Executive Officers & Admin

Our team are all committed members who volunteer their time and expertise to promote Friends of Yoga and it’s aims.

Executive Officers

The Executive Officers are Friends of Yoga members who are elected to office at the Bi-Annual General Meetings, usually held in September.

The next Bi AGM will be held on Saturday, 19th September, 2020 and as in previous years will be at the Reading Quaker Meeting Hall 10.00 am 4.00 pm.

Greta Dabek

Greta Dabek

Acting Chairman

Greta Dabek has come to FRYOG from a spiritual healing journey. In 2007, after Reiki Master certification, she was guided to integral yoga and passed her yoga, teaching certificate on 9th July 2011 after tutoring from FRYOG assessor, John Gent.

She joined FRYOG in 2011 after qualifying and attended regularly at FRYOG CPD days and bi-annual general meetings.  Making new friends and benefitting from interaction with an active, diverse, yoga community was inspiring and led, in 2019, to co-authorship of The Golden Treasure Book of poems for inspirational meditation.

Yoga studies from 2011 led her to be able to qualify in other diverse areas: exercise to music, gym, swimming, aquatic exercises, Pilates, yoga, pre-and post-natal, children 5-15s and GP exercise referral.  John Gent attended her external assessments.

With her qualifications and experience in teaching, accountancy and business administration she will help serve the FRYOG membership and the executive.





Christine Clist

Christine Clist


Chris has been FRYOG’s Secretary since 2008 and a member for 16 years.
Chris has been interested in yoga and attended classes on and off for over 40 years, originally just from a physical prospective but since training as a teacher in 2002 her yoga has taken a more holistic approach.
Why did Chris become a Teacher? Her husband and some of her friends knew how much she believed in the benefits of yoga and that she enjoyed it so much that they would often say why don’t you take up teaching. So when a FRYOG training course presented itself fairly locally it was an opportunity not to be missed.
A short while after qualification in 2004 Chris covered classes for another yoga teacher during her maternity leave and has continued with that class and others since then.

01730 894281 secretary.fryog@gmail.com

Lesley Hilton

Lesley Hilton


Aimee Newton

Aimee Newton

Training & Standards

Aimee has been qualified as a FRYOG teacher for 12 years, due to her training as an osteopath she has a very thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the mechanism of injury and health of the human body. This adds a therapeutic element to her teaching style and makes her an excellent choice for personalised one to one yoga sessions for people with specific injuries or conditions. In addition to working with her Osteopathic patients in clinic and teaching general and one to one classes Aimee runs ‘Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses for yoga teachers on Anatomy and Physiology.

07968 160657 training.fryog@gmail.com

Luke Voulgarakis

Luke Voulgarakis

Diploma Board Officer

Yoga found Luke in 2009 and he qualified as a teacher in 2018. What he loves about teaching is seeing the journeys that his students take, from a simple exercise/relaxation class, to realising that yoga is so much more for them. Aside from yoga, he also practice Reiki and loves going to the cinema with his husband. They have an adopted daughter and a rescue dog to complete their family.


Tasha Wellstead

Tasha Wellstead


Tasha has been practicing Yoga since 2012 and felt an instant connection to the practice. She completed her FRYOG Foundation course in 2018 and is currently studying for her 200hrs RYT qualification under Victoria Bedford. She hopes to qualify as a FRYOG teacher in July 2019.

With a strong background in business, software and computing, Tasha plans to specialise in child and teen yoga, empowering the next generation with Yoga to help them navigate the pressures of the digital age.

Off the mat, Tasha lives on a small farm with her husband and two children, she enjoys reading about, anything nature related and making memories with her family.



Zoe English (née Smart)

Zoe English (née Smart)

Public Relations and Events

 Zoe completed a BWY foundation course in 2008, and immediately discovered a passion for yoga and its benefits. With a new found appreciation for how yoga can address and support modern day life, there was no hesitation to her training with Friends of Yoga to become a teacher and spread the word!

In 2010, Zoe completed her 200-hour teacher training with Amanda Coulson and has gone on to enthusiastically teach her students the mind body connection. She qualified as a Yoga Therapist with Real Yoga in 2019 so as well as teaching group classes, also provides therapeutic yoga practice to individuals living with a medical condition.

Now living in West Sussex, she has two whippet-cross rescue dogs that are adored by her and her husband, and who enjoy being walked on the beach near their home every day.



Director of Education   Amanda Coulson   accessyoga@binternet.com

Membership Officer   Rachel Sutcliffe   membership.fryog@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor  Tasha Wellstead   marketing.fryog@gmail.com

Website Officer  Jo Standen   websiteofficer.fryog@gmail.com

Child Protection Officer  Pattie Sandham  patricia.sandham@btinternet.com

Public Relations Officer and Events Co-ordinator Zoe English   pr.fryog@gmail.com

BCYT Representative  Patricia Cronin   patricia@theyogaroot.com

CNHC Verification  Patricia Cronin  patricia@theyogaroot.com  

Area Officers

Scotland: Vacancy

North  Helen Sutcliffe  07967169365   helenmsutcliffe@gmail.com

Midlands  Amanda Green   01494 446232   amandajaynegreenhug@gmail.com

West  Miranda Shaw   07958 708 719   miranda_shaw@hotmail.com

East  Michelle Busuttil  01508 518790   yogawithmichelle@gmail.com

London   Aimee Newton   07968 160657   training.fryog@gmail.com

South East  Tamasine Hoad  07989 646675   tamasinehoad@yahoo.co.uk

South West (North)  Kamna Sarna (Kay)   07961 214 596   kay@lovethebeat.co.uk

South West (West)  This post is vacant! Could you fill it?

South West (South)  Amy Davies (Nee Billings)  07403297914  Amy.yoga@hotmail.com

South  Victoria James   07917 448344   contact@victoriajamesyoga.com

Overseas  Cornelia Walker   07779379082   cu4yoga@yahoo.co.uk

Areas by County

North: Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Eire, N. Ireland, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire

Midlands: Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire

West: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Wales

East: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Rutland, Suffolk

South East: Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex

South West (North): Avon, Berkshire, Wiltshire

South West (West): Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

South West (South): Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight

South: Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex