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. For details of the next meeting please go to the members area.






After lengthy discussions with my family and in order to give my current illness the best chance of recovery and to stay recovered, I have stepped down as Chair of Friends of Yoga. The Executive Committee have all supported my difficult decision. A job description for the Chair position is detailed below. Whoever succeeds me will be working with an amazing, committed team on the Executive Committee, Area Officers and Admin Officers all offering karma yoga for the good of yoga and Friends of Yoga. It has been a privilege for me to be the Chair.
I will continue to provide admin support to the Diploma Board Officer in registering new teacher training courses and allocating theory and practical assessors.


FRYOG are seeking a new chair person to take over the reigns. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the continuation of our Yoga School, ensuring high standards of teacher training for years to come.

A brief outline of the role is listed below. If you think this sounds like you, then please get in touch with our secretary, Chris Clist, secretary.fryog@gmail.com.

Provides leadership, direction and support to members of the Executive Committee and understands role of each member
Objectively and impartially Chairs twice yearly Executive Committee meetings and monitors that any decisions and actions agreed are implemented
Communicates to membership by way of a twice yearly Chair Bulletin
Provides a short update report to Area Officers for their regional meetings at sponsored CPD days
Co-ordinates the Executive Committee to ensure that current and new, internal and external policies, procedures and regulations are in place for the effective management Friends of Yoga
Addresses and resolves any conflicts which may arise
Recruits new Executive Committee members



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

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 / accessyoga@binternet.com

Membership Officer:  Kalyani Verma / membership.fryog@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor: Tasha Wellstead / marketing.fryog@gmail.com

Website Co-ordinator: Jo Standen / 07986 168072 / joanne.stand3n@gmail.com

Child Protection Officer: Pattie Sandham / 01929 439001 / patricia.sandham@btinternet.com

Yoga Show Co-ordinator: Zoe English / pr.fryog@gmail.com

BCYT Representative: Patricia Cronin / 07860581108 / patricia@theyogaroot.com 

CNHC Verification: Patricia Cronin / 07860581108 / patricia@theyogaroot.com  

Area Officers

Scotland: Vacancy

North: Helen Sutcliffe / 07967169365 / serenity_matlock@tiscali.co.uk

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): Sarah Noordwier / 01822618219 / sarah@myhive.com

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

South: Victoria James / 07917 448344 / victoriajjames@btinternet.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