Your teacher, Sasha, has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 7. Having trained with several world-renowned teachers, she has been most influenced by the Iyengar, Parayoga and Scaravelli traditions.

Sasha blends elements from her many inspiring teachers to create a gentle hatha class suitable for all. She has an inclusive, welcoming style which ensures everyone works at a level that feels right for them. The emphasis is on the health of the spine, mindfulness, correct breathing techniques, and the need to listen to your body and treat it with kindness. Classes are both relaxing and energising, perfect either for beginners or for those wishing to deepen their practice.

Qualifications

BWY accredited diploma, Yoga Campus TT diploma, Yoga Alliance 200 hours certificate, TSY (trauma sensitive yoga) certificate, Relax and Renew® trainer, Red Cross First Aid.

  • Sasha did her initial training with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli, which resulted in her first Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher training certificate.
  • She did a second training with Britain’s top teacher training school –  YogaCampus – where she gained her British Wheel of Yoga accredited teaching diploma and her second Yoga Alliance 200 hour certificate.
  • She has continued her studies with renowned teachers Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, Chloe Fremantle, Katrina Repka, Zephyr Wildman, Catherine Annis, Jean Hall and Liz Lark.
  • She is certified by Judith Hanson Lasater to teach Relax and Renew Restorative yoga.
  • She  trained in ‘Trauma Sensitive Yoga’ (TSY) at the Boston Trauma Centre where her teachers included Dave Emerson and Bessel Van Der Kolk.
  • Sasha is also a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist. Her MA research dissertation was a study exploring what it means to be both a yoga teacher and a therapist. She now runs workshops training psychotherapists in the use of yoga within their practice, and in the principles of TSY. Please contact her for more information on these trainings.
  • Prior to becoming a yoga teacher Sasha worked in the television industry for 17 years. She also writes for the Sunday Telegraph travel section (www.telegraph.co.uk) and for the website Queen of Retreats (www.queenofretreats.com).
  • Sasha’s two cats provided the inspiration for the name Cat on a mat, and have proved her most influential teachers – both for the natural ease with which they inhabit their bodies, and for their ability to take such pleasure in relaxation and fully experience the present moment.

For more information, and to book, email info@catonamatyoga.com