About the Teachers

Hannah Penn and Chris Noon are directors of Sheffield Yoga School.

Hannah and Chris are both full time, professional Yoga teachers. They qualified initially with the full 3 year British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Diploma Teacher Training Course.

The BWY is recognised as the governing body for Yoga in the UK.

They subsequently trained and qualified with Satyananda Yoga UK. Satyananda Yoga (now known as Bihar School of Yoga) is a complete system of Yoga. Its teacher training programme is rigorous and intensive and well known for the high quality of teachers it produces.

 

Hannah Penn (BWY Dip)

Hannah Penn teaches at Sheffield Yoga School

Hannah began practising yoga as a child in the 1970s.

She taught her first Yoga class in 1995 and has been teaching full time since 1998.

 

Hannah’s extensive training includes :

  • 3 Year BWY Diploma Teacher Training Course (UK) with Sara Delamore 1995 – 1998
  • 1 year Study & Sadhana Course (London) with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati 2003
  • 1 Year Satyananda Yoga Integration Course (London & Portugal) with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati 2006/7
  • Yoga & Mental Health Module (London) with Amarajyoti & Shantipriya in 2011
  • Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Course with Sannyasin Amarajyoti. (Hannah was a co-tutor on this course in 2012)
  • Yoga for Addiction (European Convention – Holland) with Swami Rishivivekananda & Swami Shankardevananda
  • World Yoga Convention : Finding Solutions of Life Through Yoga (France) with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (Head of the Bihar School of Yoga)
  • World Yoga Convention : Spontaneous Yoga Living (Majorca) with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  • BWY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (UK) with Wendy Teasdill
  • Birthlight Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training (London) with Francoise Barbira Freeddman
  • ‘Going Deeper into Meditation’ : 4 day residential course with Swami Nishchalananda (Mandala Yoga Ashram):  2014
  • ‘Ashram Life, Yoga & Satsang’ : International Programme with Swami Niranjanananda (India) : 2014
  • 6 month Meditation Training Course with Swami Pragyamurti (UK) 2015
  • ‘Yoga, Mindfulness & Mental Health’, 2 day training with Amarajyoti, 2017
  • The Vasistha Method of Pranayama (Teacher Training Module) with Jean Lavers, 2019

Hannah’s teaching experience includes :

  • Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Postnatal Yoga
  • Baby Yoga
  • Yoga for children in primary and secondary schools
  • Adult Education Classes
  • Yoga for managing depression and anxiety
  • Office Yoga
  • Work for Surehealth / Healthy living partnership
  • Yoga for pain management
  • Yoga for COPD

 

Chris Noon (BWY Dip)

Chris & Hannah on holiday in Eigg

 

 

Chris has been practicing Yoga since the early 1990s.

Over the years he has been fortunate to learn from a wide range of inspiring Yoga teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

His training is extensive and on-going, including :

  • 3 Year BWY Diploma Teacher Training Course (UK) with Jean Lavers 1999 – 2002
  • 1 year Study & Sadhana Course (London) with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati 2003
  • 1 Year Satyananda Yoga Integration Course (London & Portugal) with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati 2006/7
  • 1 year Pranayama Foundation Course (UK) with Phillip Xerri
  • World Yoga Convention : Finding Solutions of Life Through Yoga (Brittany) with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (Head of the Bihar School of Yoga)
  • World Yoga Convention : Spontaneous Yoga Living (Majorca) with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  • ‘Inner Silence’ (Sweden) : 2 Week Course with Swami Janakananda (Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School)
  • Anatomy & Asana Workshops (Sheffield) : Chris set up these workshops, taught by Physiotherapist and Yoga teacher Lesley Dike, in 2005 for training Yoga teachers in Anatomy and Physiology.
  • ‘Going Deeper into Meditation’ : 4 day residential course with Swami Nishchalananda (Mandala Yoga Ashram):  2014
  • ‘Ashram Life, Yoga & Satsang’ : International Programme with Swami Niranjanananda (India) : 2014
  • 6 month Meditation Training Course with Swami Pragyamurti (UK) 2015
  • ‘Structure, Function & Form’ : 2 day course with Peter Blackaby 2016
  • ‘Yoga for a Healthy Spine’ : 2 day Yoga & Anatomy training with Lesley Dike 2016
  • ‘Yoga, Mindfulness & Mental Health’, 2 day training with Amarajyoti, 2017
  • The Vasistha Method of Pranayama (Teacher Training Module) with Jean Lavers, 2018
  • ‘Attending & Responding’ : 2 day course with Peter Blackaby 2019
  • ‘Progressive Stages of Pranayama’ : 9 month course with Maarten Vermaase, 2019
  • ‘Asana Teacher Training Module’ : 6 Month course with Lesley Dike, 2019/20

 

Chris has attended countless days, workshops and courses with teachers including Swami Pragyamurti, Swami Satyaprakash, Swami Anandananda (Italy), Swami Shraddhamurti & Swami Chetanmurti (Eire), Julie Friedeberger, Paul Harvey, Maarten Vermaase and many more.

Chris has taught Yoga in many settings and to a wide range of people, including :

  • Office Yoga
  • Relaxation & Stress Management Courses
  • Surehealth / Healthy Living Partnership
  • NHS Day Care Services
  • Adult Education Yoga classes
  • Gym Yoga classes
  • Yoga Day Workshops
  • Work with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (first team)
  • Yoga in schools

Chris teaches Yoga as a practical system which anyone can use to enhance every aspect of their lives.

About our Teachers

 

Laura Stanley

Laura started practising Yoga in 2011 when she was looking for something to help with anxiety. She found that Yoga did indeed help but soon realized that is had so much more to offer!

“I find that yoga and meditation help me find connection with my body, slow down and find space and calm in a busy world. I completed my teacher training with Yoga Campus in 2019.”


Training:

  • 200 hour Yoga Campus teacher training 2018-2019
  • ‘Ajapa Japa’ 2 day workshop with Brahmananada, 2018
  • ‘Yoga for anxiety and depression’ 5 day course with Lisa Kaley-Isley, 2019
  • ‘The Vasistha Method of Pranayama’ with Jean Lavers, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Turner

Helena has been teaching in Sheffield for many years now and she is a much loved member of the Yoga community!

She is trained and qualified by Satyananda Yoga UK, a British Wheel of Yoga accredited training course. Satyananda Yoga teacher training is rigorous and intensive, it is a highly respected and comprehensive teacher training course. Helena is trained to teach a wide range of Yoga practices.

In her own words …

I have been practising yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2007. I have continued to study and deepen my practice, attending monthly yoga days when I can and regular yoga classes. I now teach Yoga full time.

The practices of Yoga have supported me through life’s ups and down and since teaching I have seen many people, including myself, benefit from a mindful yoga practice. I have taught Yoga in several settings, and to all ages and abilities.

I believe yoga is for everybody. In my spare time I like to paint Yantras and Mandalas and have run several Yantra painting workshops across the country as well as small groups at my house. I also give Thai Yoga Massage.

 

Helena’s training includes …

  • BWY Foundation course in 2005 (1 year)
  • Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Steve Avian in 2007 (1 year)
  • BWY/ Satyananda Teacher Training with Swami Satyaprakash 2010-2013
  • Yoga and Mental Health Module with Sn Amarajyoti (6 months)
  • Meditation Module – Swami Pragyamurti (6 months)
  • 50th anniversary World Yoga Convention of Bihar Yoga in Munger Ashram, India
  • 2 x one week retreats in Yantra Painting – Harish Johari Tradition
  • 2 day training in Ajapa Japa meditation – Sn Bramananda
  • Vashistha Method of Pranayama – Jean lavers (4 Months)
  • Progressive Stages of Pranayama – Marteen Vermasse ( 9 months)
  • Asana Training for yoga Teachers – Lesley dike (4 months)
  • 18 month Study course of ‘the Precepts’ – Nothing Special Zen Meditation and Mindfulness group
  • 1 year training in Thai Yoga Massage – Julian Cosmo Kemp
  • 3 ten day Vipassana Meditation retreats at Dhamma Dipa, Hereford
  • Dharma without words – Andy Weber Tibetan Thangka Painting Retreat.

 

 

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