Meet the Team

Meet the Team:

Brenda Louw.

​Lead Tutor. Course Founder and Director.

Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network. Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

www.ChillOutYoga.co.uk

Very much an ‘Earth Child’ from South Africa, Brenda has been practicing yoga since 2000. This started while working on a cruise ship as a massage therapist, attending Hot Yoga and Sivananda classes when possible, but mainly self-taught from books and an Ashtanga DVD.

​She trained as an Ashtanga yoga teacher in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2006 with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga. At that time she also trained with Ana Forrest, David Swenson and Dharma Mittra.

​Brenda established ChillOut Yoga in Aberfoyle, Scotland, in 2007. One of her students, Jane, wanted to train as a Yoga Teacher. After Brenda recommended numerous courses, Jane insisted that she wanted to be trained only with Brenda, so that’s how ChillOut Yoga Teacher Training developed.

​She moved to Suffolk in 2013, establishing the Old School Studio in Long Melford where regular classes, workshops and teacher training happen with herself and other teachers. She continues to train as and when she can, attending workshops with Catherine Annis, Pete Blackaby, Juilan Baker and John Stirk.

‘Like everything else, my practice is constantly evolving. From a strong Ashtanga practice, I have moved into a more Scaravelli-inspired practice, still enjoying the strong asana practices, but with a different focus. I appreciate that yoga is an immensely deep and personal journey, but I also like to bring some light-heartedness and fun into my practice and teaching. I get a lot of inspiration from nature, and my interest and passion in how the body moves is a bit geeky, and I tend to get overly excited about it all 🙂 I love teaching and learning, and although I have had, and still have, some amazing and inspirational teachers, I learn the most from the lovely folk who keep coming to my classes and trainings.’

Brenda Louw

​Lead Tutor. Course Founder and Director.

Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network. Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

www.ChillOutYoga.co.uk

Very much an ‘Earth Child’ from South Africa, Brenda has been practicing yoga since 2000. This started while working on a cruise ship as a massage therapist, attending Hot Yoga and Sivananda classes when possible, but mainly self-taught from books and an Ashtanga DVD.

​She trained as an Ashtanga yoga teacher in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2006 with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga. At that time she also trained with Ana Forrest, David Swenson and Dharma Mittra.

​Brenda established ChillOut Yoga in Aberfoyle, Scotland, in 2007. One of her students, Jane, wanted to train as a Yoga Teacher. After Brenda recommended numerous courses, Jane insisted that she wanted to be trained only with Brenda, so that’s how ChillOut Yoga Teacher Training developed.

​She moved to Suffolk in 2013, establishing the Old School Studio in Long Melford where regular classes, workshops and teacher training happen with herself and other teachers. She continues to train as and when she can, attending workshops with Catherine Annis, Pete Blackaby, Juilan Baker and John Stirk.

‘Like everything else, my practice is constantly evolving. From a strong Ashtanga practice, I have moved into a more Scaravelli-inspired practice, still enjoying the strong asana practices, but with a different focus. I appreciate that yoga is an immensely deep and personal journey, but I also like to bring some light-heartedness and fun into my practice and teaching. I get a lot of inspiration from nature, and my interest and passion in how the body moves is a bit geeky, and I tend to get overly excited about it all 🙂 I love teaching and learning, and although I have had, and still have, some amazing and inspirational teachers, I learn the most from the lovely folk who keep coming to my classes and trainings.’

Laurence Mitchell

Co-Tutor.

Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

www.LaurenceFM.co.uk

Laurence is registered as a Senior Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. His journey in Yoga was almost accidental. It all started on a trip to India with some friends who wanted to go and try out a yoga class. Laurence was initially not so keen on the idea, but luckily for him he let them talk him into going. All it took was just those two hours of bending, stretching, and breathing on a wicker mat crawling with ants with some crazy Indian guy (who would become his first teacher), and bam! He was in love with the practice. He had for the first time in his life tapped into something special: the present moment. He immediately noticed a change in his awareness of the world, and he wanted more. This physical experience that he had found on the yoga mat was a perfect match for the study of eastern religious philosophy that he had studied at university, and it wasn’t very long before he was a dedicated yogi on a mission to learn all he that he could about this ancient mystical practice.

Since then, Laurence has returned to India many times, where he continues to train and learn from various teachers in various locations. He studied Alignment based Hatha Yoga in the Himalayas in North India. He spent time living in Ashrams learning various meditation techniques. He travelled to Mysore in the south of India to experience Ashtanga. Most recently, he studied Ayurvedic Yoga massage techniques. He still remains open to learning and continues to expand his knowledge and practice by experiencing new styles of yoga. This varied background of yoga ‘lineages’ that Laurence has been exposed to has given him a rounded practice and a deep understanding of the subtleties of the practice.

This is what Laurence has to say for himself;

“I came to yoga by chance, and it was a life changing experience for me. I immediately noticed that my body and mind felt lighter, like I had released some past emotional pain through simply stretching and breathing! That was in 2008, since then I haven’t stopped exploring the potential that yoga has. It still amazes me every time I practice. Suffice to say my physical body has become stronger and more flexible and still continues to do so. I am more confident, and generally happier within my own skin and life. I want to share this with everyone. Whilst, of course, I cannot and would not guarantee that practicing yoga will have the same results for everybody, I do believe that the tools that we have in yoga are very powerful. It is my passion and joy to share these tools so that everyone can have the same opportunity to make lasting positive changes in their life.”

Laurence Mitchell

Co-Tutor.

Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

www.LaurenceFM.co.uk

Laurence is registered as a Senior Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. His journey in Yoga was almost accidental. It all started on a trip to India with some friends who wanted to go and try out a yoga class. Laurence was initially not so keen on the idea, but luckily for him he let them talk him into going. All it took was just those two hours of bending, stretching, and breathing on a wicker mat crawling with ants with some crazy Indian guy (who would become his first teacher), and bam! He was in love with the practice. He had for the first time in his life tapped into something special: the present moment. He immediately noticed a change in his awareness of the world, and he wanted more. This physical experience that he had found on the yoga mat was a perfect match for the study of eastern religious philosophy that he had studied at university, and it wasn’t very long before he was a dedicated yogi on a mission to learn all he that he could about this ancient mystical practice.

Since then, Laurence has returned to India many times, where he continues to train and learn from various teachers in various locations. He studied Alignment based Hatha Yoga in the Himalayas in North India. He spent time living in Ashrams learning various meditation techniques. He travelled to Mysore in the south of India to experience Ashtanga. Most recently, he studied Ayurvedic Yoga massage techniques. He still remains open to learning and continues to expand his knowledge and practice by experiencing new styles of yoga. This varied background of yoga ‘lineages’ that Laurence has been exposed to has given him a rounded practice and a deep understanding of the subtleties of the practice.

This is what Laurence has to say for himself;
“I came to yoga by chance, and it was a life changing experience for me. I immediately noticed that my body and mind felt lighter, like I had released some past emotional pain through simply stretching and breathing! That was in 2008, since then I haven’t stopped exploring the potential that yoga has. It still amazes me every time I practice. Suffice to say my physical body has become stronger and more flexible and still continues to do so. I am more confident, and generally happier within my own skin and life. I want to share this with everyone. Whilst, of course, I cannot and would not guarantee that practicing yoga will have the same results for everybody, I do believe that the tools that we have in yoga are very powerful. It is my passion and joy to share these tools so that everyone can have the same opportunity to make lasting positive changes in their life.”

Ali Spalding

Co-Tutor and Pastoral Support

I had been practising yoga and other movement practices for well over a decade when I first came to Brenda’s classes. After a while I decided that I felt very much at home with her approach to teaching yoga: that being to provide a safe, non-judgemental and enriching environment suitable for any ability.

I therefore undertook training with Brenda completing the CYTT 300 Hour  Diploma in 2017. Undertaking teacher training supported and encouraged me to follow a journey of personal growth and greater acceptance within myself. Since qualifying, the development of my interest and ongoing practice has been on the impact and connections between our emotional and physical wellbeing, with a focus on relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Now retired, my professional background is in Social Work Management and Training, primarily in the fields of Mental Health, Substance Misuse, and Safeguarding.  My qualifications include Adult Education Teaching, Mentoring/Coaching, Counselling and Psychodynamic Group Work.  I am HCPC Registered, a member of the Independent Yoga Network and DBS checked.

Brenda is an inspirational teacher and I am honoured to assist her on this course and contribute to the development of future  yoga teachers and colleagues.

Ali Spalding

Co-Tutor and Pastoral Support

I had been practising yoga and other movement practices for well over a decade when I first came to Brenda’s classes. After a while I decided that I felt very much at home with her approach to teaching yoga: that being to provide a safe, non-judgemental and enriching environment suitable for any ability.

I therefore undertook training with Brenda completing the CYTT 300 Hour  Diploma in 2017. Undertaking teacher training supported and encouraged me to follow a journey of personal growth and greater acceptance within myself. Since qualifying, the development of my interest and ongoing practice has been on the impact and connections between our emotional and physical wellbeing, with a focus on relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Now retired, my professional background is in Social Work Management and Training, primarily in the fields of Mental Health, Substance Misuse, and Safeguarding.  My qualifications include Adult Education Teaching, Mentoring/Coaching, Counselling and Psychodynamic Group Work.  I am HCPC Registered, a member of the Independent Yoga Network and DBS checked.

Brenda is an inspirational teacher and I am honoured to assist her on this course and contribute to the development of future  yoga teachers and colleagues.

Some of our other guest tutors:

Emma Phillip

​Pregnancy Module Tutor

www.tiddlywinksyoga.co.uk

Emma has been teaching yoga since 2006. Initially as a teacher of yoga to mums and babies, toddlers and children – but more recently as an adult yoga teacher after qualifying with Brenda in 2016.

Emma’s classes are aimed at encouraging everyone, regardless of age, ability, size or gender, to enjoy and feel the benefits of yoga and movement. Emma likes to teach in local villages so that her sessions become part of the community and are easily accessible and affordable to all.

In addition to teaching yoga, Emma also tutors Birthlight’s Toddler Yoga course, sharing her experience with aspiring children’s yoga teachers. She is also a qualified primary school teacher and works in Suffolk schools teaching everything from music to maths.

In her spare time, Emma is mum to 3 children, 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 10 chickens!

Terry George

​Anatomy Specialist

Our anatomy specialist George can sometimes be seen lurking in a corner, ready to rattle on about ‘dem  bones and help us understand what lies beneath our skin.

Emma Phillip

​Pregnancy Module Tutor

www.tiddlywinksyoga.co.uk

Emma has been teaching yoga since 2006. Initially as a teacher of yoga to mums and babies, toddlers and children – but more recently as an adult yoga teacher after qualifying with Brenda in 2016.

Emma’s classes are aimed at encouraging everyone, regardless of age, ability, size or gender, to enjoy and feel the benefits of yoga and movement. Emma likes to teach in local villages so that her sessions become part of the community and are easily accessible and affordable to all.

In addition to teaching yoga, Emma also tutors Birthlight’s Toddler Yoga course, sharing her experience with aspiring children’s yoga teachers. She is also a qualified primary school teacher and works in Suffolk schools teaching everything from music to maths.

In her spare time, Emma is mum to 3 children, 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 10 chickens!

Terry George

​Anatomy Specialist

Our anatomy specialist George can sometimes be seen lurking in a corner, ready to rattle on about ‘dem bones and help us understand what lies beneath our skin.