Our Bournemouth Yoga Teachers

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Anya Holdsworth

Anya 1st discovered yoga over 20 years ago when she attended an Iyengar class & continued to practice Iyengar & hatha yoga for many years until she was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2009. In 2012 she attended a workshop with Ajay Kumar who had traveled from Mysore, India, to teach in Bournemouth, this workshop had a profound effect & in 2013 she made the trip to India to study with Ajay. The following year she returned to Mysore & decided to practice with Vijay Kumar, & in 2015 completed her 200 hour TTC with him. She returned to Mysore the following year & was invited to assist Vijay in his Shala for the 6 month season gaining valuable experience & insight, teaching & assisting practitioners of all levels. Anya continues to travel to Mysore regularly to study with both Vinay Kumar & Vijay Kumar.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Hayley Gumery

I have run vibrant and popular yoga classes in London and the south west for over 25 years.

 I hold the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma, Sivananda Siromani Certificate and I am a Reiki practitioner.
 The influence of many superb teachers and my numerous visits to India have given me a depth of understanding that shines through in all my classes.
I am very excited to be starting my own Teacher Training Program with the British Wheel of Yoga, here in Dorset in 2017.
Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Jo Hawkes

Jo had her first taste of yoga at a young age playfully exploring Asana’s with her Grandmother throughout her Junior school years. It wasn’t until moving to Bournemouth in 2005 that she started attending regular Iyengar yoga classes, and then stumbled across her first Ashtanga class and was immediately hooked. Surprised at how stiff and inflexible her body was after many years as a competitive swimmer, she practiced regularly and was fascinated at how yoga helped to improve her strength, balance and well-being as well as her performance in other sporting activities. In 2014 Jo completed her RYT200hr Teacher training under Brian Cooper and regularly attends workshops to further her knowledge. Over the years Jo has been lucky enough to attend workshops lead by Ajay Kumar, John Scott and Cherie Lathey.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Julia Cobban

Julia’s love for yoga was sparked in Vancouver, Canada in 2006. There she practiced yoga with a variety of inspiring, knowledgeable and experienced teachers. Julia believes that movement is medicine, and is dedicated to gaining as much knowledge and experience as she can to share with her students. Her classes are playful and fun with dynamic and creative flows, which will allow you to challenge yourself by offering developing variations while being mindful of body and breath. – Julia completed her 200hr teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga in 2009. She is currently continuing her education with Yoga Medicine – a thorough anatomically based training system, to better understand the human body within a yoga practice.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Lorna Finlay

I began my yoga journey in my teens going to yoga with my Mum where I was introduced to various styles. In 2012 after starting a family, I tried Ashtanga vinyasa yoga for the first time and soon began to start a regular yoga practice. I embraced the progressive nature of the Ashtanga system building and developing posture after posture until I found myself able to practice on my own at home, enjoying the space and time out it created. From here I progressed to wanting to share my knowledge and passion for Ashtanga with others and I made the decision to become a teacher. I trained with Yoga Alliance under Brain Cooper in 2014-2015to be come a yoga teacher and I regularly attend CPD course to keep learning and for new inspiration.

My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing with a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration, whether that is to help students start off on their yoga journey or deepen their practice. I am always happy to spend time with my students as I seek to help them thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul with yoga. My hope is that you step off your yoga mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Rachael Waring

My journey into yoga began as a child when I delighted in contorting myself into all manner of postures with no real awareness of the significance of those positions. A chance remark and book recommendation from a family friend set on the path of yoga, teaching myself from books for much of my teens and early twenties. Eventually I found my “yoga-home” in my mid-twenties when I went to a Mysore class with a friend and hurled myself headlong into the Ashtanga practice. Although I have now moved toward a more relaxed vinyasa practice I still return to my ashtanga roots on a regular basis. In addition to an ashtanga teacher training with the Yoga People in London, and Sivananda training in India, I am continuing my education and currently undertaking my Yoga Medicine advanced teacher training with the renowned teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank.
I have been teaching yoga in and around Bournemouth and Poole since moving to Dorset from London in early 2012.
My classes are vinyasa style and suitable for all levels, expect to be challenged, surprised, and most importantly to laugh. I am a big fan of self-awareness and not taking oneself too seriously; I find my yoga practice is a humbling place to find those two things!

I honour the lineage of my teachers and am grateful for their knowledge.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Scott Parsons

In January 2018 I was honoured to become an Authorised Level 1 Ashtanga Teacher, awarded by Sharath Jois and to represent the KPJAYI school of Ashtanga in Mysore, India. I currently run a full time Ashtanga programme called South Coast Ashtanga Yoga at the Yoga Shala in Poole, Dorset.

In 2017 I was awarded the Senior Yoga Teacher certification by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

I have been teaching Ashtanga Yoga (Primary Series) in Bournemouth & Poole since 2008. My yoga journey started in 2005 when, being very overweight and inflexible, I went to my first class looking for an escape from my extremely unhealthy music and DJ career. I found myself wanting to go again and again, not quite able to work out if I loved yoga or hated it. After a few more weeks of attending classes, I realised that I loved it and was going as often as possible.

Yoga is not about being bendy and being able to touch your toes, when I started I was very overweight and could hardly touch my knees. I started right from the beginning and had not done any form of yoga or exercise for nearly 15 years, so I know how daunting it is to be extremely out of shape.

In March 2006 I first studied with the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois when they visited the UK.

Soon after this I handed in my notice at work and decided to go to Mysore, where I first visited the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and studied with Sharath Jois. Over the next couple of years I continued to venture to India to develop my practice and further my knowledge of yoga.

In 2008 I also began to study for a degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which has hugely facilitated my understanding of the anatomy of the body, complimenting my yoga teaching and my own practise.

In the last 10 years I have been lucky enough to visit India almost every year, furthering my knowledge of the remarkable health system of yoga. I’ve had the privilege of practising with Sharath at KPJAYI in Mysore, as well as other traditional and authoritative teachers in India.

My approach to teaching yoga is very much how I learnt it myself, through years of self study and also using the knowledge I have acquired through studying with some of the best yoga teachers in the world. I pride myself on teaching authentic and traditional yoga the way I have continued to be taught in India, using no gimmicks and encouraging yoga for the mind and body.

Scott Parsons director of The Shala

Sonja Lockyer

Sonja has taught yoga for over a decade, moving between disciplines until she began to move to the yoga of her own heart.
She teaches a style of movement best described as vinyasa yoga. What really floats Sonja’s boat is that by moving our bodies we not only stay physically vibrant, healthy and strong, but we also tune in to our internal world where the real magic lies By nurturing the internal light we can all live a life that is inspired, enthusiastic and joyful.
Sonja is a mother to 2 gorgeous children, practices as a Light Coach and teaches the Magdalene Meditation.