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THE TEAM

Everyone in the team know each other well. We know how we all work and have a huge respect for each other. If we think you need Yoga you will be suggested to give Yoga a go and offered a class that we think would be best for you. If you have an injury or are just not feeling 100% we can direct you to the practitioner that we think will offer you the most support. Our aim is to help you to move better, feel better, live better.

LUCY PARKER

Lead Yoga Teacher

In 2010 I set up one of the first yoga studios in Tunbridge Wells, called Pantiles Yoga and have not looked back since! We expanded into Flow five years later, in 2015 and are now able to considerably expand our offering of classes, workshops, courses and retreats to our local community.

I am a fully qualified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, having graduated from the Yogacampus Teacher Training 350 hour Diploma course in 2011. My meditation teacher training was in 2017 when I was taught by Alexander Filmer -Lorch, whom I currently consider my main inspiration and influence.

Yoga has been part of my daily life since my University days, in the early 1980’s and I am certain I will never stop learning about it’s myriad of benefits for body, heart, mind and soul. In fact, learning has become one of my main priorities as it is through my yearning for learning that I am able to offer something of authentic meaning to you.

I am insured by and a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals. Live with 4 teenage boys and am immensely grateful for the love and support of my husband, and osteopath, Ben.

BEN PARKER

Lead Osteopath

Ben Parker has been a local osteopath for nearly 20 years. He has extensive experience in working with individuals with a wide range of physical complaints.

He is particularly interested in helping people to understand the causes of their injuries and how to prevent their recurrence.

Ben emphasises the importance of exercise in the process of recovery and understands how Yoga and osteopathy can work in synergy to promote overall well-being. Ben also offers Structural Stability 1-2-1 sessions in the studio.  For more information please see Ben’s website.

All appointments are held on-site in FLOW or at Groombridge Osteopathy.

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RUTH BROWN

Reiki Master

Ruth Brown is a Reiki Master and offers appointments at our Groombridge Osteopathy Clinic. She was introduced to Reiki from seeking support for episodes of stress and insomnia. She is a member of the UK Reiki Federation and abides by their strict codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice. She holds public liability insurance.

Ruth also works as a Projects and Administration Manager for a local Mental Health Charity. She has a real passion for looking after my wellbeing and helping others to look after theirs too.

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SALLY CARMICHAEL

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

My role as a yoga teacher is greatly influenced by being a Movement Therapist and a Franklin Method Educator. I am interested in guiding you into felt experiences so that you can have a direct understanding of your current reality. Where you are obstructed, fixed or unsupported, as well as affirming the presence of flow, structural support and natural responsiveness in your body and in your mind.

In the broader sense of movement education, I like to work with imagery, stillness, drawing, noticing, body sensing, embodiment, meditation, sculpting, patterning, writing and imagery. I often use a combination of these activities in classes, workshops and courses to help you explore your capacity to contain and discharge tension, or to help you notice your resistance patterns to releasing your tension and of course to develop your ability to receive sensory data and the present moment.

Working on the basis that you learn in real life experience, not just in an academic sense, to move yourself you have to experience yourself moving and experience where you are unable to move.

The goal, if any, is to first experience ourselves as we are now. The make up of our ‘whole’, the ratio of frozen and alive aspects as it currently presents. To practice “bridging” between the two seeming opposites helps nurture what we call a unified state. And finally to be able to carry this basic experience out into the situations and activities of daily life.

LOLLY PATENALL

Yoga Teacher

Yoga for me has been a journey of self observation and self discovery for the last 10 years. I dedicate so much time to yoga because the more I do the better I feel and the more I learn, the more I realise there is to learn. It’s a fascinating and crazy challenge but the rewards have been immense. My practice has been woven by the many teachers who have blessed my life. It’s strong and vibrant but grounding and soft. I want to feel liberated in every moment of the practice whether I am just sitting or upside-down!

I trained with Mark Freeth/ Freestyle Yoga project and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2012. I am currently a student at Yoga Campus as I proceed on my second teacher training course. After studying Shiatsu in 2007 and practising from 2010, I tend to structure yoga sessions with the external elements in mind taking into consideration the roles they each play in Chinese Medicine. The impermeable state of nature reflects in the constant changing of our beings and being aware of the energetic cycles externally and internally can have a supportive and healing role in a yoga practice. I have done a Vipassana Meditation course. 10 days of Noble silence. Sitting is a challenge to most, it was for me, but I am realising that sitting is accessible and super soothing for mind and body.

I am always excited to meet new teachers and students. Both present an opportunity to learn and exchange. I love sharing the knowledge I have so gratefully acquired over the years. I am constantly working on myself and my practice, cultivating a body I want to live in, a mind I feel peaceful in and a heart that is open and receptive.

BRIGID GODWIN

Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher

Hi I’m Brigid and I teach the pregnancy yoga at Flow. I integrate Active Birth education into the classes and we practice breath techniques and labouring positions so over the weeks it becomes second nature for you. We always finish with a deep relaxation with affirmations for a positive birth experience. I couldn’t wish for a more fulling job, especially when I get the email or text message to hear that a new yoga baby has arrived!

I’ve been practicing Yoga for about 20 years, teaching it for over 18 years and helping mums to get ready for birth for the last 16. I’m a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. I have the British Wheel of Yoga 500h Diploma. I have both the Birthright Perinatal and Postnatal diplomas. I’m a trained Active Birth Educator (trained by Janet Balaskas), a KG Hypnobirth teacher and a Developmental Baby Massage teacher and I trained to be a doula with Michel Odent.

Over the years I’ve come across and learned about pretty much every pregnancy related issue such as carpal tunnel, pelvic girdle pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, back ache, blood pressure issues, mal-presented babies etc so I will be able to accommodate you if you have any conditions that need special care.

For more information please see Brigid’s website.

GRETA SANI

Yoga Teacher

Greta has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and continues to develop her personal practice with a joyous zeal. It has guided her through sometimes choppy waters including major surgery but ultimately it makes her feel strong, flexible and centred in mind and body; this she passionately transmits in her teaching style.

Greta’s classes authentically weave the ancient tradition into a relevant modern practice.  Her focus is on re-connecting with innate body/breath wisdom creating a space where each student can truly connect with themselves. Teaching from the breath, Greta artfully guides students to tap into their full potential – to become the very best version of themselves; strong, flexible, graceful and spacious in body/mind/spirit.   Embarking on this breath led journey invites freedom and clarity into life an antidote to the demands of modern living – better still, it is open to everyone and anyone.

Her classes have a flowing meditative quality with keen attention to foundations and sound alignment.   Students should prepare to be challenged and bring with them an openess to enquire and explore their edges.    Her classes are warm and welcoming offering a safe, supported atmosphere to grow and refine their practice.

Greta trained under Jean Hall and Mimi Quo-Deemer on the internationally acclaimed 2 year Triyoga Teacher Training (390hr) and is BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) accredited.  She counts Jeff Phenix, Liz Lark and her philosophy teacher Carlos Pomeda as continual inspiration to her own growth.

“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen!”

AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh

ALICIA SINCLAIR

Kids Yoga Teacher

I first discovered Yoga whilst living in Bondi, Australia in 2005. The local class was run by Sylvie Fernandes from the Bondi Beach Iyengar Yoga Institute. She was a wonderful teacher and I instantly felt very calm in her classes and loved the idea of connecting the physical postures to the breath and mind. I connected to it very quickly and just felt so grounded and peaceful in her classes that I wondered how I have ever not had yoga in my life. After regular visits to her classes I began to feel a positive change in myself. It was such a real and emotional experience I could only describe it as feeling like I had ‘come home’. Yoga practice began to filter out into my daily life. I felt more balanced, connected and spacious in my mind and body.

As my practice has continued I have come to realise that Yoga is not only about what you do on your mat but in its broader sense it is actually about life and how we choose to respond to the world around us, which has helped me deal positively with sometimes challenging everyday situations.

My core teaching practices are:

  • Creating a safe space on your mat.
  • Being gentle with yourself and promoting self care physically and emotionally.
  • Trusting your own journey and approaching life with positivity and openness.
  • A strong focus on connection to breath and pranayama.
  • Embracing quiet time with yourself and feeling comfortable in stillness.

Qualifications
I qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher (Independent Yoga Network YRT) in 2008 from the ‘Devon School of Yoga’ where I studied for 2 years on their Teacher Training Foundation Course. The course gave me a complete grounding in all aspects of yoga as well as encouraging my own personal teaching style and growth as a teacher. I have been teaching adult yoga classes in and around London for ten years, I currently teach a Hatha Yoga class nr Sevenoaks. More recently I completed my Teacher Training in Children’s and Teen Yoga with ‘Calm for Kids’ in London. It has been a wonderful journey and I am truly excited to be able to teach and share my love of yoga to children and young adults at Flow. I am accredited with Yoga Alliance (Children’s yoga). I first met Lucy Parker a few years ago when I started attending her yoga classes She is such a wonderful teacher, I have been truly inspired by her passion for yoga and the open heart with which she welcomes everyone to her classes and looking forward to being part of the Flow team.

JANA VELDHUIZEN

Yoga Teacher

I’ve been practicing yoga for many years. After realising the benefits that yoga brought to me I kindled an interest in sharing my experience with others.

This motivated me to search for a teacher training course so that I could peruse this dream. I have been very fortunate to be allowed to enter into a two years intense education program at Triyoga studio in London where I was taught by Jean Hall and Mimi Kuo-Deemer, two highly acclaimed teachers. In order to continuously evolve as a student and teacher, I have followed numerous workshops including one-to-one teacher trainings with Kate Ellis. This enabled me to further develop my skills and help each individual student to the best of their ability as we all have different bodies, different life experiences. I am a fully accredited British Wheel of Yoga and American-alliance teacher.

I currently teach in Sevenoaks and privately at my home in Hildenborough.

My classes focus on incorporating movement and breathing helping to strengthen the body and calm the mind. They contain elements of both Vinyasa (breath synchronised with movement) and traditional Hatha yoga which emphasises the anatomical alignment of the body. With every student being unique, both in physical as well as spiritual sense, I strive to structure my classes such that each individual can enjoy a safe and stimulating environment.

KIM WESTERMAN

Associate Osteopath

Kim completed her training with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), completing over 1000 clinical hours and graduating with a Masters degree in Osteopathy. Kim also holds a diploma in Naturopathy, which qualifies her to advise on dietary and lifestyle issues.

Since graduation Kim has lived in Alberta, Canada working as a principal osteopath treating people of all ages with a variety of injuries and ailments. She was also on-hand to treat the local ice hockey team!

Outside of osteopathy Kim’s personal interests are running, going to the gym, roadtrips and cooking (mainly vegetarian food but she especially loves making cakes!).

  • Registered Osteopath (reg 8088)
  • Masters degree in osteopathy
  • Diploma in naturopathy
  • Sports massage
  • Accredited by all major health insurers

Kim is available for appointments during the following times:
Tuesdays: 3.30pm – 8pm at Groombridge Osteopathy
Saturdays: 8.30am – 12.30pm at Groombridge Osteopathy

LUCY LUCAS

Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher

I’m an Anusara based hatha flow and Yin yoga teacher who incorporates mindfulness into all my classes. I came to yoga and meditation after back surgery and to cope with my old life in banking and consulting in London – and got a lot more than I ever hoped for! I’m passionate about the process of waking up, of encouraging students (and myself!) to develop self awareness, kindliness and playfulness about all aspects of themselves on and off the mat. Anusara hatha yoga has a strong focus on alignment and of the practice coming from the heart, and is a school in the Tantrik tradition. I am continuing my studies into this philosophy with Christopher Hareesh Wallis, and these teachings infuse my approach to yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

I was lucky enough to train with the UK’s leading Anusara teacher Bridget Woods Kramer, and I’ve been studying meditation and mindfulness for 9 years under Angus Ford-Robertson, Carlos Pomeda, Alexander Filmer-Lorch and Sally Kempton. I studied Yin yoga with Kirsty Gallagher at Yogahaven in London. I completed my Level One Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher training with the Mindful Academy who support and supervise all my individual and group based mindfulness courses.

DERVAL INGLETON

Reflexologist

After many years in a high-stress business environment that does nothing for your health, I decided to take my life in a different direction.

My first exposure to reflexology was with a therapist who offered me reflexology instead of a massage. I found that the reflexology was powerful and deeply relaxing and that it helped me to feel more myself. It wasn’t long before I was would choose reflexology over massage. I was trained in the Ingham method of reflexology at the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) in London, UK and graduated with distinction. I had originally planned to train in other healing therapies but I was so impressed with how my clients responded to reflexology that I decided to specialise in that instead. After receiving my initial reflexology qualification I continued to study Tony Porter’s Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) – I found that to be a more powerful and effective technique and loved the fact that it explores the interaction of the meridians and the reflexes in the feet. What I love most about my practice is working with clients to help them to take responsibility for their own health and well being. It is a pleasure to work with clients at significant times of their lives – from illness to wellness, from stressed out to stressed-less, from trying to conceive to pregnancy to childbirth to motherhood.

I am originally from Ireland and I recently relocated to Tunbridge Wells after ten years living in the Netherlands where I had small reflexology practice.

ZEBEDY

Applied Anatomy Guide!

Zebedy has been part of the Team since 2012 and has a clear specialism in anatomy. Without Zebedy many of us would be lost as he is our light to guide the way towards structural anatomical understanding. Aided by Zebedy we can all practice safely with clear and informed alignment. Thanks Zebedy!