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. 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 started teaching public classes in 1990 and has been based in Salisbury for the past 7 years. She also runs Yoga Retreats and Teacher Training Foundation Courses on behalf of the Academy of Yoga & Meditation.

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. She teaches the Wellbeing Group for Salisbury District Hospital and specialises in Restorative Yoga, Chair 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.

Karen Kempsell

Karen Kempsell

Karen is a qualified research scientist, who has been practicing yoga for about 20 years and attempting to practice meditation for a similar length of time. The breakthrough came when she attended one of Anthea’s Yoga and Meditation workshops at the Ashok Tree Ashram in India in December 2015. She has complete her 100 hours training with Yogi Ashokananda and is a passionate believer in the transformative and healing power of meditation, has a holistic mind, body spirit approach to life and believes in the interconnectedness of all things; ‘science and spirituality are not mutually incompatible in my mind, but reflections of the same energy and concepts from a different perspective’. She aims to bring a practical approach to meditation, to enable a deep connection with one’s self to activate the internal, transformative power inside everyone.

Lindsay Marchment

Lindsay Marchment

Our ex-boxer, 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 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.

Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Amy began practicing Yoga after suffering with muscle tension from long distance running and immediately fell in love with the practice. She completed her 200 hr YTT at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Amy has since also qualified pre and post natal yoga teacher training, Ballet Barre, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage.

Amy is extremely passionate about sharing her love of yoga and hope’s 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, ensuring both mind and body is worked upon.

 

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle is our Meditation Teacher and Ayurvedic Massage Therapists

Michelle has trained extensively with Yogi Ashokananda, in London and India. She practices Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya and Meditation. In addition to completing her 500hrs Teacher Training Certificate with the Yoga Alliance. She has also developed a passion for the art of Tibetan singing bowls under the guidance of Victor Oguy and Szilvia Gardian. She uses sound vibration to enhance and deepen the practice of yoga. Michelle, is also a qualified Ayurvedic Massage Therapist – working and teaching in clinics in India as well as the UK. She has a keen interest in Ayurveda yoga therapy, which led her to study Ayurveda cooking in Tamil Nadu. Her classes are slow flowing with a deeply meditative approach – aligning mind, body and soul.

Alison Sheeley

Alison Sheeley

Alison is a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist and a certified Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute matwork instructor. She also teaches Hatha yoga and Yin yoga. She has been practicing yoga in various forms for over 15 years and teaching modified matwork Pilates for 10 years. She is interested in how these disciplines can be used to: – encourage improvement in posture and movement – educate and encourage better body awareness – help in the rehabilitation and recovery from injury.

Linda Cholton

Linda Cholton

Linda is our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

Linda was introduced to yoga as a teenager by her mother and since then yoga has never been far away. She began practising Hatha yoga and for many years was a student of Iyengar yoga. Nowadays, she is enjoying learning the techniques of Scaravelli-inspired yoga. Linda trained as a Pre-natal and Post-natal yoga teacher with Sally Parkes. She has a passion for working with women at this most spiritual and empowering stage of their lives. Linda is also a qualified meditation teacher and believes that with a subtle and informed approach, the benefits of meditation can also be experienced through yoga practise, providing the best of both worlds. The aim of the pre-natal classes is to enable mums have quality time to connect with their babies, honouring the sacred nature of motherhood. The gently challenging nature of the yoga poses works with the body, opening up space to help the growing baby. Stronger work strengthens the legs and pelvic floor, all of which helps you in the later stages of pregnancy and labour. Breathing exercises learned in class, can also be used as a relaxation technique during labour. Linda has a gentle, warm and empathic approach to teaching.

Vanessa Bourne

Vanessa Bourne

Vanessa is our Teens Yoga Teacher

My passion for Yoga started 18 years ago after the birth of my second son and severe post-natal depression and has only deepened as a result of having to deal with some very difficult personal and family circumstances. I was offered pills by the doctors but knew I had to find a better way of healing myself and living with the pressures that life can bring. I started taking classes with Nell Lindsell, who later started Yogabugs and I fell in love with the relief that Yoga brought to me. After the birth of my third son 14 years ago, I stepped up my personal practice to 3 classes a week, one Iyengar class and 2 Hatha yoga classes. This lead to my decision to train with Yogabugs initially and then Calm for Kids. I have been teaching children and teenagers for over 10 years now and in that time have taught the sporty, non-sporty and many children with different challenges, both physical and mental. My Children’s classes are all adapted to suit the age group and include music, games and stories to teach them the basic postures and give them the very valuable benefits that yoga has to give. I use simple breathing exercises and teach them, often the hardest lesson of all, to relax and be still for up to 5 minutes with wonderful, child friendly meditations.