Voted one of the best in the UK by The Independent in 2003 & one of the best in the world by The Guardian in 2012!
Gretchen Faust (BA, MFA, M.Th.,PP, RCST) began practising yoga in 1989 with Carolyn Oberst in New York City. Further study at the Jivamukti Yoga Cente and the Astanga Yoga Nilayam, as well as with Dr. Alison West, led her to begin teaching in New York in 1994. She then studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India before choosing to settle in Totnes, where she established The Forge Yoga Centre in 1999. More recently she has studied Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami and one of his senior teachers, Debbie Mills. She hold degrees in both Art History and Fine Arts, as well as being qualified in Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Polarity Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. She has studied for 12 years and completed and three year teacher training in Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) with John Peacock and has studied Buddhist thought and practice informally for 22 years and under the aegis of Stephen Batchelor since 1997. She currently teaches classes and retreats in Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Yoga, Pranayama, Buddhist thought and practices. Her personal practice and teaching have also been as informed by her experience as a classical musician and a visual artist, as well as by her love of cooking, gardening and birds. As an artist, she had been represented by Pat Hearn in NYC and is currently represented by and exhibits regularly at greengrassi in London.
Alice originally trained in India and completed diplomas in yoga education and advanced yoga studies. She studied with a number of teachers in India and has been teaching since 2008. Qualified to teach pre and post natal yoga, Alice is also a practicing yoga therapist. She is currently one of the main teachers on the Devon School of Yoga Foundation course. Alice’s approach to Yoga is informed by her long-term practice and study of Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka.
James Russell BA, DipDSY, DipYE
James teaches a holistic approach to yoga that integrates a range of traditional practices. He has learnt yoga from a number of inspiring teachers in the UK, India and Nepal. His main teacher is Duncan Hulin, with whom he has studied regularly for the past 16 years. James has completed formal training with: The British Wheel of Yoga, The Devon School of Yoga and also Yoga Vidya Gurukul - a yoga institute based in Maharashtra, India. He has completed two teacher training diplomas and also also holds: a certificate in ‘Advanced Yoga Studies’ from Yoga Vidya Gurukul and a Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy from the Devon School of Yoga. James has been teaching yoga since 2007 and is a teacher trainer for the Devon School of Yoga. He is the founder of 'exeterlovesyoga' and is also a member of the team that organises the Devon Yoga Festival.
Put an extra spring in your step with a flowing hatha-fusion yoga class that will leave you toned and revitalized.
Gina’s style draws on multiple yogic disciplines and Chinese Five Element theory. Classes combine breath, alignment and energy work in creative sequences to free cluttered minds and bodies and bring them into the here and now.
Positive and down to earth in her approach, Gina’s teaching is about helping people to tune into their internal dynamics. Find the balance between flexibility and strength, work effectively within your limits, and develop your practice over the long term.
Gina started practicing yoga 15 years ago and used it to heal a fractured spine. She has been teaching for 9 years in London and Devon and is particularly interested in yoga for healing.
She has trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Professionals, Kripalu LifeForce and the Devon School of Yoga. She is a qualified yoga therapist and runs a pioneering Chair Yoga program for stroke rehabilitation in south Devon.
You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, whatever your ability.
Helen's early training was in release contemporary dance and physical theatre. She was inspired to take up Yoga by her late mother-in-law, an Iyengar yoga teacher.
In 2000 Helen also qualified as an Iyengar teacher, and for several years combined co-raising three children with her yoga practice and teaching.
In 2009 Helen 'discovered' the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, after starting to work with Caroline Lang, and later also with Bill Wood.
'Something in this way of working immediately chimed with me ' she says ' there is a lightness, an openness, and a sense of integrity in this way of working which feels fresh and real '.
It has less to do with making certain shapes, and more to do with using the postures as a framework for undoing patterns of tension and holding, and letting the intelligence of the body speak.
Helen started teaching yoga again in 2015, and also works at Park School in Dartington, with children from the Early Years. Working with young children also informs her yoga practice.
'It's a great privilege; children are so in the moment, just busy being and doing, driven by curiosity and fascination with the world around them'.
Helen's classes are open to all.
Namaste, my name is Monica and I have had a love affair with yoga since my early twenties, but have been practising earnestly for the past 5 years. I have completed a 200 hour teacher training course which used Buddhist mindfulness techniques to inform my yoga practise. I have also just completed a 500 hour training in holistic hatha yoga with the Devon School of Yoga. My approach is to work from the inside out, using the asana to get into the body rather than the body being forced into an asana. Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word meaning to yoke or unite, so in my classes I focus on the body, breath, mind connection that brings us back to wholeness. 'Above all Yoga is about LOVE....not gain, not ambition, not power.'
Judit is a fully qualified Feldenkrais teacher. She found Feldenkrais when dealing with a stubborn lower back problem that interfered with her busy practice as a body worker. There was a profound and unique quality of the class that made a huge and fast improvement and led her to join the four-year teacher training. As a body worker over the past 8 years she learned about the various injuries and patterns of tensions people were struggling with. The somatic learning of movement has expanded her understanding of function and dysfunction, ease and dis ease. Aware of that each individual is shaped by life’s experiences, Judit holds a safe and welcoming space encouraging the participants to listen to themselves.
Judit’s passion, interest and curiosity of vitality and well being of body-mind is continuously growing as she explores this path further.
Originally a theatre Nurse, Carol found yoga when she felt her life was lacking direction.
She has practiced Yoga for years and has trained at the yoga alliance-certified Sampoorna school in Goa, India, where she qualified as an Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow teacher.
Carol's main focus is core strength, flexibility and establishing the relationship between breath and body.
She believes yoga is for absolutely everybody and feels all shapes and sizes are beautiful'.
Baby Massage at The Forge Yoga Centre Totnes
A baby’s first language is touch, and massage is a wonderful way of establishing trust and confidence in your early relationship. The classes are run as a 5 week block. You can drop in up to week 3 of each block. Both fathers and mothers are welcome. Sessions are relaxed, happy and usually finish with some singing.
Cost per baby (i.e. mother and father can come as a pair) £35 for 5 weeks or £8 drop in.
Mondays 1pm to 2.15pm
Next block June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 3
Massaging your baby allows you the time to really focus on each other and to tune in with the many ways your baby communicates with you non verbally. Regular massage can help improve sleep patterns, promote good digestion, benefit co-ordination and strengthen the bond between parent and baby.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07832 200980 or book online reallyusefulmassage.bigcartel.com
Local newcomers to the centre can purchase a £10 taster card for 7 different classes valid for 7 days.
Card will not be available from 1 June- 1 September.
Class prices are teacher specific.
Please look at timetable for drop in rates and teacher class card discounts.