Meet the team

Some of the most talented teachers in Wales

DIANA BROOK

Through a lifelong interest in natural health and healing, Diana first discovered yoga in 1998.  A practice that supported her during times of emotional transition, yoga has influenced Diana’s understand of how thoughts, emotions and beliefs impact the physical body.

A self-published author, Diana wrote her first book “The Mind, Body & Soul Workout Guide” and filled it with the knowledge she’s gained on and off the mat.  From nutrition and skincare, goal setting and self-study, yoga and meditation, to chakras and Reiki, Diana wanted to bring together all of the tools and insights she uses in her own life, and empower others to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between their mind, body and soul.  Her book has sold hundreds of copies and continues to support her students and clients as they work towards their true selves.

It was through YogaLondon that Diana completed her yoga teacher training in 2014 and began teaching yoga across South Wales.  After years of success spreading the joy of yoga, Diana founded the “Diana Brook: Yoga with Soul” yoga studio – Caerphilly’s first dedicated yoga studio.  Her mission to bring natural health and healing to those who need it.

Now running a successful yoga studio, teaching weekly classes, private tuition, workshops and leading yoga retreats both in the UK and across Europe, Diana’s holistic philosophy remains an integral part of her teaching style.

JOANNE GARDNER

Having practiced since 1983, yoga has always been a huge part of Joanne’s life – but it was only by accident that Joanne stumbled onto the path that would see her quit her day job and pursue her dream career of teaching yoga full time.

When Diana invited Jo on a bit of a “jolly” to London for some company, to attend a Try Us Evening with Yoga London, Jo didn’t have much idea that she was about to change her life forever… she signed up for teacher training there and then!

Jo qualified as a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher with YogaLondon in 2014 and began her journey of spreading the magic of yoga there and then.  Teaching a fusion of Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Dru and Viniyoga (with a particular emphasis on pranayama and mindfulness), Jo draws inspiration from all around her in creating a safe space to have fun, feel energised, yet relaxed and nourished.

Her infectious energy, spiritual nature and bubbly personality shines through into her classes – Jo believes that the magic of yoga allows you to connect with and feel more at ease with life.

Joanne teaches our Nourish & Nurture classes.

CHRISTINA MONNELLY

Christina first took a yoga class in 2012 primarily as a form of exercise and a way to improve flexibility to balance her running and cycling.  She felt the physical benefits very quickly but it was the mental and emotional benefits that kept her going back.  The holistic nature of yoga helped Christina both recover from sports-related injuries and cope with stressful life events.

Christina’s style is challenging but playful and she likes the balance of both yin and yang practices.  Christina focusses on increasing strength and flexibility, both on and off the mat.  Her classes are dynamic yet accessible through variations and modifications, with an emphasis on mindful movement and body awareness.

Christina took her yoga teacher training in the summer of 2018 at Lifestyle Yoga under the guidance of Rachel Flame Young, who has a particular interest in science-based yoga and yoga anatomy.  Christina enjoys a strong practice to strengthen the body and quieten the mind and is enthusiastic about sharing the joy of all that yoga has to offer.

Christina teaches our Strength & Structure classes.

JAKE JONES

It was in 2010 when Jake decided to try a yoga class at a local gym.  Although he was totally inflexible, and the only guy in the room, something Jake’s first teacher said stuck with him for life – “we so rarely take time for ourselves, allow yourself this hour to just be here and practice”.  This began the journey that would eventually lead to Jake undertaking his 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Bristol School of Yoga.

Jake’s personal style of yoga continues to evolve and change, although he is heavily influenced by his teachers who draw from the traditional styles of hatha, vinyasa, iyengar and ashtanga.  Jake’s main aim is to hold space for people to come back to their centre and connect with themselves.  Variations, modifications, and use of props where appropriate make his classes accessible to all.  Believing that yoga is just more than a physical practice to train and condition the body, his classes use a mixture of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing awareness) and meditation.

Jake teaches our Fire & Flow and Nourish & Nurture classes.

MEGAN BARRY
Megan is currently training with Bristol School of Yoga for her 200 hour YTT and is ready to start sharing her love of yoga with the world!
 
Megan attended her first yoga class in a local gym in 2013. A friend recommended the class as Megan was stiff and achey from weight training regularly for 3+ years.
 
Despite having very tight muscles and not being able to touch her toes, she enjoyed it so much that she continued to practice until the Yoga eventually took over from weight training.
 
Megan’s personal practice is mainly Hatha and Vinyasa, but she also enjoys the restorative Yin practice from time to time.
 
Megan wants to share her love of yoga with everyone, and strongly advocates that we do not need to be flexible to practice, which is why her aim is to ensure her classes are accessible to all.

Megan teaches our Strength & Grace classes.

JOANNA BOGACZ

An experienced yogi, Jo B has been practicing yoga since the mid-nineties after discovering the practice both beneficial and restorative during a turbulent time in her life.  For Jo, integrity and clarity developed in her life as she furthered her practice, ultimately going on to study yoga with a particular focus on holistic health, wellbeing and meditation.

Jo brings the qualities of compassion and kindness to her teaching – she’s motivated to teach by her genuine interest in people.  With extensive personal and professional experience of supporting people with mental health problems, Jo advocates the healing effects of a yoga practice.  Her classes support you to use yoga as a process to find your own way authentically, and to reconnect with yourself.  Jo works in an empowering and insightful way, taking a holistic and dignified approach to her work – with an emphasis on bringing greater awareness and renewed vitality to the mind and body.

Jo B leads our Balance & Stillness classes.

JANE CUNDICK

Beginning over seventeen years ago, Jane’s yoga journey started off as a form of pure exercise – however, over the years her yoga has evolved to help support her and find balance in her life.  Having experienced the many benefits of yoga, both mentally and physically, first hand, Jane is always excited to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Completing her Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher training with The Well-Being Yoga School in London in 2016, under the guidance and teaching of Nathalie Dubreu, Jane then went on to study for a specialist Yin Yoga qualification that sees her deliver the most relaxing and restorative Yin classes.  All of Jane’s classes are accessible to everyone and her sparkling personality, developed practice and beautiful teaching style encourages all students to access their own yoga – making for a personal and individual experience.

Jane teaches our Strength & Grace and Relax & Restore classes.

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