Our teachers

All our teachers are fully-qualified, experienced Iyengar yoga practitioners who hold the Iyengar yoga Certification Mark. The Certification Mark indicates that the teacher has been trained to rigorously high standards and satisfies all on-going professional development requirements.

All current MDIIY teachers are listed below in alphabetical order.

Name: Joan Abrams

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 3

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 1991) has been teaching yoga for nearly 40 years and regularly attends teachers’ classes at the Institute. She retired from her ‘day job’ as an English teacher and now takes a keen interest in teaching yoga to students with fatigue problems.

Name: John Aplin

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 3

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 2004) started yoga with Carole Lawrence and continued his training with Jeanne Maslen. He teaches classes at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester University as well as at the MDIIY. Yoga under Jeanne’s guidance provided an effective and illuminating pathway to recovery from a serious back injury in 1996, and John became interested in the therapeutic and restorative effects of Yoga. (Read more about John’s recovery here). Working with, and learning from, students with various problems led to a realisation that though our ultimate goals may be in common, the path is always individual. John combines yoga teaching with a busy career in medical research.

Name: Sarah Barber

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 1

Name: Debra Bartholomew

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior 3

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 2007) has been practising yoga for over 20 years and now teaches Iyengar Yoga full time after working for 24 years in the building trade as a Builders’ Merchant. She teaches at the MDIIY, for local education authorities and for the NHS. She teaches all levels but particularly enjoys teaching beginners as they have so much enthusiasm. Debbie is an IY (UK) Assessor and is currently training to be a teacher trainer. She has been to India and taught by Geeta Iyengar four times and has been lucky enough to be taught by BKS Iyengar twice, at Crystal Palace in 1993 and in Paris in 1997. Debbie is also a member of the MDIIY Executive Committee.

Name: Tricia Booth

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior 3

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 1982) was a physiotherapist when she began practising Iyengar Yoga. She has been teaching for over 40 years. Tricia has made many visits to Pune to study with Guruji and has also taken numerous classes with him on his visits to the UK. For many years Tricia ran the Introductory Level teacher training courses with Jeanne Maslen and now does so with Julie Brown and Marion Kilburn. Tricia was Chairman of the MDIIY Executive Committee from 1983 to 2010. She has served as Chairman of the Assessment and Teacher Training Committee of the IY (UK) and is an IY (UK) Moderator for teacher assessments.

At Guruji’s request, Tricia is one of the named teachers who has long-standing teaching experience and is listed as one of The Most Senior Leading Teachers of the UK.

Name: Julie Brown

Certification Level: Advanced Junior L1 certificate

(Advanced Junior L1 - 2015) qualified in 1981. She is challenged and thoroughly enjoys being part of the team training teachers and also running the Monday teachers’ class at the MDIIY. She has had the privilege of attending classes at RIMY. Julie is an IY (UK) Moderator for teacher assessments and will be familiar to many yoga practitioners from her popular DVD ‘Practice and Enjoy’.

Name: Sacha Cash

Certification Level: Introductory

Sacha came to yoga as a young and wild teenager- dipping in and out of the practise over the years until she started working full time in a Toni&Guy salon. After noticing periodic back pain and fatigue and never being able to 'switch off' she committed to a weekly class. She soon noticed a dramatic difference in physical and mental well-being, so committed to a more regular practise. After various life events through her 20's, Sacha realised this science had inherently changed her, making her calmer and more grounded to cope with daily life. She was so thankful to the spirit and practise of yoga that she wanted to give something back- so she embarked on her introductory teacher training in 2011.

During her training Sacha realised her success as a hairdresser has been down to her instinctive keen eye for detail and natural benevolence, which she felt was akin to the Iyengar system. Although finally giving up full- time paid salon hours Sacha never doubted her transition into teaching yoga. Her playful sense of humour and keen eye for detail makes her a demanding yet charismatic teacher of students of all ages.

Name: Lynne Clough

Certification Level: Introductory

Lynne has been practising Iyengar yoga for 13 years, discovering it by chance whilst searching for a form of exercise that offered strength and flexibility but was less boring than the gym. Working as a nurse within the busy NHS had taken its toll and Lynne suffered with lower back pain, sciatica and increasing levels of stress. Within a relatively short period of time of regular yoga practice, Lynne was not only hooked on the physical benefits, but more importantly was amazed by her positive mental health and sense of wellbeing.

Lynne firmly believes anyone discovering a positive influence in life, especially one that brings rewards far greater than the efforts to achieve it, would want to share it. A developing instinct in wishing to share the benefits yoga can bring with others was the driving force in Lynne's decision to leave her 30 year nursing career and become an Iyengar yoga teacher.

Lynne qualified as an Introductory teacher in 2015 and remains thankful for the enrichment yoga has brought and continues to bring to her life.

Name: Charlotte Everitt

Certification Level: Introductory

(Introductory level 2 – 2008) has been practising Iyengar yoga since 2000 and qualified as an Introductory level 2 teacher in 2008. She regularly attends Debbie Bartholomew’s classes at the Institute and was elected on to the MDIIY Executive Committee at the 2012 AGM, having been a member of the MDIIY since 2007.

Name: Julie Howarth

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 2

(Junior Intermediate level 2 – 2015) has always been interested in keeping fit and for over 10 years enjoyed attending various gyms and exercise classes. Her interest in yoga came after reading about the benefits of good posture, stamina and better breathing. Julie thought it would improve her hobbies of ice-skating and horse-riding and, as she worked in an office, with too many hours sitting at a desk, she decided to give it a go. Julie joined the MDIIY in 1995 and has been attending classes ever since. Her Mum, encouraged by Julie, also joined and many years later, after much cajoling (nagging), her husband and even Dad have joined the yoga journey. Julie began her teacher training in 2005 and qualified November 2007. Being made redundant in 2006 helped her to make the decision to concentrate on yoga teaching.

Name: Marion Kilburn

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior 3

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 1996) has been teaching for over 27 years. She is also a teacher trainer at the MDIIY and an assessor and moderator for the IY (UK). As well as teaching at the MDIIY, Marion runs classes mainly in the locality of South Manchester, Didsbury and Chorlton. She has visited Pune, India many times to study with BKS Iyengar, Prashant and Geeta.

Name: Vanita Mistry

Certification Level: Introductory

(Introductory level 2 – 2010) was introduced to Iyengar yoga at the dizzy height of the 27th floor of Piccadilly Plaza in Manchester in the mid 1980s. She says, ‘I will always be indebted to Carole Lawrence (an MDIIY yoga teacher) who taught the lunchtime classes there, for inspiring and encouraging me to join the Institute and train to be a teacher.’ Yoga has improved her energy levels and made her a more respective person. Vanita is grateful for the opportunity of passing on her trained yoga practice and knowledge.

Name: Julia Mitchell

Certification Level: Introductory

(Introductory level 2 – 2005) I have been practising Iyengar Yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2005. Yoga helps me to keep balance in my life and I love to see how yoga benefits people. I had a hip replacement in 2013 (nothing to do with yoga I hasten to add)and gradually building up my practice again afterwards helped me hugely in my recovery. I now use what I have learnt through the experience in my teaching. I enjoy going to yoga events taught by teachers from near and far and as well as getting inspiration from other teachers, I get inspiration from my retired greyhound Maisy who does a mean Dog Down!”

Name: Rita Mori

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 1

(Junior Intermediate level 1 – 2015) The first time Rita did yoga, she knew she had found her art. Rita was “totally hooked”. After practising for seven years she decided to train as a yoga teacher and gained her qualification as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2010. Rita really enjoys teaching yoga and feels very passionate about the subject. She is therefore keen to pass this on to others and show them the benefits as they have benefitted her and still do. Yoga has an enormous impact on Rita’s life. She has completely changed as a result of the practice as it has improved her both mentally and physically. Practising Yoga makes Rita feel “connected, grounded, alive and well.”

Name: Rachel Preston

Certification Level: Introductory

Name: David Reddicen

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior 3

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 2007) has been teaching yoga since 1994 and retired from engineering to teach yoga full time in 1996. He teaches 10 classes each week at various venues around Manchester including the MDIIY where he also attends weekly classes. David was a member of the MDIIY Executive Committee from 1994 to 2010 and is still involved in the ongoing renovation, repair and running of the MDIIY’s grand old Victorian/Edwardian building. A senior level certificate holder, David favours Prashant’s style of teaching with lots of attention to breath and mind aspects.

Name: Julie Royle

Certification Level: Intermediate Senior 3

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 2007) has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She has visited Pune on three occasions and completed a course of remedial workshops at the MDIIY as well as teaching on a yoga for lower back pain trial. By day she works at the Manchester Children’s Hospital and takes a general class suitable for all abilities on a Thursday evening.

Name: Susan Savage

Certification Level: Introductory

Susan has been attending yoga classes at the MDIIY since 2004. As yoga became to mean more than just attending a weekly class, she decided to enroll for the teacher training course in 2011 and qualified in 2014. The teacher training course inspired an interest in the intellectual and health benefits of Iyengar Yoga.

Name: Kim Skinner

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 2

(Junior Intermediate level 2 – 2014) first tried yoga at the age of 15. Her friend wanted to lose weight and asked her to go with her to an adult education class. The few memories Kim retained were “giggling a lot”, “doing the “candle” – shoulder stand – and of taking a blanket to class. (The bus driver once asked her if she was leaving home.) Over the following 20 years or so Kim would occasionally attend classes, but only became a regular attender when she joined Marion Kilburn’s class. Kim trained in Sheffield with Marion and Frances Homewood and qualified in 2007. Kim also feels very privileged to have attended classes in Pune in October 2010.

Name: Jacky Taylor

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 3

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 2010) Jacky began her studies of Iyengar Yoga in January 1999. At that time she was working at the University of Manchester in the Faculty of Life Sciences, just around the corner from John Aplin who was Jacky’s first teacher. John encouraged Jacky to attend Jeanne Maslen’s classes at the MDIIY from February 2002.

In October 2005 Jacky qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Introductory level and gained her Intermediate Junior level 3 teaching certificate in March 2010. Jacky continues to study at the MDIIY and attends workshops nationally and internationally. She travelled to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India for a month of intensive study in October 2010, February 2013 and September 2016.

Jacky joined the MDIIY Executive Committee in November 2009 and was Chairman between November 2010 and November 2016.

Name: Margaret Walker

Certification Level: Introductory

Name: Maureen Wray

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 3

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 2014) stumbled upon Iyengar yoga around ten years ago on the recommendation of a friend. Maureen had been through a challenging time in her life and was feeling the effects of stress. As a very keen runner she wasn’t at all sure that yoga would be for her. After a few sessions, Maureen really began to enjoy the way she felt after the class. Her body felt as though it had been physically challenged and yet she felt a wonderful release of tension. Maureen’s mood always felt very positive. She slowly became more committed to regular class attendance and the practice of yoga then became an integral part of her life. After many years’ of working as a professional violinist, Maureen decided to train as an Iyengar yoga teacher, qualifying at the Introductory level in 2009. Yoga quite literally changed Maureen’s life. She now feels privileged to have the opportunity to introduce others to the experience of Iyengar yoga through teaching her own classes.

Name: Nicky Wright

Certification Level: Intermediate Junior 3

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 2015) has been practising yoga for 15 years, qualifying to teach Iyengar yoga in 2005. She initially started yoga to improve her health and fitness but over the years has been struck with the depth of understanding that develops through practice, bringing a deep sense of connection and balance towards oneself and others. Having trained as a 3d designer Nicky has a good sense of spatial awareness which helps her to teach in a very practical, visual and clear way. She has recently studied at the RIMYI in Pune India to be taught by the Iyengar’s and the RIMYI teachers and regularly attends intermediate classes and events throughout the UK.

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