Teachers at The Karma Centre

Get to know the teachers at The Karma Centre. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Anthea Aireton-Downer

Anthea Aireton-Downer

Anthea is the Karma Centre studio owner and a Senior Yoga Teacher. She started teaching public classes in 1990 and has been based in Salisbury for the past 11 years. In addition to qualifying with the British Wheel of Yoga, she has studied Ashtanga with David Swenson, Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea and Iyengar based Yoga Therapy with Doug Keller. Since 2012 she has studied extensively with Yogi Ashokananda in India and the UK.

Anthea teaches a variety of Hatha Yoga classes; her teaching fuses the strong dynamic movements of Ashtanga with the structural alignment of Himalayan Hatha. Her style has been influenced by her love of traditional Prana Kria which focuses on the breath and Pranayama (breathing techniques).

Anthea is passionate about the therapeutic aspect of yoga and offers Structural Yoga Therapy on a one to one basis.  She teaches the Wellbeing Group for Salisbury District Hospital and specialises in Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga & Meditation.

Anthea also runs Yoga Retreats and Teacher Training Foundation Courses on behalf of the Academy of Yoga & Meditation.

In all her classes, you can expect to be both supported and challenged, whether you are a beginner or a more accomplished yogi.

Mark Bonner

Mark Bonner

My yoga journey started in 2001 when – with a mix of apprehension and curiosity – I first stepped inside an Iyengar yoga studio. I was instantly hooked on both the physical movement and stillness found in asana practice and – probably for the first time in my life – really understood what it meant to be present in the moment.

Then, in 2018 whilst on a quest to intensify my own practice, I discovered Himalayan Hatha Yoga and felt like I’d come home.

Himalayan Hatha Yoga is one of the forms of yoga founded and taught by Yogi Ashokananda. Based on traditional principles of yoga, HHY is A strong, yet supportive form of yoga, working through the entire body, cleansing and revitalising through special sequencing with a combination of subtle body exercise.

Having fallen in love with HHY, I found myself on my way to south India to carry out my teacher training with HHY founder Yogi Ashokananda.

My classes provide a supportive environment where you can develop your practice at your own pace whist at the same time having lots of fun.

Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson

Sara practiced Pilates for 10 years, however after her very first class Sara fell in love with the practice of yoga and has been practicing 6 years. She completed her 200 hr Teaching Certificate under the strict tutelage of Yogi Ashokananda at the Ashoktree Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India.  Sara is also our Pregnancy Yoga teacher

Sara is extremely passionate about sharing her love of yoga and hopes to share with others the positive effects and benefits that yoga brings to your life both mentally and physically.

Her approach to classes is fun and challenging, often focusing on specific muscle groups to guide students through a safe and well-rounded practice, including relaxation and meditation, aligning both mind and body.

Lindsay Marchment

Lindsay Marchment

Lindsay started his yoga journey in January 2016 at the age of 50.  Curiosity quickly lead to yoga became a regular part of his day.  Since that very first class Lindsay has lost over two stone in weight. Simply through a dedicated yoga practice his fitness levels and flexibility has increased substantially.  Yoga has also helped him to manage an ongoing knee injuries sustained from years of running and weightlifting. Lindsay has studied regularly with Yogi Ashokananda and gained his Teaching qualification following intense training with Yogi in India.

Lindsay has specialised in the practice of Yoga Nidra, he is passionate about the health benefits of this meditational practice and runs regular – not  to be missed –  Hatha & Yoga Nidra Fusion classes on a Monday evening.  Lindsay also has studied meditation and passed his exams earlier in 2019 with Distinction.

Kirstie Norris

Kirstie Norris

Having grown up as a competitive gymnast, Kirstie fell in love with the non-competitive and non-judgemental aspects of Yoga.

Since beginning a daily Yoga practice a year ago, Kirstie admits her life has transformed. Kirstie has never felt better within her physical body and has begun to live a life with a lot more laughter and lot less anxiety! Something that sadly affects most of us as we navigate through our twenties and beyond.

Closely mentored by Anthea, Kirstie hopes to bring Yoga into the lives of other young people to help them switch off and connect to who they are, not who we are all told to be online.

Kirstie offers Vinyasa style classes to help you feel strong and connected with your body and breath. Kirstie also helps runs our social media at The Karma Centre so make sure you come over and say hi!