Claire lormor - Founder of Wellness SpacE
As a Pharmacology & Physiology graduate, trained EFL Teacher and professional ski bum, making the transition to a full-time Yoga Teacher wasn't the obvious choice. However, it was after discovering yoga while living in Vietnam, Claire knew that it was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
In May 2018 Claire completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Canada, specialising in Vinyasa Yoga. She created WELLNESS SPACE when she returned back to England with the hope of spreading her passion for yoga around the North East. As much as Claire believes yoga is an integral part of wellness, she wanted to create a space for all things that have a positive effect on our wellbeing: health, fitness, nutrition, meditation, community, travel and, last but definitely not least, yoga.
Claire continues to learn and develop her yoga practice on a daily basis. And when she is not doing yoga, you’ll find her playing tennis, sitting in a coffee shop or planning her next trip away.
shelley noble - yoga teacher
Shelley’s goal in life is to spread her love for yoga, be a great mother and to be happy. Her classes encourage people to develop a stronger mind-body connection as well as grow in strength and flexibility. Her classes flow through poses seamlessly, using the breath to let go of the worries and stressors that life may bring us. Her light-hearted manner makes you feel comfortable as she stands by the idea that yoga doesn't have to be perfect - you can simply move your body at your own pace, and you’ll still leave feeling worked, energised and peaceful inside.
JESSICA RUTHERFORD - YOGA TEACHER
Jessica started practicing yoga regularly in 2015 and soon found and fell in love with Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga soon became her primary practice, which lead her to completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Goa in February 2019, specialising in Ashtanga inspired yoga with Iyengar inspired modifications and adjustments. Jessica now teaches Ashtanga yoga to all levels and hopes to use her classes to inspire others to discover yoga and the benefits it can bring to their life.
RACHEL GARNHAM - YOGA TEACHER
Rachel received her BA Hons degree in Contemporary dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire before running away to India to pursue her developing yoga practice. In 2013, Rachel received her 200 hour Yoga teacher training and later in 2015, her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher training from the Himalayan Yoga Institute. Then in 2016, Rachel added Pilates level 3 qualification to her repertoire and became Lead Instructor at 2 barre studios for Barrecore in London. In early 2018, Rachel was certified in pregnancy, post-natal, baby yoga and massage, which was advantageous as she had already fallen pregnant! After 8 years spent in London studying and working as a fitness professional, Rachel returned to the Northeast to become a very lucky Mama to her beautiful daughter, Luna in June 2018.
Rachel loves helping people to feel happier and healthier in their mind, body and soul. Since becoming a parent she is particularly interested in holding space for women on their journey into motherhood. Rachel's practice is very much a fusion of her fluid dance and formal yoga training, encouraging students to dance through their practice and feel the deliciousness of being in one's body whilst liberating the spirit from the mundane of the mind.
We are all expressions of supreme consciousness and Rachel helps us to honour the God/Goddess within each of us.
HAYLEY DORIAN - YOGA TEACHER
Hayley found Yoga at the beginning of 2014. She was looking for a way to help ease the high levels of stress and anxiety she was experiencing from her fast paced, corporate job. Because of the tangible benefits she soon noticed, she felt the need to share these teachings with others. She completed her teacher training in Scotland and London in 2017.
She also has extensive Gong training, and specialises in Gong Therapy and Gong Yoga, and is passionate about the healing benefits of sound. Hayley thrives on sharing this knowledge and guiding others; adults, teens and children alike on their personal path.
SHALINI COOK - YOGA TEACHER
Shalini completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in June 2017 in Spain.
While working in a stressful corporate job, Shalini stumbled upon yoga. Needing to unwind, breathe, and figure out what she really wanted for herself. Shalini took her first yoga class at a gym with a mixture of skepticism and excitement. Since that day, she has not stopped and continues to enhance her practice.
Shalini’s desire as a teacher is to create an environment that allows you to find a connection with the breath, body, mind and spirit.
When she is not doing yoga, you will find her spending time with her family, exploring food places and playing golf.
EMERLY CHRISTIE - YOGA TEACHER
Emerly began practicing yoga four years ago as a way to deal with extreme anxiety and panic disorder. She found that not only did it relax her body and mind, but it was a catalyst for phenomenal change in her life.
Striking a balance between the yin and the yang of yoga, Emerly practices both the high energy vinyasa flows as well as the slower and more restorative forms of yoga.
Emerly completed her yoga teacher training so that she could help others make the same positive changes in their own lives. Supporting and inspiring students to connect to their body, mind and spirit by empowering them to foster their own self-love and acceptance, she takes themes and inspiration from traditional yoga philosophy, encouraging students to take yoga off the mat and into their daily lives.
nicole hackett - reiki practitioner & CHILD WELLNESS
Nicole spent over 28 years working as a Nursery Nurse and Deputy Manager. After a number of years in the same industry she was on the look out for a job that would give her that little something extra. Her love of working with children and their families, mixed with her passion for yoga, lead her to complete her baby/child massage and yoga training. In addition to this, she is a certified Level 1 and 2 Reiki Practitioner.
ANNIE COOPER - MAssage therapist
As a Marketing graduate Annie spent over 20 years working in a variety of roles for local, national and international organisations in the retail, public and private sector. She has always valued the importance of what exercise, in any capacity, can do for your mental health and wellbeing. Annie expresses the importance of making sure you look after your body to help benefit you physically, emotionally and mentally. Following a change in her work circumstances, she made the decision to pursue her interest in maintaining and caring for the body further, and trained in massage therapy. She is Level 3 qualified in Swedish and Sports Massage and has continued with her training in Myofascial Release, Oncology Massage and has recently completed her certification to become one of less than 300 UK-wide certified ScarWork Therapists, one of only three in Tyne and Wear.
When not massaging, Annie is always trying to maintain her health, wellbeing and fitness; having completed a number of 5k, 10k runs and half marathons over the years, and continuing to maintain things, in more recent years with dance exercise classes and yoga.
Annie offers Relaxation Massage, Sports Massage, Oncology Massage and ScarWork Therapy at WELLNESS SPACE.
KELLY CRABB - MASSAGE THERAPIST
Kellys career started 18 years ago, working as a Beauty Therapist, practising relaxation therapies in a local salon. During her time working as a therapist she began to notice the difference massage made to her clients’ health and wellbeing. This made her passion to care for and help others grow, leading her to focus her career on Massage Therapy.
Kelly completed her level 3 diploma and level 4 foundation degree in Sports Massage Therapy, and gained experience in the sports sector working with Houghton Rugby Club and offering post event treatments for runners at GNR events. She has always had a good understanding of how important self-care is for our wellbeing and how the benefits of massage therapy can help achieve optimum health for both body and mind. Her goal as a therapist is to help ensure as many people as possible achieve this and enjoy the freedom of movement through massage.
Kelly offers Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Relaxation, and Lava Shell Massage at WELLNESS SPACE.
Jess - registered Dietitian and Cook on retreats
Jess studied post graduate dietetics after completing an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Physiology (where she met Claire). Her work has varied across NHS physical and mental health settings. This has included supporting people with IBS, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome, through nutritional counselling and practical skills workshops. Jess currently specialises in eating disorders and disordered eating. Whilst clinical nutrition is her day to day work, Jess understands the importance of eating well for positive wellbeing. Her passion is empowering people to critically review the masses of nutritional information out there, in order for you to be confident in your dietary choices to meet your own mental and physical health needs.
Jess believes that nutrition is one of the foundations to promoting positive mental and physical health and wellbeing. On Wellness Space retreats, Jess will prepare and make all our meals, as well as be there to answer any of our diet-related questions.