KATIE ELLERBECK

Katie Ellerbeck

Pilates & Yoga instructor

Pilates & Yoga instructor

Co-Founder of  RokCore Studios

With 20 years of teaching experience, Katie is a qualified CYQ Level 3 Pilates instructor, Reformer Instructor, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Rocket Yoga Teacher.                                        

I began Ballet classes at the age of three and Dancing became my life, I fell in love with how movement made me feel. Dancing allowed me to take a break from school life, homework and all the pressures that being a teenage girl had, getting lost in movement has always made my soul feel alive, been my saviour and been a huge part of who I am, right from my very early years.

After my A Levels, I had brief moment of wanting to work the City and resist what I believe are my true callings in life, I quickly realised City life was not where I belonged and so after three months, I went to back to dancing and qualified as a Dance teacher 2 years later. 

It was  during my training that I found Pilates and Yoga and I vividly remember being in my very first Yoga class when I was 18. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a Yoga teacher, above and beyond anything else. I loved that Yoga was non competitive, nodody expected you to get your leg higher than the person next to you, it was just about me, my body, my soul - quietly tuning into myself, not bothering anyone or being bothered by anyone else, it was that space that I loved and still love today.

Back then Yoga teacher training wasn’t as accessible as it is now and at the age of 20 I asked my Parents if I could travel to India to study Yoga but for them it wasn’t the right the time and they felt I was too young to travel on my own. So I qualified as an aerobics teacher with the YMCA in 2001 instead, which lead me on to teach Body Combat, Body Balance, Pilates and then finally my true passion and where my heart lies -Yoga.

My dream was to have my own Yoga studio but never did I dream it would come true. Even to the point of having a vision of my son being at the studio with me and checking all my Yogis in for me.

That dream never ever faded.

Teaching is about making a positive difference to peoples lives. I hope that what my students  learn with me in class, will enhance their every day lives, away from the studio also.

Pilates and Yoga are more than an exercise or fitness class, they both connect the mind, body, breath and allow you to focus on yourself, which I feel is invaluable to our general well being, life is so hectic sometimes, we forget to take care of our own hearts, minds and bodies and having that little pocket of stillness, create space in your mind, re align physically an emotionally, for me is everything.

I am forever grateful to all my teachers who have trained me along the way, supported me, helping me to become my dream.

Katie’s Classes

Warm, friendly but technical in her approach, Kate hopes her classes will leave you feeling physically challenged but emotionally uplifted and energised.

 
 
Amanda

Amanda Houston

 I was a little lost and mentally burnt out when I first arrived on a yoga mat. Encouraged by the wonderful Debbie Hannant, I decided to give yoga a ‘try’ and sure enough, after that first class in 2005, I was hooked. I remember lying in Shavasana in a state of pure bliss crying my eyes out, something had shifted…I could breathe!

Soon after, I began a dedicated practice of Ashtanga and over the years I was drawn to Ashrams in India and it was here, surrounded by peace and spirituality, I discovered my path to teach. In February 2017, during a sabbatical from work, I completed the 200-hour YTT with Peak Beings in Hawaii. 

Since then I have been honoured to study further YTT hours with Annie Carpenter (Vinyasa / Smart Flo), Norman Blair, Sarah Lo (Yin Yoga) Lisa Kaley-Isley (Yoga for Anxiety and Depression) and Rod Stryker (Yoga Nidra).

Whilst I initially began teaching Vinyasa, I also wanted to share my love of Yin yoga. I was amazed by the profound and calming effects it had on my own hectic life.  In such a fast-paced world, we desperately need to slow down, take a breath and connect deeper to ourselves. Practicing these two styles together can help us do just that, creating harmony, both physically and mentally. 

 Yin Yang yoga every Tuesday 7.00pm-8.30pm (90 minutes)

Classes are a mix of Vinyasa and Yin yoga.  We begin with a Yang (Vinyasa) Sequence to challenge the body to move with flow and strength, moving and warming muscles, increasing the heart rate and boosting blood flow.  The Yin sequences that follow and close the practice are designed to connect to the deeper layers of the self.  We slow down and hold poses for several minutes to elongate deep-set tissues in the body.  We nurture the mind, calm the heart and integrate the energy flow that we cultivated in our Yang practise at a deeper level within. 



 
Steve

Steve Johansen

I first discovered Yoga in February 2007, in an attempt to combat a bad bout of depression that I was experiencing at that time.

Initially drawn to Ashtanga Yoga a Vinyasa flow, which is a fast flowing energetic style of yoga, I soon realised that I wanted more from yoga than just the physical practice. Consequently, I began practicing other styles of yoga such as HathaIyengar and Sivananda, with many different teachers. But kept being drawn back to Hatha Yoga, which is the base of all yoga styles.

After a few years, my practice had developed and my teachers began suggesting that I become a yoga teacher myself. They felt that my patience, enthusiasm and caring approach to the people around me, coupled with my strong practice, would make me an excellent teacher. After much deliberation and research, I finally decided to undertake the 200 hour teacher training course at CamYoga in Cambridge. 

Since qualifying in April 2014 I have enjoyed teaching Yoga at a number of locations and studios, thought-out Essex, teaching Classes, Private 1-2-1 sessions, Workshops, and now teaching Anatomy and Asana (yoga poses) on the teacher training program back at CamYoga, where I started my Yoga Teaching journey.   

Now a full time Hatha Yoga teacher, my love and enthusiasm for yoga hasn’t diminished, which leads me to be always learning and looking for new ways of developing my own daily yoga practice and improve my teaching skills, attending various courses and other classes and workshops whenever possible.

While my understanding of Yoga has increased, I still don’t do a lot of chanting or as my students like to say “OMing”, I have introduced more yoga philosophy into my classes, which still focuses on proper alignment of each asana (yoga pose) in a fun and encouraging way. Adapting the intensity of each class to the participant’s needs and skill levels. Ending all my classes with some form of or Shavasana, relaxation or mediation, leaving the students feeling energised but relaxed. 

 
 
Luisa

Luisa Rennie

I have been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 14 years, specialising in mindful, alignment-based, breath-led dynamic yoga. 

The focus of my study and practice has been ashtanga yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, yoga therapy and vipassana meditation, and I have been blessed to study with some of the world’s leading teachers, including Mukunda Stiles (yoga therapy), Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow yoga), Tias Little, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (pregnancy yoga and yoga nidra), Sarah Powers (yin yoga and meditation) and John Peacock (mindfulness and Vipassana meditation).

I am a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, a pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher and a Birthlight Baby Yoga, Level 2 teacher. I have been a mentor on the Yoga Campus teacher training course, assisting new teachers with their yoga teacher training, and marking essays. I have also worked with the Prison Phoenix Trust, teaching yoga and meditation to prison populations. I taught for five years at one of London’s top yoga studios, The Life Centre in London as well as teaching yoga to Oxford rowers, and specialist workshops on stress relief to Oxford University students. I have run UK based and international yoga retreats, which I will start up again in 2019 (now I’ve had my babies!).

All my yoga classes, workshops and retreats include detailed instruction, energising and relaxing sequences and a special focus on the breath. My teaching is all-inclusive and non-dogmatic but is firmly grounded in the philosophy of yoga, especially the practice of 'ahimsa' – non-harming, 'santosha' – contentment and 'svadhyaya' – self-study. 

My yoga classes are also infused with the Buddhist vipassana, or 'insight' meditation I practise, and often carry a strong therapeutic focus.

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Natalie

Natalie Diss

My Yoga journey began 10 years ago teaching Body Balance with the sole intention of adding a stretching programme to my fitness routine. Three years later, after experimenting with fitness yoga, my passion for Vinyasa Power Yoga began.

I found a like minded training school to learn this powerful, energetic, form of yoga moving fluidly and considerately from one pose to the next using breath and every day English, which I believe eliminates elitism and confusion.

Through intelligent and considerate sequencing I wish to make a Power Yoga accessible to a broader audience encouraging participants to stop, take a breath, think and feel...... truly reconnecting with mind and body.

Karen

Karen Curren

My name is Karen Curren & I have been teaching a variety of exercise classes since qualifying in 1992.

 I trained as a Pilates Matwork instructor at the Pilates Institute in 2001 & have continued teaching in various clubs,offices & studios ever since.

In those 16 years I have gained a wealth of experience at all levels. 

I still get great pleasure from seeing the improvements & benefits of Pilates to my pupils.