200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

Our unique yoga teacher training faculty consists of highly qualified and experienced yoga teachers, all of whom teach yoga in earnest and are dedicated to guiding students throughout the course.

Sally Parkes BSc, SYT, EYT

Founder and course leader of 200 Hour Laxmi Yoga Teacher Training

Sally has been teaching since 1998 and has a wealth of experience in both practicing and teaching Hatha Yoga, with a particular interest in Ashtanga Yoga in which she trained to teach with Paul Dallaghan, and Iyengar Yoga. She has studied in India, Thailand and the UK and teaches people from all walks of life regardless of age, ability or experience. Now a Senior Yoga Teacher, Sally divides her time between running retreats and her 200 hour Laxmi Yoga Teacher Training and her 85 hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training. Sally also presents master classes and workshops at various well-being conferences including The Om Yoga Show and Yoga Fest Amsterdam, and has written articles for a number of health and fitness magazines, and is the author of The Students Manual of Yoga Anatomy.

Anu Paavola

Module: Ayurveda

In 2008 Anu qualified as a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine (B.Sc. Hons) in London. She gained plenty of practical experience through working in India in two ayurvedic hospitals and a private clinic run by her teacher in the state of Karnataka.
Anu came to Ayurveda through her yoga practice. After over ten years of practicing and eventually learning to teach Ashtanga yoga she also followed her interest in other styles of yoga and qualified as a Shivananda style yoga teacher in 2009. Moreover she has studied yoga therapy in detail. Anu is able to harness yoga as a form of healing and integrates many yogic practices into patient treatment.

The passion for the trade for Anu comes from the joy of adventure that she experiences with her clients. Her goal is to give them a greater understanding of their bodies and how to tune in with the world, inside and outside.
Anu receives patients in Kensal Rise, West London, in her organic treatment centre, Jivita Ayurveda (www.jivitaayurveda.com). She propagates the knowledge of Ayurveda by teaching and giving workshops.
Anu regularly writes articles on yoga and Ayurveda and is a full member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners’ Association in UK.

Chris Thompson

Modules: Yoga Philosophy & Subtle Anatomy

I started practising yoga asanas at home 15 years ago from books to help me become more flexible to help with my running. As I became more interested in yoga I started to go to classes, Bikram initially, before finding Sally Parkes and also Iyengar classes in Worthing, West Sussex.

As I practised more, I fell more in love with yoga, realising it is about much more than just the physical. Now, as a Laxmi Yoga qualified teacher, I can help others on their yoga path.

For the previous two years, I have spent four months in India over the UK winter. As well as travelling and practising yoga with various teachers, I spent six weeks on Agastya Siddha Vaidya Yoga Ashram in Edavanakaad first trip, and four weeks on Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyyardam ,second trip.

Being able to immerse myself in my practise was a fabulous, enlightening experience’.

Paula Hines

Module: Back Care Yoga and Restorative Yoga

Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past fourteen years and with over 500 hours of training to date she is registered and fully insured with Yoga Alliance UK. Her own experience of yoga’s capacity to aid recovery from injury and relieve stress led her to train as a teacher and fuels her desire to share the life-enhancing benefits of yoga with others. Paula is also a certified Relax and Renew Trainer having studied the art of teaching Restorative Yoga with the renowned Judith Hanson Lasater and in addition is qualified to teach Pregnancy and Yin yoga. Her teaching style has been described as nourishing.

Her commitment to studying yoga as a teacher and student is ongoing. Paula greatly enjoys learning from students and is eternally grateful to all the teachers she has had the good fortune to practise and study with. Paula is also a writer with script-writing credits for the BBC. Since 2012 she has written the monthly Carry on Teacher and Teacher’s Tales columns, respectively for OM Yoga Magazine and is featured in the book ‘How to Be A Yoga Rockstar – The Ultimate Guide To Making a Living Teaching Yoga.’ Paula is also a senior teacher and lecturer on Sally Parkes’ 200 Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Dawn Morse MSc, BSc

Module: Anatomy and Physiology

With an Honors Degree in Sports and Exercise Science and Masters Degree in Sports and Health Sciences, Dawn has over seventeen years experience of working within the sports, fitness and health industry. Having trained with Ashtanga yogi Brian Cooper, Dawn is also a certified 200 hour Yoga Alliance Astanga Yoga teacher. She aims to amalgamate all this knowledge in to an informative Anatomy and Physiology Teacher Training module and brings knowledge, experience and passion to each class, workshop or training course that she provides.