Meet a few of our Graduates
Karen worked in London for many years until she left to follow her dream of training to become a Pilates instructor. She had been practicing Pilates for 10 years before becoming an instructor and found it made her body stronger, improved her posture and got rid of any aches and pains from stress or sitting at a desk all day. Since changing careers she’s not looked back and loves helping her clients strengthen their cores and improving their overall fitness and health.
She finds it’s the perfect work/life balance whilst doing a job she loves.
My journey with yoga began in 2006 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada when a friend suggested we start to improve our lives with Saturday yoga classes during a particularly snowy January. It was a journey that has only grown deeper and deeper for me as I realise the extent to which yoga has become an integral part of my life. I continued my physical practice during all aspects of life – during the good, the bad, before childbirth and after, when I felt at my fittest, and when I felt at my lowest – and gradually, through this process discovered that yoga was absolutely integral to my sense of well-being, strength, youth and confidence.
In 2015, when particularly dissatisfied with a job I was working at, I decided to take the 12-week Philosophy of Yoga course offered then at Body Bliss. As I deepened my understanding of the cultural, historical, and philosophical roots of yoga, combined with the significance of pranayama, the physical aspect of asana suddenly all made sense to me. And I decided I wanted to go further still, become a teacher, and share that passion and sense of exploration with others.
From 2015-2016, I completed the Level 3 YMCA Yoga teacher course through Body Bliss. It was an excellent course – well-organized, with a focus on safety and independent learning – that allowed me to deepen and structure my own teaching practice. Upon completion of the course, I began to gradually take on more and more cover opportunities and then was able to branch out and teach my own classes.
I have had the absolute honour of teaching several classes at Body Bliss, namely: the Hot 26 (Bikram-style class), a powerful Hot Yoga with weights class on Friday mornings, a Saturday 8:00 am early class (my own style – inspired by Ashtanga yoga and elements of the American Rocket yoga), and the wonderful Sunday morning 9:00 hot class – a mixed-ability jam that aims to incorporate many elements of dynamic standing postures, twists, various sun-salutations, back-bends and core work. I have also had the privilege at teaching yoga classes at ABC Fitness Gym and Rayleigh Leisure Centre, at Appleton School as part of staff wellness, and some private classes. I have also worked as a tutor for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 cohorts of the YMCA Body Bliss yoga teacher training programme.
With every class, and every yogic experience, my confidence has grown and grown. I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have found Body Bliss Hot Yoga Studio – where I met with and worked with Tracey Bailey, whom I consider to be a teacher, a mentor and a friend.
As I write this, I am also preparing to relocate my family to Canada to be closer to my parents – and where I intend to become an entrepreneur and ultimately launch the AnnReckYoga lifestyle brand that will specialise in retreats, recycled products, yoga and kindness. While the new adventure is exciting, I do not hesitate to say that I will greatly miss the wonderful, unique and inspiring yogis at Body Bliss. The journey continues.
Karen Paul, Pilates
My Pilates training at Body Bliss Studio provided me with the opportunity to build my own part time Pilates business “Posh Pilates “.
This is in addition to providing both permanent classes and relief cover classes in the South East and South West of Essex in corporate gyms.
I completed additional training in “Use of Small Equipment” and “Pre /PostNatal Pilates” so that this enables me to provide a good variety, range and mix of classes.
Level 3 training provided me with a great source of knowledge and expertise to be able to provide very high quality classes.
My priority is always for clients and members to maximise the benefit from their efforts and commitment in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment.
I would thoroughly recommend Tracey and her team to help you on your Pilates journey.
Sarah Hall, Yoga At The Thames
I completed the YMCA Hatha 500 YTT at Bodybliss yoga centre last year (2018) it was truly a worthwhile journey of learning and self exploration. Tracey and her teaching team were all nurturing and supportive throughout the course. It was a journey and experience that has enriched my knowledge and deepened my understanding of yoga this in turn has enabled me to teach confidently with compassion for my students.
The Journey To Myself
I was born and educated in Buenos Aires Argentina where I developed a passion for dancing inspired by the Latino culture. I moved to the U.K. in my early 20’s and qualified as a Zumba Fitness Instructor teaching numerous sessions per week for 6 years.
During that time I became interested in yoga both physically and spiritually. I completely fell in love with the yoga lifestyle and as a result I enrolled on the 500 hour YMCA Yoga Teacher Training Course at Body Bliss Yoga. I immersed myself into study, learning all that is required to facilitate and inspire others.
Today I am happily living in Gran Canaria where I spread my love for yoga through my teaching, experiences and knowledge. I offer group yoga classes to support overall wellness and movement and private sessions.
Gisela Sunflower creator of Yogamaspalomas
I started attending semi regular Pilates classes in 2008 and loved it, I loved what it was doing for my back pain, posture and body in general.
While on maternity leave after having two children in a short space of time and not knowing whether I could face going back to work full time in administration I noticed out of the blue that Body Bliss were holding a course on teaching Pilates and thought I’d go for it. I loved Pilates, it had helped me loads after having my children for various reasons so felt I had nothing to lose. I’d been attending Body Bliss Pilates classes and always felt it was such a friendly environment so was excited but very nervous.
I started my level 3 diploma in October 2018 a month before returning to work after being on maternity leave. On the first day I remember sitting in the car park scared out of my wits. But then I met Tracey and David. They are super friendly, encouraging, supportive throughout and a true inspiration. The weekends are relaxed but well thought out and you can contact them for help and advice at any time.
The course is not easy, nor should it be. You have to stay motivated and work hard but once it’s completed and you pass it’s the best feeling.
I passed my Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates in July 2019, a month after I accepted voluntarily redundancy for my “day job”. Since then I’ve been covering Pilates classes at Body Bliss Studio as well as David Lloyd Gyms and others.
I’d strongly encourage anyone in a similar situation to take the plunge if they are looking for a new lease in life and want something they can take away with them which is recognised nationally. I don’t regret it for a second. It’s helped me gain back confidence, become stronger physically and provide for my family. In the near future I hope to set up Pilates classes of my own as well as continue to cover for other instructors and help people feel better in their own bodies.
Rosanne Clays, Yoga Rosanne
For the past 10 years after a career within the media industry, Rosanne sought ways of how to enhance her physical and mental wellbeing and discovered yoga was the answer.
Since moving to Leigh-on-Sea in 2014, Rosanne found the benefits of Hot Yoga at Body Bliss as the perfect remedy. So in 2019 she signed up to their 500 hour teaching training course.
Being a newly qualified teacher, Rosanne is looking forward to helping all of her clients on their spiritual journey alongside hers. Her aim is to allow her clients to realise the amazing benefits of yoga. In her new classes Rosanne will focus on bringing clarity through the use of positive affirmations. To encourage balancing the mind and body by easing out tightness and tension. Overall creating space and harmony through movement and breath work.
- YMCA Awards, 500 hours, CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
- YMCA Awards, Level 3, The Philosophy & Fundamentals of Yoga
- YMCA Awards, Level 3, Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Health
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Know How To Support Your Clients
- YMCA Awards, Level 2, Health, Safety & Welfare in a Fitness Environment
- Certified First Aider
After many years in a desk job and having various back issues, I started to attend yoga classes and really noticed the benefits for both my body and mind. Fast forward 15 years, and my love for Yoga and Piltes has grown tenfold.
I decided to further my knowledge and enrolled on the Level 3 YMCA 500 hour Yoga course at Body Bliss in 2015. I absolutely loved it and came back in 2019 to qualify in the Level 3 YMCA Pilates Diploma.
My goal is to help people with their flexibility, strength and overall well-being. I teach a mix of traditional yoga asanas combined with the core exercises of the Pilates principles in a heated studio. My class Yoga and Pilates Fusion is on a Tuesday night at Body Bliss and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.