Yoga Teaching

My journey with yoga

I first started practicing yoga in 2011, aged 18, when the gym I went to offered classes as part of their regular schedule. At the time it was just a way to stretch after my workout and burn a few extra calories. Little did I know that my yoga practice would become a lifeline and a key part of my recovery from disordered eating, hormonal imbalance and body image issues.

I remember practicing what I learnt in class in my tiny bedroom in a shared student house throughout my university years. When I began my journey to healing my hormones, my yoga practice morphed into a way to ease the anxiety I was feeling as my body changed and begin to connect with and move my body in a whole new way, with a nurturing rather than punishing attitude.

Teacher training

I completed my first 100 hours foundational yoga teacher training in 2016 with the British Wheel of Yoga. I had an amazing instructor Emma Lloyd who introduced me to the work of Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and the practice of womb yoga and tantra. I was surrounded by kind and inspirational women who supported me throughout a difficult time in my life.

In 2019 I completed my second 100 hours yoga teacher training through the YMCA and became a qualified hatha yoga teacher. I set up my first community class at the Yoga Cafe in Chorlton, Manchester. Since then, COVID happened and I began to teach online classed to my colleagues at work. I now live in Athens, Greece and continue to teach online classes although I am looking forward to setting up a face to face class schedule in the fall.

My teaching style

Often when I tell people I practice yoga, they reply that they would love to practice yoga but they feel embarrassed or they aren’t flexible enough. To me, yoga is for everyone and I love to teach classes that are accessible and provide a safe space for beginner yogis to master the basics. I teach foundational asana with detailed explanations of alignment and I guide my students through simple pranayama and meditation techniques to build energy and aid with relaxation.

yoga teaching beginners warrior 2 pose

I also love teaching yoga to women as a way to connect with their bodies and inner rhythms. Just as the moon moves through a lunar cycle each month, we women ebb and flow with our menstrual cycle and yoga is an amazing way to tune into the subtle changes we experience and work with them rather than against them. My yoga for women classes offer deep relaxation and restoration and incorporate elements of womb yoga that I have learnt on my own hormone healing journey.

Class schedule

I am currently offering 2 online classes per week:

Yoga for Absolute beginners – Tuesday 12pm UK/2pm Greece (beginners level hatha flow class with postures, breathwork and meditation)

Yoga for Women – Tuesday 6.30pm UK/8.30pm Greece (a cosy, relaxing class with a hint of feminine energy)

If you want to join a class, click the session and “copy to my calendar”. The weblink to the Google Meet session will be inside the event, no password required. Hope to see you there! If you are joining for the first time, send me an email at lovemoonlife.mail@gmail.com so we can connect and make sure you are ready for your first class. The price for all classes is £3/€3.50 via Paypal email address: amyculliford@hotmail.co.uk.

Private yoga classes

I also offer 1-2-1 or small group yoga sessions for those who want extra support and guidance or to deepen their yoga practice. If you are interested you can send me a message via the contact form here.