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Instructors

The masters of body transformation

Harry Hewetson | Studio Director

I did my first Bikram hot yoga class in 2009 due to back problems caused by a very physically demanding job restoring bath-tubs. Not only did it sort out my back but it lifted me out of depression and helped me to lose three stone.

In 2013 I attended a nine week, residential teacher training in Los Angeles and have been teaching full-time ever since. I’ve taught at studios all over the UK under the mentorship of some of the country’s leading senior teachers, as well as building a thriving hot-yoga community in Market Harborough.

I also teach Inferno Hot Pilates and I’m a registered Nutritional Therapist in clinical practice here at Ironstone.

bRENDA REDPATH

Hi my name is Brenda and I have been a fitness  instructor for over 25 years specialising in many different types of fitness but I especially love to teach Yoga and Pilates. My class will improve your core and back strength, make you leaner, stronger and more flexible for a healthier and fitter mind and body. I look forward to welcoming  you in my classes. 

Charlotte Harrison

I have ten years’ experience of Primary School Teaching and have used my yoga experience to teach as part of the curriculum for almost all of that time. I trained with Jo Manuel at Special Yoga in 2012 to be able to teach children, and then completed her 200-hour training in 2015 with Yoga London. Since having my young son, the importance of children's emotional wellbeing has been brought the forefront of her mind, and I am now leaving primary school teaching behind to focus on children's yoga. From September, I will be teaching in a range of schools across the county as schools begin to recognise the importance of children's mental and emotional wellbeing and how this can be integrated into school life and help them to learn. I wholeheartedly believe that yoga can really make a difference to a young person's life, and that they are learning lifelong skills to carry with them as they grow.

Dominic Rushmore

Born and bred in Northamptonshire I worked as a school teacher and in IT before directing my career towards Chinese Health systems and now my work is centred around offering Tai Chi, Qigong as well as Acupuncture and Tui Na

An instructor member of the Longfei Taijiquan Association and a certified instructor both of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong (Exercises for general Health) and of Tai Chi for Arthritis, also I am a member of the Chinese Internal Arts Association and the Guizhou Tai Chi Research Institute.

I have over 25 years teaching experience in a wide variety of contexts - regular classes, hospitals, day centres and nursing homes.  

I have a particular interest in Tai Chi for more specialised health contexts, in particular falls prevention. My membership of the Tai Chi and Chi Kung Forum for Health is an expression of this.

Classes are suitable for almost anyone. Energise yourself whilst harmonising mind and body!

Ella McKnight

I have been practicing yoga for around 5 years after my mental health issues began to take over my life. In 2019 I made the decision to become a yoga teacher, studying for my Level 3 Yoga Teacher Training Diploma. Yoga is my main passion in life and I want to be able to help people feel a moment of calm and relaxation. 

Hannah Elwell

I took my first Bikram class in 2008 in Leicester. I had no idea my body had the capacity to sweat so much and was equally (warmed!) and surprised by the welcome from the other students. Little did I know then, that is one of the (many) wonderful things about Bikram Yoga – the community of passionate, loving people who really care. 

I quickly fell in love with everything about the practice – the feeling of sweat on my body, the challenge, my progress in the postures, the teachers, the dialogue and the hot room itself, which I now know is my sanctuary. 

My practice is the antithesis to my working life.  I am a company director of a busy marketing agency. The pace is both my passion and my pain. I can escape to myself for 90 minutes in that hot room.  It’s what gives me the energy to keep going, it’s what gives me patience, confidence in my physical self and keeps me sane. It’s my salvation pure and simple. 

I’m not sure that I can recall exactly when and where I realised that I had to go on teacher training, but having witnessed some of my fellow students taking the leap I knew one day, that had to be me. And so it was, Acapulco Spring 2018.

Like most, it wasn’t easy to be able to leave daily life behind, it took a lot of organising and planning. But I am forever thankful to my fellow company directors, my wonderful team, my partner and my family who not only made it possible but supported me every step of the way. And to be able to teach now, to stand up on that podium and in some small way try to create for someone else the feeling of renewal that I get through this series, is nothing short of a blessing.

Isobel Mann

I started dancing and in particular Fitsteps as a way to get fitter and De-stress. Dancing never seemed like exercise as it was fun. I am now a qualified Fitsteps Instructor the dance fitness designed by strictly’s Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster.  Fitsteps gives the best of both worlds, the cardio and energy of Latin and the grace, balance, core strength and tone of ballroom.  Join me at one of my classes for a strictly fab-u-lous fitsteps workout and experience, fun dance and fitness with like-minded people in a friendly environment.

MAIRA SWANSON

No yoga, no peace. Know yoga, know peace, is one of my favourite mottos.  In the early 90s, I discovered yoga when my life reached an all-time low. Yoga gave me the permission to stop and listen to my body and inner voice.

Following many years as a Complimentary Therapist, personal circumstances led to a complete career change where I found myself in a challenging and stressful environment. Yoga became my personal survival kit. During this time, I qualified as a yoga teacher and introduced the benefits to employees who work within demanding situations, to help them restore balance within themselves. To date, I’ve taught yoga in HM Prisons, Special Needs Schools, NHS staff and Care Homes within our community.

I look forward to meeting, and guiding you through gentle stretches which will enhance your body, mind and spirit. 

 

Marie Newton

I started my Yoga practice as a way of improving my general well-being, as part of my drive to do more of what makes me happy. I completed an intensive 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course with Camyoga in November 2017. My personal Yoga preference is a vinyasa/dynamic practice. My aim for all of classes is to be accessible for all, fun and relaxing and hope to help my students become more aware of their bodies and breath.

NATASHA LAZARUS-WELLS

I have always been into my fitness and athletics with sprinting being my absolute passion in my early years, however I knew this would never pay the bills!
Having settled into a good office job and starting my own family I manage to juggle these with my desire for fitness, but my burning desire to actually work in the fitness industry was too strong!!

I therefore, some 7 years ago, gave up work to teach, initially cardio-vascular and strength classes such as Bodypump, Body Attack, Metafit, HIIT and Spin, pushing myself to the extreme.

I then had the opportunity to attend a Pilates class, which initially didn’t appeal to me as I assumed it would be slow and easy. How wrong could I have been!! I haven’t looked back since. I qualified as a Pilates Instructor and now teach at four different gyms as well as running public classes in my community, and I absolutely love it.

For those of you who have done Pilates you will know what I mean, for those of you that haven’t you must try it and what better than to try it with me at Ironstone Well-being Centre.

I am warm and friendly and my classes will be as personable as you want them to be, pushing you if you want me to or just helping you to improve class by class on your posture and core strength. Look forward to seeing you at my Hot Pilates classes at Ironstone on Sunday mornings at 9:15am to 10:15am.

Olivia Holland

I began practising yoga 10 years ago after moving to a new country, and quickly fell in love with this magical practice. I felt such a huge shift in my being that I took my first teacher training in 2013, and I have never looked back. I love to explore different styles, to move, to breathe, to feel more connected, and to keep learning. I have been lucky to take training's in Vinyasa Flow, Bikram Yoga, Yin, Restorative, and most recently HIIT Pilates. I am also a certified Teacher Trainer. I love to pull elements from all my studies into my teachings, and I feel incredibly fortunate to share my passion, to hold space for others, and to witness the transformative power of yoga.

Olivia Rose

I qualified as a yoga teacher with a distinction in 2009 and I’m also a faculty teacher for Yoga Rhythm Teacher Training School.  I love sharing a variety of different styles of yoga with my students which include restorative, hatha, yoga rhythm, hot yoga, yoga nidra, femiyin and vinyasa flow.

paul hodgetts

Hi, my name is Paul and when I am not doing yoga, I enjoy playing golf, watching Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and cooking. I have been married for 34 years to my wife Judy and we have two grown up children, Chris and Katie.

Professionally, I worked most of my life in senior management positions within the computing industry. The pace and stress of this environment led me to search for an outlet that would provide calmness and stillness - I found this, and more, with yoga.

Yoga is a great tool to deal with life’s stresses. I have been practising yoga for over 10 years and recently gained my yoga teaching qualification in India under the guidance of Oceanic Yoga.

It would be great to see you at one of my classes.

Sally Miller

I have practised yoga for more years than I care to remember. I qualified after being made redundant from the mad world of manufacturing ten years ago when I took the opportunity to take an alternative direction to my life’s journey.

Qualified through the British School of Yoga I have taught Hatha yoga mostly in standard studio classes but have also guided various groups including the mentally ill, seniors in homes, teenagers, cage fighters and Alzheimer’s suffers. My love of yoga comes from the fact that it is not discriminatory, treats everyone as equal and can be loved by all.

My style…. Challenging but fun.  Yoga incorporates all and as long as your mind is flexible you too may fall in love with this ancient practise.

It is the positive health effects both physical and mental that makes yoga so integral to my day to day life. Having suffered from chronic back pain and sciatica for many years I have always found yoga to be a wonderful relief. Having had a new hip twelve months ago the importance of practise has become even more special.  It is no underestimation that yoga has helped profoundly in my recovery - I wouldn’t be without it.

Su Hallam

I gained my first fitness qualification in 1991 which was the YMCA Exercise to Music. It is the main fitness foundation course which then can lead you into any course that you may choose. I have also trained to work with Older Adults, whether Seated Exercise or Functional Training for every day life, so I have an understanding of the ageing process. I've loved teaching Aerobics, Circuit Training, Legs, Bums & Tums and Body Conditioning over the years but I've never enjoyed anything quite as much as FITSTEPS. I feel very lucky to have found Fitsteps and am very grateful to Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe for designing such a fantastic dance fitness programme. I am totally committed to every class that I teach, I love the fact that we are all learning together Ballroom and Latin dance steps. We are getting fitter and more toned.

 Balance, Posture and Self Awareness and Control are very much a part of of it too.  We are having fun, so much fun, whilst working up a sweat. I can see my class members becoming more confident all the time and I love to see them exchanging phone numbers, making friends. I am a Gold Awarded Pioneer Instructor who trained under Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite. I am also a member of REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Sue Wood

I’ve been teaching vinyasa flow, pregnancy yoga and slow flow yoga for about 8 years, more recently having undertaken Teen yoga training. I’d say I’m at my absolute happiest teaching with grass under my mat and blue skies above in the local park, in my garden, further afield at UK festivals and more local retreats. I love the sense of freedom and self confidence I’ve found through teaching yoga and I can’t wait to share my practice with you. Expect to move through different dynamic sequences, to both listen to and challenge your body and enjoy the calm and release from the everyday. 

SZILVIA KIRK

My name is Sylvia Kirk but people call me Sylvie. My life  has always been around fitness and well-being. I have been working as a fitness instructor since 2010. I have gained Pilates qualifications a few years ago and ever since teaching and practising this amazing core-strengthening training method. Recently I have also got trained as a Yoga instructor which was a dream come true for me as I believe Yoga is a way of life. Yoga has changed my life and I would love to show others how it can help to make a difference in theirs.

I feel so happy and honoured to have a job that is my hobby, to be able to teach classes, to connect with beautiful souls and simply having the opportunity to contribute to so many lives.

I would love to see you in my classes whether it’s Pilates or Yoga, we always have a little giggle and lovely family atmosphere as I encourage friendships and social interactions amongst my participants. Come along and see how Pilates and Yoga can change your life for the better

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