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MEET THE TEAM

YOGA | WELLNESS | LIFE

ROCCI PEARSON
FOUNDER and class teacher

Rocci fell in love with yoga over 25 years ago when her mum bought home the Geri Halliwell yoga dvd, which included doing a headstand. Since then, she has trained with Ruth White, Gary Carter, and Francoise Freedman.  

 

Rocci’s style of teaching has evolved over this time, moving from the very strict Iyengar yoga into a gentler therapeutic style of yoga she calls Metta or kindness yoga. She believes strongly that yoga can and is holistic and therapeutic. We, as yoga teachers, are considered bodyworkers but yoga works on so much more than the body, it works with the nervous system, mental health, and the balance system. By using technics in meditation, mindfulness and breathwork we work with the body as a whole rather than just on muscles and ligaments. 

 

Rocci’s passion is within women’s health including pregnancy, postnatal and perimenopause. She has seen and felt how much yoga can improve these periods of life and help us deal with the changes they bring, again both mentally and physically but also emotionally. Her training with Birthlight founder Francoise Freedman has given her the knowledge and insight to improve symptoms of issues such as Pelvic health, support for Breast cancer treatment. She is constantly updating her knowledge in all things yoga and brings something different to class each week.

Rocci leads our Calm and Considerate, Smooth and Steady classes as well as our Pregnancy yoga drop-in sessions, Pregnancy yoga course and Yoga for Mum's. Rocci also leads our Yoga Teacher Training course. 

Join Rocci's Classes here

Learn more about our Yoga Teacher Training here

Natasha Taylor - Komar
Class Teacher

Natasha is Russian, born in a multicultural family. Even though her Yoga Journey started in 2008 in Moscow, Yoga revealed
itself to Natasha many years before in different forms.

She has had an active lifestyle since she was a young girl, doing Acrobatics and Dance. Later in life, she tested herself in learning and performing as a “Mannequin Statue – Alive doll” artist.

Natasha studied Science and Teaching methodology for 5 years and after that took an extra year of the Psychology course. She is fascinated by the human body and the mind, constantly working on expanding her knowledge about it.

Practicing Iyengar and Iyengar based yoga for 6 years helped Natasha to understand alignments of the postures and how to perform them safely.

Having experienced the benefits of yoga, Natasha wanted to share it. As a result, in 2016 she completed 200 hours Ashtanga Vinyasa & Rocket Yoga Teacher Training with the introduction of Yin Yoga with The Yoga People in London. Inspired and empowered, Natasha has started teaching as soon as she finished her training.

In 2019 Natasha deepened her knowledge of Yoga by taking 50 hours “Yin Yoga and Elements” Teacher Training with the same Yoga school in London.

Natasha is very passionate about Yoga. For her, it is a way to learn about herself and to connect with inner wisdom, a way to keep body, mind & spirit healthy and tuned.

She wants to inspire people to discover and experience the different sides of yoga, to help them to improve their health and wellbeing.
Yoga is a philosophy, which Natasha is learning to live by.

Join Natasha's Classes here

Helen Coleman
Class Teacher

Helen qualified as a massage therapist over 5 years ago and has been fascinated by the mechanics and movement of the human body ever since. As a mother, her life experiences and interests naturally led her to study pregnancy massage then baby massage and most recently baby yoga. She also runs the homebirth support group for Leighton Buzzard and a mobile massage business, ‘Bodysoul Massage’. Helen is passionate about empowering women through pregnancy, birth and parenthood to realize their own capabilities.

Helen was introduced to yoga in her late teens by her stepmother, a dancer, and has practiced it to maintain physical and mental strength ever since. The opportunity to combine this love of yoga with the knowledge she has gained through her massage practice is very exciting and will hopefully allow her to share her knowledge and passions to help new parents in adjusting to their crazy new lives!

See Helen's Classes and Courses here

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Jesse Saunders
Class and acroyoga Teacher

My path into yoga was through injury. I am so grateful for this journey of discovery has enabled me to not just recover but to become far stronger than I was before.  Through my Yoga evolution I also became one of the first AcroYoga Teachers in Europe. I have been practicing for over 20 years and teaching for the last 14.

I have a strong asana practice and I do love this element of Yoga. Inversions and balance poses really require you to focus the mind and become present in the moment. I also love the basics, these are always relevant and never get old. They are the essence of a deeper practice.

 

My classes are informal, relaxed, friendly, focused and hardworking. My classes are often 'not traditional' and will explore combinations of natural movement, deep stretching and breath to get us more connected.

Join Jesse's Class here

Mary Williams
Class Teacher

Mary has been practising yoga for many years and having been a regular in Rocci’s classes she was delighted to be part of the first group of teachers trained at The Rocci Tree.

Mary’s yoga style is multifaceted, she believes variety & adaptability are very important.

Due to her reiki training she is very interested in our energy system & the Chakras; and as an experienced kids yoga teacher she is always keen to use her creativity & bring a musical twist into her yoga for all ages.

Her aim is to create classes that have a friendly atmosphere where everyone can be whatever they need to be. Mary hopes that in her classes you will have time to reset yourself, breathe & most importantly… smile!

Join Mary's adult classes here

Join Mary's Yoga for Kids classes here

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Noelia Gonzalez
Class Teacher

Born and raised in sunny Spain; Noelia is a yogi, school foreign languages teacher, artist and reiki healer. She is dynamic, creative, encouranging and likes to add a touch of playfulness to her yoga practice. For her, the practice of yoga develops a deep sense of self awareness and compassion, unlike any other practice she has tried.

Noelia holds a bachelors degree in Education and Languages and has been working in education since graduating. She fell in love with yoga ten years ago, but was drawn to teach it because of the sense of connenction and gratitude she felt in her own practice and a desire to share this with others. She decided to complete her 200 hours Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Teaching Training as well as an introduction to Yin yoga,  Nidra Yoga and Acro Yoga. She completed her YTT with Green Yoga International in Mallorca, in 2018, trained by world renowned teachers including Indrajit Day and Alonso Aguilera. Since then, she has been teaching Yoga Hatha flow to teachers at her school, has run several teen and children yoga workshops in schools, hosted mindfulness trainings for educators, and run yoga & women wellbeing workshops in Spain and in the UK

My yoga style is a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow. with a strong emphasis on pranayama breathing techniques.  I offer creative sequences with intentional themes, emphazing the importance of alignment, pranayama, mindfulness and meditation. I infuse my passion for yoga in each posture, giving gentle and encouranging cues with a lot of emphasis on playfulness and enjoyment of the present moment. I hope students leave class feeling steady, at ease, and confident in their own power and grace. 

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Rosie O'Gorman
Class and acroyoga Teacher

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Elisa Gennaro
Class Teacher

Drawing from a variety of lives lived off the mat, Elisa started her yoga journey in 2012 as a self practitioner focusing on pranayama and yoga philsosphy. In the last four years she has been studying with and inspired by many yoga teachers and different styles, giving her the opportunity to deepen her practice. Elisa also attended different courses in Reiki and training days and workshops in Acroyoga. She completed her 200 hour yoga training in London.
She has discovered yoga as a way to connect to both the body and the mind, while the breath gives insight into our deepest nature. She offers sequenced teaching that focuses on balancing flexibility and strength, where students can cultivate openness and steadiness, playfulness and mindfulness. Her classes are inspiring and empowering with a mix of slow flow and pranayama exercises: the breath is the starting point either with traditional pranayama or for introducing movements in the body.
Elisa has a masters degree in Architecture and Engineering Construction and as well as teaching yoga works as a scientific glassblower.

Join Elisa's Class here

ANGELA PARKES
Class Teacher

Angela has been a regular at the Rocci Tree for many years, trying out different styles, different teachers, learning new ideas and enjoying its wonderful sense of community.

Her practice has evolved as she has needed different things, from individual yoga, pregnancy classes to whole family yoga. Sharing her enjoyment with her family, her practice continues to grow as she has gained confidence and knowledge in yoga from within herself both on and off the yoga mat.

Training at the Rocci Tree was a natural progression, helping her to find her inner, yoga voice. Angela came to realise the importance of similing through poses and adapting yoga practice for everybody; being kind to yourself is an act of self-care

As Angela says, "Yoga has been with me, by myside throughout many years and many life changes, a constant companion." She is looking forward to the opportunity to pass on her knowledge to others and encourage their journey.

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