Yoga Teacher Training Tutors

Yoga Teacher Training Tutors

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Yoga Teacher Training Tutors


Jacqueline Annabelle Purnell

Jacqueline Annabelle PurnellYoga teacher Jacqueline Annabelle Purnell runs classes, workshops, retreats and BWY CPD Courses from Richmond Yoga and Yoga Teacher Training from Yogashala Ibiza.

Based in Richmond upon Thames, Jacqueline has taught and practiced Yoga worldwide having originally trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Derek Ireland in India. She is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, trained by David Life and Sharon Gannon, and has also worked with Shandor Remete where she attended teacher training of the Shadow School for over six years.

As well as being licensed to teach BWY Foundation Courses One and Two, Jacqueline is also a qualified BWY pregnancy yoga teacher, teaching pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby yoga. Since the age of eighteen, Jacqueline has also had a deep love of Sub-Aqua diving and loves to combine the meditative aspect of scuba diving with yoga at many of the magical diving sites for the Yoga Diving Holidays that she runs.

In the media, Jacqueline stars in the worldwide best selling book 10 Minute Yoga and the DVD ‘Beyond Dynamic Yoga: The Power of Ashtanga’. She has practiced yoga on SkyTV and filmed in Ibiza for the ITV1 series Wish You Were Still Here with Judith Chalmers' son Mark Durden-Smith..

Jacqueline currently serves as regional training officer for the London region working with the national In Service training officer to create vibrant training opportunities for the continuous professional development of our Yoga Teachers in the Capital City.


Stefania Barker

Born in Rome, Italy, Stefania bought her first yoga book as a teenager on an impulse.

Stefania BarkerThe seed of interest in Yoga was planted but remained dormant for years. After moving to London her enthusiasm for health and fitness (and her husband’s pestering), brought her to try a local Yoga class. Attending classes regularly and experiencing a variety of styles and teachers slowly drew her towards the spiritual and philosophical aspects of Yoga. For over 10 years now she has consistently practiced and gratefully thanks her husband for the pestering…

Stefania studied under the guidance of Jacqueline Purnell and gained The British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Diploma in 2008. In 2010 she studied at the Omega Institute (NY) with Sharon Gannon and David Life, gaining the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Certification.

Her classes are in a challenging vinyasa style (flowing asana sequences) to music, and incorporate breathing, meditation and deep relaxation.

Stefania teaches classes and workshops at The Garden Studio in South Ealing and offers private group and one-on-one classes.

"May all beings everywhere be happy and free - and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." (Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu)


Chris James

Chris JamesYoga teacher Chris James is a sought after name on the international yoga circuit and regularly contributes to a variety of health and fitness pages in national newspapers and magazines. He has been practicing for 12 years and is hugely popular for teaching corporate groups in the City as well as private clients in Knightsbridge. Chris specialises in teaching Yoga and remedial yoga therapy across the world.

Chris James is realistic in terms of his teaching: he concentrates on building core strength, improving posture and teaching breathing and relaxation techniques that we can all do.

Certified as a teacher by the British Wheel of Yoga, Chris studied in Rishikesh, and at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.


Leanna Plant

So I arrived in Ibiza in a campervan, with all the family and dog in search of a more meaningful and connected life........ and I got it!

Leaving our home behind in London I realised it was hard to lose the London girl in me and to jump in to find new purpose, new direction, new aspirations, new friends and build a life for us all.
On a personal level having become a Yoga teacher in 2011 and taught in a busy Hot Yoga studio and having had a variety of yoga styles on my doorstep to immerse myself in, I wondered.... 'Where was my yoga journey going to take me??'

After some time out to be mama I was ready to be inspired and to then inspire others and what better place to start but in Ibiza I thought...? On a island with very educated yogi's and a sea of 200hr teachers... Hhmmm?

Then I found Jacqueline and Yogashala which sparked my inspiration and woohoo my new yoga journey began!

Her wise words and immense knowledge motivated me to delve deeper into my yoga studies and I began my 500hr TT. Our relationship began and continues as my teacher, my friend and my guiding light.

As my training continues with Yogashala over a year I have the pleasure and honour of being one of her teachers and assisting on the Yogashala 200hr TT and occasionally covering the classes at Galeria Elephante and Garden of Joy.

My aspirations now are to be the best person I can be for my family and to transcend all this in my class mixed with continued learning, harmony and sprinkled with a lot of love.
With big thanks to my husband my 2 babies and to Jacqueline Annabelle Purnell for being the best teachers I could wish for.