Barry Elms is an IYN Yoga Register Teacher (1000hr) and chi kung instructor. He has over 20 years experience of yoga and chi kung, and teaches weekly 'Holistic Chi-Yoga’ and pregnancy yoga classes in North Cornwall. He is also a tutor on Devon School of Yoga’s foundation, teacher training and postgraduate courses, specialising in yoga philosophy, chi kung and yoga therapy. He trained with: the Devon School of Yoga (holistic yoga); the Yoga Biomedical Trust (yoga therapy); Birthlight (pregnancy & postnatal yoga); Tai Chi Nation (tai chi chi kung) and the University of Wales Trinity St. David (history & philosophy of yoga). He is the founder of UKBhakti.org, an online community for Bhakti Yoga in the UK.
Virginia Compton provides specialist yoga catering on our retreats and offers Ayurvdedic massage. Virginia is also a yoga teacher and leads retreats and offers Ayurvedic massage and Yoga therapy, holistic wellness assessment and lifestyle advice. Having completed Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Training with The Devon School of Yoga and Ayurvedic Therapies with Sunita Passi Virginia has also completed further Ayurvedic training and continues to study with Steve Brandon of Harmony Yoga and Ayurveda. For many years Virginia worked as a nurse gaining experience of working with people with substance misuse and mental health issues as well as extensive physical health needs. This gives a unique and broad view of holistic health.
James Russell teaches a holistic approach to yoga that integrates a range of practical techniques such as mantra, kriya, asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. His classes are informed and inspired by the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s yoga sutra. James has studied yoga in Nepal, India and the UK. In India he trained at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, and in the UK with the Devon School of Yoga. His main yoga teacher is Duncan Hulin, with whom he has studied regularly for the past 17 years. James has been teaching yoga since 2007 and teaches classes, courses, workshops and retreats in the South West of England. He is a teacher for the Devon School of Yoga and also a member of the team that organises the Devon Yoga Festival.