MYA

Teachers

“you make the sessions very relaxing but enjoyable and exciting. Your knowledge, gentle attitude and consideration for individual capability is very encouraging.”

Meet our team of mindfulness and yoga teachers:


Carolyn Coverley

Mindfulness and Yoga teacher. Committee member, chairperson and coordinator of MYA.

Carolyn has taught yoga and mindfulness on a voluntary basis to a variety of organisations, particularly since retiring as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Mindfulness – Carolyn has gained a Masters in Studies in Mindfulness. She has completed training to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC), the Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC)  and the Mindfulness Based Living Course- Young Adult (MBLC-YA).  Carolyn provides formal eight week mindfulness courses, bespoke courses, occasional day retreats and drop in sessions on a voluntary basis.

Yoga- Carolyn has completed a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher trainer course and she has continued to develop her teaching including training as a certified Accessible Yoga teacher, a yin yoga teacher and completing a course in children’s Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD.  She now mainly teaches yoga as a form of mindful movement, including working with the breath, body awareness, meditation and visualisation.

Membership and Listings: British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches, Mindfulness Association, Yoga Alliance Professional

 

 

 


 

Henrietta Brice-Smith

Somatic Awareness & Embodied Resilience Teacher. Committee member, lead media advisor, and lead yoga advisor of MYA.

Henrietta has been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga for over 20 years. She is a Yoga Elder with the IYN, a member of the BWY, holds an Advanced Teachers Certificate in Somatic Awareness & Dynamic Yoga, a Professional Presenters Certificate in Embodied Resilience, and is a Radical Ecology Professional. She has extensive experience teaching people with a wide variety of ailments/conditions, and has studied Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology TFH 1, 2, 3 & 4 and continues her studies in Kinetic Therapy. She also teaches Restorative Yoga.

IYN  Yoga Pulse Embodied-Resilience


Kate Howell

Yoga teacher. Committee member  and secretary of MYA.

Kate has been practising Bikram yoga on and off for 20 years. Her yoga practice saw her through several major life events; she learnt to bend so she did not break. Faced with an empty nest at home and a desire to do something different after 26 years as a Science Teacher, she decided to undertake her 200hr RYT at the Yoga Skyros Academy in Greece in 2018;She has been teaching classes at Healthhaus and her own classes ever since. Kate is particularly interested in “yoga for life” and she offers Hatha yoga classes with a strong focus on aligning mind, body and spirit. She practices yoga to keep peace in her mind, strength in her body and love in her heart. Kate practices yoga, not to get better at yoga, but to get better at life.

Kate is a certified Accessible Yoga and teen yoga teacher.

Yoga with Kate

 

 

 


 

Sofia Silva

Yoga teacher. Committee member and treasurer of MYA

Sofia comes from Portugal and has been living in jersey for the last 17 years. She loves anything that enriches the mind, body and soul, she recently just completed “The Portuguese Camino” and loved every moment of her journey. She has been teaching Power vinyasa yoga since completing her teacher training in London in 2016 and since then is sharing her passion of Baptiste Power yoga methodology. Sofia believes that yoga is a journey to self-discovery a path that has been waiting to stepped in and will never end, as long you are ready to take the first step. Her classes are dynamic, fun and empowering, combining awareness of breath, movement and mindfulness.

Sofia is a certified Accessible Yoga teacher.


Tina Hesse

Mindfulness teacher. Committee member, deputy chairperson and safeguarding lead of MYA.

Tina has been practicing mindful meditation for over 20 years and teaching mindful practices in schools since 2006. In 2014 Tina went to study the .b Mindfulness in Schools teacher trainer programme to be able to deliver the .b curriculum to students. Tina has delivered the curriculum to children and young people from year 6 to Further Education students and is looking to provide teaching to Higher Education learners in 2020. Since then Tina has trained to teach the .b foundations mindfulness course for adults and currently runs this course for staff wellbeing at Highlands College for Education staff and other Government of Jersey staff. Tina completed her Masters in Applied Positive and Coaching Psychology with UEL and for her Research dissertation created an 8 week Positive mindfulness course to promote kindness and reduce bullying in establishments. This was piloted in a local primary school with positive results. Tina is passionate about the benefits of mindfulness to support mental health, meaning and flourishing and is working towards trying to bring more mindfulness into Jersey and into the islands Education Establishments as well as into the local community. Tina helped to set up the current wellbeing team for the Education department and supported student, staff and parent wellbeing and currently teaches on childcare course at Highlands college level 2-5, is a pool trainer and delivers safeguard training units and certification as a SPB pool trainer.

 

 


 

 

Barbara Young

Yoga Teacher and member of MYA

Yoga has been an important part of Barbara’s life since 2007. She has practised many different types of yoga including Bikram yoga, Hot yoga, Iyengar yoga and Yin yoga. In 2014, she discovered Dynamic Yoga and soon after started training to become a yoga teacher at the Windfire Yoga Training School using the Dynamic Yoga Somatic Awareness teaching method.  She completed this 400-hour yoga training in 2017.

Barbara continues to develop her teaching experience and in 2019, she trained as a certified Accessible Yoga Teacher. She is also currently studying to become an Embodied Resilience Teacher.

Barbara enjoys teaching yoga with a focus on somatic awareness, through systematic repetitive movements and stillness of the body, encouraging students to recognise the natural intelligence of their bodies.

Yoga and somatic awareness practices have greatly improved her life and following retirement from the Finance Industry in 2019, she is keen to help and encourage people to use yoga and somatic awareness practices to enhance their lives as well.

Barbara is a member of the Independent Yoga Network


Steve Wharmby

Mindfulness teacher. Member and lead mindfulness teacher for MYA

Steve has been teaching mindfulness in various contexts since 2010. This has included Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). More recently he has focused on teaching mindful self-compassion. He is a trained teacher in the Mindful SelfCompassion programme (MSC), which was developed by Researcher Kristin Neff and Psychologist Christopher Germer, and the teen version of this called Making Friends with Yourself. Steve currently works as a Primary Mental Health Worker for the Psychology and Wellbeing Service but previously worked as an Occupational Therapist within Adult Mental Health.

 

 


 

 

Tania Jackson

Yoga teacher and member of MYA.

Tania discovered yoga in 2007 while working as a personal trainer and bodybalance instructor in Scotland.  Having tried the ‘no pain, no gain’ training styles offered by the gym world, Tania found herself drawn more and more to the restorative and nurturing approach that yoga offers.

Her regular practice eventually led her to study teacher training in 2015 under Daizan Roshi, a Zen Master in the Rinzai tradition of Zen which has a strong focus on meditation. As her own practice developed she discovered Kundalini yoga and undertook a further Kundalini teacher training in 2017 delivered by Gurmukh and Gurushabd.

Outside of her day job, Tania has taught and volunteered as a yoga teacher since 2015. Her classes draw strongly from the Kundalini teachings, particularly in the use of breath and mantra meditations. Her classes are focused on the individual experience where participants are encouraged to explore and express the practice in a way that they feel best serves their needs at that time.

Tania is a certified Accessible Yoga teacher.


Amanda Bond

 Mindfulness Teacher and member of MYA

Amanda is an ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, Ecopsychotherapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, and natural medicine practitioner. For as long as she can remember she has  spent solo time outdoors, enjoying the companionship of the natural world – nature has been her healing partner. From a sojourn in Southern California at age 19, exploring canyons, creeks, mountains and desert landscapes to the giant Coastal Redwoods of the PNW, she has appreciated the mystery, wonder and awe of spending time in nature.

Amanda has the following qualifications:
Neal’s Yard – Foundation in Natural Medicine
Practitioner diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics
MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Certificate in Wilderness First Aid

Amanda Bond – Wild Shinrin Yoku

 

 


Are you a qualified yoga or mindfulness teacher? If so, would you like to help those who would not normally be able to access sessions? Please contact us if you would like to join us or discuss further.