Laura Bell | Yogi. Runner. Zest Lifer. Lover of all things vital.
Founder of The Zest Life. She landed into yoga quite literally after being thrown out of a boat in Australia 11 years ago and landing with a broken back. After 3 months of rehabilitation she was able to walk again but was told her passion of running was no longer an option and that yoga would be the best form of exercise to aid her recovery. This news did not go down all that well to an outgoing, adventurous 18 year old, but yoga has since changed her life in a direction that she did not even know existed.
She came at yoga from a physical point of view due to her injuries, and led very dynamic Ashtanga based classes in and around North Wales. Traveling once again to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Rangaswary to further her skills in Ashtanga yoga. She has since carried out a number of training courses over the years and continues to further her yoga training with various teachers from around the world, studying with David Williams, Danny Paradise, Mathew Sweeny, Gurmkh Gurmkh, Eionn Finn, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Ruth Gilmore and gaining qualifications in Blissology yoga, children’s yoga, pregnancy and post natal yoga and swedish full body massage.
She has a personal and friendly yet professional attitude towards her teaching, offering a style of yoga that is dynamic and challenging with sequences set to rejuvenate the body from the inside out. She continues to practise yoga at a physical level but through continued Vipassana meditation she has developed a more spiritual path to her practise, which she incorporates into her teachings both on and off the mat.
I have been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for over 30 years. It is a powerful and integral part of my life – “like brushing my teeth” ! I am a qualified yoga teacher, having certificates from the ‘Yoga for Health Foundation’, and ‘The British Wheel of Yoga’ – just to reassure you that you can feel safe in your practice with me! My aim in teaching is to encourage body, breath and mind to be restored, and for people to have the confidence and control to bring balance and flexibility to their lives as well as to their physical and mental health. I encourage laughter and fun in my classes, not competition or aiming for perfection. And for people to establish a healthier relationship with their body, improving the capacity of the breath, strengthening muscles, working on postural alignment and balancing energy to be able to deal with life’s ‘stuff’ .
I moved to London as a student that I went to my first yoga class. I’ve studied over the years with many great teachers and have wanted to teach since my early twenties. With this in mind I amassed stacks of notes from just about every lesson I’ve ever attended. These have then been assimilated deeply in my own practice, knowledge & understanding.Over the years Yoga has been absolutely essential in helping me deal with high stress levels during an insanely hectic lifestyle as well as helping me manage many sporting injuries from years of cycling, swimming, cross country & fell running. My style of Yoga is an intuitive, creative fusion of old school Hatha with its emphasis on alignment, energy flow and the breath (prana) along with all the interesting little techniques and nuances I have learned over the years, and more modern flowing, intensive practices such as Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga etc, which really inspire me. I am really enjoying being able to help others towards discoveries within themselves through yoga.
Samantha personally came to Yoga – Sivananda Vedanta tradition in 2002, when she was looking for balance in her life and something to calm down her hectic tendencies, she wasn’t disappointed. She has since continued with her own personal practice, partaking in many of the Sivananda Ashram retreats and qualifying as a Sivananda yoga teacher in 2004.
She has experience of teaching a wide variety of students, including supporting those through cancer treatment. (Harley Street Cancer Clinic, London) and women survivors of abuse. (The Women’s Centre, London). Sam is a Special Yoga Teacher, holding space for children and adults with special needs and difficulties, a Teen Yoga teacher, offering classes for teenagers and a Healing Space practitioner facilitating workshops for those effected by cancer.
She is also a fully qualified holistic therapist, since 1998 specialising in oncology and combines her knowledge of therapies and yoga to offer Yogaroma workshops. Sam completed her Sivananda advanced teacher training course in February 2013 and has trained further to offer Yin and restorative yoga.
I’m a student yoga teacher, training with the British Wheel of Yoga. I’ve been practising yoga for about 7 years now and I seem to get more passionate about it the longer I do it. Yoga has brought so many positive changes into my life and the lessons learnt on the mat are invaluable when faced with the realities of day to day living. The beauty of yoga is that it has something for everyone with age, level of fitness and abilities mattering not a bit. I’ve recently started teaching my own class (hatha for beginners), which I love but for my practice I like vinyasa/flow yoga, although it does depend on my energy levels.
My inspiration came form my first Iyengar teacher, who made yoga and life, look serene and effortless. At 21 years old and a little shy I was looking for something from within to help build confidence, tools that would help me throughout life. From the initial focus on alignmebt, my personla practise deepened and yoga spread out from my mat as i began to embrace all areas of my life. I have been teachign adults and children for several years and have experience working with autisim and special needs. My teaching covers all aspects of yoga and meditation. My style reflects a strong focus on balance: mind, body and breath. I qualified through a number of well known childrens ygoa courses, as well as a 500 hour diploma in Teaching Yoga (REPS) recognised. Aside from yoga, I am a qulaified dive instructor and my passions in life are running, swimming, cycling, horse riding and competing in extreme events.