Executive Officers & Admin
Our team are all committed members who volunteer their time and expertise to promote Friends of Yoga and it’s aims.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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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 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 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 pregnancy yoga teacher with triyoga in 2013, and regularly attends yoga retreats and CPDs to expand her experience. Now living in West Sussex, and in the second year of the Real Yoga post-graduate diploma in yoga therapy, she is deepening her understanding of how yoga can have a profoundly beneficial effect on those living with a medical condition. “I’m so looking forwards to bringing my knowledge of yoga therapy to clients in the Chichester area, whilst continuing to teach classical hatha yoga to my fantastic students and supporting FRYOG in my role as PR Officer”. 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Officer: Rachel Sutcliffe / email@example.com
Newsletter Editor: Tasha Wellstead / firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Co-ordinator: Jo Standen / 07986 168072 / email@example.com
Child Protection Officer: Pattie Sandham / 01929 439001 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Show Co-ordinator: Zoe English / email@example.com
BCYT Representative: Patricia Cronin / 07860581108 / firstname.lastname@example.org
CNHC Verification: Patricia Cronin / 07860581108 / email@example.com
North: Helen Sutcliffe / 07967169365 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Midlands: Amanda Green / 01494 446232 / email@example.com
West: Miranda Shaw / 07958 708 719 / firstname.lastname@example.org
East: Michelle Busuttil / 01508 518790 / email@example.com
London: Aimee Newton / 07968 160657 / firstname.lastname@example.org
South East: Tamasine Hoad / 07989 646675 / email@example.com
South West (North): Kamna Sarna (Kay) / 07961 214 596 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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South West (South): Amy Davies (Nee Billings) 07403297914 Amy.email@example.com
South: Victoria James / 07917 448344 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas: Cornelia Walker / 07779379082 / email@example.com
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