Alex Chandler

I started practicing yoga around 14 years ago, encouraged by an inspirational friend who subsequently became my teacher for many years.

Struggling with back problems and experiencing migraines, I was reluctant to take daily medication and she suggested I try yoga. I noticed an improvement in my physical health almost immediately but as I practiced more, I became increasingly aware of the link between the mind and the body and realised that yoga had, just quietly and unassumingly, become a big part of my life. It was not only making me feel better in my body but that class on the way home from work was also helping me to balance the stress of a high pressure job.

Keen not only to deepen my understanding of yoga but also to share a little of what I have been incredibly grateful to learn from the amazing teachers who have guided me past and present, I completed my teacher training in 2015. Since then I have been teaching community, studio, corporate and private classes and workshops.

I initially combined teaching with a full time career in change management but it quickly became clear to me that my heart no longer lay in corporate life. Following a six month sabbatical in 2016 I decided to alter course and finally made the transition in March 2018.

Committed to my ongoing development, I have continued to study, completing my Yin yoga teacher training in 2018 and currently studying the first year of the Art of 1-2-1, relational yoga therapy course.

I am also passionate about raising awareness about dementia and have trained as a Dementia Champion with the Alzheimer’s Society. The Dementia Friends initiative aims to create dementia friendly communities, better supporting all those impacted by dementia. As a Champion, I run information sessions in the local community for those interested in becoming a Dementia Friend.

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My Classes

I teach a gently flowing Hatha style, influenced by a number of different schools of yoga, and am interested more generally in movement as a therapy. My classes balance strength with softness and more challenging work with deep relaxation, practicing bringing awareness to the body and mind as an integrated system. I incorporate elements from other disciplines such as Pilates and learnings from colleagues in the worlds of chiropractic and physiotherapy. I currently offer Yin yoga through weekend workshops or private classes.

I understand that starting something new can be daunting, it took me a long time to make it to my first yoga class. My aim is to create a warm and welcoming environment where everyone, both beginner and more experienced yogis, can feel comfortable and supported to develop their practice at their own pace. One of the most important things for me is to give you the space and confidence to trust the intelligence of your own body.

Qualifications & Training

  • 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher – Yoga Life Studio / Yoga Alliance (2015)
  • 20hr Yoga for Adults with Special Needs – Special Yoga Foundation (2016)
  • 30hr Yin Yoga – Revitalise Training Academy / Yoga Alliance (2018)
  • 30hr Anatomy – The Yoga Garden (2018)
  • The Art of 1-2-1 – Kate Ellis (2019 – in progress)
  • 8hr Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training – Live Love Yoga (2017)
  • BA (Hons) Applied Language (1998)
  • MA Human Resources Management (2003)
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