Meet the Team
Our teachers have over 200 years of combined yoga experience.
With all this knowledge, wisdom and guidance, you know you’ll be in safe hands.
Originally a professional dancer, Catherine Annis has been practising yoga since the late 1970s. She has explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, and has been strongly influenced by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Catherine holds an MA in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage therapist, and this interest in the body underpins her teaching. As one of the leading teachers of Scaravelli inspired yoga, she's taught on several yoga teacher trainings and continues to expand her personal interest in the role of yoga in working with stress and anxiety.
She created the Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course – a six-day residential intensive for teachers and teacher trainees, which has been running annually since 2009, and teaches regular workshops and courses around the UK and Internationally.
Anatomy and myofascial connections
Gary Carter has been teaching and practising yoga and various other movement practices for 25 years. He has studied Shiatsu, Chi Ne Tsang, CranioSacral Therapy and in 1998 met Tom Myers and studied the Anatomy Trains theory in depth, completing the KMI Structural Integration training.
Over the past 15 years he has lectured in Movement Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga teacher trainings, Pilates teacher trainings and massage schools all over the UK. He has run the Science of Movement course at Middlesex University from 2007- 2011 and studied Dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna. He ran his Natural Bodies centre in Brighton for over 20 years offering several yoga teacher trainings and continues to run his Anatomy and Yoga courses in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Introduction to anatomy
Jody Barber has been practising yoga since 1998 and has experienced several styles, Mysore Astanga, Yin, Hatha and Scaravelli and is a qualified yoga teacher.
Jody is also a Chartered Physiotherapist of 26 years and has a special interest in treating people with a neurological diagnosis. As a physiotherapist she is trained to an advanced level in the Bobath Concept, which is a specialist assessment and treatment approach for individuals with disturbances of function, movement and postural control. The rationale of this approach is based upon present day knowledge of motor control, motor learning and neural plasticity, as well as a knowledge of biomechanics.
Jody works for the NHS and as a private physiotherapist and teaches yoga classes and workshops in West Hertfordshire. She has a passion for understanding the anatomy of the body and how it moves and how to restore normal movement when dysfunction arises. Jody has clinically supervised many undergraduate physiotherapy students.
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Neville Cregan has been teaching the history and philosophy of yoga since 2003. During a trip through India in the 1980s, he accidentally ended up at an ashram, and the experience inspired his curiosity. On his return to the UK, he completed a Humanities BA focusing on Indian religions and philosophy.
He is interested in issues of cultural appropriation, and exploring whether modern Western scientific knowledge is changing our approach to yoga. Neville is also an accredited British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher, and a qualified Thai massage therapist and reflexologist.
Koy Thomson has worked as a research scientist, international environment and urban campaigner, sustainable development policy advisor to the United Nations, and CEO to a number of social and human rights organisations. His Thai heritage led to a deep interest in meditation and Krishnamurti. Koy nearly ordained as a monk before pursuing a science career.
‘Yoga’ in the broadest sense of the word has been with him his whole life, but it was only the Scaravelli connection with Krishnamurti and the IYTT that prompted a whole-hearted attentiveness to the integration of mind-body-consciousness work. Teaching yoga is a newly discovered delight for him, as is the company and inspiration of the IYTT teachers and students.
Koy is a recent IYTT graduate.
Jo Racle has practised as a Chartered Physiotherapist since 1993, specialising in rehab, prehab and movement retraining.
Jo started to attend yoga classes 30 years ago to manage sport-related injuries, and found the benefits to be unexpectedly significant! Inspired to train as a yoga teacher, Jo found that the IYTT approach ticks all boxes, and has thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by the training.
She is particularly fascinated by the relationship between how the body plays out the mind’s concerns, and how yoga works with this.
Jo is a recent IYTT graduate.
Whilst we do everything in our power to ensure all teachers will be available,
there may be occasions beyond our control when the teaching team may need to change.