Meet Our Retreat Team
All our teachers are fully qualified, experienced and insured, and have been selected by Sally Parkes Yoga not only because of their knowledge and expertise, but also for their friendly and warm personalities.
Sally – Florence House and Brooklands Barn
Sally Parkes BSc, SYT, EYT
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.
Lynette – Tilton House
Lynette Greenaway: Ashtanga Vinyasa (Hatha Raja Yoga) RYT 400 hours
Lynette ( RYT 400 hours), began her exploration with yoga 12 years ago. It only took a few years until she developed a serious relationship with her yoga practice and in 2010 embarked on her first teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa (Hatha Raja Yoga). Following her passion for linking breath to movement after discovering a vinyasa flow class, she went on to undertake her second 200 hour teacher training with Sally Parkes in 2013 studying sequencing, gentle hatha, restorative yoga, yoga for back care and pre and post natal yoga.
Lynette has also trained with Leila Sadeghee, Bridget Luff, Adam Husler and Bridget Woods Kramer, she is earning her status as an Anusara inspired teacher, with comprehensive alignment principles and life affirming philosophy. Lynette continues to pursue education in yoga and the healing arts. This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her teaching. Healthy breathing, alignment and balanced energy flow are consistent points of her focus in her classes. Lynette’s teaching style is intuitive, playful and highly spirited and nourishes the hidden strengths of her students, while challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations. You will leave Lynette’s class feeling enlivened, vibrant and whole.
Paula – Florence House
Paula Hines: Hatha and Restorative Yoga Teacher
Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles over the past eleven years and with over 400 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. 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. She is currently penning a monthly column for OM Yoga Magazine and the ‘Yoga 101’ blog for Urban Lucy, for whom she is also an ambassador. Paula is also a senior teacher and lecturer on Sally Parkes’ 200 Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Bella – Brooklands Barn
Bella Fortissima is a certified 200hr Yoga teacher, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Nutritional Advisor, and all-round health and wellness advocate.
She started as a Personal Trainer specialising in gym-based fitness; teaching aerobic fitness classes and strength training. However, after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in April 2016, Bella has become an advocate for using yoga, fitness, nutrition, and meditation to help restore physical and emotional balance, as well as reduce stress and inflammation within the body.
Having trained with Sally Parkes, Bella is now qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pre & Post Natal Yoga and Back Care Yoga, and specialises in teaching flow yoga that improves flexibility and fitness, as well as cleansing, calming and restoring physical balance.
“Through my own journey through failing health, even as a fitness professional, I have learned the importance of not only a balanced body, but of a balanced mind. According to Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Yoga Asana helps focus the mind, and prepare for meditation – where the spirit can be free of the physical restraints of the world we live in, bringing total peace and calm, and ultimately enlightenment to a person’s soul. I also believe that nutrition and the food we eat play an important role in supporting the body’s immune system and fighting disease. Nutrition and food hold the key to not only a long life, but a healthy one. “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates, Founding Father of Modern Medicine. Bella
Emma – Tilton House
Emma Rich BSc, RM, RYT 200
Emma has been practising a variety of styles of yoga since 2006 and has a keen interest in the connection between the mind and the body. She completed a 200 hour teacher training in the Himalayas and is registered and Insured with Yoga Alliance and has also completed her Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training with Sally Parkes Yoga.
It was during her time in India that her passion for Yoga was reignited and is an advocate for yoga being for all people from all walks of life. Emma’s approach is very nurturing and inclusive with a particular interest in women’s health and well-being. Emma divides her time between teaching weekly vinyasa and gentle yoga classes, and Yoga Nidra and relaxation workshops in the Worthing, West Sussex area, and practising as a Community Homebirth Midwife.
Liz Downes: Yoga and Pilates Teacher
Liz first practiced Yoga in her twenties at Drama school in London and then whilst working as an actor, discovered the benefits of Pilates as an effective way to improve & maintain good posture. She now lives in West Sussex and has taught Pilates locally for 14 years, during which time she completed her Yoga training with Sally Parkes. As well as firmly believing in the physical benefits of Yoga & Pilates to help prevent & rehabilitate after injury, she also feels that mindful exercise can reduce stress & help to create a sense of emotional well-being. Liz also teaches dance-based fitness classes and is a TV presenting coach.