991 yoga teacher training course.
She founded the London Yoga Teacher Training Group in 2004, and has been a Director ever since. She finds it a great pleasure to witness our trainees emerge as both very individual and remarkable teachers.
She holds regular weekly yoga classes, weekend workshops and short courses. She has long experience with remedial and therapeutic yoga for many conditions as well as with teaching children and pre- and post-natal yoga.
Chloe is also an artist, showing regularly, and treasures the balance between her art and her yoga.
Anne-Marie Zulkahari, Founding Director
Anne-Marie has been a teacher training course director since 2009. She originally trained both in yoga and Pilates in New York in the seventies whilst pursuing a successful dance career both as a performer and teacher. Her yoga mentor and teacher in the Scaravelli style was Mary Stewart (early eighties).
Anne-Marie has also been a key proponent of the Pilates method in this country having co-founded the Pilates Foundation UK Ltd and the Pilates Foundation Teacher Training Accreditation. Anne-Marie established Pilates and Yoga Movement – Kilburn in 1994 and opened her second centre in Clerkenwell 2012. She devised her Pilates Teacher Training Programme in 2000 as part of her centre. She also worked as a Pilates consultant at the Royal Ballet School.
In addition Anne-Marie has completed teacher training in cranial sacral therapy and certified in the Gyrotonic® form of movement.
Most recently, Anne-Marie graduated as a Body-Mind Centering practitioner (a somatic approach exploring movement re-education through the study of early developmental movement, basic neurological patterns and the systems of the body). Anne-Marie incorporates this work into her yoga and when teaching anatomy and physiology.
Ongoing is her study of the Yoga Sutras and Bhavagad Gita with her teacher Sylviane Gianina.
Cara Bowen, Director LYTTG
Cara is co-director of the LYTTC with Lisa McRory and Anne-Marie Zulkahari. She is a British Wheel of Yoga IST tutor and taught at Congress in 2015 and 2016.
Along with Lisa McRory she devised the LYTTG introductory course, and together they also devised an eight month programme on Developing Personal Practice (italics).
Cara trained as a yoga teacher with Peter Blackaby and has been teaching since 2000. She has been involved in training teachers for nearly 10 years.
She draws upon Insight Meditation and the Feldenkrais Method in her teaching, and likes to work with sound in both sitting and movement. She has a particular interest in and personal experience of the power of yoga to facilitate healing from trauma.
She is also a poet and has a BA in Philosophy.
Lisa McRory, Director LYTTG
Lisa has been teaching yoga since 1997 when she graduated from a two year teacher training course led by Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes to students of all ages in Brighton and surrounding areas and she also teaches workshops and weekends around the country.
Alongside LYTTG colleagues she has been running LYTTG yoga courses and training teachers since 2007.
Lisa is also training as an Awareness Through Movement practitioner on the current London Feldenkrais training.
Sarah Linsey, Assistant Director LYTTG
Sarah attended her first yoga class in London with Julie Friedeberger, a BWY teacher, in the early 1990’s. She loved the calm and peace she found in yoga compared to the hectic pace of her job in television production. She went on to train as a yoga teacher with the LYTTG, receiving her BWY teaching certificate in 2005.
Sarah teaches a weekly programme of yoga classes for adults in Kent, as well workshops and one to one sessions. She has been a trainer with Christiane Kerr on the Calm for Kids teacher training courses since 2009 and regularly co-teaches Yoga and Mindfulness retreat weekends with Christiane. Sarah is particularly interested in how mindfulness compliments the way we teach Scaravelli inspired yoga.
Together with Bridget Thornborrow, Sarah also runs our Introductory Course and our Deepen Your Practice course. Having completed the LYTTG Assistant Teacher Training program, Sarah became a teacher training course tutor in 2015. She takes on a new role as Assistant Director on the 2018-20 teacher training.
Bridget Thornborrow, Senior Course Tutor
Bridget has been practising yoga for over 20 years. She trained with Chloe Fremantle and Anne-Marie Zulkahari on the two year, BWY accredited teacher training, qualifying in 2008. She also studies with Giovanni Felicionni.
Bridget teaches weekly classes at Clerkenwellbeing in Goswell Road, and in East London. She is the co-director of the LYTTG Introductory Courses with Sarah Linsey and co-runs the LYTTG Deepen Your Practice course with new workshop dates scheduled for 2018.
Bridget started her professional career in the theatre, initially as a performer and subsequently as a promoter and producer. She continues her involvement with theatre as a communications consultant for the Barbican Centre.
Pete Blackaby, Core Faculty: psychology and physiology of the body
Pete started practicing yoga seriously in 1978 as a student of the Iyengar system of yoga, and after six years took their two year teacher training programme and qualified in 1986. He continued in this system for a further four years. He studied osteopathy at the College of Osteopaths at Regents College, London, qualifying in 1994. He has run a number of yoga teacher training courses and also taught anatomy and physiology at the Chiron Centre for body-centred psychotherapy in Ealing between 1995 and 1997.
His interest in the last 15 years has been to put some scientific underpinning to the practice of yoga both in the biomechanical sense and in the mind/body relationship. For the 2015-17 training he will teach the psychology and physiology of the body to second year students.
He also has input into two other local yoga teacher training courses and teachers the anatomy module at the Esther Myers yoga studio in Toronto. He is regularly invited to teach throughout the UK.
Pete’s seminal book, Intelligent Yoga, is a key learning resource on the course.
Lesley Dike, Core Faculty: anatomy
Les qualified as a yoga teacher with BWY in 1981 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She is also a physiotherapist and has been treating musculoskeletal problems for over 25 years. She runs her own physiotherapy clinic called ‘Physio for Yoga’ and treats a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. For the last fifteen years, she has been making yoga anatomy come alive, to a wide audience across the UK.
Her main ambition is that her infectious love of anatomy will be contagious to all who attend her training! Les will teach anatomy to first year students on the 2018 – 20 LYTTC.
Neville Cregan, Core Faculty: philosophy
Neville started his study of yoga in 1987 on an accidental stay in an ashram on a trip to India. His curiosity was ignited so he then focused on Indian religions and philosophy on a Humanities degree in Brighton as a mature student. During this time he stated attending classes and practicing meditation and discovering that the real understandings only come this way. The practices helped him immediately in all kinds of ways physically and mentally. Then on a workshop in Brighton with Anne-Marie Zulkahari he was introduced to Pete Blackaby who became his teacher and his fate was sealed.
He finished his teacher training with Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare in 1997 and also became a Thai massage practitioner. He teaches regular classes, workshops and residential courses and has been teaching the history and philosophy of yoga since 2003 and is working on a book in this area.
Christiane Kerr, Visiting Tutor: yoga for children
Christiane completed the LYTTC in 2005 after an earlier training in Sivananda yoga. She has always had an interest in meditation and qualified to teach mindfulness (MBSR) through Bangor University as well as the MBSR course for teenagers .b. She enjoys teaching yoga to all ages but specialises in teaching to children and young people.
Christiane set up Calm For Kids in 1998 and has trained over 300 yoga teachers and school teachers to bring the benefits of yoga to children. She has also written and produced a range of relaxation CDs for children which have now sold over 50,000 copies worldwide.
Ruth Polden, Visiting Tutor: yoga for pregnancy
Ruth has been following her passion supporting and empowering women on their motherhood journey for over 20 years. She is a yoga teacher and facilitates Scaravelli inspired classes in the UK, Israel and the US. Ruth trained as an Active Birth teacher with Janet Balaskas in 1991 and founded The Motherwise Childbirth Centre in Israel (where she lived for 20 years), as a catalyst for change and choice for women in Israel. Ruth is affiliated with the AIYP and with YogaBirth and is a senior tutor on the YogaBirth Teacher Training. Ruth is currently training as a Feldenkrais practitioner with Elizabeth Beringer and Scott Clark.
She brings a compassionate open heartedness to her teaching and enjoys creating a warm, friendly and inviting space in which to learn, play and explore yoga.
Trainee Karen talks about the faculty