Meet our expert teacher training team....

Sally Parkes, BSc
Sally Parkes is the founder of Laxmi Yoga and has been practicing yoga since 1998 when after a series of sports injuries she found yoga to be an amazing tool for healing the body on both a physical and emotional level. Sallys' yoga journey took her to Thailand, India, New Zealand and Australia where Sally practiced with several teachers before studying in earnest with Astanga yoga teachers Russell Case and Sarah Miles at The Brighton Natural Health Centre for five years before moving to London.
As well as an honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science, Sally has completed several yoga teacher trainings including Astanga Vinyasa with Paul Dallaghan at The Centered Yoga Institute, Hot Yoga with The Yoga Haven and pre and post-natal yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Sally is also a certified Pilates teacher and enjoys blending all these wonderful approaches of human movement into her practice and teaching.

'I believe that there is an approach to asana and pranayama practice to suit everyone no matter what their ability level is, and it is largely the responsibility of the teacher to assist the student in finding the method that works for them. This can only be achieved however, if the teacher has a sound understanding of bio-mechanics and physiology. It is my goal that all student teachers of Laxmi Yoga feel confident enough following this training, to assist their clients reach this goal effectively by using their skills, kindness and thoughtfulness. In this way we can assist in making yoga an integral part of peoples' everyday lives'. Sally

Sally will be teaching:
 - How to teach safe and efffective asana and pranayama
 - The business of yoga
 - How to teach yoga effectively to different types of clients

Dawn Morse, MSc, BSc

Dawn Morse has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 1998 and is the program leader of the Sports Therapy Foundation Degree provided by the University of Bath, and lectures in Sports Therapy and Sports and Exercise Science. A keen yogi who studied and qualified as a yoga teacher with Brian Cooper, Dawn has taught many health and well being workshops, Pilates, yoga, childrens' yoga and mother and baby yoga classes, personal training, sports and remedial massage, and rehabilitation from injury and postural related discomfort through holistic exercise.
Dawn also has an MSc in Sports and Health Sciences from the University of Exeter and PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science.

'In 2004 - 2007 I had the opportunity to study under Brian Cooper at Union Yoga in Edinburgh which enabled me to expand my knowledge of yoga practice and gave me the skills to share my passion with others. Working with Sally now provides the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for yoga with my academic study of sports and health science. This hopefully provides a balanced, informative and scientific explanation for the effects of yoga practice on the physiological body systems'. Dawn.

Dawn will be teaching: Anatomy and Physiology

Paula Hines

Paula Hines
Paula came to her first yoga class over a decade ago via a quest to ease lower back pain and stress from her career working long hours in TV production. Yoga did both of those things. But what she hadn't expected was the deeper effect it would have. A number of years later a bout of sciatica and MRI and x-rays revealed Spondylolisthesis and a mild s-curve in her spine. Paula realised she would have to change not only her practice but the way she taught. With many discoveries along the way, the back condition she initially saw as a source of frustration became a gift.

Practicing Restorative Yoga and experiencing the benefits profoundly led her to study it further and Paula soon learnt that this is the style of yoga she particularly loves sharing with others. Her study in this area eventually led her to train with Judith Hanson Lassater and subsequently became a certified Relax and Renew Trainer. 

Ever the student, Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past decade including Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti, Restorative, Yin and more recently, a growing interest in Iyengar and Scaravelli. She gained her first 200hr certification with Yoga Haven and her second with Sally Parkes and Laxmi Yoga. Having attended workshops, intensive trainings and immersions with numerous leading teachers including Shiva Rea, Cyndi Lee, Sarah Powers, Yogeswari and Gabriela Bozic among others, Paula continues to deepen her knowledge.

Paula will be teaching:
- Restorative Yoga with minimal props
- Yoga for Back Care and how to adapt asanas for clients who have spinal issues

Chris Thompson

'I started practising yoga asanas at home fifteen years ago from books to help me become more flexible to help with my running. As I became more interested in yoga I started to go to classes, Bikram initially, before finding Sally Parkes and also Just Yoga Iyengar classes in Worthing. I also have a love for and practise Kundalini yoga. As I practised more, I fell more in love with yoga, realising it is about much more than just the physical.Now, as a Laxmi Yoga qualified teacher, I can help others on their yoga path'. Chris

Chris will be teaching:
- Alignment of asana
- Meditation
- Kundalini Yoga

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